To achieve true digital transformation, organizations must have seamless access to their critical business data, wherever it resides. Yet, with data landscapes spread across different applications and systems both in the cloud and on-premises, organizations expend countless resources to extract, reconstruct, and integrate their data.
When organizations fully harness the power of their data, they become businesses that use it to innovate faster, create new revenue streams, and adapt to unforeseen change.
At SAP, we know that the ability to capture and use data strategically has never been more important. Today, we are taking an important step, along with other leaders in our industry, to enable customers to simplify their data landscape and unleash the power of enterprise data.
Announcing SAP Datasphere
We are delighted to announce SAP Datasphere, a comprehensive data service based on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) that enables every data professional to provide seamless and scalable access to critical business data. With a unified experience for data integration, data cataloging, semantic modeling, data warehousing, data federation, and data virtualization, SAP Datasphere enables data professionals to easily distribute critical business data , preserving context and business logic, across the data landscape.
SAP Datasphere is the next generation of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. We kept all the features customers love using today and added new features that improve the discovery, modeling and distribution of critical business data. Existing SAP Data Warehouse Cloud customers will automatically see the new features in their product environment today and can continue to run their workloads uninterrupted – no migration needed.
SAP Datasphere offers a range of benefits to businesses to enhance their data strategies.
Access authoritative data
SAP Datasphere provides a direct line to critical business data and metadata – and the critical relationship between them – from SAP applications. It enables data professionals to effortlessly solve complex business semantic modeling requirements through the new SAP Datasphere analytical model. This feature helps accelerate time to value by automatically reusing semantic definitions and associations from SAP applications, simplifying the steps data professionals need to take to deliver critical business data to their entire organization. We’ve also made it easy to automatically discover, manage, and govern your data with SAP Datasphere Catalog. Additionally, cataloging data stored in SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Datasphere will be provided at no additional cost.
Enrich all data projects
SAP Datasphere enables organizations to combine all their data and implement transformations that ensure everyone is always working from the same data. It supports both data federation and the new rapid data replication, providing powerful options for combining data sources and harmonizing heterogeneous data into a business semantic model of customers’ diverse data landscapes. Accessing industry data is now even easier with SAP Datasphere Marketplace, which has over 3,000 curated datasets that can be acquired at the touch of a button to quickly enrich data projects with reliable news data. Additionally, we are announcing partnerships with industry-leading open data partners to tightly integrate their data and artificial intelligence (AI) platforms with SAP Datasphere to enable customers to combine SAP data with other data sources. data like never before.
Simplify the data landscape
SAP Datasphere runs in all clouds and in hybrid environments. This flexibility allows data professionals to have secure access to all their data, wherever it resides. It also allows customers to maximize their on-premises investments, such as SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW). SAP Datasphere, BW Bridge, enables reuse of SAP BW models and connectors, providing a transition path to the public cloud for SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BW/4HANA customers. Once data is integrated, harmonized and enhanced in SAP Datasphere, data professionals can use SAP Datasphere Spaces – a feature to organize, group and manage data as well as control the level of visibility and collaboration – to create a “virtual workspace”. These virtual workspaces can then be provided to data consumers who rely on packaged data such as marketing, sales, supply chain or partner data and AI teams.
SAP Datasphere can deliver on the promise that enterprise data is an always-on, high-quality resource that can be relied on, without guessing whether it’s fit for purpose.
Building a powerful open data ecosystem around SAP Datasphere
At a major time for our industry and our customers, SAP is joining with other open data partners – Databricks, Collibra, Confluent and DataRobot – to radically simplify customer data landscapes with an enterprise data structure. By tightly integrating their data and AI platforms with SAP Datasphere, companies can now access their critical business data on any cloud infrastructure.
Each of these strategic partners brings the unique strengths of its ecosystem:
- Databrick integrates SAP data, with its full business context, into its Data Lakehouse platform
- Cockroaches sustainability of data governance, privacy and compliance initiatives
- Confluent puts data in motion with its data streaming platform
- data crawler enables organizations to take advantage of augmented intelligence through automated machine learning
Provision of an enterprise data structure
SAP Datasphere, and its open data ecosystem, is the technology foundation that enables an enterprise data structure. It is a data management architecture that focuses on providing an integrated and semantically rich data layer over underlying data landscapes to provide transparent and scalable access to data without duplication. An enterprise data structure enables any organization to deliver meaningful data to every data consumer, with context and business logic intact. Because organizations need data that is accurate, readily available, and described in business-friendly terms, this approach allows data professionals to imbue the clarity that business semantics provide into every use case.
“The Business Data Fabric architecture allows us to bring SAP and non-SAP data together in the seamless, self-service way we envisioned. SAP Datasphere provided us with a solution to create a harmonized layer between SAP and non-SAP data sources, cloud or on-premises, leveraging our existing investments in SAP, Microsoft Azure, Salesforce and Oracle.
– David Johnston, Chief Information Officer, Messer
SAP Datasphere represents the tailor-made integration point for all partners enabling customers to connect, unify and manage SAP and non-SAP data like never before. Backed by some of the world’s most renowned consulting firms, such as Accenture, CapGemini, Deloitte, EY, IBM and PwC, every organization can enable an enterprise data structure to deliver meaningful data to its consumers. of data.
We invite all partners to join us in the mission to empower customers to unleash the power of enterprise data.
Start your journey today to unlock the power of your enterprise data in your data landscape with SAP Datasphere.
JG Chirapurath is Director of Marketing and Solutions for SAP BTP.