Interested in how well SAP is addressing your data management and BI requirements?

It would be an understatement to say that data management is a hot topic today.   Master data management, data quality management, metadata management, data integration and data governance have all emerged as high priorities for many global IT organizations. Often times, these data management efforts are paired with investments in business intelligence and facilitated by data warehousing strategies.

Once the strategy, business case, and supporting architectures and organizations are defined (no easy task in and of itself), the next inevitable question is then, which vendors should IT leaders partner with to enable these strategies? There are pure play and best of breed MDM, data quality, BI and DW vendors that offer unbiased, agnostic approaches, eliminating any vendor lock-in or reliance on database platform or enterprise applications. On the other hand, a single platform vendor can offer better ease of integration with existing IT infrastructure than the best of breed alternatives.

These considerations lead us to a major platform vendor, like SAP.  Similar to its mega-platform competitors, IBM and Oracle, SAP offers a deep and wide set of data management, BI and data warehousing solutions that promise not only integration within these products, but more notably - across its broader product portfolio of enterprise applications.

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The Appliance Wars Drag On and On

It was my pleasure to participate in the latest DM Radio podcast panel yesterday. Eric Kavanaugh and Jim Ericson always do a fine job of organizing these events, and, with their stellar industry panels and fun “morning drive-time crew” on-air patter, they keep it lively. And these guys actually know a thing or two about information management. 

The latest DM Radio panel was right in my core coverage area. They called it their “Third Annual Appliance Showdown.” That got to me to thinking: early 2008 (when they held their first) was also when Forrester began our coverage of data warehousing (DW) appliances, starting with publication of my report “Appliance Power: Crunching Data Warehousing Workloads Faster And Cheaper Than Ever.”  When I published that report, DW appliances were still not quite in the enterprise mainstream, because they were still regarded by enterprise IT as, in the words of Kavanaugh, an “adjunct” to the enterprise DW (EDW) for fast table scans and query processing, rather than as platform that could scale to support all EDW functions. 

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Podcast: The State of PLM: A Tale Of Two Markets

Our latest featured podcast is Roy Wildeman's "The State of PLM: A Tale of Two Markets ".

In this podcast, BP&A Senior Analyst Roy Wildeman discusses the current state of the PLM application market in wake of the recession. He also reveals options that long-term PLM customers have to maximize the value of their apps.


We look forward to your questions and comments.

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The State Of PLM 2010

After I conduct a user research interview or field a vendor briefing, I usually like to offer the chance to answer any questions that folks may have for me as an industry analyst (time permitting, of course). Recently, it seems like 9 out of every 10 questions has been a close-variant on the theme, “given our tough economy, what do you see happening in the PLM space right now?” And while it’s easy to provide anecdotes or relay what I hear others saying about the state of PLM spending, I’ve candidly found it a bit hard to provide a really sound, fact-based answer.

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Podcast: The New Decade Of Advanced Analytics: Roll Over Rocket Scientists!

Our latest featured podcast is Jim Kobielus' "The New Decade Of Advanced Analytics: Roll Over Rocket Scientists!".

In this podcast, BP&A Senior Analyst Jim Kobielus discusses the increasing adoption of more user-friendly data mining tools. This trend, he argues, is helping advanced analytics become a core feature of operational business intelligence (BI) suites.

We look forward to your questions and comments.

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Quick-take: PLM for Financial Services

One of the really fascinating aspects of covering the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) applications market is seeing PLM’s value and relevancy for new industries and companies outside of PLM’s manufacturing-centric heritage. The fact is, effective management of product data is vital to the product development process regardless of whether you are designing physical widgets stamped out from a plant or coding software-based product offerings as part of your services business.

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