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24th May 2018

HOW CAN YOU WORK OUT PERSONAL DATA FIELDS FOR AN SAP SYSTEM IN SUPPORT OF GDPR

Categories: GDPR, Personal Data, SAP

Silwood Technology has launched five GDPR Starter Packs for major application packages, including SAP, JD Edwards, Microsoft Dynamics 2012, Oracle E-Business Suite and Siebel. Working out which tables store personal data that needs to be reviewed for GDPR is a challenge in any environment, but particularly so where the system is one or more of […]

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6th March 2018

Enhancing Safyr to support SAP BW Extractors and the tables they access

Categories: SAP, SAP BW

We have often been asked by customers who use SAP and SAP BW whether we could enhance our product Safyr® to show the SAP BW Extractors and the Tables they access. These Extractors are functions in the SAP system that extract data from SAP and pass it across to BW for Business Intelligence purposes. Being […]

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20th February 2018

Tested: 5 ERP and CRM packages evaluated for GDPR personal data

Categories: GDPR, JD Edwards, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Oracle, SAP, Siebel

Less than 1% of data could cost enterprises 4% of annual turnover in May 2018 Here at Silwood Technology, we’ve conducted research into five of the largest and most widely used application packages to understand the scale of the challenge encountered by our customers when locating personal data for GDPR compliance. It is vital to […]

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18th October 2016

Data discovery – the step before extraction

Categories: Data Discovery, Data Management, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Data Warehouse, Enterprise Application, Enterprise Metadata Management, Metadata discovery, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP

What comes before data extraction? In any data intensive project be it a data warehouse, data migration, master data there is a data discovery phase which has to be completed before any movement of data can be performed.  This is what used to be called source data analysis and is in modern parlance more likely […]

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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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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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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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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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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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18th December 2014

“So what your product, Safyr, does is Data Discovery – Right?”

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

Well…er…Yes, and No.   We get this comment lots of times.  It’s sometimes hard to explain the difference.  Strictly speaking, we do ‘metadata discovery’. I like analogies.  Imagine I’ve moved to a new town and I want to know the location of the nearest Supermarket, Post Office, ATM, etc.   What do I do? I can ask […]

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10th December 2014

The role of application metadata in a Master Data implementation

Categories: Data Governance, Data Model Enterprise Information Management, Enterprise Application, JD Edwards, Master Data Management, Metadata discovery, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Salesforce, SAP

We would like to congratulate IBM, Informatica, SAP and Oracle on their continued strong showing in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management (MDM) of Customer Data Solutions. I am not going to spend time restating the benefits that organisations can reap from a properly implemented Master Data strategy in terms of increased revenues […]

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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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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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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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5th August 2011

SAP data model design and HANA

Categories: Data and Application integration, Data Warehouse, SAP, Saphir

I just commented on a fascinating article http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/wlg/25147 by Jamie Oswald over on the SAP Community Network that relates to my earlier blog on BI and complex data environments. He amusingly points up the data model optimisation “battle lines” between the BI and developer communities. I quote… “Why are transactional data models really hard to […]

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