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SAP Datasphere: A New Data Management Solution

On 8th March 2023, SAP unveiled SAP Datasphere. SAP Datasphere is a new data management solution created in collaboration with the leading data and AI companies Collibra NV, Confluent Inc., Databricks Inc. and DataRobot Inc.

The system allows users to construct a secure data architecture that unifies SAP software data with third-party data.

Built on the SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP Datasphere brings together the functions of integrating, warehousing, cataloguing, and semantic modelling. It also provides for data federation and virtualisation within a secure database context, with encryption and access governance capabilities.

These new functions on a cloud platform allow automatic discovery and management of data and real-time data replication allowing for more confidence in the data and more immediate relevance to business processes.

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Combining The Power of AI and Cloud Data

In the creation of SAP Datasphere, SAP has leveraged strategic partnerships with a group of data management and AI companies to bring together a variety of emerging technologies.

Collibra are working to help customers establish a complete and governed data catalogue of both SAP and non-SAP sources.

Confluent is providing real-time data streaming technology by connecting its own cloud-native platform.

Databricks is collaborating with SAP so that customers of SAP Datasphere can use the Databricks Data Lakehouse in conjunction with SAP software. This will simplify the data landscape, and preserve semantics for meaningful interpretation of large amounts of business data.

DataRobot is contributing multimodal and automated machine learning functionality to the SAP Datasphere solution so customers can use this new technology with data on any cloud platform.

Dan Vesset, the vice president of IDC data analytics and research group commented:

“Everybody wants access to SAP data, so leveraging partnerships among tech suppliers is absolutely necessary for a comprehensive data strategy… a multi-cloud, multivendor and off- and on-premise data landscape is the norm. SAP is taking a new approach by partnering with a select group of leading partners, treating third-party data as a first-class citizen to better meet the needs of customers.”

Analytics For External and Internal Data Sources

SAP Datasphere succeeds SAP Data Warehouse Cloud and existing DWC customers will gain access to new capabilities.

Users can access business data from SAP Data Warehouse, SAP applications, and even from applications and data platforms by third-party vendors. SAP’s chief technical officer Juergen Mueller said this is “unlocking entirely new insights and knowledge to bring digital transformation to another level.”

Irfan Khan, SAP HANA president explained that source systems would be required to share underlying data with relational models so users could access an existing model in open table format.

“Our fundamental approach really is the concept of a data product in a source system: that could be exposing existing data products, or you could construct data products. You are essentially modelling the source systems”.

This means that customers of SAP Datasphere now have the ability to integrate business data from outside of their SAP systems without replicating the data from those sources. The release of SAP Datasphere removes an obstacle for those SAP customers using multiple ERP systems who are intending to deploy their business processes in the cloud.

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