Silwood Technology Ltd, a supplier of enterprise application metadata intelligence software, has announced the availability of its GDPR Starter Pack for SAP, giving SIs, consultants, ISVs and VARs supporting this widely implemented ERP a valuable kick-start in identifying the precise location of Personal Data fields in any SAP system.
The GDPR Starter Pack is underpinned by Safyr, a dedicated metadata discovery software product, which enables users to access, understand, share and utilise the underlying data structures for SAP applications.
Already used by a global roster of partners including ASG, IBM, Datum, Erwin, SNP, Adaptive, AnalytixDS and Value Group Russia, the software will assist partners in supporting clients' GDPR strategy. A critical starting point for any GDPR strategy is the location of personal information. Where some or all of that data lies in a large application package like SAP, this becomes a significant and tedious task.
To simplify the 'discovery' process, the SAP Starter Pack is the first in a series for ERP/CRM packages that take the hard work out of identifying these fields. With Safyr, partners will be able to find metadata quickly and provide a well-defined service with a clear delivery schedule.
SAP is the largest ERP system in terms of the sheer volume of metadata that defines the package data. The scope and range of potential personal information in SAP is very broad. Silwood has made the process of finding these 'Personal Data' fields significantly easier by developing processes to seek them out, record them and make them available in a useful form.
As an example of complexity, consider how many times the attribute "birth" might occur in an SAP system which contains over 90,000 tables. Using Safyr in a recent client engagement, a customer was able to find all occurrences of the Personal Data string 'birth' across all tables and fields in an SAP system in under five minutes. That information could then be delivered to metadata and data governance platforms for further exploitation.
Customers who use Silwood's Safyr application for SAP can receive the Starter Pack free of charge. The Starter Pack comprises a set of Safyr Subject Areas that describe and identify each type of personal information, such as zip codes, dates of birth, license plates.
A Safyr Subject Area is a grouping of tables and fields that a customer can overlay on the metadata extracted from their own customised SAP system so they can easily see which tables and fields are important to GDPR.
What constitutes personal data will vary by industry – the Safyr user can combine these Subject Areas into other groups that form the consolidated set of fields for their company and requirements. And they can add in their own fields too – especially where their SAP system has been customised.
One of the major benefits of these starter packs is that they will work with the customer's own system. Silwood will be releasing similar starter packs for the other packages in the near future.