Long Delivery Timelines
Businesses depend on SAP for core processes that enable operational efficiency, monetization of new products, and expansion into new markets. Due to their criticality, SAP projects require careful coordination and testing to ensure non-stop operations. As a result, most IT organizations only manage one or two SAP projects per year, despite increasing business changes and demands.
Mission Critical Systems
SAP deployments often include multiple applications including ERP, business intelligence, and CRM, which all play mission-critical roles for business operations. Since business processes often span multiple applications, integration testing and federation of data become critical choke points for SAP projects.
Long Refresh Times
Maintaining an SAP system requires complex data management. Updates, new modules, development, QAS, production support, and training all require ongoing refreshed datasets. Unfortunately, as most SAP customers know, system refreshes take time. Most SAP customers require 2 to 4 weeks to refresh an existing system, over half of which is consumed by database refresh and federation.
While a refresh is in process, everyone waits. Developers wait for fresh data to confirm new code changes. Testers wait to ensure that a fix works correctly. Users wait while training systems are reset for classes. The entire organization waits as projects extend past key deadlines.
Delphix Enables Rapid Refresh, Reset, Integration
Delphix transforms the SAP application lifecycle by reducing system refresh times by 50 to 75%. With Delphix, database refreshes and data federation shrink from days to minutes, enabling overall system refreshes to shrink from weeks to days. In addition, once DEV or QAS environments are provisioned, Delphix enables data reset in minutes to correct mistakes or reset data after test runs. At a large company, this can easily provide over 50,000 extra development or testing hours per year.
Continuous Feature Releases
System constraints, management complexity, and bottlenecks in integration testing limit businesses to only a few SAP projects per year. With Agile Data, however, business can enable multiple, parallel development tracks per application, enabling more projects to execute in parallel. In addition, with streamlined integration environments, federation testing, and data reset, project teams can quickly include or exclude individual application projects in current release cycles based on testing results. Finally, Delphix can streamline integration testing even beyond SAP applications to include other applications or data warehouses to ensure quality support for end-to-end business processes.
Major Incident Resolution
Despite best-laid plans, major incidents can occur and require all hands on deck for immediate resolution. With Delphix, incident teams can quickly stand up and begin troubleshooting with near real-time production support environments where instrumentation and probing can be immediately inserted. In addition, with down-to-the-second rollback and data recovery, data from historical points in time can be quickly accessed and used to repair any data loss or corruption.
Global View, Financial Close
Businesses that have expanded organically or inorganically, or operate in multiple geographies, often have to manage multiple SAP instances. Getting a single view of operations or streamlining a global financial close process can be a daunting task that requires heroic efforts from analysts and application teams on a monthly or quarterly basis. With Agile Data, organizations can automatically and efficiently sync data from all locations into a centralized data center, enable financial close teams to access data independently, and radically streamline financial close processes and global data integration efforts.
More Features, Fewer Bugs
Delphix SAP customers complete more development and tests sooner and put higher-quality code into production in less time. SAP end users enjoy more features, fewer bugs, and better results. And businesses become more nimble and competitive in today’s fast-changing markets.