SAP SE announced key data innovations and partnerships to provide customers with access to critical data, enabling faster insights and better business decision-making. SAP announced the SAP® Datasphere solution, the next generation of its data management portfolio, enabling customers to easily access business-ready data across the data landscape. SAP has also introduced strategic partnerships with industry-leading data and AI companies – Collibra NV, Confluent Inc., Databricks Inc. and DataRobot Inc. – to enrich the SAP Datasphere and enable organizations to create a unified data architecture. Securely combine SAP software data and non-SAP data.
Until today, accessing and using data located in different systems and locations – between cloud providers, data providers, and on-premises systems – has been a complex challenge. Customers must obtain data from the original sources and export it to a central location, removing critical business context in the process, and restoring it only through specialized IT projects. ongoing use and manual effort. With today’s announcements, SAP Datasphere is helping to eliminate this hidden tax on data, enabling customers to build business data fabric architectures to rapidly deliver meaningful data with context and business logic intact.
“With SAP customers generating 87% of total global commerce, SAP data is among a company’s most valuable business assets and is contained in the most important functions of an organization, from manufacturing to supply chains, finance, human resources and more,”
“We want to help our customers take the next step to easily and confidently integrate SAP data with non-SAP data from third-party applications and platforms, unlocking entirely new insights and knowledge to bring digital transformation to another level.”
Juergen Mueller, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE.
SAP data warehouse
Now available, SAP datasphere is the next generation of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud solutions. It enables data professionals to provide scalable access to critical business data. With a unified experience of data integration, data cataloging, semantic modeling, data warehousing, data binding, and data virtualization, SAP Datasphere empowers data professionals to help bring critical data for businesses – with business context and logic preserved – into their organization’s data context. SAP Datasphere is based on the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), which includes powerful enterprise security features, such as database security, encryption, and governance. Existing SAP Data Warehouse Cloud customers need to take no additional steps or migrations, who will benefit from the new SAP Datasphere functionality in their production environments. New functionality includes Data Cataloging that automatically detects, manages and adjusts data; simplified data replication to provide continuous real-time data and updates; and improve data modeling to maintain the rich business context of data in SAP applications. Additional application integration capabilities connecting data and metadata from SAP cloud solutions to SAP Datasphere are planned.
Messer Americas, one of the leading industrial and medical gas companies in North and South America, needed simple and secure access to data from SAP and non-SAP solutions in the enterprise to enhance its capabilities. Make decisions based on business data and free up IT resources to focus on other important tasks. With SAP Datasphere, Messer Americas was able to create a modern data architecture that kept its business data context intact.
“SAP Datasphere simplifies our data landscape, giving us more confidence in the data we’re working with every day so we can better deliver on the needs of the business,”
“We are able to react faster to emergent changes in supply and demand, resulting in better inventory management, improved customer service and optimization of our supply chain.”
David Johnston, Chief Information Officer, Messer Americas.
Strategic partnership relations
SAP and its new open data partners will help hundreds of millions of users around the world make informed strategic decisions driven by massive amounts of data. SAP’s strategic partners bring unique strengths into their ecosystem and enable customers to combine all of their data in a way like never before.
“Everybody wants access to SAP data, so leveraging partnerships among tech suppliers is absolutely necessary for a comprehensive data strategy,”
“Organizations today live in a world where a multi-cloud, multivendor and off- and on-premise data landscape is the norm. SAP is taking a new approach by partnering with a select group of leading partners, treating third-party data as a first-class citizen to better meet the needs of customers.”
Dan Vesset, group vice president of data and analytics market research, IDC.
Initial partners include:
- Collibra plans to have a tailored integration with SAP, enabling customers to achieve an enterprise governance strategy by building a complete data catalog with lineage across their entire data landscape – both SAP and non-SAP data. Collibra makes trusted data discoverable across any organization.
- Confluent plans to connect its data streaming platform, empowering companies to unlock valuable business data and connect it with external applications in real-time. Confluent’s cloud-native offering is the foundational platform for data in motion – permitting the uninhibited flow of real-time data from various sources across an organization.
- Databricks customers can integrate their Data Lakehouse with SAP software so data can be shared with semantics preserved, helping customers simplify their data landscape.
- DataRobot enables customers to leverage multimodal automated machine learning capabilities on top of SAP Datasphere and bring it directly into their business data fabric on whichever cloud platform it resides.