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While the connection between creativity and SAP Archiving might not be immediately obvious, innovation is born from creativity. Professionals at Zia have always been able to solve very complex problems because of their ability to think outside the box. Most recently, they teamed up with our long time partner, Rocket Software, to build an SAP Archiving Appliance, based on one of the leading SAP Certified Solutions. It provides an efficient, performant, and cost effective way for businesses to archive massive amounts of data before the sunset of ECC6 and migration to S4HANA in 2027.

Creativity is often perceived as a mysterious force that some people are blessed with while others struggle to grasp. However, the truth is that creativity is a skill that can be nurtured and developed with practice and the right mindset. Creativity is not reserved for artists and musicians. Rather, it permeates every aspect of our lives, from problem-solving in the workplace to finding innovative solutions to everyday challenges. Our industry leading SAP Archiving Appliance was born from creativity in many ways.

Creativity in Problem-Solving: Archiving in SAP involves managing vast amounts of data efficiently to optimize system performance and meet regulatory requirements. Creative problem-solving is essential for designing archiving strategies that balance data retention needs with system performance considerations. It is through deep knowledge, decades of experience, and creative problem solving that Zia has developed a custom SAP archiving appliance that can be tailored to specific business requirements and delivers a return on investment within the first 9 months. 

Fear of Failure: Fear of failure is a common barrier to creativity. Many organizations hesitate to implement archiving solutions due to concerns about data loss or system disruptions. Zia and Rocket Software have already embraced failure. Through experimentation and iteration, we tested different strategies, learned from setbacks, and refined our approach. In the end, we developed a cost effective solution to archiving copious amounts of data.

Regular Practice: Creativity doesn’t require inspiration to strike like lightning. While moments of inspiration certainly play a role in the creative process, they are not the sole driving force behind innovation. Creativity is a discipline that requires dedication and perseverance. Similarly, archiving is not a one-time event but an ongoing process that requires continuous refinement and optimization. Zia stays up to date on industry best practices and maintains a regular archiving cadence so that you don’t have to.

Curiosity and Collaboration: Effective archiving solutions often result from collaboration between SAP archiving experts like ourselves, database administrators, and business stakeholders. Surrounding ourselves with diverse perspectives and engaging in meaningful discussions sparked new ideas and pushed us out of our comfort zone. Collaborating with Rocket Software led to innovative approaches that addressed both technical requirements and business objectives

Dedicated Time and Space: Setting aside dedicated time for creative pursuits and creating a conducive workspace can help cultivate a sense of focus, allowing your creative juices to flow freely. Implementing and maintaining archiving solutions require dedicated time and resources. Allowing Zia to plan, test, and execute archiving activities can help ensure the success of your archiving projects. Zia will set aside time for regular monitoring and performance tuning to help you maximize the benefits of your archiving investments over time.

Creativity is not an elusive trait reserved for a select few; it is a skill that can be cultivated through practice, perseverance, and the right mindset. The principles of creativity –  embracing failure, regular practice, curiosity, collaboration, and dedicated time and space are highly relevant to SAP archiving. They allowed us to  unlock our creative potential and harness it to drive innovation and growth. By applying these principles, we developed an innovative archiving strategy that will improve performance, ensure compliance, and be cost-efficient at a critical time for businesses. You can learn what your ROI would be by filling out our ROI calculator and having a deeper conversation with one of our experts

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