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2017 was a busy year in enterprise information management at SAP. We released a lot of new and enhanced capabilities across the portfolio to help customers better manage and use their data for digital transformation, cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and data protection and privacy.

New features include data quality, master data management, content management and information lifecycle management capabilities with enhanced support specifically for SAP S/4HANA®. For example, SAP Master Data Governance on SAP S/4HANA offers consolidation, mass processing, central governance and master data quality analytics to help companies clean and maintain data in SAP S/4HANA.

Updates also include new and expanded support for Amazon Redshift and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Microsoft Azure Cloud and SQL Data Warehouse, and Google Cloud Platform. EIM capabilities embedded in SAP Cloud Platform offer data and process integration, remote data synchronization, data quality management microservices and self-service data preparation. In addition, orchestration and governance of EIM capabilities can be managed holistically across all supported cloud and on-premise sources using the SAP Data Hub solution.


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The EIM portfolio offers new and expanded support for Impala, Cassandra, OData, Hive and IoT device connectivity; Parquet, Avro and ORC file types; and Kerberos and Knox Gateway security, further strengthening our commitment to open source and heterogeneous environments. Learn what's new in SAP Data Services.

There is also enhanced integration between EIM solutions and the SAP BW/4HANA and SAP Vora™ solutions, SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Services, the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system and SAP Asset Intelligence Network. And the new SAP Asset Information Workbench by Utopia is helping companies make digital twins a reality.

The SAP HANA smart data streaming solution has expanded capabilities for machine learning and predictive analytics within streams and has been renamed SAP HANA Streaming Analytics. Whether it’s sensor data from devices, social media feeds, market data or click streams from a web site, expanded machine learning in SAP HANA Streaming Analytics software improves the ability to process, analyze and act on data in motion.

With all the high profile data breaches in 2017 and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect in May 2018, I think this could be the year of data protection and privacy. Want to know what SAP is doing at a corporate level around data protection and privacy?

At the product level new features within SAP’s EIM portfolio expand discovery, cleansing, masking and encryption of personal data to more sources. See how SAP Information Steward can be used to address GDPR requirements. We have also released a trial service of SAP HANA Data Anonymization capabilities that enable companies to address privacy requirements while still creating meaningful data sets for analysis and processing.

SAP also enables management of archiving, blocking and deletion of personal data holistically across data in applications and associated content, such as purchase orders, invoices and HR documents. Learn more about SAP Information Lifecycle Management and GDPR.


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Hear are some examples of what the press had to say.

ASUG News: SAP EIM Updates: Broader GDPR Capabilities, Big Data Integrations

RTInsights: SAP HANA Refocuses on Streaming Analytics

ITWorld: SAP want to embrace all your data stores with Data Hub

I've been in the data management and analytics space for nearly twenty years and I find this space more exciting and dynamic than it's ever been before. I'd love to hear your thoughts on 2017 and where you see things going in 2018.

Kind regards,