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A Business Data Fabric for All: The Democratizing Power of SAP Datasphere

September 8, 2023 Shashank Paritala

In today's fast-paced business landscape, data is the lifeblood that drives decision-making, innovation, and competitive advantage. However, managing and leveraging data effectively has become increasingly challenging as the volume and complexity of data grow exponentially. SAP recognized this challenge and developed an innovative solution to address it – SAP Datasphere.


What is SAP Datasphere?

Formerly known as DWC (Data Warehouse Cloud), SAP Datasphere stands as the central hub for all data within SAP's strategically crucial Business Technology Platform (BTP). It represents SAP's flagship data warehousing, data lake, and data integration platform, serving as the data fabric for enterprise-wide data management.

SAP Datasphere can serve as an end-to-end data management platform seamlessly spans across all business disciplines. It enables a comprehensive, unified, and holistic approach to managing data.


The Concept of Business Data Fabric

Data Management has evolved from traditional data warehouses and primitive data lakes to the emerging “Lakehouse” architectures. However, even the most sophisticated enterprises are still missing the most valuable layer on top of all of these technical artifacts–  the business layer.

Rather than technical artifacts (tables, views, datasources) - the business data fabric is as much a functional concept as it is a technical one. The concept revolves around the idea of having a singular fabric connecting all users across the organization to a cohesive data source. It abstracts the complexity of multiple data sources and presents a unified, connected view of the data.

Imagine each thread in the fabric representing a single data element from a single data source, and this fabric blankets the entire organization. Business users no longer have to deal with multiple sources of data; they can access and interact with all relevant data from one centralized platform.




The Power of Democratizing Data

The shift towards a business data fabric marks a significant change in data access. In the past, IT departments typically controlled data - from creation of the asset to consumption. This created a situation where few business users knew the breadth of data products available in their organization.  By cataloging all data assets across the organization - data democratization becomes a reality. 

Business users now can search for the data they need using keywords and access it within their enterprise.This empowers them to integrate data into everyday actions in creative ways, fostering a culture of data-driven decision-making throughout the organization.


SAP Datasphere’s Impact on Businesses

The democratization of data through a business data fabric can be a game-changer for organizations. Those who embrace this approach gain a competitive advantage as they can leverage their growing data assets effectively. In contrast, businesses that fail to harness the power of their data risk under-utilizing and undervaluing one of their most precious resources: Data.

Lacking a solid data platform is one of the biggest hurdles for organizations aiming to embrace emerging technologies - whether it be advanced applications of Data Science or even the burgeoning field of AI. Having a robust data fabric that seamlessly integrates all of an organization's data is a prerequisite to becoming an innovation leader.


SAP Datasphere's Open Ecosystem

SAP Datasphere distinguishes itself by offering an open ecosystem that can connect to virtually any data source, be it SAP or non-SAP. It enables seamless integration of data from diverse sources. Additionally, business users can bring in flat files and merge them into a governed environment securely, without compromising others' datasets.




SAP BW Customers' Path to the Cloud

For SAP BW customers, SAP Datasphere provides a direct path to the cloud, making the transition faster, cost-effective, and less disruptive to the business. The migration tools facilitate a smooth transition, moving over queries and logic, enabling businesses on BW/4 to get started with a hybrid solution in as little as a month. As organizations run on SAP Datasphere, they can cut technical debt and reap the immediate benefits of the cloud.


Moving Forward

SAP Datasphere offers an all-encompassing solution to democratize data and streamline data management processes. By adopting a business data fabric approach, organizations can unlock the true potential of their data, drive innovation, and gain a competitive edge in an increasingly data-driven world. The future belongs to those who can harness their data effectively and put it to work for their success.


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