After 15 years as an SAP customer at The Walt Disney Company, and 4 years as an SAP technology partner at EMC Corporation, I recently joined SAP. I am truly thrilled being part of this great company.
Those of you who know me, are well aware that I have a lot of passion around the topic of unifying structured SAP data with unstructured data for the benefit of new business opportunities and use cases. Where unstructured data represents the overwhelming majority in data growth and data types. A few things in my mind create the dynamic organizations are facing. I believe SAP is on track solving this dilemma and SAP HANA Vora is a critical building block in this strategy. When I had the chance to join the Vora GTM team, I didn’t think twice.
Fact 1 – Your data will do one thing for sure – GROW!
We probably agree on that without me having to belabor that fact. There are countless statistics available on the web from every angle imaginable. Not only does data grow, but also data types created and supported by the systems in your enterprise increase as well. Then there is external data, public data, data feeds, IoT data, etc. We are now talking about Data Lakes as it would be most normal thing in the world. When I bring it up casually in a conversation with a non-IT person, they look at me as if I am nuts. Many companies intuitively decide “I need to keep all data for now and figure out later how to get actionable insight out.” In many cases Hadoop based clusters offer the seemingly obvious solution – ha! – And it’s cheap and open source (so you think initially). The challenge becomes real when you actually want to build something new (business process, app, workflow, dashboard, etc.) utilizing your data in Hadoop and maybe in your SAP systems. Now, it becomes critical to use the right tools for the job, which require often new skills, and introduce new interoperability and operational challenges. Just like you would not go fishing for sardines in your “data” lake with a rod – you should not run the wrong query with the wrong tool for a specific set of data.
Fact 2 – Organizations spend too much time and money on complexity!
In a recent customer study SAP collected the following data.
- 73% of executives cited complexity of data as the largest IT challenge
- $237Billion in profits loss reported by top 200 global companies due to hidden costs of complexity
These are some of the reasons why organizations hesitate to embark on big data related projects at all.
Fact 3 – IDC predicts advanced analytics to be a widely adopted practice by 2020
- By 2020, 50% of all business analytics software will incorporate prescriptive analytics built on cognitive computing technology
- By 2020, the amount of high-value data worth analyzing will double and 60% of information delivered to decision makers will be actionable
Alright, it’s a prediction and less of a fact, but, nonetheless very interesting. To me, this means that most companies are working right now on figuring out how to get there. We are faced with defining what platforms to use, which organization to empower, what skills to increase, which tools to utilize, where to deploy, how to operate, and not to disrupt the business while introducing all this innovation.
As I said in the beginning, SAP HANA Vora is one of these critical components that bridge the gap between transactional SAP systems and the Hadoop world and dramatically reduces complexity. The upcoming Vora version 1.3 will bring some exciting new features. There is a lot content on Vora available already online in addition to the official Vora URL within the HANA Academy on YouTube
and search for keyword “Vora”
Hope to see you at SAP TechEd!