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Getting ready for Big Data with Data Services Webcast – Part 1

SAP’s Ina Felsheim and Paul Medailles provided this webcast this past week.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 covers the “3 V’s” of Big Data.  Organizations are dealing with larger and larger datasets.

Volume is lots of data.

Variety of data includes structured and unstructured data.

Velocity covers how fast

The 4th V is value, offering challenges and opportunities.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

The majority of businesses deal with less than 100 TB of data today.

Most companies expect data requirements will grow

TDWI expects datasets to be larger than 100 TB by 2015


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows that rather than running a query, you’re mining data, and not sure what you will find.

You just want tools to find the data to deliver insights


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows the use case for real time analysis.

On the left, only at end of business process, with latency, take the data and extract it into enterprise data warehouse, and then do analysis

With tools have today, we can do real time analysis (on the right of Figure 4).  You can track a process, be in the middle of a process while it is occurring


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows Data Services, with ETL for data layer, not process layer

It has data quality management capabilities

Third capability is text data processing


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Data Services is not completely SAP-centric, as shown in Figure 6.

Data profiling covers understand the quality of the data

The core data services engine includes jobs for data cleansing, enrichment and validation.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows a new format called VCF “Variant Call Format” for gene sequencing

Hadoop is supported as source or target

Data Services 4.2 has new adapter SDK – build connectivity to any back end system as a source or target

Add change data capture

To be continued – slides for the webcast are here:

Subset of Question & Answer

Q: What skillsets needed for Data Services?

A: It depends on use case

For data migration, a certain set of skills

To develop extract transform load jobs – need a SQL developer

Q: How is it licensed? Is it separate from BI?

A: It is a separate license from BI; licensed by cores

Q: Do you have to be an SAP customer to take advantage of Data Services?

A: No; Data Services – still have a lot of customers use it

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      Author's profile photo Ina Felsheim
      Ina Felsheim

      Thanks for summarizing the webcast, Tammy. Lots of good questions at the end. We look forward to the SAP Information Steward and SAP Master Data Governance sessions coming up next. And, we'll get my audio fixed this time!

      Author's profile photo manu m
      manu m

      Hi Tammy,

      Excellent post , i understand it with the help of a BI Consultant further . He mentioned few more points like SAP HANA . Could you please explain that also in it.

      Further more , most important, Could we get more  clarity from a  Business stand point( take a retail gaint or IS giant of F 100 and explain the scenario) .

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Manu -

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      I am not sure I follow your questions.  Would you please post them in the Data Services and Data Quality space here on SCN as a discussion?


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      How right  - SAP DataServices or SAP Data Services?