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Managing Data Governance in a Cloud-Focused World

The rate at which companies are amassing data is staggering. More than half of organizations today (57%) have production workloads running in the cloud and with the amount of new devices being introduced that create, consume and transmit data to the cloud, it has become critical to have some type of cloud governance program in place. However, one of the most challenging elements of such a program is how to manage an organization’s sensitive data. This data could encompass anything from bank account and credit card numbers to HR payroll data. Misuse or negligent handling of this information could cost companies tens of thousands of dollars per record lost in a potential data breach. Besides monetary consequences, we’ve also seen how disastrous a data breach can be to customer confidence. Cloud governance is nothing to scoff at!

When the stakes are this high, it is understandable that companies are reluctant to trust the cloud. Gartner predicts that “through 2020, 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.” However, cloud providers have made significant improvements to their security offerings over the last five years. This means that with proper planning and preparation, you can still reap the benefits of cloud efficiency and agility while maintaining appropriate levels of security.

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Narjit Aujla

Protiviti Authors Set to Launch New Book, Data Provisioning for SAP HANA®

Five of Protiviti’s Data Management and Advanced Analytics practice SAP experts have come together to write a 375-page guide, Data Provisioning for SAP HANA. Before making data available in SAP HANA, the data must be standardized, integrated and secured. This book details the options to accomplish that data provisioning, introducing readers to the various tools available and providing detailed case studies that demonstrate those tools in action.

SAP provides several options to extract, transform and load (ETL) data into SAP HANA. Data Provisioning for SAP HANA looks at each tool independently to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each, and where each typically sits in the IT landscape. Those tools include:

  • SAP HANA smart data integration (SDI)
  • SAP HANA smart data quality (SDQ)
  • SAP HANA smart data access (SDA)
  • SAP agile data preparation
  • SAP data services
  • SAP landscape transformation replication (SLT)
  • SAP data quality management (DQM)
  • SAP HANA data in the cloud

Each chapter demonstrates how to install, configure and develop in these tools and case studies show how these tools were implemented in a number of organizations.

This book will be helpful for decision makers who want to understand the different options available to load data into HANA for new implementations, or for companies looking to simplify the IT landscape by utilizing some of the new tools to ETL data into HANA. Architects, developers and system administrators will also appreciate the book’s step-by-step instructions for configuration, development and administration of these data provisioning tools.

Congratulations to our authors: Don Loden, Managing Director; Managers Russ Lamb and Vinay Suneja; Senior Consultant Vernon Gomes and Consultant Megan Cundiff.

Data Provisioning for SAP HANA is expected to be available in June in hardcover and ebook format. Pre-orders are being accepted here:

Categories: HANA, Industry Trends

ICYMI: Protiviti’s Brian Jordan Talks Data Mining

In case you missed it, click here to listen to a recent episode of the “Coffee Break with Game Changers” radio show, presented by SAP.

In this episode, Protiviti Managing Director Brian Jordan joined Marc Kinast from Celonis and SAP’s John Santic to discuss “Digital Footprints: Mining the Data in Your Operations.” Tune in to learn why Brian’s favorite movie quote is from Clint Eastwood: A man’s got to know his limitations.”

You’ll also learn why process mining is one of the hot trends in business intelligence today.

  Brian Jordan

Tech Trends at BI/HANA 2018

Protivit’s Narjit Aujla was a first-time attendee at the 2018 BI/HANA conference. He shares his observations here.

The morning begins with Spanish guitars before the keynote session at the BI & HANA 2018 conference in Las Vegas. Taking the stage is Ivo Bauermann, SAP’s Global Vice President, SAP Analytics, Head of Business Development & Global Center of Excellence. He tells an amusing story about how people had shunned the newly created automobile in favor of the horse-drawn carriage—a decision in favor of drinking more alcohol. To Ivo’s point, people are resistant to change. What may seem farfetched now becomes the de facto standard tomorrow, such as the way we solve this problem today:  Uber.

Today’s analytics market is growing rapidly. SAP’s data warehousing solution, SAP BW, is still commonly used in companies, with numerous conference sessions supporting it. Businesses are seeking enhancements to their data solutions, such as SAP HANA® in-memory computing and cloud agility. The good news is that there is a wide range of solutions for SAP users such as BW on HANA, BW/4HANA, and S/4HANA®. However, the ability to choose the right system architecture to meet your business needs is going to be critical for managing your data effectively going forward.

Analytical toolsets are more varied than ever. While products such as Tableau and Microsoft Power BI rival for the self-service spotlight, SAP’s Analytics Cloud (SAC) is also a large consideration. Riding the bleeding edge of real-time and predictive, SAC is looking to reinvent the way we approach analytics. Simple workflows and powerful natural language queries might be the difference between a successful Business Intelligence (BI) strategy and an outdated software graveyard. Regardless of tool selection, what we continue to see is the criticality of established data foundations and governance practices.

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About Narjit Aujla

Narjit Aujla is a Manager in the Data & Analytics practice at Protiviti. Working with companies from all industries, he works to understand a business’s primary concerns and delivers end-to-end business intelligence solutions.

Narjit’s specializes in Data and Analytics with a focus on Enterprise Information Management (EIM), front-end dashboard development, data modeling, and architecture strategy. With Protiviti, Narjit specializes in supporting the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise suite of tools including SAP Design Studio and SAP Web Intelligence in addition to other analytical tools such as SAP HANA Studio and SAP Lumira. He has also helped businesses refine their Data Governance strategy and identify gaps in business process using data profiling tools such as SAP Information Steward.

Categories: Industry Trends