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A provincial heavyweight discovers the power of EPI-USE Labs migration skills

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

The situation prior to EPI-USE Labs' engagement The Department adopted a strategy to host all of their applications in one of the biggest telecommunication companies' data centre. The original plan was that the telecommunication company would do the migration of all the applications to this hosted environment. They, however, realised that the SAP migration was complex and required specialised skill.

An investigation looked at different companies to assist the telecommunications giant with the SAP migration. The government organisation insisted that EPI-USE Labs be contracted for the SAP migration project.


Accurate SAP® HCM test data brings a new level of efficiency to Subsea 7

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

When you are a SAP-driven, large global engineering contractor with more than 14 000 employees, and you need data to be tested, you need to choose a solution and support team very carefully. Long, involved hours recreating test scenarios were simply no longer an option. They were too slow, hugely inefficient and costly. Add to this frequent production payroll issues.

Subsea 7 found Data Sync Manager from EPI-USE Labs to be exactly what they needed, and in particular, one of the suite's components, Object Sync. Behind this choice lay factors such as the stable history of EPI-USE Labs and its customer base, the power and possibilities of the solution and a vibrant support network.


From impossibility to reality - The AFGRI system split project

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Legislative changes in the SAP HCM space result in an unpredictable and often urgent stream of patches that have to be applied to the integrated ERP system. This presents a huge challenge, because patches affect the entire system. Here's the problem: you can't stop non-HCM projects to patch and test HCM, nor can you continue without patching HCM. AFGRI had to find a way to split HCM off the ERP system, and do it fast. First-hand experience of Data Sync Manager led them straight to EPI-USE Labs for help.


Babcock & Wilcox chooses the power of EPI-USE Labs to transform their landscape

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Established in 1867, Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) is a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for the power and industrial markets, with operations, subsidiaries and joint ventures worldwide. B&W employs approximately 6,000, in addition to 2,500 joint venture employees globally. B&W is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.


Con Data Sync Manager™, Carraro riduce il suo landscape non-produttivo

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Carraro è un gruppo internazionale leader nei sistemi per la trasmissione di potenza altamente efficienti ed eco-compatibili, con sedi produttive in Italia, India, Argentina, Cina, Germania e Stati Uniti.


Data Sync Manager gets the vote from the Electoral Commission of South Africa

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

The IEC is responsible for managing all the electoral processes in South Africa relating to the National Assembly, the provincial legislatures and the municipal councils countrywide. Its mandate is far-reaching and includes voter registration, ensuring a smooth voting process and managing the logistics of elections. Although publicly funded and accountable to parliament, the IEC is independent of the government.


Data Sync Manager™ shows its true mettle in a steel company's integration process

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

This case study is about the experience of a well-known Australian steel company with Data Sync Manager, an SAP landscape management product from EPI-USE Labs. For legal and other reasons we are not able to mention the name of the company in question but, should you be interested in following this report up, please contact us on the address below and we will be happy to give you more details and put you in touch with them. The company has been in existence for more than 130 years and has expanded across the globe to form a network of more than 100 branches employing 17 000 people in 17 countries.


Edwards' SAP® testing and training needs

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, abatement solutions and related value-added services. Their products are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells and are used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes.

Edwards was increasingly challenged with managing SAP data in its non- production environments. "We were running multiple projects in parallel, each needing independent testing in isolation on production data. At peak there were requirements for four additional test systems - one with two clients - each full copies of production, which of course led to an escalation in disk space cost. The restore and post-processing took about a week per system, and also required work by our hosting partner." Mike Ellis | Software Development Technical Manager | Edwards


EPI-USE Labs Landscape Transformation Services help cement LafargeHolcim merger

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

As the new leader in the building materials industry, LafargeHolcim has the assets necessary to address the challenges of a new world. They have a local presence in 90 countries, 115,000 employees and over 2500 operating plants in Cement, Aggregate, and Ready Mix Concrete. LafargeHolcim has over 180 years of combined experience and is ready to implement leading-edge technologies and innovations to the building materials industry to address the challenges of the 21st century.


