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Why HANA? Well, It’s Simple!

Even several years after its initial launch, I still find people who think SAP HANA is primarily a fast, expensive database — a “luxury” that they don’t need and can’t afford. But from the very start, HANA wasn’t about “speed” — it was about how rapidly-falling technical barriers would let us get much closer to the age-old vision of seamless, simplified management information […]

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GRC Tuesdays: Why I Love Risk Management… and I Think You Should As Well

The bottom line is pretty straight forward: it’s because risk management is not about preventing the business from progressing faster. It’s actually to help it thrive and take the right level of risk – the one that will support the achievement of the objectives and won’t endanger the business in case it encounters a few […]

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Anatomy of a Decision: Scalability and Governance

In the last article in our Anatomy of a Decision series, we described how important it is for data-driven organizations to insert analytcs into their daily workflow to increase user adoption. We also noted that for the use of data and analytics to become pervasive throughout the organization, analytics tools must be easy to access and […]

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Anatomy of a Decision: Scalability and Governance

In the last article in our Anatomy of a Decision series, we described how important it is for data-driven organizations to insert analytcs into their daily workflow to increase user adoption. We also noted that for the use of data and analytics to become pervasive throughout the organization, analytics tools must be easy to access and […]

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SAP Predictive Analytics 2.0: From ‘Sense and Respond’ to ‘Predict and Act’

Tools previously in the domain of data scientists are now available to the rest of us. How does a company go from building one predictive data model over several weeks – to creating more than 500 in a single month? The latest #askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call answers this question by taking a close look […]

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Data Visualization Advice from Wayne Eckerson, Data Celebrity

At SAP, we take data visualization seriously. Our customers make more money when they can predict problems, identify solutions, and make better, faster decisions. And this happens when you have good visualizations. This isn’t the same as a pretty visualization. Not that I’m advocating ugly but I am advocating that we make clear communication and […]

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California Crews Fight Wildfires Using Cloud Data

California crews are no longer just fighting wildfires with bulldozers, land equipment, and air tankers filled with water, fire retardant, or chemicals. Now, they have access to aerial photos, statistics on wind and moisture in the ground, and other related data they can use to prepare them better, according to an article in CIO magazine. […]

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Data Governance: Creating Uniformity, Transparency, and Knowledge for All

Analytics deliver the most value when the data supporting it is timely, accurate, and consistently defined. In order for data to meet those criteria, data governance elements must be in place. The benefits of a strong data governance program are many: Having a data governance program and initiative benefits organizations in many ways, including: Reduced […]

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SAP – A Leader in Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions

Forrester Research recently published “The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions, Q2 2015” in which SAP is positioned as a leader – read the press announcement. The analysis criteria used by Forrester spans three critical areas – Current Offering, Strategy, and Market Presence.  Based on the performance for all three criteria, vendors were positioned […]

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Standardize, Centralize and Automate Your Corporate Close – Step 3

As part of our ongoing accounting and financial close series, today we’ll discuss best practices in the corporate close. Since this is quite a comprehensive topic, I’ve spilt this into three steps wrapping up today with “Get stuff out.” As mentioned in our previous blogs in this series, some key aspects to think of when trying […]

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