With an education in business economics, Bas started as an SAP MM consultant at the Dutch Hoogovens, currently known as Tata Steel Europe. Thanks to his involvement in several projects at different clients, his expertise developed to SRM, SCM and SAP project management, followed by sales within the SAP ecosystem. Bas has also always played a key role in the Dutch user group organization VNSG (www.vnsg.nl) and considers knowledge-sharing important.
You MAY not do testing with personal data...and many people say they CAN not do testing with anonymised data. But there is a balance between the two; you are both allowed to and able to do testing with data which is both realistic and scrambled.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect in May 2018 has changed the world’s view on data privacy. Every organisation that is either doing business with European Union citizens, or based within the EU, has spent many hours on the topic. It has changed the way we think about and act on personal data, from both a personal and business view.
In SAP landscapes, one of the big topics for personal data is about the data stored outside production systems, although SAP’s Data Processing Agreement (DPA) does not allow this. Many organisations create full production copies in their testing systems (SAP Client, or more often System Copies) for testing. These copies would include personal and sensitive data. In some scenarios, you may even have a valid reason for using personal data for testing, but doing this is very risky and totally unnecessary.
Copying only the data you need for testing, and no more than that, would already be a big improvement. Not only in terms of GDPR compliance; in my experience, less data also means a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). And copying less data also means having your test-set or development-set of data when you need it: test data on demand. Which means having real and adequate data when you need it. Ultimately, less data outside production means less risk – something every IT organisation would be very happy with.
With Data Sync Manager™ (DSM) you can scramble the sensitive data in your SAP landscape consistently. And DSM will also enable you to subset the required data for testing, and less data means less risk. Data Secure™, part of the DSM suite, will take care of scrambling the data. The product has been used in the market for 22 years and has an extensive set of rules to cater for different scrambling needs.