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Category: Metadata

7th August 2019

AI projects have familiar data challenges

Categories: Artificial Intelligence AI, Metadata

Artificial intelligence data challenges In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal Arvind Krishna, IBM’s senior vice president of cloud and cognitive software, said “data-related challenges are a top reason IBM clients have halted or cancelled artificial-intelligence (AI) projects.” He went on to say that “about 80% of the work with an AI project […]

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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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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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3rd March 2016

Extract, explore and exploit Salesforce metadata using Safyr

Categories: Agile, Data Discovery, Data Management, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata, Metadata discovery, Salesforce

Introduction to Safyr for Salesforce Salesforce has an easy-to-use data modelling feature in the Schema Builder. This provides a graphical data modelling interface to the Salesforce metadata, allowing the user to choose which Objects to include in the diagram, and with zooming and navigation features. However, when there are a significant number of Custom Objects, […]

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3rd February 2016

Using PeopleSoft metadata to model Customer Master

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

This is the latest in our occasional series of data models which we have produced using Safyr®. These give some insight into those common business areas in SAP and ORACLE applications for which an understanding of how the underlying metadata is structured are often required for Information Management projects. It’s a group of tables in the form […]

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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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