28 June, 2017

Begin Your Digital Transformation with SAP Analytics Cloud

Digital transformation is here and now. We see it everywhere—from cab-hailing applications to ecommerce solutions to open house platforms. As consumer expectations rise by the minute, businesses are also increasingly being pressured to come up with innovative ways to reach out to their stakeholders and enhance consumer engagement. This is the Age of Consumers, after all, where people now have greater power to decide and choices aren’t monopolised by a handful of companies. It’s both
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22 December, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 5 – LACK OF GOVERNANCE

In the first part of this blog series I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of the issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded by outlining the 5 common challenges that I hear from customers. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the fifth and final of these issues: LACK OF GOVERNANCE. Before discussing a lack of governance, let us first consider
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30 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 4 – OLD TECHNOLOGY

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of the issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded by outlining the 5 common challenges that I hear from customers. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the fourth issue: OLD TECHNOLOGY In one of the previous post, we discussed the topic of complex architecture
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21 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 3 – SLOW PERFORMANCE

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded by outlining the 5 common challenges that I hear from customers: INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the third of these issues: SLOW PERFORMANCE. How many times have you heard of business users complaining that the
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14 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 2 – COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE

In the previous post, I discussed the first challenge of the traditional data warehouse which is the inflexibility of allowing changes. This blog will focus on the second of these issues: COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE The following diagram is an illustration of a typical implementation architecture for a heterogeneous sourced data warehouse designed to support traditional Business Intelligence workloads. An architecture that should be all too familiar
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7 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 1 – INFLEXIBILITY

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of the issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded that post by outlining 5 common challenges that I hear from customers. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the first of these issues: INFLEXIBILITY. For the avoidance of any doubt, let’s begin with the definition
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31 October, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Introduction

“In the PAST……..” It seems to be a very long time ago since we put to bed the arguments over the need for data warehouses.  I remember the first project I worked on: a Regional Insurance Company struggling to get a comprehensive view of their customer demographics for Campaign Management. Why were they struggling? Simply put, their data was in silos across a multitude of different operational systems, each of which had its own unique
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31 October, 2014

Mastering Business Analytics with SAP and SAP Business Objects BI Overview

The Mastering Business Analytics with SAP and SAP BusinessObjects BI event was held at Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 October. The 215 delegates who attended learned about a variety of topics including big data, HANA and Business Intelligence. It was a fascinating conference attended by a diverse group, some who return annually to touch base with the SAP community. There was a strong representation of partners and customers from
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