Data Governance Benefits for Today and the Long Term

Posted by Utopia Marketing on August 6, 2019

What is Data Governance?  

Data governance is defined as management of data to validate for accuracy as per the requirements, standards, or rules that an individual organization needs for their individual business.  

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7 Best Practices for a Successful Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA

Posted by Utopia Marketing on July 15, 2019

There can be a lot of risk when migrating to a new platform like SAP S/4HANA. How do you ensure you're creating a smarter approach to managing the data up front?

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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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The Largest Tech Company in Every State

Posted by Utopia Marketing 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 In the 21st century, most individual industrialists (e.g., Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie) have been replaced by massive corporations and conglomerates, and nearly all are involved in the technology space.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 Utopia Marketing 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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What's the difference between SAP® Master Data Governance and SAP NetWeaver™ Master Data Management?

Posted by Utopia Marketing on March 22, 2016

apple-and-orange-suvro-datta.jpgOne of the key differences, and I’m being very transparent here, is that SAP® NetWeaver™ Master Data Management is no longer going to be supported by SAP in the future. Everything is moving over to SAP Master Data Governance. From an apples to apples comparison of what is available to do in there the SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management platform is primarily used for you to start from scratch, build out what’s going to be governed, and how it is going to be governed. From a Master Data Governance (MDG) perspective your customers, suppliers, materials, products, financials, and assets are now provided to you with the best practices for your industry to start to put in place the foundation. In turn allowing you to now integrate them into that what your key business rules are, workflows, and approval process that you currently need to follow for your practices. It really moves you ahead much further in the governance practices right out of the gate.

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Operational Excellence in Heavy Asset Industries

Posted by Utopia Marketing on October 22, 2014

Life as a plant manager can be a daily challenge. You are responsible for a smooth running operation which includes uptime, periodic maintenance, flawless production, operational efficiencies, and regulatory and safety compliance. In addition to trying to maintain the integrity of reporting and decision support systems at the same time. No wonder it takes a special kind of talent to run a multi-million dollar plant. This special talent remains hostage to accurate asset information.

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SAP® Best Practices for Data Migration – Hits and Misses

Posted by Utopia Marketing on April 1, 2014

Data migration guru, John Morris, wrote “data migration is a business issue and not a technical issue.” Having been through many data migration projects myself, I couldn’t agree more. When choosing a framework for data migration one has to keep this in mind. Furthermore when it comes to migrating data into SAP, one needs to take into consideration a few other truisms, such as:

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13 New Business Models Created By Big Data

Posted by Utopia Marketing on May 13, 2013

Big Data is hitting enterprises at a time when we see the confluence of a number of other revolutionary changes, such as social networking, smart grid, smart sensors, GPS and smartphone location information. All manners of real-time data streams are adding to the volume, velocity, variety and complexity of the torrent of data coming into companies.

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Why Data is the Lifeblood of Your Business

Posted by Utopia Marketing on January 3, 2013

Contrary to perception, data does not sit static in a data repository. Data flows through an organization like blood in the circulatory system, and each day, each hour there are a myriad of touches to that “static” data. To the modern business, data is the crucial fluid that carries nutrients (information) to those business functions that consume it.

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