Retailpocalypse: Doom & Gloom or Opportunity to Evolve?

Posted by Katie Mowery on April 27, 2018

It’s no secret that the number of retailers closing the doors to their brick and mortar space in 2018 is on pace to break a new record, one already set pretty high last year. With the recent announcements of more store closings like Bon-Ton (closing over 200 stores), Toys R Us, Sam’s Club, Sears and others, it’s hard to not be swept up in #Retailpocalyse.

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Data is the New Oil... But With That Comes Great Responsibility

Posted by Katie Mowery on April 16, 2018

Last week, SAP Innovation Evangelist Timo Elliott, published a cheeky cartoon which sums up how many data-minded people are feeling in light of news around security, breaches and general data misconduct like that of Facebook & Cambridge Analytica earlier this month. 

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The People, Processes & Technology of an Effective Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Katie Mowery on March 30, 2018

When you’re migrating from a non-SAP legacy system or from an SAP ERP system and implementing SAP S/4HANA, your master and transactional data must be migrated from the legacy system into a new environment – and with that comes a lot of things to consider, plan for and build processes around.

Data migration is one of the biggest risks to a new system implementation. 38% of data migrations fail due to a lack of understanding of the source and target systems and poor planning/execution by project teams. A failed data migration as a part of your SAP S/4HANA implementation means decreased value of the powerful business platform  because it’s only as good as the data enabling it.

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Best Practices for Data Migration to SAP® S/4HANA

Posted by Subramaniyam V on March 8, 2018

SAP® S/4HANA enables organizations to lower their operating IT costs by simplifying their IT landscape. However, every organization has different needs. Implementing a data management strategy is imperative for organizations to accelerate their movement to SAP S/4HANA in a cost-effective manner.

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Benefits of Data Governance for Enterprise Master Data

Posted by Subramaniyam V on February 28, 2018

We live in a world where everything revolves around data and has become imperative for organizations to treat data as an enterprise asset. Master data poses many challenges such as how to effectively manage it, keep it up to date, sustain it and ultimately leverage it to make trusted organizational decisions. From customer and employee information, to product lists, supplier profiles, and article or asset records, organizations depend on master data to carry out crucial tasks across many lines of business. The accuracy of this data, therefore, is paramount to a company’s efficiency, compliance, and bottom line. However, gaining a 360-degree view of master data is easier said than done.

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The Big Data Behind Dating

Posted by Katie Mowery on February 14, 2018

In the age of internet dating, companies have made millions off users who rely on the 'secret sauce' algorithms that promise ultimate matchmaking abilities. With the rise of big data, dating websites quickly increased the amount of data they collected on its users. Questionnaire responses on likes/dislikes, personality traits and relationship goals formed part of the site’s growing data set. At the same time, the amount of users across the sites has increased significantly in the last 10 years, creating a large collection of data points. Through the development of machine learning algorithms, the online dating platforms should be able to predict with more certainty, matches that lead to ‘true love’.

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GDPR... Big Challenge or New Opportunity?

Posted by Katie Mowery on February 13, 2018

When the European Union (EU) adopted a new data protection law back in May of 2016, it didn’t exactly introduce any substantially new concepts. Data protection has always been a top priority in the EU for organizations who store or process personal data. But what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) did do, is put firm deadlines and penalties in place to ensure that any use or storage of personal data (whether active or passive) can be protected. Personal data applies to things like name, phone, email address, IP address and also pertains to more sensitive data like genetic data, health records, etc.

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Planning the Future of Our Data

Posted by Utopia Marketing on January 19, 2018

No one wants to think about their own mortality. We don’t even like to think about when our phone will die, let alone ourselves. But with advancements in technology, it’s now possible to live forever—through data. Whether considering medical records, social media accounts, bank accounts, videos, photos, contracts, or emails, we’re defined by our data. We surveyed 2,000 people and 90% don’t know what happens to their data when they die. Here’s what we found.

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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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