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SAP BI Content Storage – Backup, Archive, Disaster Recovery & Compliance – Webinar Summary

APOS Systems hosted this webinar on May 22, 2019. The webinar recording is available on demand from the APOS website.



The webinar focused on the development and implementation of a robust SAP BI content storage strategy using the APOS Storage Center solution.



BI system content is broadly defined as much more than your reports and instances.



If you rely on network backups and the SAP BI Recycle Bin, you are not providing with the flexibility and options they need to protect content and maintain service levels for your BI users.



You need to establish strategic objectives for a robust BI system content storage strategy. Your objectives should include removal of unnecessary content as a means of reducing technical debt.



By investing in the way you store content, and using a rules-based approach, you increase the availability of content for selective restore, audit, and disaster recovery scenarios.



APOS Storage Center provides all the capabilities you need establish a robust BI system content strategy. Together, these capabilities allow you to balance system performance, the needs of your users, audit requirements, and storage resources, while reducing technical debt.



You back up the objects in your system for a number of reasons, including compliance and governance, the security of your content, and the stability of your system.

Developing a backup strategy includes choosing what to back up, when and how often to back up, and how many versions of particular objects should be kept. Typically Reports, Universes, and Connections are updated more often than other object types such as Servers, Calendars, Categories, etc. APOS Storage Center allows you to set backup rules that are unique for all of the object types in the BI system.



You can use APOS Storage Center to promote a single object quickly, or many objects at once, from one live system to another live system. There may be dozens of reasons for such promotion, including to replace corrupted or deleted items in a Production environment from a Dev or QA system, or to update a stale Test system by promoting content from the current Production system so that Test more closely represents Production.



Disasters come in all sizes, and you need to be able to respond quickly to all of them.



Many organizations have a robust report scheduling mechanism in place. The result of these schedules is an abundance of successful report instances. The question then becomes what to do with all of these instances. For some companies, the instances will simply expire, and be automatically deleted, but, for a growing number of organizations, regulations decree that these “documents of record” be kept for a prolonged period of time. APOS Storage Center enables you to handle these instances in a clean and efficient way.



Automated Cleanup offers a rules-based why of keeping your BI system streamlined and ready for upgrades.



APOS Storage Center should be a key ingredient in the development of your BI system content strategy, as well as your disaster recovery program.



APOS Storage Center is one solution within the APOS Well Managed BI suite of solutions.



APOS also has solutions for SAP Analytics Cloud.



Learn more about APOS Storage Center on the APOS website, or at the SAP App Center.

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