This Guidance leverages SAP data and business logic extraction to build a SAP context-aware data warehouse that complements or replaces existing Data Warehouse solution(s), allowing customers to shift from overnight data processing to near real-time analytics.
Configure (or activate) the data source in your SAP system (for example, activate SAP extractors).
Configure operational data provisioning (ODP) for extraction in the SAP Gateway of your SAP system.
Create the OData system connection from Amazon AppFlow to your SAP source system. This is through AWS PrivateLink for SAP on AWS. You can connect with AWS via VPN/AWS Direct Connect, or over the internet.
In Amazon AppFlow, create the flow using the SAP source created in step 3. Run the flow to extract data from SAP, and save it to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket.
Use an AWS Glue crawler to create a data catalog entry with metadata for the extracted SAP data in an Amazon S3 bucket.
Use AWS Glue DataBrew and/or AWS Glue Studio jobs to cleanse and optimize the format of the SAP data format, then save the transformed data into another Amazon S3 bucket.
Load data into Amazon Redshift through simple ‘COPY’ commands. Model the data with other non-SAP sources in your data warehouse.
Build SQL-based ML models to drive insight from your data.
Create a dashboard to visualize the business data as per user requirements. Use inbuilt ML and insight features to help enable speed to insight.
The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.
The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.
The guidance can be fully deployed with code. You can incorporate this automation to your own development pipeline to enable iteration and consistent deployments across your SAP landscape. Observability is derived from the managed services used for processing and process level metrics, logs and dashboards are available from Amazon CloudWatch.
The serverless components in the architecture are protected with AWS IAM -based authentication for secure validation of user identity. The managed services only have access to the data that has been specified and access to the SAP workload is via Amazon Appflow. Amazon Appflow supports PrivateLink. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. Amazon Redshift can be deployed into a customers VPC.
All the serverless components are highly available. All non-SAP components are automatically scaling. Amazon Appflow can move large volumes of data without breaking it down into multiple batches to increase reliability. Amazon Redshift continuously monitors health and automatically re-replicates data from failed drives and replaces nodes as necessary for fault tolerance.
By leveraging serverless technologies, you only provision the exact resources you use. Using Amazon S3 as the corporate data memory optimises the storage of the architecture with processing of the data performed in Amazon Redshift. For improved performance and agility configure multiple flows in Amazon Appflow for different groups of business data.
By utilizing serverless technologies, you only pay for the resources you use. To further optimize cost, extract only the business data group that you need and minimize the number of flows being executed based on the granularity of your reporting needs. Amazon S3 lifecycle policies can be put in place for data.
By utilizing managed services and dynamic scaling, we minimize the environmental impact of the backend services. As new options become available for Amazon AppFlow, make sure these are adopted to further optimise the volume and frequency of extraction. Reducing the quantity and frequency of extraction will improve sustainability as well as help reduce cost and improve performance.
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