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Data is Heading to the Cloud…Are you Ready?

With application workloads moving to the cloud at an increasing pace, by 2025, companies will generate 75% of their data outside their data centers. Many IT organizations are struggling to cope with this significant shift and help their companies harness the value of data, which is growing more diverse and distributed every day. With businesses increasingly relying on data at every level of the organization, the ability to promptly access trusted information across hybrid landscapes directly affects day to day business performance.

At SAP, we see many of our customers experiencing these challenges firsthand. SAP Data Services and SAP Information Steward users are now pondering how to extend these investments and proven best practices to encompass new cloud data sources and targets.

The good news is that SAP Data Intelligence Cloud can help you extend your data management investments to the cloud and protect the integrity of all your data, wherever it is. Let’s look at this in more detail.

Reuse Existing Investments and Best Practices in the cloud

Most of our customers have existing integration flows, data validation rules, and established glossary terms for their on-premises data. With SAP Data Intelligence Cloud, you can seamlessly reuse SAP Data Services’ ETL flows and include them in new data orchestration pipelines to connect your on-premises and cloud sources.

Suppose you have defined data validation rules with SAP Information Steward. SAP Data Intelligence Cloud can help you apply them across all your data sources and targets for all kinds of data – structured and unstructured. Plus, you can also share your established glossary terms across cloud and on-premises applications.

We all know how difficult and time-consuming it can be to define and find consensus on validation rules and glossary terms. With the ability to extend – not replace – your existing data management assets, you enable your company to take full advantage of cloud data assets faster and without compromising data integrity.

Expanding your Data Reach

Without the right tools and expertise, gaining access and integrating new cloud-based data sources and targets such as SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Amazon S3, or Kafka can be daunting.  SAP Data Intelligence Cloud can help you do just that with a choice of integration patterns and the ability to connect unstructured and streaming data together with your structured application data.

But the challenges of expanding your data horizon do not stop with integration. You must also ensure the integrity of your expanded data universe and enable your users to discover and understand all of that data quickly. Again, SAP Data Intelligence Cloud comes to the rescue by allowing you to support an enterprise-wide data catalog to promote data understanding and simplify governance across cloud and on-premises.

If you then combine SAP Data Mapping and Protection by BigID with SAP Data Intelligence Cloud, you can apply machine learning-based data classification algorithms to your data everywhere and grasp its actual meaning – beyond what is typically captured in the metadata. You can also use this powerful combination to monitor the usage of sensitive data across your entire hybrid landscape.

Altogether, these SAP solutions allow you to simplify data integration, understanding, and governance across on-premises and the cloud.

Accelerate Business Outcomes

There is no question that you can enhance business performance by accelerating the data-to-value workflow. With SAP Data Intelligence Cloud, you can leverage intelligent technology to help you get value from your data faster, no matter where your data resides, or where it is processed. For example, you can take advantage of intelligent data discovery and preparation to feed predictive and machine learning algorithms. You can also orchestrate heterogeneous machine learning engines across complex data landscapes and deliver insights right into real-life business processes.

With the ability to operationalize machine learning across hybrid data landscapes and deliver insights into SAP and non-SAP applications, you enable your business to take full advantage of data and impact business performance without delay.

To learn more about extending your data management investments to the cloud, join the SAP Data Intelligence Community at: https://community.sap.com/topics/data-intelligence.  You can also listen to the new SAP Let’s Talk Data podcast, “Hybrid Data Management…Are You Ready?” at: https://bit.ly/3izHXjL

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