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      How to optimize your Data Management

      What the value of company data means to the success of the company cannot be overstated. Managing that data effectively is critical. Regular cleanup and maintenance ensure that data stays consistent and up-to-date, databases operate at their best, and systems will not cause disruption or even fail. Also widely referred to as housekeeping, such activities are a necessity.

      SAP Housekeeping vs. Data Housekeeping


      SAP Housekeeping refers to the management and cleansing of no longer required data in SAP systems. The goal is to improve system performance, reduce the risk of system disruption, and minimize system storage space. Specific data analysis leads to the elimination of data inconsistencies and duplicates, mitigating compliance risks. Data that is no longer needed is either deleted or archived in a separate system or in the cloud.

      SAP systems typically generate large amounts of data on a daily basis, such as application and change logs, administration information, and communication tracking. SAP Housekeeping addresses that kind of temporary data on a regular basis.

      Data Housekeeping is the process of validating, cleansing, and reorganizing data in various systems. Most transformation projects plan for those activities in a preparation phase to facilitate the actual data transfer to the target systems. Data is checked for accuracy, consistency, and quality, outdated data is deleted, duplicates corrected, and data structures are restructured. Data Housekeeping is an important part of Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and is used to manage and optimize the quality of your data.

      Both SAP Housekeeping and Data Housekeeping are not only relevant as preparation for a transformation project but should ideally be used systematically and continuously. This way, data quality and efficiency get the attention independently of transformation projects.

      Housekeeping Benefits

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      Separate current from outdated data

      Lower cost of storage with less data volume

      Reduce downtime and minimize security vulnerabilities through regular audits

      Improve data quality with thorough data management

      Housekeeping Efficiency

      The four phases of a housekeeping project

      A highly efficient housekeeping project consists of four phases. All phases contribute to optimization of database and system management.

      1. In the planning phase, all roles and responsibilities are assigned while systems in scope are being identified. Furthermore, the implementation plan is created with quality checks and specific measures included.

      2. During the implementation phase, quality assurance checks are coordinated with the business. Data analysis tools such as Natuvion SOPHIA are installed, and parameters are set. Benchmarking is introduced to measure performance.

      3. The execution phase includes activities for system validation and cleanup measures. Change Management and Knowledge Transfer are important areas which require a dedicated plan to ensure a smooth process.

      4. The optimization phase focuses on documenting process issues, weak points, and the resolution of those with the goal of increasing efficiency. The phase concludes with the handover to the operations team which monitors and proactively manages the growing data volume.


      Successful SAP S/4HANA Migration and continuous data management

      Discover how housekeeping can help you improve system performance. Find out more in our  Housekeeping Roadbook!


      Housekeeping your SAP-System



      Data Cleansing

      Verifying and deleting duplicate, incorrect, or outdated data records.
      Examples: customer data, supplier data, or inventory data that is no longer required.



      Data Archiving

      Exporting inactive or rarely used data to an external archive to reduce database size and improve system performance.
      Examples: archiving financial data or other business critical information to meet compliance requirements.


      Access Control

      Validating and updating rights to access sensitive data to ensure that only authorized users are granted access.
      Examples: regular audits of access rights and removal of those that are no longer relevant.


      Transparency and consistency are important criteria when assessing your system landscape. You score high in these categories only with analysis tools based on the latest technology. Such a tool is Natuvion SOPHIA. Taking full advantage of its capabilities, we raise the quality level of your data and reduce the size of your database for future transformation projects.

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