Preparation is Key: Things to Consider BEFORE Moving to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Jeff Knotts on December 20, 2017

We’ve seen it before. A company makes a big investment in a new ERP system, and a BI system, then added Balanced Score Cards and very pretty dashboards. But the CEO still gets reports in an Excel spreadsheet.  Ever wonder why this happens?  There are many reasons, however a common one is that when the new system was implemented, no one cleaned the data from the old system(s)  BEFORE it was loaded into the new system.

As a result, all the reports that had wrong information before – still have wrong information. They just now have eye catching buttons and dials on them!

This happens time and time again because the data migration/conversion stream of the ERP project did not receive the attention that it deserved.  It was left to another team, another stakeholder, another phase maybe– you know the old story. "Here is the file format we need – provide the data in this format and we’ll load it for you." But the responsibility for the quality of the data is with someone else.

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Why Isn’t My New SAP S/4HANA System Everything I Hoped For?

Posted by Jeff Knotts on November 28, 2017

Since SAP S/4HANA is the latest and greatest technology from SAP many people may find themselves asking this question. It’s the same question you may ask after a rollout of any new business suite or enterprise-wide system.

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3 Takeaways from the 2017 ASUG EIM Conference

Posted by Katie Mowery on November 27, 2017

After another successful ASUG EIM Conference, Team Utopia reflects on the 3 biggest themes and takeaways from the event.

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3 Scenarios for Transitioning to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Katie Mowery on September 11, 2017

There’s a lot to think about when your company is considering a transition to SAP S/4HANA. No large-scale implementation or migration project is simple, but there are three common scenarios that make migrating to SAP S/4HANA possible: New System Installation, System Conversion, or Landscape Transformation.

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What Are the "Things" in IoT?

Posted by Katie Mowery on July 28, 2017

Remember WAY back when “technology” was the hot buzzword? Companies quickly jumped to incorporate it into their messaging, commercials, websites.

REAL PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

The [company name withheld] Towel is made from a proprietary performance fabric that instantly cools when soaked with water, wrung out, and then snapped in the air to activate the cooling properties. The proprietary technology works by absorbing moisture and perspiration into the fabric core.

But seriously… It’s a towel. Not a smart towel which send data back to your phone, or records your body temperature so you can ensure you’re not overheated. Just a towel.

Quickly, the term technology evolved to a broader definition – “anything involving the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.” – Thanks Google.

But in the last few years, we (as creators, consumers, managers of technology), have found our new hot phrase. IoT… The Internet of Things.

WHAT IS THE INTERNET OF THINGS?

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The Future of Digital Transformation & The Growth of IoT

Posted by Katie Mowery on July 10, 2017

Today, more than ever, CIOs are faced with developing the roadmap for their organization's journey to digital transformation. This often includes if/when they are moving to the cloud and how to drive business innovation through connection of people, data, devices and networks in real-time (IoT). Over the last few years, a greater priority has been placed on the 'fully-connected technology ecosystem' and organizations are continuing to invest more in this digital imperative. The infographic below shares some surprising stats around the adoption of IoT and digital transformation.

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Legacy Effect: The Biggest Risks of Unreliable Data

Posted by Katie Mowery on June 27, 2017

When you get a group of a data-minded people together – we talk about, well… data. We can’t help but live and breathe it, because it’s everywhere. As consumers of data, we have all come to expect organizations to use it to enhance our experiences with them or to improve their own efficiency and processes. Unfortunately, due to our heightened sense of awareness, it’s painfully obvious when that data is wrong, out-of-date or just plain bad.

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The Largest Tech Company in Every State

Posted by Jason Blackwell on June 26, 2017

In today’s digital age, almost every aspect of business and commerce is effected by technology. In the 21st century, most individual industrialists (e.g., Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie) have been replaced by massive corporations and conglomerates, and nearly all are involved in the technology space. Check out the infographic below to see which tech companies loom largest in the United States. This list of largest tech companies by state is based on the company revenues listed on the 2016 Fortune 1000 list. For lesser-populated states, the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies was the source.

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How Bad Data Changed the Course of History

Posted by Jason Blackwell on April 7, 2017

The ripple effect is when one small inciting event has ramifications that expand far beyond, like a pebble thrown in a pond. The pebble may be small, but the rings that radiate from the initial splash keep growing. In today’s world, bad data is the pebble, and history has shown the large, looming, fatal consequences that misinformation can cause. Wars have been fought, companies have gone bankrupt, and entire civilizations have disappeared as a result of bad information. Check out the infographic below to see a snapshot of how the exchange of bad data and bad information has shaped who we are as a society.



Bad data hopefully has minimal effect on an outcome, however more often than not, a tiny overlooked detail can cause millions of dollars in wasted resources, time, and manpower. For example, in 1999, NASA lost billions of dollars in time, research, and equipment when the Mars Orbiter was lost in space. It was later determined that the manufacturers of the orbiter—Lockheed Martin—used English units of measurements when NASA scientists were using the conventional metric system. The mismatched measurements went undetected throughout the entire process and led to massive project failure.

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Is Your Bracket Busted? You Should Have Used Data.

Posted by Katie Mowery on March 24, 2017

Let me start off by saying that this blog has no direct tie to our business... but at Utopia Global, data is always on our minds and there’s no better time to “think data” than during the NCAA March Madness tournament.

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