SAP Test Data Migration Server (TDMS) is a tool to streamline the creation and provisioning of test environments. With SAP TDMS, companies can create packages of simulated users and data, which can be migrated with a few clicks any time it is needed. This saves time and labor, speeding complex projects such as SAP HANA migration. SAP TDMS also easily satisfies compliance requirements and reduces security risks by scrambling confidential data before migrating it out of production.
What is SAP TDMS — SAP and Testing
Every change in an SAP landscape has to be thoroughly tested in a simulated environment before it’s migrated to production. Whether you’re building a brand new sales tools or updating a driver, you need to make sure it works as designed and doesn’t compromise stability, security and compliance. A major product might take dozens of rounds of testing — first in development and then in quality assurance — before it’s ready for prime time.
This has to be handled carefully. Multiple teams will often be testing against the same dataset, which can cause interference. Each team needs the right type and quantity of data to test their project, without overburdening system resources. Additionally, admins need to consider data security and compliance. If real data such as Social Security numbers are migrated out of development, it becomes less secure, and may not satisfy legal requirements such as encryption.
SAP TDMS automates the process of creating and provisioning test landscapes. Users can select what data they want to copy over for a specific project, then repeat the project as needed, rather than manually executing copies. SAP TDMS also replaces real data with randomized test data, removing the risks of exposing sensitive information in the test environment.
What is SAP TDMS — ROI
With SAP TDMS, companies need to weigh the initial licensing costs against ongoing costs in lost productivity or additional labor. The ROI can be significant for companies involved in long projects, or with extremely active development cycles. For financial services or other companies with strict regulatory compliance requirements, the reduced complexity and risk should also be factored in.
SAP TDMS is often worth the cost for companies moving to SAP HANA. To get the most out of HANA, companies typically have to clean up data and rework business processes prior to executing a migration. A typical company could have a 36 month schedule with monthly testing — finance in February, production planning in March, materials management in April and so on. Over the course of that project, SAP TDMS could save a lot of money. And, with backwards compatibility from ECC 6.0 to version 460, it’s a viable choice even for legacy SAP ERP companies.
What is SAP TDMS — Evaluating Costs and Benefits
SAP TDMS is one of many tools Symmetry can help our consulting and managed services customers evaluate. We’ll help customers design a multi-year technology plan, factoring in projects like acquisitions, location changes and migrations. For some projects, customers will be best served by SAP TDMS alone or in combination with other SAP tools like SAP Solution Manager. In other cases, they may benefit more from third party offerings.
As a complete enterprise application management and hosting provider, Symmetry can help you build and run the right SAP solution with the right technology stack. Whether you’re looking for an IT consulting services partner to streamline a major project or someone to design, migrate and run your SAP HANA cloud, we can provide the support you need.
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