As more enterprises hop onto the multi-cloud bandwagon while facing the need to comply with a growing number of data protection regulations around the world, managing data has become an increasingly complex endeavour in recent years.
Adding to the challenge is the need to manage, analyse, govern and secure data being created and streamed from internet of things (IoT) devices operating at the edge of network in real-time.
Such challenges are what SAP hopes to address with its Hana Data Management Suite that was unveiled recently at its Sapphire conference in Orlando earlier in June 2018.
“Our customers use an average of six to eight clouds, including SuccessFactors and non-SAP clouds like Salesforce.com,” said Ken Tsai, SAP’s global vice-president and head of cloud platform and data management.
“Although some cloud suppliers say you can store all your data in Amazon Web Services, that’s not possible unless you put your cloud applications in there.”
With no way to consolidate all of an enterprise’s data onto a single platform for analysis, Tsai said there was a need to solve the data management problem from a different perspective.
Rather than share data across different applications, he said a more efficient – and secure – way was to make metadata available to all applications from a central location. “Data security, privacy and governance should also be shared across systems whether you are using SAP or third-party applications,” Tsai said.
“You can have your own data but its visibility should be shared, and that includes data queries and data models so you can potentially move workloads from one system to another or from on-premise to the cloud and back,” he added.
The SAP Hana Data Management Suite is based on the latest versions of the SAP Hana business data platform, SAP Data Hub, SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Services and the SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer Web application.
By bringing together various data management capabilities – including master data management, data lakes and integrating real-time data pipelines from myriad sources – Tsai said the SAP Data Management Suite will address data management challenges from an integrated perspective, along with a consistent user experience.
He added that the new suite, available on-premise and as a cloud service or hybrid offering, will also let enterprises anonymise data by adding noise to data queries.