2018 Webinars

Supercharge Your Migration to SAP S/4HANA

Are you confident in the readiness of your data to support S/4HANA and digital transformation? 

Demystify Your Data Migration to SAP S/4HANA
According to Gartner, CIOs and information management leaders face significant challenges with initiatives that require high-complexity data migrations. Adopting several key best practices will minimize the risk, cost and time of these efforts. The goal is not to simply move data from one system / format to another, it is to insure that the migrated data is high quality, fit-for-use, and supports the underlying business processes and operational goals of the organization. 38% of data migrations fail due to lack of understanding of source and target systems and poor planning / execution by project teams.

2017 Webinars

SAP Master Data Governance (MDG): A Critical Step in the Digital Journey to SAP S/4HANA
Companies that perform at high levels know that their operational data is a principal asset. Still, they often face challenges in extracting full value because the information is inaccurate or buried in disparate systems. They need a single source of reliable data to drive their business processes, and SAP Master Data Governance (MDG) and SAP S/4HANA® provide precisely that. That’s why companies that are thinking of migrating to SAP S/4HANA should consider implementing SAP MDG before the move to ensure that the data you’re migrating is at the highest quality level possible.

Still Funk’d Up by Bad MRO Data? 
When operations stop, business stops. In your maintenance environment, this means having the right materials and products when you need it and where you need it to keep your facilities running. Having too much material, not enough equipment, or having to search for the material leads to more extended downtime and higher costs. Clean and accurate material, parts, and vendor data provide the foundation for maximizing operational efficiency, supply chain, and inventory costs and maintenance processes. This webinar explores real-world experiences in how high-quality maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) and materials data can have a significant positive impact on your business and how it plays a significant role in an organization’s digital transformation.

Addressing Asset Data Challenges Facing the Utilities Industry Today
Digital Transformation is a big topic across many industries, and the Utilities Industry is not immune to this trend. The sector faces many challenges, including an aging and retiring workforce, rapidly changing technology, and expectations from customers and regulators for lower cost of services with improved reliability and flexibility. Also, there is an overall expectation for a smaller environmental impact footprint and the use of sustainable and distributed sources of energy.

Overcoming the Challenges of Capital Project Information Handover
The challenge of achieving efficient, effective information handover for capital projects can be daunting. Outdated processes, lack of connectivity between systems, and the vast amount of data that is collected throughout an asset’s lifetime can make these projects increasingly complex. Furthermore, the impact of a less than flawless information transfer can be significant.

Enabling a Digital Data Governance Strategy – Technical & Cultural Change!
Preparing and executing any data strategy, especially a digital one, requires a balance between reflection on a traditionally analog world and re-imagining a digital future for your organization. 

Reflection is more than merely looking back; it requires you to identify what worked well and areas for improvement. It is essential to understand how your environment, your people, and critical stakeholders will respond to your vision for a digital future.

Transitioning to SAP Fashion Management – Preparing for Your Digital Transformation with MDG for RFM
As a retailer today, you face exponential increases in data volume, as well as pressure on your bottom line due to rising costs for production and logistics. Under the motto “Get it clean and keep it clean,” there is a clear case for implementing SAP Master Data Governance, Retail & Fashion Management, extension by Utopia (MDG-RFM), along with FMS. Using this approach, you can streamline processes and lower costs by automating and rationalizing the creation and maintenance of your article master data.

The Bridge to S/4HANA with Master Data Governance
Clean and governed master data is a critical step for the journey to SAP S/4HANA. Whether you're planning to make a move now or sometime in the future, it's always wise to cleanse your database and put the MDG processes in place, so your new ERP platform doesn't contain bad data and inadequate procedures. Utopia's MDG for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) & Retail and Fashion Management (RFM) extensions are significant components of the end-state architecture for SAP solutions, especially SAP S/4HANA.

Get Your Data Clean and Keep it Clean
Go on a journey to understand how to maximize SAP to get your data clean and keep it clean. This presentation will address key questions around your business pain points and provide a strategic framework on how to “Get your data clean” using DS/IS (Data Services and Information Steward) and “Keep it Clean” using MDG (Master Data Governance).

SAP MDG for Retail and Fashion Management: FMS Functionality
Customers running SAP Merchandising for Retail (IS-Retail) and SAP Fashion Management (FMS) have long sought to govern the article master. Inaccurate article master data has significant impacts in terms of higher costs across the value chain, and it both slows new product introductions (NPI) and impedes the sharing of product information with trading partners beyond the enterprise. It is now possible to address these issues, reduce IT management costs, and establish clear process ownership with the introduction of SAP Master Data Governance, Retail and Fashion Management (MDG-RFM) extension by Utopia.

