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As organizations strive to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in their SAP ERP systems through consolidation and modernization, effective data conversion is becoming increasingly important. In particular, mastering and applying data-conversion techniques and disciplines helps to ensure that the potential value of the IT investment is optimized and costly delays are avoided.
Data conversion is a key pillar of Accenture’s Enterprise Data Management framework, our holistic approach to harnessing all data―both master and unstructured―and unleashing its potential as a source of competitive advantage, by virtue of a “load right” method that has been designed to improve data quality from extraction through transformation to load.
Accenture’s approach to data conversion for SAP is suitable both for one-off SAP ERP implementations and for ongoing exchanges and/or integration of data between systems in production. It spans every stage of an organization’s SAP data-conversion project–from conversion strategy and planning, design and build, data quality/cleansing to construction/enrichment, validation and cutover strategy and planning.
By focusing on data quality throughout the conversion process, organizations can maximize the benefit of each data load, enable proper testing of the ERP solution, and ensure a smoother go-live.
Leveraging our market-leading experience in SAP solutions, our deep knowledge of industry best practices and our proprietary technical assets, our approach to data conversion for SAP can accelerate and enhance the data-conversion process. It can also significantly improve data quality.
From extraction to load, Accenture’s “load right” method ensures that objective entry and exit criteria are set for each load cycle, and that quality is verified before the load cycle to maximize the benefits of each load.
Accenture has already helped many organizations manage the core challenges arising in SAP data conversion projects and realize accelerated, high-quality outcomes. The value delivered by our data-conversion approach includes:
Reducing cost of delivery by 30 percent.
Accelerating delivery and achieving on-time go-live.
Enhancing data quality by up to 20 percent.
Reducing the development effort for main data objects by 60 percent.
Reducing the number of load cycles required for a successful go-live by 60 percent.
Delivering one “single version of the truth” for fact-based decision making.
Improving compliance through automated data profiling, cleansing, and remediation.
Enabling effective ongoing data management through clear data ownership.
With industrialized processes, a skilled global workforce and a common delivery methodology, we have the flexibility needed to scale resources on demand. We reduce time and cost during all phases of a data-conversion project using prepared templates, proven project accelerators and proprietary assets.
Our dedicated knowledge capital, which speeds and simplifies delivery, includes:
Accenture Delivery Suite (ADS)—Providing a proven, reusable approach and methodology for data conversion, with templates and documentation spanning conversion strategy, conversion planning, data construction, data validation, data quality and conversion project management best practices.
Accenture Advanced Enterprise Solutions (AAES)—Containing assets for accelerating data conversion based on successful projects and proven solutions. AAES includes data definitions, conversion functional and technical designs and fields mapping and construction design templates, as well as in-house tools for data mapping, data construction, data de-duplication, data enrichment, data reporting, product costing analytics engine and a pricing variance-analysis tool.
Accenture Reusable Technology Library (ARTL)—Including reusable codes for data conversion, and assets including migration rules and loading programs harvested from successful projects.
Global resources—Our network of global delivery centers and innovation centers helps clients drive value from their data predictably and cost-effectively. The network includes dedicated data factories through which we can provide not only the tools and assets but also the resources needed to manage all our clients’ data needs.
By bringing this unique combination of assets and resources to bear, we can help our clients drive value from their SAP data wherever they are located.
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