Whitepaper: Managing test data under the European General Data Protection Regulation

Quickly prepare your SAP systems landscape!

Do Your SAP Systems Meet European GDPR Requirements?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which protects EU citizens with regard to the processing and free movement of personal data, went into effect last year. Companies must show compliance by the May 25, 2018 enforcement deadline or face heavy fines. All businesses that process the personal data of European residents must comply, even if they do not have a business presence in an EU country. That leaves companies less than a year to prepare for and comply with the regulation.

But there’s no need to sweat the GDPR deadline. SNP’s suite of data migration and testing applications make bringing your SAP systems up to compliance easy.

Where is relevant personal data stored in the SAP system?

What data is exchanged between systems?

How can personal data be consistently masked?

Key Factors for Successful GDPR Compliance

Companies running SAP ERP will find it challenging to ensure compliance with the GDPR’s various requirements by May. They will have to start early if they want to prepare their SAP systems by the stated deadline. First, enterprises need to identify all internal processes that involve personal data. These processes are the starting points for developing GDPR compliance programs. Updates to these processes key success factor for compliance with the new provisions. SAP systems touch a variety of personal data that is collected for, or generated during, data processing. This data should be reviewed carefully and assessed for opportunities to minimize its use or even, where possible, eliminate it altogether. Another extremely important factor is data quality. The better the data quality and the more closely the data matches defined data profiles, the easier it will be to define updates inside the SAP systems to comply with the GDPR.

Analysis and visualization of business processes and workflows

An essential prerequisite for the anonymization of data is to identify processes that use personal data. SNP Business Process Analysis (BPA) helps with this prerequisite by supporting the analysis and visualization of business processes and workflows. SNP BPA contains an extractor that automatically collects the necessary data from the SAP system and provides the information obtained for further analysis or data creation.

Systems communication and data exchange

Just as important as the development of business processes is the communication between systems. Interfaces ensure the exchange of information within your SAP systems landscape as well as to external communication partners. The SNP Interface Scanner (IFS) provides extensive analysis support by checking and documenting interfaces via automation. The results show which interface types are used between which systems and how often they are in use.

Anonymize mass data with low processing time

In the concept phase it is determined which data will be anonymised in what way. This requires a tool that configures such settings easily and in a way that they can be repurposed. The tool must also be able to anonymize bulk data in a consistent manner with low processing time. Enter SNP Data Provisioning & Masking (SNP DPM). This standard software for providing realistic and secure test data can significantly shorten development and change processes, enable more cost-effective test and training scenarios, and protect sensitive customer and product data from misuse.

Time is running out

Start now with the preparatory activities needed to implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The more detailed the implementation of the core elements of the Regulation is, the fewer the problems that will arise when it comes to actual implementation - and the lower the risk of high penalties for non-compliance.

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U.S. GDPR Compliance for SAP

GDPR's impact extends beyond the EU countries. It impacts any, including U.S., companies that process or store the personal data of EU citizens. But are U.S. companies prepared for the May deadline? View our infographic to learn more.

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