Imperative #1: Business Needs More Trusted Data

Tim Hardy

Posted by Tim Hardy on March 26, 2018

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Business needs more trusted data – clearly this is true. But what are the challenges to managing data with care and diligence as you would any other key asset? Data shows its value when it gets used, when it moves from A to B, as it flows. Consider data as the new “currency of business.” As with money, there can be multiple end points and intermediaries that need your visibility, so you can be sure the money is from reliable sources, not double-counted, lost, or even counterfeit.

Similarly, these concerns in the cash sample also reflects the demands for data security and privacy when the data is flowing.  For example, you need to safeguard access to data and conceal people’s identities to avoid unlawful identification. Trusted data should be accessed only by people and machines with the right credentials in order to respect the privacy of the individuals the data represents.

In other words, you need to TRUST your data. Whether running SAP S/4HANA or data analytics projects, if the underlying data can’t be trusted, you will soon run into issues.

In enterprise terms this rapidly moves into a discussion around data governance. Even if you have been working a long time to properly manage data – its quality and lineage – with respected stewards and custodians across your enterprise, there are some new challenges emerging

  • Data protection and consent for its use, demanded by citizens and consumers, and enforced by regulations such as GDPR, are new attributes impacting the value and quality of data.
  • Change adds yet another dimension. Gone are the days of a static landscape with defined data flows between established processes inside the corporate firewall.

Today, business is highly flexible, with new data sources and an ever-increasing number of data consumers inside and outside the organisation. There is a huge increase both in the supply and the demand for data. Trust in data also means establishing visibility in end points and “intermediaries” with broader visibility and cooperation across systems

Moreover, trusted data produces more value when combining it with other trusted data from different reliable sources.  When data moves around, this adds to the complexity, and stronger data security is required. Privacy protection is top of mind for businesses around the world, especially now. the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which goes into effect May 25, 2018, will impose steep fines to companies that don’t manage data in compliance with its security and privacy rules.

But protecting and governing data is no trivial task. Data is everywhere and seamlessly flows through networks and systems – whether SAP S/HANA, non-SAP applications, databases, data warehouses, file systems, or edge and mobile devices. Nobody wants to be the next company to suffer data breaches that expose billions of sensitive customers records and face the prospect of massive brand equity and financial losses.  But how can we achieve TRUST with data?

SAP HANA Data Management Suite to Achieve Data Trust at Enterprise Scale

SAP HANA Data Management Suite (HDMS) provides a holistic, flexible, and open platform that works in real-time to help you make your data trusted.

 

The following steps enable you to meet your expanding data management requirements:

  • Establishing a trusted data governance foundation: Define and document data and security policies, business rules, master data definitions, business terminology standards, and enterprise architecture models; discover and document where data and content resides; and identify and document what data and content is subject to which internal policies and external regulatory requirements
  • Driving business trust with always-accurate data: Cleanse, match, consolidate and enrich data to comply with corporate standards; continually monitor and measure data quality against validation rules, display metrics scorecards, and quantify the financial impact of poor quality; and manage and synchronize master data across applications
  • Setting “trust” as a priority across the whole data lifecycles: Maintain the system by managing content lifecycle and its association with data, processes, and applications; implement access controls, data anonymization, and encryption; establish and communicate data owners and stewards; embed validation checks into business process and data entry workflow; and implement archiving, retention and deletion policies and rules

 

Enable Agile Data Operations across the Enterprise

For example, SAP Data Hub, one element of the suite, is a unique data solution that centralizes landscape orchestration and governance, metadata management, and lifecycle management. Users control the flow of data by adding operators that can, for example, prepare data as it is being ingested, govern data across all data stores (whether on premises or in the cloud), and define data flows for machine learning models.

Importantly, these operators are containerized, and can independently scale on the fly. These solutions help users turn their data into a strategic asset, delivering information excellence supporting capabilities that enable companies to understand, integrate, cleanse, manage, associate, and archive their data to optimize business processes and analytical insights.

 

Data also needs Protecting

You also need to protect your data. One example is the data anonymization capability built inside the SAP HANA platform. Data stored in SAP HANA can not only be masked and encrypted but also anonymized in real time without duplicating the data. This means your business data is protected against unlawful privacy disclosure right at the source, making it easier to comply with regulations such as GDPR.

Bottom line, with SAP HANA Data Management suite, you get all the technology assets you need to achieve the data quality, consistency, and protection you require across your entire enterprise. This is important for all your data, and especially when combining it with valuable business data that often resides in your SAP landscape.  Stay tuned for my next blog coming next week.

 

Learn More

To get more information on SAP HANA Data Management Suite, please:

  1. Read our first blog in the series, Top Three Data Management Issue with SAP S/4HANA Projects and How to Address Them
  2. Read our third blog in the series, Imperative #2: Business Needs Connected and Intelligent Data
  3. Check out SAP HANA web page to learn more;
  4. Please join in one of the following webinar sessions at May 2nd webinar [Watch On-Demand] or May 8th webinar [Watch On-Demand] to learn the following topics:
  • SAP reduces the risk with S/4HANA projects
  • SAP reduces the cost of managing the impact on real-time data-driven decision making

SAP enables secure, governed enterprise class data management by providing an open, hybrid and multi-cloud enabled solution suite that orchestrates all the data you need into a trusted, unified landscape.

If you’re missing the live launch of HANA Data Management Suite at SAPPHIRE NOW 2018, register for our webcast June 21, 11AM CT/5PM CET to get the latest information.

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