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19th July 2019

5 reasons why your data teams struggle with SAP, and what you can do about it

Categories: Data, Data Catalogue, SAP

SAP and its metadata Like most companies who have been required to incorporate SAP data into Information or Data Management projects, I am sure you have also experienced the delays, high costs and even data inaccuracies which often occur. Much of this results from the nature of SAP and its metadata. Without an easy and […]

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11th July 2019

Mind The Gap – metadata for data transformation

Categories: Data Transformation, Metadata

Introduction If you have ever travelled on the London Underground you may have heard the phrase “Mind The Gap” being announced on certain stations, or perhaps you’ve seen the sign on the platform edge. The reason is that in some stations where the platform is curved the distance between the carriage and platform is wider […]

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28th March 2019

Using metadata to solve the problem of your ERP and CRM data silos

Categories: Data, Data Silos

Introduction You have probably noticed how much attention is being placed in your enterprise to optimise the use of, or “monetise”, the data that flows through your organisation’s IT systems. One of the problems associated with this of course is that it is likely that some of the information you want to include for this will […]

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8th January 2019

Data, data everywhere. Can you find and manage it all easily and quickly?

Categories: Data

It’s probably no surprise that you are noticing an increased focus on the management, governance and exploitation of the data your organisation collects and stores. Why is this? Firstly governments and regulatory bodies across the globe are imposing ever more stringent rules on how you look after data. Think GDPR, CCPA in California, MiFID for […]

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28th June 2017

A smarter way to find Personal Data in your ERP or CRM systems for GDPR

Categories: Data, Data Discovery, Data Governance, Enterprise Metadata Management, GDPR

Data management, GDPR and the status quo We have just released the latest version of Safyr® which contains new features which have been largely driven by the need to deliver ERP or CRM metadata for GDPR. Whilst Safyr has been available for many years and has been used by hundreds of organisations, there are those who […]

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9th November 2016

Is it necessary to discover Microsoft Dynamics AX metadata?

Categories: Data, Data and Application integration, Data Discovery, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Microsoft Dynamics AX

Do you really need to discover Microsoft Dynamics AX metadata? The answer is a definite “Yes”, because as one of the world’s most implemented ERP/CRM packaged solutions for large and medium sized enterprises it suffers from the same metadata challenge as SAP, Oracle, and increasingly Salesforce systems. (According to Panorama Consulting Solutions’ most recent survey, […]

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7th September 2016

Where’s the data? Avoiding data integration errors

Categories: Data, Data and Application integration, Data Discovery, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Information Management, JD Edwards, Metadata, Metadata discovery, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Safyr, Salesforce, SAP

Top 3 Data Integration mistakes I saw a fascinating post by David Linthicum on the Informatica Blog recently in which he discussed the Top 3 Data Integration mistakes which companies make and how to avoid them. One of these is essentially being unable to answer the question ‘Where’s the data and what does it mean?’ For the sake […]

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31st August 2016

Access and exploit Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 data model with Safyr

Categories: Data, Data Discovery, Data Management, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Metadata discovery, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Safyr

new supported package for safyr We’ve been working hard on a new capability for Safyr®. This is in the form of a metadata extraction feature to enable customers to quickly and intuitively access and exploit the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 data model. As a result we are adding a new package to our list of […]

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29th June 2016

Download sample data models for SAP, Salesforce and Oracle packages

Categories: Data, Data Discovery, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Metadata Management, JD Edwards, Metadata, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Safyr, Salesforce, SAP, Siebel

data modeL Of all the blogs we’ve written here at Silwood, by far the most popular are the ones that are about specific Data Models for SAP, Salesforce and Oracle packages (JD Edwards, E-Business Suite, Siebel and PeopleSoft). We’ve done a number of these over the last year or two. For example we wrote about […]

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17th June 2016

“You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave”

Categories: Data, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Salesforce

It was interesting to read the announcement about Salesforce’s latest price hike which amounted to about 40% here in the UK and about 20% in the US. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/23/salesforce_uk_40_per_cent_price_hike/) Much of the rationale for the increase is based on the additional functionality now built into the product by Salesforce which makes it even more valuable to […]

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13th May 2016

Metadata or data? My ‘Elevator Pitch’ dilemma

Categories: Data, Data Discovery, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Metadata discovery, SAP

Often when I’m at conferences, parties and networking events I get asked “so what do you do?” If it’s someone that I think has a real interest in our market, I will normally give them the benefit of my ‘elevator pitch’. For a Brit, the term ‘elevator pitch’ is in some ways very misleading. Firstly, […]

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8th April 2016

Transformation to a data driven business needs metadata

Categories: Data, Data Discovery, Data Governance, Data Management, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Metadata discovery

Introduction The theme at Enterprise Data World 2016 is “transforming to a data driven business” and Silwood Technology are delighted to be sponsoring the event again this year. This is a broad subject that covers a multitude of disciplines, for example, data governance, enterprise information management, master data, business intelligence and analytics as well as data […]

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4th January 2016

Metadata – one of Big Data’s “dirty little jobs”?

