Hey TechEd fans!

I had the pleasure to present the lecture DMM108 – Real-Time Data Replication with SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server at TechEd Las Vegas, Berlin and Bangalore. So some of you already know me. I am product manager for this lovely replication tool and would like to re-introduce the session as part of the #SAPTechED Lecture of the Week series.

The focus of this lecture was to give an overview on the technology behind SAP LT Replication Server (aka “SLT” – and do not mix it up with SAP Replication Server, this is another tool, formerly Sybase Rep Server) and illustrate the different use cases. SLT became big with the native HANA replication scenario and is the default real-time replication solution. Beside the known HANA scneario SLT also covers real-time and delta replication into SAP BW, Data Services, ABAP & non-ABAP. But I would suggest, grab a tea or coffee and enjoy the lecture:

A lot was done in the SLT area since TechEd. More and more customers are asking for the BW scenario to replace their extractors. My colleague Astrid Tschense-Oesterle created a blog and a demo for the SLT and BW scneario – take few minutes and have a look:

Blog: SAP LT Replication Server integration with Operational Data Provisioning

Demo: Realtime Replication with SLT into Data Store Objects in SAP BW 7.4

With the launch of SAP Simple Finance, a complete new use case was born. With the version SP08, SLT became the unique replication engine to feed the new SAP Central Finance scenario. The key difference is that SLT will directly communicate with the SAP Simple Finance application and not on DB layer.

Here are some more details:

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TechEd 2015? – Yes, we are back! We plan for a lecture, two hands-on session (HANA & BW), a roadmap and several expert sessions to show you the future direction and latest features. We are looking forward to see you!

And do not forget to visit ourSCN page frequently: http://scn.sap.com/community/replication-server

Best,

Tobias on behalf of the SLT product managemnt and development team

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  1. Abhishek Singh

    Hi Tobias,

    Thanks for sharing. Totally enjoyed your session at TechEd 2014 in Las Vegas.

    I  some Questions (w.r.t.) using SLT with Simple Finance

    1) What are Pre-delivered objects? Are they ABAP programs that do data harmonization and transformation in SLT? How is application based replication different from table based replication?

    2) Could you please elaborate on project-based Manual Object modelling for Non-SAP systems? What is typically done during this phase?

    3) In the interface can I map a customer ID defined in source system A (ECC) as 10 digit character to a customer defined as 8 digit long integer in source system B (non SAP)? Or do I have to write transform in SLT to make sure they are of same length and data type (assuming that customer ID in target system i.e. Simple Finance is 10 char long)

    Thanks in advance!

    Abhi

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    1. Tobias Koebler Post author

      Hi Abhi,

      1) The internal workbench MWB is used for the mapping. This workbench is working with MWB objects. When we talk about pre-delivered objects, this mean that we ship the SAP to CFIN content as a MWB object. This is possible because we know how the old SAP worl is mapped to the new CFIN world. The design and structures differs from old FI to new FI -> table to table replication is not possible. To achive it anyway, SLT can feed directly the target application.

      2.) If you plan to get data from the non-SAP world, you need someone with the knowledge of the 3rd party FI (like Peoplesoft, JDE, ORacle Financials), you need someone that knows the MWB and somone that understands the new SAP world. The bot FI guys have to discuss how the data is mapped. The MWB guy will define the mapping objects.

      3.) You have to transform it in the way how the target it expect the value. This is done via MWB/SLT.

      Best, Tobias

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