How do you get real SAP data into non-production systems for testing, training and support?
The simple solution: EPI-USE Labs’ Data Sync Manager™ (DSM) product suite and related services. With DSM, you can rapidly create new non-production systems, reduce the footprint when refreshing existing test clients or creating new ones, and copy selected data on demand, all with integrated scrambling of data for security.
Trusted by over 600 companies world-wide, Data Sync Manager is the simplest, most effective way to copy and mask data between and within any SAP ABAP stack landscape (such as ERP, CRM or BW).
Data Sync Manager (DSM) is certified to work with SAP S/4HANA.
Mike Ellis, Software Development Technical Manager | Edwards
Esben Fagerlind, SAP Landscape and Release Consultant, Vestas
Jeff Greiner - Director, Enterprise Applications Engineering at Siemens PLM Software
Babcock and Wilcox ERP/SAP Manager
Jan Huizinga, Technical consultant, Rabobank
In a typical Data Sync Manager scenario, the Basis team uses System Builder to make a repository copy of Production, creating a ‘shell’ non-production system in minimal time. Then, using Client Sync, the team adds a new client containing only the necessary data and customization, while masking sensitive data with Data Secure if necessary. The new slimmer client can be used for effective testing, training or support by developers and support personnel. Users can then use Object Sync to add real, accurate data from Production as required, masking with Data Secure as needed. Because much less disk space is used, and no downtime is needed, this process can be repeated frequently. This approach balances client size with the availability of up-to-date production data.
A few examples of the many questions we’ve solved for existing customers
System Builder and Client Sync can be used to rebuild the entire landscape with lean clients containing accurate test data, or one specific testing environment can be refreshed on a much more frequent basis. This provides a pool of accurate testing data that is closer to Production. In the cases where data has changed more recently in Production, Object Sync can be used to copy data down on demand in seconds. Together this ensures less defects get through the testing net, but when they do occur, the resolution can be swift and without the need for opening up Production.
DSM can be used to build a dedicated training system on site, or in the cloud, with a very small master client. Training teams can then modify the data to match their scripts while Client Sync automatically resets the training clients from the master overnight.
Object Sync can give DevOps teams access to Production data on demand. This allows teams to accurately prototype and see challenges before the first transport is released. Client Sync can also provision additional clients on development to ensure the customising used for the testing is accurate. Disposable clients can also be used where Scenario objects can slice out surrounding data to support the process being tested.
Client Sync can be used to create or refresh BW systems with a leaner set of data, or alternatively BW teams can manage their own data directly with Object Sync for BW. This removes the dependency on the other testing environments, and gives control of the BW test data to those that need it.
Data Secure can be used in-place on an existing test system, or automatically when Client Sync and Object Sync copy data back to test systems. It comes with over 1000 preconfigured integrity maps which link all the places where a particular data type is stored, and over 100 transformation functions that can be applied to those integrity maps to generate valid alternatives for all the common challenging data sets, such as government ID numbers and bank account formats, which will pass the validity checks in SAP. This allows real data to be used for testing without anyone being able to see the person’s real identity.
Client Sync and Object Sync use Data Secure’s masking policies to effective mask sensitive or identifying fields before the data extract leaves the production system. This ensures any data in transit is not identifiable, and sensitive fields are not correct values. Data Secure comes with predefined best practice rules which cover hundreds of different regions of the world, but is also designed to allow customers to build their own masking logic and share it through Client Central.
Data Sync Manager offers comprehensive solutions to address particular client challenges, including for specific industries.
DSM industry-specific solutions include:
The Data Sync Manager product suite is made up of complementary products that can be used in conjunction with each other or independently.
System Builder™ creates a new non-production system shell, without any application data. The repository is exactly the same as that of production, but without the production client. The extract can be created quickly and has a small footprint.
Client Sync™ creates lean SAP clients that are fully functional and have complete data integrity. An alternative to a full system refresh.
Object Sync™ allows functional users to copy speciﬁc data scenarios, on demand, with complete data integrity, from any system to another.
Object Extractor allows you to create a copy of the specific data needed for reference without excessive overheads and running costs, allowing fast decommissioning of SAP systems.
System Compare™ quickly and easily compares systems to identify any diﬀerences for testing using an intuitive interface.
Data Secure™ is a comprehensive protection solution that comes with pre-defined masking rules. It protects sensitive data across all non-production systems using flexible masking options.
EPI-USE Labs works with a great number of public sector organizations, and has specific capability to handle test data management needs for organizations in this sector. Object Sync seamlessly manages multiple employment contracts, and Grants Management and Funds Management have dedicated objects for copying test data on demand for those complex testing situations.
Organizations leveraging the Bank Analyzer solution from SAP can now carry out lean system refreshes with Client Sync on the Bank Analyzer system whenever the backend system is being refreshed. The post-processing in Client Sync automates around two days of manual effort normally required after a system copy for Bank Analyzer test systems.
DSM contains specific objects and functionality for the Insurance industry, including the ability to copy FSCD data on-demand for a specific Business Partner or Contract Account. ICM and Claims Management data is also covered.
For over ten years, DSM has catered for the demanding needs of the Retail sector for test data on demand and lean testing client provisioning. Complex document flows are supported out of the box, with the ability to extend for non-standard configuration. Challenging data to recreate for testing can easily be replicated, including site data, article hierarchies, listings and assortment modules.
|Data Sync Manager Brochure|
|Kellogg’s: Success Story|
|Data Sync Manager for HCM Brochure|
|Data masking in non-production SAP environments: White Paper|
|Data Secure Leaflet|
|Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC): Success Story|
|Gulfmark Offshore's HCM upgrade: Success Story|
|Electoral Commission of South Africa: Success Story|
|Landscape Management challenges: White Paper|