Categories: Big Data, Data, Data Discovery, Data Management, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Data Warehouse, Metadata, Metadata discovery, Safyr, Salesforce, SAP, SAP BW, SAP HANA

big data’s little jobs I happened across an interesting article by David Gee recently.  It was entitled “A guide to the little jobs that will make big data work.” (http://www.itnews.com.au/blogentry/a-guide-to-the-little-jobs-that-will-make-big-data-work-409655) What I found particularly noteworthy, not to mention refreshing, was the acknowledgement of the importance of metadata in a big data project.  This is not […]

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17th November 2015

Star schemas and snowflakes – finding data models in SAP BW

Categories: Data, Data Warehouse, Metadata, SAP, SAP BW

Understanding data models in SAP BW is a challenge Here is another in our occasional series of data models.   This one is a little different, in that it is about SAP Business Warehouse (BW). Part of the reason I’ve done BW this time is that we get a lot of demand for this capability.   Despite […]

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12th October 2015

Use Safyr to find the PeopleSoft Customer-Contact Data Model – quickly and easily

Categories: Data, Data Discovery, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Metadata discovery, PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft Financials data model Here is another in our occasional series of data models of those common business areas in SAP and ORACLE applications for which data models are often required for Information Management projects. This time it is a set of tables in the form of a data model from a PeopleSoft Financials system, […]

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1st October 2015

How to Compare two Salesforce systems using Safyr

Categories: Data, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Safyr, Salesforce

Today’s blog is about the Comparison features in Safyr®. This is an area of the product that may be not as widely used or understood as we’d like, however it’s very powerful, so this is an attempt to redress that. The feature is actually called ‘Compare Subject Areas’ – the idea being to export metadata […]

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8th September 2015

What are you pouring into your Data Lake?

Categories: Big Data, Data, Data Discovery, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata

WHat exactly is a data lake? Recently I have been attending some vendor webinars on Big Data, Data Lake strategy, Hadoop in the context of Data Warehousing and Analytics in an attempt to gain a clearer understanding both of the technology platforms available and more importantly some knowledge of the use cases and benefits a […]

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1st July 2015

Ever wondered how you could create an Oracle eBusiness Suite General Ledger Data Model?

Categories: Data, Data Management, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Metadata discovery, Oracle, Safyr

This is the latest in an occasional series of data models which will give some insight into those common business areas in SAP and ORACLE applications for which data models are often required for Information Management projects. It’s a group of tables in the form of a data model from an Oracle Enterprise Business Suite system showing a […]

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26th May 2015

SAP “Run Simple” is great for the future, but what about the complexity of the past?

Categories: Business Process, Data, Data Management, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Metadata discovery, S4/HANA, Safyr, SAP, SAP BW, SAP HANA

This is an interesting blog by Steve Lucas, President of Platform Solutions at SAP. https://blogs.saphana.com/2014/11/12/a-roadmap-for-simple/ The first paragraph reads: “Our CEO, Bill McDermott, has thrown down the gauntlet on enterprise complexity so to speak and issued a challenge to every single SAP employee: Make our valuable products and solutions simple to understand, simple to discover, simple […]

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11th May 2015

Why do Salesforce applications need Safyr to help the understanding of their metadata?

Categories: Data, Data and Application integration, Data Discovery, Data Governance, Data Management, Data Model, Enterprise Information Management, JD Edwards, Metadata, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Safyr, Salesforce, SAP

We’ve been surprised (pleasantly I might add) at the response we have received to the introduction of Safyr’s capability to reverse engineer metadata from Salesforce systems. It is rapidly becoming our second most popular ‘package’, SAP of course being number one. Why should this be?   All the other environments we support (SAP, JD Edwards, Oracle […]

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24th March 2015

Using Safyr ‘ ETL for Metadata’ to harvest Microsoft Dynamics metadata

Categories: Data, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery, Microsoft Dynamics

As many of you will know, using Safyr® we can pull metadata from a range of ERP and CRM products, including SAP, Salesforce and PeopleSoft. Customers often ask about other packaged applications that they have implemented.  “Can you also do XYZ product?”, and our answer used to be “No – we can only do the […]

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24th February 2015

Modelling Salesforce application tables with Safyr and Microsoft Visio – a worked example

