Key topic: Modernisation of the application environment

SAP FINANCIAL SERVICES DATA PLATFORM – STATE-OF-THE-ART DATA MANAGEMENT

SAP introduced the new Financial Services Data Platform (SAP FSDP) to the market in November 2017. The provider recognised the continuous change in the financial world and responded with its new solution for banks and insurers. The financial industry is constantly changing and is increasingly challenged by the regulator, the capital market and customers. The efficient use of data is gaining vital important for financial institutions. For example, the regulator requires comprehensibility of the data at all times with BCBS 239, on the other hand, the capital market would increasingly like to receive information on the financial institution. In the last few years, SAP has designed a completely new product for financial institutions – SAP Financial Services Data Platform (FSDP) which has a SAP HANA database as its basis. The decades of experience of SAP from the area of SAP Bank Analyzer have been fed into FSDP and form the basis of the Financial Services Data Management (FSDM). This data model includes all relevant information for the application areas of finance, regulation, controlling, risk, sales and fraud.

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Architectural description

  • Inclusion of source data and data cleansing such as e.g. eliminating duplicates, data correction
  • Validating plausibility of data
  • Format adaptations of data
  • Cleaned storage of data in the standardised data model FSDM (Financial Services Data Management) of FSDP
  • S/4 Finance as integrated finance and risk management in one data model
  • Smart AFI
  • Integrated Abacus360 data model for regulation, e.g. for AnaCredit
  • Result data are written back into the FSDM
  • Prepare the data for external sources, such as e.g. notices to the ECB
  • Virtual preparation of data for finance, risk and regulatory reporting and controlling

The FSDP does not happen automatically: A close interlinking between S/4 Finance solution and FSDP and associated integration of this data is ensured by the joint use of the HANA database. The SAP enhancement was brought on board for the regulatory requirements such as e.g. AnaCredit and allowed this part to be developed as part of the Abacus360 solution. The FSDP will be supplemented by additional regulatory content. The technical framework is embedded into the specialist processes. SAP has placed a specialist layer over the technical data model. Using this layer, the department can easily understand the information relevant for them in SAP FSDP. To this end, a blueprint of the company architecture is created with the aid of SAP PowerDesigner which can be easily carried out using Drag’n’Drop via the graphic surface of the tool.

Technical highlights of SAP FSDP

  • Uniform data architecture and a common flat data model (replacing the complex Bank Analyzer data model)

  • Data security and improved performance by reducing the systems required

  • Increasing data quality by clearly defining fields and figures and thus avoiding dual usage of different figures for the same matters

Customer usage of SAP FSDP

  • Finance & Risk Analytics Rapid Deployment Solution – complete reporting with adapted content reports (e.g. for AnaCredit) from third party providers

  • Cost saving by rapidly implementing analytical requirements

  • Standardised evaluations by a uniform specialist data model for the department

  • Flexibility with respect to expandability and adaptability of the solution to their own needs

From status quo to target vision

Since the development of the SAP Bank Analyzer, we have been accompanying our customer with the introduction and further development in all areas. We can also provide support in the area of data management independently of tools. Our experience with various large banks nationally and internationally shows time and again that banks often face significant challenges with data models developed by themselves such as for example controlling complexity or selecting suitable software. The customer-specific requirements can be implemented with a standardised solution using SAP FSDP. We will support you with transforming your existing software situations into a rapid and efficient software architecture. Together with you, we will evaluate which approach (greenfield, mixed or brownfield) is best for you. The different implementation approaches have advantages and disadvantages and differ in cost and complexity.

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Greenfield

Advantages

  • New architecture can easily be taken into account, the applications use the latest technologies

  • Legacy issues are not taken over

  • Reproduction of relevant applications can be carried out taking into account adapted requirements and experience values

Disadvantages

  • Knowledge regarding new technologies is required (architecture, requirements manager)

  • Complexity since the existing requirements have to be “recreated”

  • Legacy data has to be migrated over, if necessary

Mixed

Advantages

  • There is no idle running, users can use either the old or the new system

  • A simplified test is possible (comparison of new and old system)

Disadvantages

  • The cost is twice as much since two systems have to be maintained

  • Changes to the old applications also have to be subsequently made in the new application

Brownfield

Advantages

  • All previous applications and data are available

Disadvantages

  • The migration to the new system is not possible in a fully automated manner

  • The optimisations to the existing applications are limited

We will advise you on finding the best way of introducing SAP FSDP for your needs, irrespective of your existing application environment (whether coming from SAP Bank Analyzer or from a particular Single Point of Truth (SPOT)).

The Q_PERIOR Data Management Design Framework will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the topic of data management.

Data Management Design Framework
Data Management Design Framework

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2018-03-27T17:52:11+00:00 15. March 2018|