MAKING SENSE OF DATA
When Dr. Andreas Schneider-Neureither founded SNP in the early 1990s, little did he expect that the company would become a powerhouse in the realm of information technology (IT) today. In 2017, SNP has closed nearly EUR 100 million in sales.
“I started to promote theoretical physics and economics when I was in the University of Heidelberg in 1995” he recollected. “It was then that I realised the time is right for me to start a company that manages the IT requirements of the various companies in Germany and beyond” he added.
But SNP's growth in the early days, as well as their sustainability to stay ahead in the game today, is very much credited to their close relationship with another IT and software-driven German company – SAP.
“We found our lifelong partner in SAP. Our values and technologies are shared. Our culture is very much aligned. And even our buildings are close by” joked Dr. Andreas. Amidst the German humour presented by the learned CEO of SNP, there exist an underlying philosophy in his statements – that building a company takes a lifetime of accomplishing and it is one that requires good partnerships that can stand the test of time.
THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF DATA MIGRATION
I can say that 50 percent of data migration exercise is done wrong. It costs companies too much time and money, with nothing substantial being achieved
In the rise of cloud, most companies are now moving their data to the cloud. This is not just to ease day-to-day operations but is crucial for any organizations to keep on surviving.
The recent fire at the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Petaling Jaya reflected how important it is to keep company and customer data intact and safe. But data migration is always seen by many companies as a costly affair.
“I can say that 50 percent of data migration exercise is done wrong. It costs companies too much time and money, with nothing substantial being achieved” says Dr. Andreas.
“For any company, big or small, when they do data migration into the cloud or elsewhere, there are really just four major principles to adhere to” Dr. Andreas espoused. "First, merging the data. Second, de-merging the data. Third, reconciling the data. And fourth, testing the data”.
Find out more about the principles of data migration with Dr. Andreas in the video below
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