Managing Data with SAP Data Replication and Transformation Tools

  • by Robert Heidasch, Chief Innovation and Technology Lead, Accenture
  • December 18, 2017
Data and solution integration is becoming one of the most important aspects in enterprise architecture. Learn about the functionalities provided by SAP data replication and transformation solutions and their proper use.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn: 

  • What data replication scenarios and transformation capabilities are supported by SAP tools
  • The pros and cons of the solutions and tools based on typical scenarios, including the integration of SAP and non-SAP systems
Key Concept

Modern business solutions often run in a complex enterprise landscape that requires extensive use of data replication and transformation functionality. Tools such as the SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server, SAP Data Services, SAP Replication Server (formerly called Sybase Replication Server or SRS), and SAP Event Stream Processor (SAP ESP) offer a wide variety of technology, functionality, data sources, and formats to build enterprise-ready data replication and transformation solutions.


Today, most enterprise IT environments support complex solutions that are installed in a distributed environment that requires solution and application integration. The systems may run in local client-based data centers, managed cloud service platforms, or public cloud environments. Additionally, the enterprise data is mainly generated and maintained in internal data sources, such as transactional systems, data logs, and emails, and its integration in the distributed environment becomes one of the key aspects of solution complexity.

I present the possible data replication and transformation options between the old (already running) and new SAP and non-SAP business applications. Included are SAP-provided tools and solutions that support the real-time and batch-oriented replication and transformation of business data.

Robert Heidasch

Robert is the chief innovation and technology lead in the global Accenture Technology Platform, which is responsible for SAP Leonardo and the new digital technology defining business value and driving the digital transformation of complex enterprise solution for Accenture diamond and strategic clients. Before that he was responsible as innovation and solution lead for the design and architecture of new business applications developed jointly by Accenture and SAP based on the newest SAP and non-SAP technology. Robert is the Accenture certified Senior Digital Architect and Senior Technology Architect. He is coauthor and trainer of a couple of SAP technology-related trainings for the in-memory platform and architecture of new business applications (e.g., SAP HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Leonardo applications for solution architects and technical architects, all of which were provided by Accenture in Europe, the US, and Asia). Robert has more than 23 years’ experience designing and developing IT systems. He published several technical and business articles about SOA, SAP NetWeaver and its integration with non-SAP systems (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, etc.), and SAP HANA technology. He is also an inventor of 38 patents in the US in the area of in-memory technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, security, semantics, and SOA. He is a frequent speaker in international business conferences and SAP Forum. He is a subject matter expert in customer projects worldwide and has extended experience in team leadership in Europe, the US, and India.

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