Introducing EAM Workbench
Utopia's EAM Workbench, integrated with SAP® Asset Intelligence Network and SAP Master Data Governance, is designed to provide an easy-to-use interactive governance platform for monitoring, tracking, and managing structured and unstructured asset data among multiple systems-of-record in the digital core.


Archived Recordings

Below are links to several of our webinar recordings. They are grouped by categories such as data migration, data strategy; data quality; data governance; data management, database services, data services, and enterprise asset management.

Data Migration

  1. Seamless Data Migrations: How to Avoid Costly and Common Mistakes  - 25:43
    This presentation will share the lessons learned through years of experience in implementing successful data migrations, addressing everything from making sure you understand the purpose of your data to establishing your data’s business and validation rules.
  2. Data Migrations: Utopia's Best Practices  - 39:42
    This webinar shares the lessons learned by Utopia through years of experience in implementing successful data migrations. These valuable lessons address everything from understanding the business purpose of your data to establishing your data’s business and validation rules.
  3. Data Migrations - Best Practices and Lessons Learned  - 23:58
    Jeffrey Knotts, Director Solutions Consulting at Utopia, shares the lessons learned through years of experience in implementing successful data migrations, addressing everything from making sure you understand the purpose of your data to establishing your data's business and validation rules.
  4. Data Migration in a Big Data World: How Impactful is Data Quality? - 55:28
    Nathaniel Rowe, Research Analyst, Enterprise Data Management, Aberdeen Group, Jeffrey Knotts, Director, Solutions Consulting, Utopia Global, Inc., Bill Towsley, GM Information Management, Canadian Pacific Railway present ideas on how leading companies are using their structured data within their Big Data initiatives. A real-life example of a large-scale migration project is presented by a Utopia customer, highlighting the impact that the data lifecycle and quality tools had on its success.
  5. Data Migration: Removing the Risk - 17:23
    This presentation shares over 20 years of enterprise data management experience and the nine significant risks that organizations take throughout the data migration process. Frank shows why all of these risks are unnecessary and should be discussed within the enterprise and the migration team itself before the project begins.
  6. 10 Secrets to a Successful Data Migration - 32:43
    Utopia Chief Technology Officer Peter Aynsley-Hartwell shares his insights on ten key areas within a data migration that will ensure that you won't find out that they have a data issue after go live. You'll learn how to find significantly extra time to be able to deal with and manage any problems that you may have with your data in the legacy system before you move it into your brand new system.
  7. How to Reduce Risk During a Data Migration - 32:57
    In this video, you’ll learn how to use the SAP® Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Suite of tools along with the Utopia ExceptionHandler™ powered by Enterprise Web™ tool to actively govern your data and expose issues early during the data migration process. You’ll learn how to proactively manage your data and ensure your business is ready for a successful go-live.

Data Strategy

  1.  Managing Risk in a Data Driven World: Using Big Data Solutions for Real World Challenge - 54:43
    Managing the risk associated with the vast quantity of employee-produced big data from email and social media channels can become compliance and legal nightmare. Explore the challenges and best practices around managing the significant data-centric risks of mergers & acquisitions, internal investigations, regulatory compliance, and data collection.
  2. Data Health Assessment Best Practices - Building the Business Case for High Quality Data - 38:45
    Learn how managing data as an asset can be accomplished and some valuable ideas and best practices around building the business case through a pragmatic approach to looking at your data. You'll gain powerful tools to leverage data and also help use it to grow your business case for establishing the critical attachment between the integrity of the data and the ability to execute a process and find reporting integrity.
  3. Asset Data Lifecycle Management – Critical Operational Data for Efficient Operations in Today’s Economic Climate - 52:15
    In this session, we will explore leading practices to capture and correct critical operational data as well as how to sustain the data with an appropriate level of governance on the processes like those above. We’ll look at ways to qualify the consistency and application of your data standards as well as ways to understand the business impacts of your current state of data. In addition to exploring the steps involved in improving the efficiencies of your processes, so your data remains accurate and complete, and your operations/procurement costs can stabilize.

Data Quality

  1. A Reliable Foundation: Data Quality for Driving Insightful Business Decisions  - 23:30
    This presentation discusses the best practices and methodologies to approaching data quality that has guided best-in-class companies to "harness the power of their data and unleash the full potential of their enterprise insights(TM)."  Presented by Jeff Knotts
  2. Improve Business Processes With Trusted Data - 46:54
    This presentation will go over a real-life client case study of a large global bank based in Manhattan. With their organizational goal being to increase sales, they determined that to achieve that goal, they were going to improve their product cross-selling. You'll learn the steps of their data management process as they looked to accomplish their goal.
  3. Improve Business Performance with Data Quality and Data Governance - 58:17
    Learn why data can be a goldmine for retailers that can transform the way business decisions are made and enable growth and profitability. The presenters share their experiences of the challenges that retailers are facing, and how you can lay the foundations for improved data governance and enhanced performance with some simple data quality strategies.

