Information Governance

Clint Vosloo and Josh Fletcher got up early this weekend to spend some time talking about Information Governance, and the technologies available from SAP to help in managing your information better.

Predictive Analysis in New Zealand

At the end of May 2013 I was in New Zealand delivering some BusinessObjects training for SAP.  As luck would have it, the New Zealand SAP Business Intelligence User Group was meeting the morning of my layover through Auckland – very timely!  Fellow Mentor Corey Adams let me know and I was able to deliver a presentation on Predictive Analysis.  I showed several walk-through videos during my presentation, and was asked to post them up on-line.

Even though it is 2 months on, here is a summary of my presentation and the walkthrough demonstrations of Predictive Analysis for your viewing pleasure.

As mentioned in the video, here are the Useful Links:

Example Deployment of an SAP Analytic Bundle Episode 2

I recently blogged and shared a video walkthrough of deploying an SAP Analytic Content Bundle, covering the Insurance vertical. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can take a look here. In that video, I promised to record a second episode which covered the Telco Analytic Content, which was more in-depth and based on an SAP PowerDesigner model.

Well, here for your viewing pleasure, is Episode 2 – Telco & Utilities Analytic Content.

The steps I undertook before the video were:

  • Install a trial of PowerDesigner (available here)
  • Install a trial Sybase IQ (available here)
  • Download the Telco Analytic Content (available here)

As a reminder, these Analytic Content bundles are pre-built industry content are free, and provide an excellent starting platform as a data warehouse.  Let me know what you think of the Analytic Content bundles in the comments, and any feedback on the video.

Example Deployment of an SAP Analytic Bundle

Recently the Diversified Semantic Layer crew recorded a podcast with Jayne Landry (VP for Solution Management in the Analytics Team) focusing on the newly released Analytic Bundles.  If you haven’t had a chance, head over to to listen to the podcast.  These bundles are pre-built industry content using BusinessObjects BI4, and provide an excellent starting platform as a data warehouse, universe, as well as dashboards and reports for your business.

Why else should you care?  If you are an existing BusinessObjects customer, and running (or thinking of upgrading to) BI4 – guess what?  These Analytic Bundles are provided FREE.  Even if you aren’t a good fit for one of the industries, these provide a sample set of universes and reports that showcase what is possible with the tool.  You may even be able to reach out to Jayne and discuss if there is an opportunity to develop other industry-specific bundles.

As an extension of this topic, I wanted to do a walkthrough of the process to deploy an Analytic Bundle (preview: it’s super quick and easy!!), what it looks like from a deployment model, but most importantly – how it can easily be extended.

Without further ado, here is the walkthrough video for your enjoyment.

In our next episode, we will examine the Analytics Data Model for Telco & Utility, which leverages SAP Sybase PowerDesigner.

To look at demos of each of the Analytic Bundles (and/or download them), you can do so here.

Interview with Irfan Khan

This week I had the opportunity to attend some of the Mastering SAP Technologies 2013 sessions, held in Melbourne Australia, as well as the accompanying SAP Inside Track.

You can find some great coverage of the SITMEL and SAP Tech conference by Custodio de Oliveira here and bySimon Kemp here.

As part of the conference, the keynote was presented by Irfan Khan, who is the Head of Solution Management for Database and Data Warehousing as well as the Chief Technology Officer for the SAP Database & Technologies pillar.

Irfan’s keynote focused on ‘What Is Driving Technology at SAP?’, and ranged from discussion on programming for cache misses at the hardware level 20 years ago, to alleles and genome sequencing with HANA.

Later that day, Irfan gave me some of his time to sit down for an interview about his keynote and the Real-Time Data Platform (RTDP), which you can watch below.

Here are the key points in the video:

01:15   Key messages in Mastering SAP Technologies 2013 keynote

01:55   Overview of the RTDP

03:35   Timeframe to implement the RTDP

05:30   Foundational technologies underlying the RTDP

08:10   Common unified management and governance tool for RTDP

09:10   Implications for new application development with the RTDP

11:15   Implications of the RTDP for BI and DW professionals

SAP Business Warehouse for the BusinessObjects Community Episode 6

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the sixth and final episode in our Diversified Semantic Layer podcast series about Business Warehouse for the BusinessObjects community.  Once again I’m joined by Ethan Jewett, a fellow SAP Mentor.

In this episode, we will examine the how we can extend our data mart with new data from a different source system, the methods available to do this, and what benefits it provides for Enterprise Data Warehousing.

We hope you enjoy watching.

Joshua Fletcher