Extracting Value from Data

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Some of the key findings included:

  • 87% of respondents stated that there was now a focus on getting more value from their data
  • More than half of SAP users dont think their organisation has the necessary skills or technology to make effective use of all their data
  • The biggest challenge facing organisations was gaining business intelligence from data spread across multiple platforms. The second biggest challenge was identified as being unable to process and analyse data fast enough; followed by data accuracy/consistency
  • In order to help address these challenges, nearly three-quarters of respondents say they were currently using or planning to use SAPs business and data analytics offerings. SAP BusinessObjects was the most popular product, with 85% of users currently using or planning to use it. This was followed by SAP BW (78%), SAP BI (53%) and SAP HANA (15%). In fact the survey revealed that an increasing number of users (78% in 2014 compared to 75% in 2013) saw the combined value of using SAPs ERP platform and SAP BusinessObjects for business and data analytics across their organisations.

    However, just over half of respondents believed that SAP hasnt been clear in communicating its business and data analytics roadmap to users. 39% stated that they didnt know whether the in-memory computing capabilities of SAP would benefit their organisations future business/data analytics strategy. At the same time, 42% of SAP users didnt know if SAPs recently announced HANA Cloud Platform would make it more attractive for organisations to utilise HANA technology across their business.

    It is crucial for organisations to ensure they are effectively using business and data analytics offerings and maximising their technology investment. So whether organisations decide to deploy SAP HANA now, in the future, or not at all, they need to ensure that they are making a well-informed choice.

    Business analytics and HANA will again be got topics at this years User Conference. You can check out the latest conference streams here

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