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SAP Helps Enterprises Achieve Information Excellence for Better Business Outcomes

Feature Article | January 30, 2017 by Philip On

The digital economy is driving the desire for data to be more connected, trusted and valued. There is growing consensus that data is one of the most important organizational assets and when carefully managed, thoughtfully governed, strategically used and sensibly controlled it can be transformative.

The enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio from SAP innovations can help customers with enhanced support and connectivity for Big Data sources, improved data stewardship and metadata management capabilities, and a pay-as-you-go cloud data quality service.

By effectively managing enterprise data to deliver trusted, complete, and relevant information, organizations can ensure data is always actionable to gain business insight and drive innovation. We continue to support our customers on their digital transformation journey with a data foundation that provides real-time access to relevant and reliable data.

EIM portfolio updates from SAP include:

SAP Data Services: Offers extended Big Data support and connectivity for integrating and loading large and diverse data types. The latest version includes a patent-pending data extraction capability providing fast data transfer from Google BigQuery to any data processing systems such as Hadoop, SAP HANA Vora, SAP IQ, SAP HANA and other cloud storages. Other enhancements include leveraging SPARK engine to optimize data extraction from a HIVE table and new connectivity support for Amazon Redshift and Apache Cassandra.

SAP Information Steward: Important new functionality in the latest version helps speed data resolution issues with better usability, policy and workflow processes. Users can immediately view and share data quality scorecards across devices without having to log into the application. Users can also more easily access information policies while viewing rules, scorecards, metadata and terms to immediately verify compliance. New information policy web services allow policies outside of the application to be viewed anywhere such as corporate portals. Finally, new and enhanced metadata management capabilities provide data stewards and IT users a way to quickly search metadata and conduct more meaningful metadata discovery.

SAP Agile Data Preparation: A focus on the bridge between agile business data mash-ups and central corporate governance, improves the collaboration capabilities between business users and data stewards. The latest version allows users to share, export and import rules between different worksheets or between different data domains. The rules are shared through a central and managed repository as well as through the ability to import or export the rules using flat files. New data remediation capabilities were added allowing users to change the values of a given cell by just double clicking it, add a new column and populate with relevant data values, or add or remove records in a single action.

SAP HANA smart data integration and smart data quality: Included in the latest release of the SAP HANA platform, features important new performance and connectivity functionality to deliver faster, more robust real-time replication, bulk/batch data movement, data virtualization and data quality through one common User Interface.

SAP Data Quality Management microservices: A new cloud-based offering from SAP is available as a beta on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, developer edition. The pay-as-you-go cloud-based service ensures clean data by providing data validation and enrichment for addresses and geocodes within any application or environment.

Philip On is vice president of Product Marketing at SAP

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