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Lean Data Management and SAP Application Data Management

Strategies for SAP Application Data Management

Winshuttle Deployment

If we look at the optimal deployment of Winshuttle at the desktop, the ideal situation is for the Winshuttle Studio clients to be part of the corporate software installation image.

This means that whenever Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel are deployed along with the SAPGUI, Winshuttle Studio should be deployed.

The rationale for such an approach is to remove friction from the deployment and adoption of Winshuttle products but also to accelerate the ease with which business users can pick up the automation of SAP transactional data create and update or retrieval scenarios.

This means that even if not every user has a Winshuttle or even an SAP business user license today, if a license is required at some time, provisioning can be done quickly and almost seamlessly.

Winshuttle likes to think of Winshuttle products as being the equivalent of a dial-tone service when business needs to think about Excel integration with SAP and for SAP Application Data Management in agile, flexible and yet robust and consistent ways.


Winshuttle Licensing

Aside from the deployment approach, there is the license provisioning approach.

Winshuttle’s experience with some of the biggest brand names in the world is that in the longer term it is better to plan for a 1:1 Winshuttle:SAP license for all users.

Every user that is tasked with SAP application data management would typically have Microsoft Office Excel so why don't they also have Winshuttle?

The reason this is better because we found that initial purchases of Winshuttle licenses rapidly result in additional license acquisitions as the adoption of Winshuttle as the de facto best way for Excel to SAP integration grew in popularity.

Because the arrangement for license acquisition was ad hoc, in the longer term the license acquisitions took longer and economically cost more than would an arrangement that involved either a schedule of acquisition or an initial large scale acquisition of licenses.

Some companies made cognitive decisions to acquire Winshuttle licenses for all SAP users responsible for SAP Application Data Management even if their immediate needs for SAP Transaction Automation were not immediately known.

Acquisition of full departmental or enterprise licenses meant that centrally developed automations could be quickly deployed to a broad range of users and for a large number of areas of SAP application data management quickly and effectively, enabling the business to maintain agility in the face of growing demands and constrained manpower and limited IT resources.

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Clinton Jones is a Product Manager at Winshuttle. He is experienced in international technology and business process with a focus on integrated business technologies. Clinton also services a technical consultant on technology and quality management as it relates to data and process management and governance. Before coming to Winshuttle, Clinton served as a Technical Quality Manager at SAP. Twitter @winshuttle