SAP positioned by independent research firm as leader in enterprise (ETL) extract, transform and load of data

JohannesburgSAP (NYSE: SAP), market leader in enterprise application software, is positioned this time by Forrester Research as a leader in its latest report: “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise ETL, Q1 2012” report.

According to the report: “The enterprise ETL market continues to grow at a healthy pace as more enterprises replace manual scripts with packaged ETL solutions.” 1

As a result, Forrester believes that growing data volumes will further increase firms’ dependence on ETL to support the heavy lifting of data from transactional systems to operational data stores, data warehouses, BI platforms, MDM hubs, the cloud and Hadoop platforms.” 1

Forrester notes SAP’s abilities to innovate and scale to support complex data integration environments as key factors in maintaining its leadership position.

Experiencing strong global adoption, the 4.0 release of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions from SAP enables organizations to process any data type from any data source, enabling the delivery of integrated, accurate and timely information across the enterprise. Simon Carpenter, Director of Strategic Initiatives at SAP Africa says “the global trends that drive better management of data are equally if not more applicable in Africa. With challenges such as growing economies, burgeoning middle-classes, rapid adoption of mobility, social media and increasing exposure to global competition African enterprises have a pressing need to deal with growing and more complex data sets in order to make better decisions and faster”. “ETL is absolutely essential in meeting these challenges in a consistent and cost-effective manner”.

Addressing extract, transform and load (ETL) and data integration, the 4.0 release of SAP BusinessObjects Data Services software highlights new big data capabilities, including support for unstructured text data types, enhanced data lineage and information governance when used with SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward software. Out-of-the-box integration with the 4.0 release of SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform, SAP Business Suite software and the newest innovations including the SAP HANA platform helps reduce the data preparation costs that exist in all IT projects. To learn more, read the Forrester Wave report [PDF].


As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back-office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 176 000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of Sybase) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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