Data Governance

  1. Master Data Governance: Process FIRST! Sustaining Your Business Case for Data- 55:45
    This session shares best practices and methodologies for implementing SAP MDG, and details on how to achieve business process optimization via data integrity.
  2. Establishing Data Governance at CSL Behring - 62:34
    How CSL Behring built the business case and secure support for data governance. 
  3. Master Data Governance: Developing a Successful Strategy - 38:00
    Learn the inside scoop on how a successful master data governance strategy can make or break a variety of business processes.
  4. Master Data Governance: Best Practices and Lessons Learned  - 25:33
    Join experts from Utopia and SAP as we review the technology, business processes, and best practices for implementation, assigning business roles, and creating data standards as well as a governance organization. This webinar will provide you with the best approach to achieve success with MDG.
  5. Master Data Solutions: SAP NetWeaver MDM vs. SAP Master Data Governance- 42:57
    This webinar outlines the defining differences in functionality between SAP’s solutions for master data management and governance. He also provides the leading best practices for the people and process dimensions of enterprise data management (EDM).
  6. Key Strategies for Master Data Governance - 56:26
    Businesses today understand the significance of data quality and its role in sound decision making. Poor data feeds uncertainty and often leads to delayed or inaccurate decision making. Implementing a sustainable approach to better data quality requires a thorough understanding of best practices in enterprise data management and a framework for master data governance (MDG).
  7. Governing Structured and Unstructured Data for Asset Master Data Management - 46:52
    SAP, Utopia, and OpenText are developing an asset data governance framework to support the synchronized governance of both documents and data. By leveraging the ‘data-centric governance’ capabilities of SAP’s new Master Data Governance for EAM application combined with the ‘document-centric governance’ capabilities of the OpenText xECM, the SAP team is able to bridge the gap between document and data governance to achieve true end-to-end auditable asset master data governance.
  8. An Introduction to Managing SAP® Master Data Governance Projects and Leading Practices - 59:40
    Businesses today rely extensively on trusted data to run their operations. There is a high degree of demand coming from the business’ employees, customers, and vendors that requires the data used daily to be captured and maintained accurately. To meet these demands, companies are harnessing the power of SAP’s enterprise information management leading practices through the use of SAP Data Services, SAP Information Steward, and SAP Master Data Governance applications. These tools enable and empower the business to identify, diagnose the symptoms, and establish data health monitoring for their data cleansing and governance projects to ensure accurate data.
  9. The Journey and Roadmap to a Data Governance Program, How to ensure a successful data governance program - 52:56
    Setting up a data governance program is a journey, not a project. It is critical that aspects of the three core components of people, processes, and technology need to be considered. All are important.

Data Management

  1. Your Enterprise Data Management Program - Enabled!  - 53:03
    Learn how a comprehensive data management program can be set up as a project with set deliverables to ensure that business operations run smoothly and the strategic initiatives of the company are met.
  2. Best Practices for Managing Master Data - 22:56
    Valuable ideas are shared about how master data management processes and frameworks can be incorporated into your businesses to achieve a business result. Managing data as an asset is critical. Therefore any organization will appreciate the expertise provided about implementation ideas, best practices, leading practices, and ultimately, some of the "gotchas" that you'll want to avoid.

Database Services

  1. The SAP HANA® for 2013 Cheat Sheet  - 44:36
    Common SAP HANA uses cases seen through 2012, and how those use cases are expected to evolve in 2013.
  2. SAP HANA in the Oil & Gas Industry  - 42:57
    Get the latest updates on the SAP HANA® platform and how they can be used for a clear advantage in the oil and gas industry.

Data Services

  1. Give Business Users Power Over Their Data with SAP Information Steward - 35:48
    Leading-edge businesses need complete and trustworthy data to support operational, analytical, and data compliance initiatives. The SAP Master Data Governance (MDG) application improves processes, decision making, and governance, with a single, accurate version of the truth.
  2. Unlock and Govern the Business Value of Your Company with SAP® Data Services - 37:04
    SAP Data Services empowers you to improve, enhance, and consolidate data. You can use this functionality with virtually all data in real-time or batch processing scenarios. Plus, because the software is built on Web services, you can manage data quality within a wide variety of standard and proprietary applications, platforms, and databases – including those from SAP and third parties.
  3. Upgrading from Firstlogic to SAP Data Services: A Case Study  - 43:46
    This case study webinar focuses on updating Firstlogic Software to SAP Data Services featuring the Salt River Project (SRP), a utility company located in Arizona. You'll receive an overview of the decision involving the upgrade, the selection of business processes, and benefits realized for SRP as they upgraded to SAP Data Services.
  4. SAP® Information Steward and SAP Data Services Deployment Options  - 44:50
    The latest on SAP Information Steward and SAP Data Services deployment components and options within an existing SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) environment

