Your Data Management Tools
Can Make or Break Effective ALM
Avoid Testing Workarounds with the Right Data Replication Solution
C TO and Founder
Hayes Technology Group
Companies are working harder than ever to properly manage the role that each application plays within
their overall IT landscape, from both a strategic and
an economic standpoint. After all, one acknowledged
benefit of an effective application lifecycle management
(ALM) strategy is that it reduces TCO in very measurable ways. An ALM strategy also encourages SAP customers to adeptly stabilize the infrastructure, adjust to
new integrations, and adopt increased complexities
Unfortunately, too many companies cannot achieve
the promised benefits of ALM because there is a disconnect between their ALM strategy and the tools they use
to implement it. When companies don’t use best-of-breed
solutions in their SAP environment, they’re positioning
the strategy to fail.
Data Replication in ALM: Reduce TCO
with a Best-of-Breed Solution
Being able to replicate appropriate data sets is essential
to meeting ALM goals and objectives — only with accurate data can you decrease TCO throughout the ALM
process. However, despite the high-benefit value of
accurate data, too few companies use a best-of-breed
data management tool that allows them to copy subsets
of data from production or non-production sources and
move that data to non-production targets. As a result, IT
teams are left confined by their tools and forced to
make things fit.
For example, a less strategic approach to data replication may allow application administrators to copy production into a non-production environment, but doing
so requires making a backup copy of the entire production database and then restoring it into the testing environment — this is a high-cost, complex workaround to
say the least.
Another workaround is to use applications that will
copy data from a specific time frame into the non-production environment. However, this approach lacks
precision because it does not provide the flexibility
needed to match the data to your requirements.
Take a Unique, Surgical Approach to Data
Replication with Gold Client Solutions
Gold Client Solutions, developed by Hayes Technology
Group, is data management software that is designed to
cancel out the need for workarounds in testing environments. It’s built to give users the agility and flexibility
they need to move configuration data, master data, and
specified selections of transactional data into development, testing, and training environments.
Gold Client’s unique,
surgical approach allows
IT teams to quickly
select and copy subsets
of only relevant data
from production or
and move them into
Additionally, the solution allows the data to
be transformed during
export, allowing secure
data to be masked, replaced, or scrambled before it
reaches the target system.
Without best-of-breed tools like Gold Client Solutions,
the symbiotic relationship between business management and software procedures is broken. Disruptions at
the tactical level can result in downtime and inefficient
use of both human capital and data storage space. Such
disruptions can even manifest as insurmountable obstacles during the build and test, deploy, and operate phases
of the ALM cycle. Fortunately, these obstacles are avoidable as long as your company has the right data management tool in place.
Gold Client’s unique, surgical approach
adheres to the goals of ALM, allowing
IT to quickly select subsets of only
relevant data from production or non-production sources and copy them
into non-production targets.
Optimization must be a cornerstone of ALM at both the
business management level and the tactical level. For
more information about Gold Client Solutions and
Hayes Technology Group, visit www.goldclient.com or
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