Farmers Insurance automates HCM reporting with Query Manager

Success Story | Query Manager

In 2010 John Worman started as the HR Services /Analytics Manager at Farmers Insurance. At the time their ongoing predicament was the need for better HCM data and analysis to sharpen business insight and drive decision-making for payroll, benefits, talent acquisition and other HCM functions.


For copying SAP® data, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) finds Data Sync Manager™ the cream of the crop

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Growth is one of the signs of success but with growth in size comes growth in data, which means that data in a SAP system needs regular updating. For LIC copying these systems was disruptive, demanding a production shutdown of about 13 hours. This was compounded by the delete on the acceptance system, the insert and the post-configuration, making the full interruption last up to nine days. For these reasons LIC sought a solution that could copy quickly, use less database space and create production systems without interruption. Data Sync Manager proved to be the perfect answer, meeting every need and more.


Kellogg's gets it all with EPI-USE Labs' Managed SAP® Data Refresh Services

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Kellogg's is a name everyone grows up with. It's part of the breakfast ritual for millions worldwide. The company has a long history starting with W.K. Kellogg who, in 1906, opened the "Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company" and with great care hired his first 44 employees. Together, they created the initial batch of Kellogg's Corn Flakes® and brought to life W.K.'s vision for great-tasting, better-for-you breakfast foods.


NRG and GenOn discover real power

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Mergers are inevitably a source of tension and fear for data and system managers. Vast amounts of information from different systems must be relocated quickly and accurately, error always threatens, and time, cost and expertise are invariably in short supply. The union of NRG Energy and GenOn Energy showed that the negative effects associated with mergers can be prevented. This successful integration can be attributed in part to the use of Data Sync Manager and Variance Monitor, both products from EPI-USE Labs.


Query Manager solves SAP® HCM reporting for Worcestershire County Council

Success Story | Query Manager

When Worcestershire County Council (WCC) went live with SAP HCM, reporting was left to the last minute. The focus was on getting data correct and paying employees on time, as Di Archer, SAP Payroll Developments Officer, explains: "We implemented SAP Payroll under time pressure, and the key emphasis initially was to pay all 36,000 employees correctly. The reporting was not seen as a high priority."


Real testing and validating data make the Gulfmark Offshore HCM upgrade plain sailing

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. GulfMark owns, operates and manages a modern fleet of offshore support vessels that include: Platform Supply, Anchor Handling Towing Supply, Fast Supply/Crew boats and Specialty Vessels. Their primary business is marine transportation services in support of the upstream oil and gas industry.


SAP® HCM reporting at Wales & West Utilities warms up thanks to Query Manager

Success Story | Query Manager

West and Wales Utilities Ltd. run 19 depots, employ more than 1300 people and serve 7.5 million customers across South West England and Wales. Their ABAP-based, reporting system was complex and slow. A change was clearly needed and the Query Manager reporting solution was chosen. The result was empowered people able to build and create their own reports, a system able to handle a large reporting catalogue with ease, rapid recovery of ROI and streamlined, robust processes. In these times of unhindered data growth and a need for accuracy and control, West and Wales found their solution


SAP® HCM Reporting soars at Zürich Airport

Success Story | Query Manager

Zurich airport has experienced Query Manager™ to be a fast, flexible product for creating reports in all of SAP HR. The product has resulted in many savings in time, resources and costs.


Staffordshire County Council joins a new era in SAP® HCM reporting

Success Story | Query Manager

Staffordshire County Council joins a new era in SAP® HCM reporting and discovers a unique support community as well.


Vestas choose Data Sync Manager™ to handle the winds of change

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

The growing awareness worldwide of the need for other energy solutions has led to escalating growth in Vestas, the leading global provider of wind energy technology. As a result their SAP landscape was under pressure. The company needed dependable data in their QA and DEV systems and the ability to select and copy data when and where needed. The solution proved to be Data Sync Manager which ensured consistent data, and brought all the benefits of automation as well as time and disk space savings.


