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Taming big data sprawl

According to one leading research firm, as reported by Forbes, worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to more than $203 billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7%. Data monetization will become a major source of revenues, Forbes reports, as the world will create 180 zettabytes of data (or 180 trillion gigabytes) in 2025, up from less than 10 zettabytes in 2015.

Of course, realizing the enormous potential value of big data presupposes organizations have an effective big data strategy and supporting architecture to address the challenges of sprawling data in today’s era of multi- and hybrid cloud environments. 

Enterprise data landscapes have grown increasingly complex with proliferating data sources and destinations, such as data lakes, enterprise data warehouses (EDWs), data marts, cloud applications, cloud storage and business intelligence tools.

In addition, there are data services for every application workload, and multiple workloads means complex data pipelines, costly multiple data copies across different repositories and time-consuming data movement and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes. 

The problem of data complexity was highlighted in a new global survey published by SAP. In the survey, three out of every four IT decision-makers said their data landscape is so complex that it limits agility and 86% acknowledge that, with the right tools, there is much more they could do with their data (see the infographic).

According to Greg McStraveick, president of SAP data base and data management, “only one-half of 1 percent of data that is collected is ever analyzed.”

To help businesses make sense of billions of terabytes of data that is being collected by enterprises but not managed or analyzed, SAP launched SAP DATA Hub. SAP Data Hub was officially announced by SAP CEO Bill McDermott at the company’s New York offices and timed to coincide with the Strata Data Conference, one of the largest big data conferences in the world, as well as the SAP TechEd conference in Las Vegas. 

Designed to connect numerous data sources, both SAP and non-SAP, on-premises and in the cloud, and provide a way for data to get to its destination, SAP Data Hub enables businesses to overcome the complexity of their data systems and capitalize on the vast amounts of data they collect from a growing variety of sources.

Key benefits of SAP Data Hub include strengthened data governance by giving IT departments and data administrators a single view of the data landscape; powerful data pipelines that cross the landscape while leaving data storage and processing capabilities where they are; and an open architecture approach that lets customers leverage existing connections and integration tools while making it easier to add new data sources and connections.

SAP Data Hub joins SAP Vora and SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Services as key parts of the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system.

Have the cloud your way

Digital transformation in a top priority in most organizations and centrally involves shifting to a cloud-first strategy. But for many organizations, moving to public cloud requires challenging shifts in culture, control, operations, and most of all, platform.

SAP Cloud Platform is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering originally announced in 2014 (as SAP HANA Cloud Platform) and widely used today by SAP customers as their innovation platform to quickly build and deploy applications.

At TechEd SAP announced new business services, product capabilities and strategic partnerships for its SAP Cloud Platform that unlock untapped business potential and extend SAP’s digital innovation system, SAP Leonardo.

In line with the company’s commitment to giving customers free choice of cloud infrastructure providers, SAP now has the broadest level of multi-cloud support because apps can be deployed on GCP, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), the IBM Cloud and on-premises IT environments.

New services such as business event subscription services for SAP S/4HANA, content management services for processing personal data, and data protection and privacy services that support the development of data privacy functions offer greater business agility.

Additional integrated services including SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix, SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services, and SAP Cloud Platform Portal help developers quickly build new applications that offer a superior user experiences across various digital touch points.

The following enhancements to SAP Cloud Platform underscore SAP's commitment to offer customers choice, openness and flexibility:

  • Additional multicloud support is provided with beta availability with SAP Cloud Platform on Google Cloud Platform.
  •  New SAP data centers opened in Toronto and Moscow. SAP Cloud Platform will also be available in the Amazon Web Services data center in Sao Paolo, planned for Q4 2017.
  • ABAP® in SAP Cloud Platform (beta) will open SAP Cloud Platform to ABAP developers, helping to extend and transition ERP business processes to the cloud. This new cloud service is also planned to provide investment protection for existing on-premise landscapes by externalizing customized developments with a hybrid deployment option.
  • SAP joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the Open API Initiative, providing open application programming interface (API) choice and consistency as well as helping to accelerate the adoption of cloud containerization, orchestration and microservices.
  • An SAP Jam™ Collaboration API is now available in SAP API Business Hub allowing customers to embed collaboration features into their business software, such as SAP Hybris® or SAP SuccessFactors® solutions, or embed data from these solutions into SAP Jam Collaboration.

At NTT DATA, we applaud SAP’s efforts to make transitioning to the cloud faster and easier, and we are committed to doing the same. For example, the depth, breadth and flexibility of NTT DATA’s cloud offering enables customers of all sizes and across diverse industries to embark upon or accelerate their cloud journey with infrastructure hosting or even SAP software and hosting packaged together as part of a Partner Managed Cloud (PMC) solution. 

Contact NTT DATA today to learn how our expertise with SAP cloud migration, hosting and managed services can accelerate your SAP cloud journey.

Post Date: 2017-10-06