Categories: Data, Data and Application integration, Data Discovery, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery, MIcrosoft Visio, Safyr, Salesforce

This is the latest in an occasional series of data models based upon the packaged application we support with our Safyr product. It is an example of modelling Salesforce application tables with Safyr. Many of our customers and partners are increasingly using Salesforce as an enterprise system of record and of course with the addition […]

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26th November 2014

Application metadata in an Agile Data Warehouse world

Categories: Agile, Data, Data Model, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Metadata Management, JD Edwards, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Salesforce, SAP, Siebel

I have been reading quite a lot recently about the applicability of Agile methodologies for Data Warehousing amongst other initiatives and it appears to me that often the topic of source data analysis is under-represented in the literature and blogs so I thought I would discuss the subject of application metadata in an Agile data […]

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3rd November 2014

How to find Data Models for SAP BW InfoCubes

Categories: Data, Data Model, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery, Safyr, SAP, SAP BW

This is the third in a series of data models drawn from the various ERP and CRM systems for which Safyr delivers rapid, accurate and usable metadata.  Previously on this blog we’ve produced a Bill of Materials model from a SAP system and an Accounts Payable model from a JDEdwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 system. This model […]

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22nd October 2014

Applications, applications everywhere? And never the data to find?

Categories: Data, Data and Application integration, Data Model, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Safyr

We’ve been providing a solution to get metadata out of ERP and CRM applications for quite a few years now and a common question over that period has been some variation of:  “It’s great what you do for SAP (PeopleSoft, Siebel, etc…) – now tell me, can you do the same for our other packaged […]

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30th April 2014

Coming soon….Safyr for Salesforce

Categories: Data, Data and Application integration, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery, Safyr, Salesforce

We’re going to be adding Safyr® for Salesforce capability to our product in the next release (due June 2014) so I wanted to give a taste of what this will deliver. Salesforce is much smaller than SAP or the Oracle apps in terms of the number of tables, but can still be challenging to understand […]

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13th February 2014

Are complex ERP data models holding organisations back or helping them move forward?

Categories: Business Process, Data, Data and Application integration, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery

According to a recent report by leading analyst firm Gartner, heavily customised ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems will have achieved the status of ‘legacy ERP,’ by 2016. In addition they suggest that as more agile, flexible competitors enter the market and mature, CIO’s will need to plan on what to do with their ‘legacy ERPs’. […]

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24th September 2013

Data Model of JD Edwards Accounts Payable – download here

Categories: Data, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Metadata Management, JD Edwards, Metadata discovery, Safyr

This is the second in an occasional series of data models which will give some insight into those common business areas in SAP and ORACLE applications for which data models are often required for Information Management projects. It’s a set of tables in the form of a data model from a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 system showing the […]

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16th September 2013

Are you a Data Modeler or Data Worker?

Categories: Data, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Data Warehouse, Safyr, SAP

A few months ago I was at a meeting with a customer who was involved with a BI project that was pulling data from an SAP system into a Data Mart. One of the people at the meeting was very experienced in the ETL tool the customer was using for this project. We were showing […]

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3rd September 2013

Data Model of SAP Bill of Materials Explosion – download here

Categories: Data, Data Model, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Safyr, SAP

We are in the process of providing content which will give some insight into those common business areas in SAP and ORACLE applications, for which data models are often required for Information Management projects. The first one I have created is a data model of the SAP tables used in the BOM Explosion process.  The model was created following some analysis in […]

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24th July 2013

Is metadata discovery necessary on SAP HANA projects?

Categories: Big Data, Data, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery, Safyr, SAP, SAP HANA

I picked up on a great blog by Jonathan Haun, Consulting Manager, Decision First Technologies recently where he talked at some length about the Data Modelling aspects of SAP HANA, click here to link through to it. I commented back that I felt that HANA projects needed to go through a data source discovery phase […]

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15th July 2013

Satnav and Data Discovery

Categories: Data, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery, Safyr

  I’m always looking for new ways to explain what I do for a living.  It’s made hard by the fact that it centres on a product that doesn’t do anything quite like any other tool in the ‘data’ space – which is to make it fast and easy to navigate the data models of […]

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5th July 2013

Data vs Process: “This house believes that there is no such thing as ‘Process’ in a computer system, there is only ‘Data’.”

Categories: Big Data, Business Process, Data, Data and Application integration, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Master Data Management, Metadata discovery

  I realise this might be controversial but I do believe it.  IT professionals have long talked about Process Modelling as the way to understand what a complex system does, while Data Modelling tends to be seen as the ‘Cinderella’ of the modelling world. But Process is merely the moving around of data.  When all […]

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