Better data orchestration for the intelligent enterprise – Part 3: Breaking your data silos

Better data orchestration for the intelligent enterprise – Part 3: Breaking your data silos


If you read part 1 and part 2 of this series, you know that your intelligent enterprise needs an awesome database (SAP HANA) and an intelligent, integrated ERP system (S/4 HANA) to better take advantage of your data.

Now, at this third part, you’ll see how SAP extends its data management capabilities beyond HANA by introducing SAP Data Intelligence (former SAP Data Hub).

SAP Data Intelligence allows SAP environments to extend their reach into non-SAP sources and provide more intelligent analytics as a result of the availability of expanded data.

Being able to access data across the different information silos is a key requirement to deliver the SAP Intelligent Enterprise and SAP Data Intelligence creates the right data pipelines while still leveraging the capacity of existing processing investments (ex: SAP HANA, Apache Hadoop, etc.).

In a web article on SAP’s Intelligent Enterprise, Greg McStravick, president of Database and Data Management at SAP made the analogy of data being the oil of the 21st century. And like oil, it needs to be refined into valuable items. – You can’t fuel the Intelligent Enterprise without data.  It’s like a car with no gas.

Breaking your data silos (SAP and non-SAP sources)

SAP Data Intelligence is the “umbrella” that simplifies the integration of all the solutions, data, and processing involved in SAP’s overall approach to Big Data.

It delivers a simpler, more scalable approach to managing the complex data landscape of today’s enterprise and provides data integration, processing and governance on a single data management pane for various data sources, like Hadoop, cloud storage, SAP HANA, business applications, and more.

SAP HANA, the in-memory database, and SAP Vora enables the management of Big Data on clusters, but an SAP Data Intelligence implementation can be quite complex. The application runs on SAP HANA and the SAP Data Intelligence Distributed Runtime is containerized needing a Kubernetes cluster to run on.

There are many decisions to be made regarding the underlying infrastructure. There is the choice of hardware, operating systems, and at least a dozen of “leading” Kubernetes distributions out there.

While having choices is generally a good thing, we made it easy for you!

Your end-to-end solution

The Lenovo, SUSE and SAP teams worked together on an integrated end-to-end solution built on selected, proven-to-work components including Lenovo Thinksystem servers, SUSE CaaS Platform and SUSE Enterprise Storage.

Lenovo and SUSE can deliver a complete solution around SAP Data Intelligence allowing you to focus on improving your visibility into the complex data landscape of your enterprise.

The solution is called “Lenovo Intelligent Insights” and it is built with scalability and ease of deployment and use as primary goals leveraging Lenovo, SUSE, and SAP expertise in design and testing.

SUSE has a long-standing relationship with SAP and SUSE CaaS Platform is certified with SAP Data Intelligence. Also, SAP Data Intelligence enhances the SAP HANA Eco-System, which is most likely running on SUSE, since we are the market leading OS for SAP HANA environments. So, what could be a better choice? Look at how this partnership can bring value to your organization and stay tuned for more on this series.

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On Part 4 of this series we take you through an in-depth look of the “Lenovo Intelligent Insights” solution.  Read it now!

This blog series was co-written with Jose Betancourt.



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