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Category: Enterprise Information Management

3rd January 2018

Inside the Black Box – it’s dark in here! Shining a light on to ERP and CRM data

Categories: Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management

In the past we at Silwood have often referred to the ERP and CRM solutions which are the target for our metadata discovery product, Safyr®, as “Black Boxes” in terms of their underlying data models. In this context we are using one of the Oxford Dictionary definitions of a Black Box which is: “A complex […]

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10th March 2017

GDPR, Personal Data, ERP and CRM – How I learned to stop worrying and love metadata

Categories: Data Governance, Enterprise Information Management

GDPR – what’s all the fuss about? If you are involved with data management or data governance, I am guessing you have read, or at least heard about the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). GDPR comes into force in May, 2018. It’s aim is to protect EU citizens by giving them more […]

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Finding Personal Data in an SAP system for GDPR compliance

Categories: Data Governance, Enterprise Information Management

Introduction to the gdpr challenge Working out which Tables store personal data that needs to be reviewed for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a challenge in any environment, but particularly so where the system is one or more of the big Application Packages. Typically these are systems from SAP, Oracle, Salesforce and Microsoft. […]

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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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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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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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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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9th December 2013

Perhaps it is time to start acknowledging the challenge of source data analysis?

Categories: Business Process, Data and Application integration, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Information Management, JD Edwards, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Safyr, SAP, SAP HANA, Siebel

“Garbage out, garbage in” I know, I know I have got that the wrong way round. Well, actually I did it on purpose to illustrate a problem with BI/Data Warehousing projects and incidentally many other Information Management initiatives. That problem is the challenge of source data analysis – particularly with SAP, Oracle and Salesforce packages. […]

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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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19th June 2013

The traditional view is that metadata is boring and complex and should be left to technicians – perhaps it is time to think differently!

Categories: Data and Application integration, Data Lineage, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Metadata Management, Master Data Management, Metadata discovery, Safyr

Metadata is boring and complex and should only be of interest to technical specialists and geeks! Well, that is a commonly held view; however in today’s environment where exploiting data, in the form of Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master Data Management, Big Data, Data Governance and even Enterprise Architecture initiatives, is becoming more critical […]

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