Leveraging Test Data Manager to Expedite SAP S/4HANA Upgrades


Accessing the right test data at the right time is paramount for developers and testers engaged in application development, quality assurance, and product updates. Companies that rely on packaged applications like SAP often engage in rigorous testing before embarking on version upgrades and Leveraging Test Data Manager. This rigorous testing is crucial to prevent significant disruptions to their supply chain operations when upgrading their production system. Historically, support for SAP from a testing perspective has been limited due to the proprietary nature of the SAP database.

To aid clients in performing test data management functions in an SAP S/4HANA environment, Enterprise Data Insight has developed specialized intellectual property (Dynamic Data Replicator) capable of identifying sensitive fields within SAP. Harnessing their expertise and proprietary algorithms, they’ve devised dynamic masking techniques tailored to SAP’s role-based data access, all governed by a uniform policy.

The integration between Test Data Manager (TDM) and SAP S/4HANA represents a substantial leap in supporting companies in pre-upgrade testing. A test data engineer can locate tables and records, apply masking to SAP test data, and testers can easily access and reserve SAP test data through the TDM portal. This streamlined process empowers teams to effectively manage SAP testing, especially during migrations and upgrades.

Dynamic Data Replicator (DDR): Your SAP Testing Ally

DDR is a versatile application that offers a wide range of functionalities. It facilitates the rapid creation of non-production systems, efficient client refreshes, on-demand data copying, and GDPR-compliant data scrambling. This ensures continuous access to the most up-to-date data for SAP users during production support, testing, and training.

DDR is an indispensable tool for day-to-day system landscape management, including installations and upgrades, even in complex SAP environments. It streamlines processes, reduces costs, mitigates risks, and enhances overall business efficiency.

In a typical DDR scenario, the Basis team employs Shell Builder for a swift repository copy of the production environment, creating a streamlined non-production “shell” system. Data Refresh then adds a new client with specific data and customizations, optionally applying data masking using Data Security. This efficient process caters to the diverse needs of testing, training, and support.

Object Refresh subsequently incorporates authentic production data, applying masking as required with Data Security. This iterative process optimizes disk space usage, eliminates downtime, and allows for frequent utilization. This strategy strikes a balance between client size and the availability of up-to-date production data, enabling efficient testing and system maintenance.

Secure Your Sensitive Data Shield critical SAP data with ready-to-use scrambling rules or tailor them to your requirements. Apply these rules to encrypt data during replication or in situ. Employ Data Security independently, with Data Refresh, or Object Refresh, and experience enhanced data protection.

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