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Shawn Ahmed recently published a thought leadership white paper making the case for a best of suite EIM vs. a best of breed solution.  In this paper he discusses the efficiency, process standardization, effectiveness, and reduced risk that are provided with a best of suite approach.  He states:  “Best-of-suite solutions are those that are delivered by software suite vendors and designed to plug into existing IT architectures. This helps maintain a standardized IT environment that allows organizations  to continuously realize the benefits of integration.”   Please download this paper to facilitate information and data management strategy discussions.  

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  1. Adrivit Bhattacharya
    hi,

    i understand SAP’s stand-point on trying to “sell” the EIM porfolio of products.A lot of investments have gone in acquiring companies like A2i, BoBJ than “real” SAP internal RnD in the area.
    Anyways, numbers apart – on what has been mentioned here as the best of breed solution for Master data related landscapes … I have come accross countless situations where its hard to convince myself (forget customer) on why to go for a separate EIM portfolio where majority of the requirements could be met with ECC (SAP ECC 6.0 EHP5 with MDG ).
    I being in the MDM/MDG area for more than 8 yrs now –  find it confusing on SAP’s strategy to have two parallels in the same area (ECC+MDG & SAP NW MDM, BoBj DS etc).
    I understand the Enterprise and Embedded logic behind the two parallels but i believe there has to a clearer view from SAP on this.

    The customer (who is super concious on the IT budget now – as rightly mentioned in the paper as well) thinks (rightly so) that we solution consultants are trying to make money by suggesting EIM when the work could be done in the ECC with one more EHP.

    Whats your thought on this – if any ? where would you draw a line not on the technical part but on the logical part ! – during pre sales for eg. you have half a days time to convince ..

    thanks in advance

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    1. Ginger Gatling Post author
      hi Adrivit,  I sent Shawn your response and here are some comments from him:

      Thanks for your response. From what I can gather you are speaking of managing data directly within ECC, perhaps with MDG. In essence if you are managing master assets – and the only place you’d like to keep those master assets, is within the ECC system (with perhaps outbound syndication) then it’s correct that you can indeed go this route and perhaps it will suffice your needs. But an integrated EIM suite offering aspires to address larger data management use case(s) than only the master assets. It aspires to address numerous operational use cases like data migrations, master cleansing and augmentation. From a BI perspective it could be reporting, analysis, performance management etc. In this case, you are managing transactional data and dimensional data. Likely the whole truth of that data resides in many places, not just in ECC. You will need data integration capabilities to feed your operational and BI needs by collecting data from several places. Your data will likely have varying degrees of quality, and will need to be ‘massages’ before it can be used. You might have some structured and some unstructured content as well. In any case, your transformational needs will need addressing, in addition to mastering the dimensional assets of your business.

      Organizations today, have many various ‘tools’ to address the full spectrum of these data management needs, including MDM tools. This is simply not as efficient as one would want … why deal with 3 products what an integrated Data Services platform can provide in 1. The efficiencies are obvious. Even more so when the code bases are integrated and written to leverage internal routines etc. not achievable through APIs. etc.  

      That in essence is what this paper talks about. I think there is weight to you comment about MDM seen in seclusion, but thats a sub part of what this whitepaper tries to address.

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