Data start-up for SAP customers launches

Ben Mcgrail

Xmateria, a new data company founded by ex-SNP managing director, Ben McGrail, has launched in the UK. The start-up aims to help SAP customers respond quickly to changing business landscapes and the opportunities presented by new technology.

Xmateria will provide expertise and industry-leading data transformation technology to guide companies through the challenges of separating, consolidating, migrating and modernising their SAP systems.

McGrail served as SNP’s UK managing director for four years following its acquisition of his first business, Harlex Consulting. Commenting on the launch of Xmateria, he said: “The past year or two has seen a major reordering of board-level priorities, with business resilience and digital transformation rising to the top of agenda. This has led to more divestments and M&A, and a renewed focus on cloud and adoption of S/4HANA. Data sits at the heart of all of these topics as both an opportunity and an obstacle. And that’s where you will find Xmateria: leading the migration of data into and out of ECC and S/4HANA, carving and separating SAP systems, driving improvements in data quality.

“Two principles will guide everything we do. First, simplicity. Our job is to bring the experience, the approach, the technology and the hard work to master the complexity of our customers’ SAP data. Second, we believe that the most valuable asset of a modern, digital business is its data. Data migration involves identifying and transforming years of accrued business knowledge, leveraging and protecting data as a strategic business asset – creating systems for the future.”