How to Integrate Cross border Data for Overseas Enterprises: Building a Data Bridge for Global Operations

Author:Acloudear , 2023-09-25 14:45   
In the process of globalization or ‘going global’, enterprises face various cross-border data integration challenges, which can be summarized into 8 main aspects.

In this era of increasing digitization and informatization, data is not only an asset for enterprises, but also a source of their core competitiveness. However, when enterprises move towards globalization or “going global”, they will face many unprecedented data challenges, including but not limited to data security, data circulation, data integration, and data management. For example, different countries and regions have different data privacy and protection laws, which pose strict compliance requirements for cross-border data integration. At the same time, multi regional and multi system operations also pose challenges to data consistency and accuracy. In addition, due to network latency and differences in technical standards, real-time access and decision-making of data are also affected to some extent. Therefore, how to ensure real-time, accurate, and secure data while complying with national laws and regulations has undoubtedly become a key issue that global operating enterprises must face and solve. In this issue, Acloudear data experts will delve into how to build a “data bridge” for global operations.



Enterprises Going Abroad, Cross border Data Integration Will Face 8 Major Challenges


In the process of globalization or ‘going global’, enterprises face various cross-border data integration challenges. These challenges can be summarized into the following 8 main aspects: 1) data security and compliance; 2) Data consistency and accuracy; 3) Inconsistency between data format and structure; 4) Delay in real-time data access and processing; 5) High costs and resource investment; 6) Cultural barriers; 7) Language barriers; 8) Technical updates and maintenance. These 8 major challenges require companies to fully consider them in strategy development and execution.


For example, in terms of data security and compliance, each country has its own unique data protection and privacy regulations. Enterprises must ensure that their data transmission and storage activities comply with the legal requirements of the target market. Meanwhile, as enterprises operate in multiple regions and systems, ensuring consistency and accuracy of data across various systems and locations becomes particularly difficult. In addition, the geographical distribution of data may lead to network latency, which in turn affects real-time data access and decision-making. The differences in data formats and standards between different countries are also a major challenge when integrating data.


The limitations of traditional data integration strategies when enterprises go overseas


According to feedback from multiple sources, many companies that go abroad still rely mainly on manual or semi-automatic methods for cross-border data integration. This approach is not only inefficient, but also prone to errors, increasing the risk of data quality and consistency. Furthermore, excessive reliance on data centers in a single region may also lead to the risk of data loss or tampering. Faced with these obvious limitations and challenges, more and more enterprises are seeking more advanced and reliable data integration solutions. Among them, SAP S/4HANA Cloud (ERP Cloud) is gradually being favored by enterprises.


SAP’s Cross border Data Integration Solution for Enterprises Going Abroad:


In the trend of globalization, more and more overseas enterprises are seeking strong data integration solutions. Among them, SAP’s S/4HANA Cloud solution has received widespread attention and recognition. This solution provides comprehensive support for enterprises going overseas through global data centers, comprehensive coverage of technology stacks, flexible subscription models, and comprehensive security measures.


① Comprehensive security guarantee

SAP S/4HANA Cloud adopts a multi cloud security architecture and a security management approach that separates multiple tenants. Not only that, it also provides SAP BTP cloud development services, specifically responsible for operational security monitoring and management of security events, while regularly conducting vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and patch management to ensure global security compliance certification.

② Data compliance and security

In cross-border data integration, SAP S/4HANA Cloud ensures strict compliance with national data protection and privacy regulations during cross-border transmission and storage processes through its global data center and local compliance framework. The plan also regularly evaluates changes in global data regulations to ensure that the company’s data strategy remains consistent with them.

For example, in response to the strict GDPR regulations of the European Union, SAP S/4HANA Cloud can ensure the compliance of enterprise data, making enterprises more confident and capable globally.

In response to a series of issues such as “inconsistent data format and structure” and “latency issues in real-time data access and processing” among the eight major challenges, SAP S/4HANA Cloud has achieved unified and real-time data access through optimized global data centers and network structures, greatly improving the accuracy of decision-making.


In summary, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, with its comprehensive and flexible solutions, effectively solves various cross-border data integration challenges faced by enterprises during their overseas journey, effectively supporting their global business expansion.


In the context of globalization, efficient cross-border data integration not only optimizes the operational efficiency of enterprises, but also provides accurate and real-time data support for enterprise decision-making, thereby ensuring that enterprises have sustained competitiveness in the global market.


If you would like to further understand the 8 detailed challenges faced by overseas enterprises in cross-border data integration and how to utilize digital solutions, such as SAP S/4HANA Cloud, to ensure the operation of your overseas enterprises, we suggest that you click the link here. There, you will receive more professional advice and comprehensive solutions to build a global operational data bridge for your overseas enterprises.

This article "How to Integrate Cross border Data for Overseas Enterprises: Building a Data Bridge for Global Operations" by AcloudEAR. We focus on business applications such as cloud ERP.

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