If like me you were working in IT during the build up to year 2000, you might recall a high level of noise about the “Millenium Bug”. The issue, we were told, was about nothing less than the potential threat of complete system failure across the globe. This time around, with Artificial Intelligence (AI), according to some, we should be concerned that the very existence of the human race is under threat. Thankfully, AI in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) isn’t about robots deciding when and how to completely replace or destroy humans. Read more
Unlocking the power and value of metadata
A Silwood guest blog by Nicola Askham
In the rapidly evolving world of data-driven businesses and digital transformation, one term stands out as a key player: metadata. But what exactly is metadata, and why should you care about it? In this article, we will dive deep into the world of metadata, exploring its definition, significance, and the challenges it poses in today’s data landscape. And, learn how to unlock the power value of metadata.
“Through 2022, only 20% of analytic insights will deliver business outcomes” (Gartner, 2019)
“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”
It seems strange for many companies to admit that despite countless years of investment in complex reporting, BI and analytics systems, they still have an issue getting to the right information at the right time in a way that informs better decision making.
As companies grow, change and develop, sound BI and analytics becomes harder to implement. It’s always surprising to hear many of the biggest brands in the world don’t know exactly how many customers they have, where they are most profitable or why some critical data points are missing. Problems arise when data models don’t reflect actual business activities. Suddenly there’s a compelling need to return to basics, to identify the most enduring sources of truth and move forward from there.
What is ESG and why does it matter?
Decades ago, concerns about the immediate and global impact of business on the environment and society were seen as a bit of a fringe issue. What mattered most was the “bottom line”. In this blog we will look at the overall topic and then focus on the data challenge for ESG in the context of governance Read more
How to trust the data
Knowing who and what to trust, it seems, has increasingly been on all our minds lately. One outcome of an ever more complex world is that the need to trust and search for evidence has become an essential activity in our daily lives. And, knowing if you can trust the data in your business systems and reports can be equally challenging.
SAP and data catalogs
With much of your key data assets stored in core SAP applications, they are critical to the success of a data catalog, governance or lineage project. However, a data catalog and SAP can be difficult bedfellows. SAP ECC, S/4HANA, BW and BW/4HANA are large complex and often highly customized applications and so they can present a significant challenge to the delivery of a truly enterprise-wide solution. If SAP data can’t be assimilated easily into the new data platform, project failure could be on the horizon.
Read on to learn more about what to ask your data catalog or data governance vendors. Read more
Enterprise metadata challenges
Spare a thought for your data engineers, analysts and architects. They are often, it seems to me in that difficult place where an irresistible force meets an immovable object. They are at the point where the expectations of the business for ever faster access to quality data come face to face with the realities of data management in corporate IT. And, in order to meet those demands one of the most significant components the data architect needs is access to the enterprise metadata in your organization’s technology applications. This metadata provides definitions and data structures which are vital for complex projects. And, as they will tell you accessing, understanding and using this information is not a trivial task.
Who is this blog for? If your organisation is considering, or already implementing a data catalog, data governance or enterprise metadata management platform and you are an SAP customer, you may think that SAP and data catalogs don’t mix. And, if you have ERP or CRM packages from vendors other than SAP – maybe from […]
We are delighted to announce that Safyr for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (CE) will be available in December.
It’s been a while since we added a new data source type to the list of systems Safyr can work with, and that’s about to change.
We’ve had capability for Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM for some time, but we’ve had to turn away customers who wanted metadata from their Dynamics 365 applications to be loaded into Safyr and then used for data catalog and other projects. That will change now that Safyr for Microsoft Dynamics 365 is available. The increasing number of enquiries for Dynamics 365 we have received reflects the growth of Microsoft as an enterprise packaged application vendor.
ERP and CRM metadata for your enterprise data catalog?
Can your enterprise data catalog or metadata management system truly be called ‘enterprise’ if it cannot readily accommodate metadata from your enterprise application systems?
Have you ever wondered how to go about provisioning your enterprise data catalog or metadata management solution with information from your enterprise applications such as those from SAP, Oracle, Salesforce or Microsoft?
It may seem that this should be a simple and straightforward process as it is with many other data sources. Your vendors may even suggest that their software solution can achieve this easily. Or, that it will be a task their consultants and your technical specialists can accomplish quickly and without difficulty.
We have technical and / or commercial partnerships with many of the leading enterprise data catalog and metadata management vendors. This means that their customers can use Safyr to provision their solutions with ERP and CRM metadata from their systems, as implemented, quickly and accurately.
If your vendor does not have a solution for this task then you are risking the delivery of your project.