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Podcast: Mastering business intelligence and data management

Hear who is leading in the business intelligence market and get some best practices in this overview of business intelligence and master data management for SAP customers.

SAP, Oracle and Microsoft are challenging niche business intelligence vendors in the business intelligence market, according to analyst firm Gartner Inc. Hannah Smalltree of explains what experts and analysts are saying about the state of the BI market, gives some best practices to follow, and discusses how master data management fits in with many BI investments. Scott Lawrence, director of product marketing at BI vendor, Cognos Inc., joins news editor Robert Westervelt in a recent interview about how SAP firms are discovering the value of SAP Business Warehouse and how Cognos addresses growing security concerns.



  Podcast: Mastering business intelligence and data management  



  Program highlights  
  • (1:05) News Roundup: SAP will make its Solution Manager the primary source for maintenance updates for mySAP Business Suite 2005 customers starting in April, 2007.


  • (2:05) News Roundup: SAP announces first new Duet customer.


  • (3:05) Hannah Smalltree of discusses how business intelligence vendors compare to BI features offered by large ERP vendors.


  • (4:44) When companies deploy business intelligence tools do experts recommend a certain roadmap to follow?


  • (6:16) How are companies addressing data quality? Where does master data management fit into the equation?


  • (7:22) Does master data management come after a BI deployment?


  • (8:19) What do experts say is the most difficult part of an MDM project?


  • (10:39) Scott Lawrence, director of product marketing for Cognos Inc: Does Cognos primarily serve SAP customers?


  • (12:46) As SAP puts more resources into SAP Business Warehouse, is it becoming more complicated for customers?


  • (14:38) Does putting more BI tools in the hands of end users expose companies to security issues?


  • (16:58) Is security a top issue for companies implementing BI tools?



      Program Links:  
  • Podcast: SAP boosts queries with Business Intelligence Accelerator: SAP's Roman Bukary discusses the SAP Business Intelligence Accelerator, an appliance that SAP says will boost query performance. The box can be plugged into NetWeaver to speed high volumes of queries from end users of SAP NetWeaver BI, according to Bukary.


  • Podcast: Master data management trends and resources for SAP customers: Master data management is emerging as an important enterprise technology. Gartner's Andrew White and SAP's Sunil Gupta discuss recent trends affecting SAP customers and the market as a whole with News Editor Robert Westervelt.


  • ROI series: Building a business case for SAP BW: Read expert advice on how to build a business case for SAP BW in this tip from BI/BW expert Jay Narayanan.


  • New SAP business unit to focus on compliance: SAP is creating a new business unit to wrap its compliance products with software from its recent acquisition of compliance software vendor, Virsa Systems Inc.


  • