Artificial Intelligence in SAP: Quality data is a must!

10-01-2024 | 6 min read | IT Trends, SAP Data Management

1. With AI at the heart of SAP’s strategy to help customers become intelligent, sustainable enterprises, the company has invested in its artificial intelligence unit, which is now led by Dr Walter Sun, PhD.

2. The organisation offers AI infrastructure and tools like SAP AI Core and SAP AI Launchpad.

3. AI is underpinned by data, quality data, and here is where data management becomes crucial.

4. TJC Group adds value by ensuring the data in the SAP system is compliant with data privacy laws and making sure legacy data remains available when needed. We can only envision the continuous technical advancements of AI, influencing business processes, healthcare, manufacturing, IT and financial services, marketing, cybersecurity, and a vast array of industries.

Despite the presence of AI for over a millennium, it was not until Alan Turing (a British polymath) proposed solving problems and making decisions using available information that the real potential of AI was realised. However, it is only in recent times that the potential of artificial intelligence has been implemented at a larger scale. Today, the influence of AI can be seen everywhere around the world – from day-to-day lives to the professional sectors. AI technologies are not only boosting efficiency but also backing companies to manage workflows and more. One of the biggest advantages of artificial intelligence is that the AI-backed systems and technologies of the present day can help gather and organise humungous volumes of data which are not possible to comprehend manually. This is a huge plus point for organisations that deal with such large amounts of data, as well as for those that offer data management solutions and services, like SAP and its partners, such as TJC Group.

Bringing us to the question – how AI is related to SAP, or rather, how can AI help SAP and its partners with data management? It plays a key role in empowering customers to become intelligent enterprises. As a matter of fact, the main motivation for implementing artificial intelligence is supporting the workforce while freeing them from repetitive, mundane tasks. Today, AI’s revolution is next level, where it is supporting the workforce in their intellectual work/tasks. Artificial intelligence has been a way of support/assistance to achieve tasks faster by gathering information, providing ideas, and suggestions about a particular task; take care of the practical realisation of some tasks so that the workforce can focus more on strategies, and so on. That said, with AI, the workforce gets more time to employ human skills, such as empathy, creativity, and so on.

With AI at the heart of SAP’s strategy to help customers become intelligent, sustainable enterprises, the company has invested in its artificial intelligence unit, which is now led by Dr Walter Sun, PhD. Majorly focusing on embedded AI*, SAP is on the route of offering services that not only are a part of industrial solutions but also work in the background to support users. That said, the organisation also offers individual AI microservices (SAP AOI Business Services) and AI infrastructure and tools, like SAP AI Core and SAP AI Launchpad, using which SAP business units, partners, and customers can implement their own artificial intelligence projects.

AI is underpinned by data – quality data, and here is where data management becomes crucial. But you can’t just retain all the data from decades ago because every company still must be compliant with data privacy laws, retain data for tax and audit purposes, archive data to maximise system performance and optimise your SAP-based estate.

And here is where TJC Group adds value, by ensuring the data in the SAP system is well optimised while staying compliant, and ensuring old data remains available when needed. Let’s visualise this with an example.

Let’s assume that your company has moved to S/4HANA in 2023, and you need an old invoice from 4 years ago. You don’t know where this invoice is located – was it moved to SAP S/4HANA? Or, whether it remains in the old SAP ECC system. This is where, ELSA by TJC Group comes into play and provides access to legacy data, also providing that quality data Christian Klein referred to in his quote above.

Image: Enterprise Legacy System Application (ELSA) Transactions. 
Source: TJC Group 

Enterprise Legacy System Application (ELSA) is TJC Group’s cloud-based application, which is built and certified on the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) – also working on-premises or with any hyperscaler. Considering the example mentioned above, accurate storage of legacy data is necessary. ELSA stores them securely, ensuring that the data can be re-accessed easily both before and after migrating to S/4HANA or a new ERP system. Subsequently, ELSA also removes the expenses of retaining a legacy system altogether.

Migrating data from an old ERP system to a new ERP like S/4HANA doesn’t guarantee whether the existing data will remain complete or unchanged, which impacts the data quality. However, ELSA protects and future-proofs the data and makes it readily accessible from either S/4HANA, a UI5 web application or any current technology application. ELSA by TJC Group converts legacy data into flat files (AIS format), which remain unchanged, making it fully compatible with other industry-specific SAP solutions – used in healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and the public sector. Also, note that ELSA is designed to comply with all future business needs and most international data privacy laws.

Artificial intelligence is a revolution that has immensely impacted the day-to-day lives and operations across households, corporations, and so on. We can only envision the continuous technical advancements of AI, influencing business processes, healthcare, manufacturing, IT and financial services, marketing, cybersecurity, and a vast array of industries.

Amidst all, businesses, especially the ones dealing with software, SAP systems, etc., must remember that for leveraging the benefits of AI in their IT environments, having quality data is equally important. And how does one achieve quality data? – by accurate and effective data management, which TJC Group offers. Our 25+ years of expertise in data volume management have helped several organisations across various industries to stay compliant while having access to their legacy data in a secure environment. Contact us today for more information on our data management services.

Stay tuned for further updates on Artificial Intelligence and how TJC Group is leveraging it!