SAP is industry leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools; encourages enterprises to heed Gartner’s “Postmodern ERP” call

Independent analyst firm Gartner Inc. has positioned SAP as a leader in the 2016 “Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools” report.* The report evaluated data integration products from SAP and recognised it as a leading provider based on its “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.” This is the ninth consecutive year that SAP has been named a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools.

“We believe that Gartner recognises SAP’s leadership in the data integration market due to our innovative and comprehensive enterprise information management (EIM) solutions that help our customers and partners thrive in the digital economy,” said Philip On, VP product marketing, SAP. “Data is the fuel of any digital business, and SAP’s mission is to help our customers achieve information excellence by delivering trusted, complete and relevant information.”

According to Gartner, “It’s not acceptable for architects or developers to use only postdeployment data resolution. The need for rapid data integration requires tools and platforms with increased ability to read, analyze and react to local and foreign metadata in a dynamic model with distributed processing capabilities.”

Recently announced product innovations in SAP® solutions for enterprise information management offer improved support for data coming from new cloud and Big Data environments, enhancements for more self-service capabilities, and comprehensive support for governing enterprise information. With the new versions of SAP HANA® smart data integration, SAP HANA smart data quality, the SAP Agile Data Preparation application, and SAP Data Services and SAP Information Steward software, customers and partners can better meet the data challenges of a digital enterprise.

For additional information on the Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, read the full Gartner report.

Gartner urges enterprises to develop a Postmodern ERP strategy; SAP wholeheartedly concurs

Earlier this year, Gartner has also encouraged enterprises to develop a “Postmodern ERP” strategy.

We have learnt that Gartner is heavily promoting the topic of Postmodern ERP with customers via events, research and presentations.

Industry sources say that this does not mean simply a tactical, best-of-breed cloud approach. Rather, Gartner is concerned the market has forgotten the best-of-breed issues of the past and is keen for its customers not to make the same mistakes.

The term Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has been in play since the 1990s to 2000s, a time when such software was critical to the structure of many large corporates. However, thanks to hefty price tags and a multitude of costly implementation failures, many organisations began to wince at the sound of the term.

Today there are many that have already started “the end is nigh” calls, claiming that ERP is dead, or at least, well along the process to dying. Corporates are beginning to look towards alternatives made possible by advancing technology, such as:

·         Substituting a cloud deployment

·         Using multiple ERP suites from different vendors

·         Foregoing an ERP suite altogether

Sources told us that, according to Gartner, the postmodern ERP is “a technology strategy that automates and links administrative and operational business capabilities (such as finance, HR, purchasing, manufacturing and distribution) with appropriate levels of integration that balance the benefits of vendor-delivered integration against business flexibility and agility.”

In this, the goal of the strategy is to use the best of breed in applications where possible for different areas. This of course means that each of those in each applications must be able to integrate tightly as much as necessary. Where and what those applications are exactly, depend on the individual organization.

When contacted, SAP Malaysia Managing Director Terrence Yong said that the crux of a postmodern ERP strategy is that it must not be too highly defined or universal.

“The Postmodern ERP is not something that you can buy off the shelf from one vendor. What you really need is a vendor capable and experienced enough to assess your operations and its needs,” said Yong.

Yong feels that this view of postmodern ERP system is exactly what SAP has been moving towards for some time now. “Take for example the SAP S/4HANA message: SAP S/4HANA is the modern digital core designed to integrate with and expand the business value derived from IoT, Big Data, Mobile, Business Networks, third party systems, and more,” says Yong.

“In line with Gartner’s definition of postmodern ERP, SAP S/4 HANA is a loosely coupled, modular solution with native integration to the digital core. At the same time, it still retaining elements that made ERP critical to success, the digital core is a revitalization of the ERP stack. S/4 HANA also allows more inputs — such as internal elements like your workforce and assets or external inputs, such as your ecosystem and customers — to coalesce into a single, living structure and provide the information that helps yield a truly Live Business,” explains Yong.

“S/4 HANA is exactly the three things also that defines a good postmodern ERP system: It is immediate, it is intelligent and it is integrated,” concludes Yong.

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