SAP user opts for KGSContentServer4Storage archive
Neu-Isenburg/Unterentfelden, 21 December 2016. Stanzwerk AG based in Unterentfelden, Switzerland, set up a digital archiving scheme for their SAP-related documents with a solution from KGS. The manufacturer of electric engines and transformers for an international clientele introduced SAP six years ago. Recently, Stanzwerk adopted KGS ContentServer4Storage in order to streamline the document workflows of their approx. 100 SAP users and to shift control to the ERP system.
In previous years, documents were directly stored in the MaxDB database, without any archiving process in place. Moreover, from a legal point of view, the prescribed 15-year retention period means that the automotive supplier is not allowed to delete any relevant documents. Tobias Käser, Head of IT at Stanzwerk AG, sums up the situation: “We are keeping tables that have hundreds of millions of entries. When the data volume reached 500 gigabytes, working with SAP-related documents in MaxDB started becoming extremely tedious. Generating client copies and backing them up took a long time, and the data was inconsistent.”
After consulting with SAP archiving expert KGS, the company learned why it was accumulating an additional 20 GB of data each month and then took action by introducing KGSContentServer4Storage. Installing the KGS SAP archive resolved all previous performance issues and provided the IT architecture for SAP-centric workflows, which was the key criterion for IT director Käser. “While we are a mid-sized automotive supplier, our logistics are as complex as those of a major corporation. We process 50,000 metric tons of electric sheets each year. This results in a daily load of anywhere between eight and twenty truckloads of steel coils, every single batch of which needs to be posted and reposted in SAP. This results in a vast number of documents with a customer reference used to ensure traceability.”
The KGS solution automatically archives these documents in the background. “To remain competitive on an international level, a high-wage country such as Switzerland must compensate for high prices by being exceedingly productive. The solution from KGS provides invaluable support in making this happen,” concludes Tobias Käser.