Enterprise Asset Management

  1. Achieving Operational Efficient Information Handover In World's Largest Capital Projects  - 21:18
    Learn how Utopia experts help enterprises achieve operationally efficient information handover in the world's largest capital projects.
  2. Completing the EAM Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together - 24:03
    A disconnect of truly complete data occurs between the data being available, and the information is stored correctly in the enterprise asset management (EAM) system. It may be because the data is in unstructured formats or is in multiple systems. Regardless of where it is, that data is key to a successful and active asset management strategy.
  3. Migrating Mincom Ellipse to SAP  - 24:24
    This webinar addresses the lessons learned and best practices for Ellipse users when considering the switch to SAP. Consolidation, standardization, cleansing and migration of legacy data may all be achieved faster and at lower cost.
  4. Introducing Master Data Governance for Enterprise Asset Management - New Solution Available from SAP and Utopia - 55:45
    SAP and Utopia have recently released Master Data Governance for Enterprise Asset Management (MDG for EAM™) to support the governance of asset and maintenance critical data. By leveraging the data-centric governance capabilities of SAP's Master Data Governance framework, the SAP and Utopia team have filled the data governance gap around asset master data.
  5. SAP Roadmap for Asset Management - Planned Innovations and Future Directions ASUG - 43:36
    This webinar focuses on planned innovations and future directions for SAP’s solutions concerning asset management. There will be a particular focus on how to support the new ISO 55000 series, but also the new opportunities around IT/OT convergence and the internet of things. In this regard, analyzing real-world data provides tremendous capabilities to detect or even forecast failure and take respective action to prevent it. In many cases, a collaboration between OEM, service provider, and operator is crucial to managing assets sustainably. Given today’s oceans of data, it also becomes more and more essential to provide information to the decision-makers in a digestible format. At the 31 minute mark, Dr. Achim Krüeger discusses SAP Master Data Governance, Enterprise Asset Management Extension by Utopia.
  6. Struggling with Governance for Enterprise Asset Management Data? - 37:46
    A discussion on Master Data Governance for Enterprise Asset Management by Utopia™, a family of EAM-Centric data objects and accelerators, to facilitate the rapid deployment of EAM MDG capabilities. The Utopia EAM data objects include equipment master, functional locations, bills of material, work centers, task lists, maintenance plans, measuring points, production resources, and object links. All built to expedite implementation, mitigate risk, and increase efficiency.
  7. Say Goodbye to Asset Information Dead Ends ASUG - 24:54
    Jump onto the asset information freeway where there are no more detours, plenty of direct routes to what you want, and no more getting lost because your GPS wasn’t updated. This webcast will help you keep pace and stay on track with your ever-evolving and changing assets.
  8. Asset Data Lifecycle Management – Critical Operational Data for Efficient Operations in Today’s Economic Climate - 52:15
    In this session, we will explore leading practices to capture and correct critical operational data as well as how to sustain the data with an appropriate level of governance on the processes like those above. We’ll look at ways to qualify the consistency and application of your data standards as well as ways to understand the business impacts of your current state of data. In addition to exploring the steps involved in improving the efficiencies of your processes, so your data remains accurate and complete, and your operations/procurement costs can stabilize.
    Overcoming the Capital Project Information Handover Conundrum - 46:02
    This webinar explains how industry standards and the current generation of automation solutions from SAP are addressing these issues with documented successes.
  9. Who ‘Owns’ the Asset Master Data in Today’s Asset Intensive Industries? - 33:11
    Having multiple owners is a dangerous situation that results in confusion and inefficiencies. In this webinar, you will hear about the emerging best practice solutions from SAP® for synchronizing these critical systems of record.
  10. An Introduction to Managing SAP® Master Data Governance Projects and Leading Practices - 54:42
    MDG for EAM paves a true, safe and swift path in the conversion of structured and unstructured data into accessible, accurate and complete equipment, work and asset information – that is used to ensure roads, rails, facilities, and heavy equipment are ready to safely move our client’s, their goods and products to the right place, on schedule and for not a penny more.
  11. Power Your Utility with Better Asset Data - 39:00
    Learn how utility organizations are better operating and managing their generation, transmission, and pipeline business through better utilization of their asset data. Many benefits that affect the bottom line are attained through managing asset information; for instance, it can help.

Utopia Research
  1. Utopia Research Data Insights Survey Results  - 32:52
    During February 2013, Utopia Research surveyed customers, data scientists, CIOs, and other IT executives. This fast-paced webinar presented revealing results on Big Data, Hadoop, Data Scientists, Information Technology Spending Projects, Governance, and Trusted Data.


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