Query Manager - Warburtons SAP® HCM reporting

Success Story | Query Manager

Warburtons needed an easy reporting solution that could quickly and securely access all SAP HCM information and automatically distribute it to the relevant Warburtons management for action. Query Manger is easy to install and use and Warburtons has no reliance on SAP standard reports or costly ABAP report writing – all reports are stored in a single place. Reports can be scheduled to

run at specific times and dates and sent to the business automatically, with filtering.


Data integrity within SAP® data copy tools

Whitepaper | Data Sync Manager

When copying isolated transactions with an ad hoc SAP data copy tool, it is not safe to simply move the records directly from one client to another, since the conditions which permitted the original transaction will almost certainly be different on the target client. DSM Object Sync uses the SAP application layer to create a new document by replicating the process which created the original document. This allows the creation of entire document flows with guaranteed consistency and data integrity on the target system. This is impossible using any other data copy mechanism!


Data masking in non-production SAP environments: The impact of unsecured data

Whitepaper | Data Secure

Did you know that it will no longer be legal to have live production data in non-production environments? Upcoming European Union data protection laws will require individual customer consent should an organisation need to use customer data in non-production environments. The impact and costs of such regulations are significant and Data Protection Authorities across Europe are ready to enforce compliance. This White Paper describes the context of data masking and its relevance and details the consequences of using production data in SAP non-production and test environments. A summarised version of the Data Protection Act across nine European countries can be found in the appendix section of this paper.


Evaluation of Data Anonymization Tools ( Siemens LLC )

Whitepaper | Data Secure

Evaluation of Data Anonymization Tools ( Siemens LLC )


SAP® HCM Add-on Solutions - Landscape Management challenges

Whitepaper | Data Sync Manager

Most organizations, moving at the speed of business, have added to their SAP infrastructure over time. However, due to the necessity to respond rapidly to the needs of business, most organizations rarely step back and take an aggregate view of their SAP landscapes. Your organization can reap tremendous benefits by revisiting and re-evaluating its SAP landscape practices and proactively addressing some of its less- efficient and problematic processes


Landscape Management challenges

Whitepaper | Query Manager

Five key factors for a successful selection and implementation


Selecting a SAP Hosting Provider

Whitepaper | Cloud & Hosting

Whitepaper on how to select a SAP Hosting provider


The EPI-USE Labs HCM products can complete your time and payroll process

Whitepaper | Query Manager

The EPI-USE Labs HCM products can complete your time and payroll process


Query Manager Delivered Queries list

Brochure | Query Manager

Delivered Queries are free sample Queries that you can use to report on your SAP® Human Capital Management (HCM) data. They showcase the range of possibilities in our Query Manager (QM) product, using working examples. The Queries read live data from various HCM functional areas, empowering managers with information for up-to-date decisions.

With over 100 useful reports, your company saves development time and improves efficiency.


Variance Monitor automates University of Tennessee’s HCM testing process and improves accuracy

Success Story | Variance Monitor

The University of Tennessee has been using SAP® products since January 2002 and has approximately 14,000 active monthly employees and approximately 9,000 active bi-weekly employees. The Payroll department handles all employee paychecks and accounting and does an annual testing period to ensure accurate payroll checks.


Rabobank banks on DSM for regulation compliance

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Rabobank faces strict regulations from the Dutch Banking Authority including the requirement to scramble all data outside the production environment. They invested in the Data Sync Manager (DSM) suite of products from EPI-USE Labs, specifically Client Sync and the Data Secure 3 solution for their SAP ECC and SRM environments. This enabled them to dramatically reduce their Runbook to only four pages, thanks to automation built into DSM to simplify the data refresh and scrambling process. Rabobank now has a clear method to create test data in their non-production environments, while complying with the Banking Authority’s regulations.


Query Manager™

Brochure | Query Manager

Flexible, easy SAP® HCM reporting


Siemens PLM Software sees Data Sync Manager as an ingenious solution

Success Story | Data Sync Manager

Siemens PLM Software’s growth, including acquiring companies and expanding its product portfolio, meant tremendous growth in their SAP data. System refreshes became a hugely time-consuming, manual process, in some cases taking as long as a month to complete, with sensitive data at risk.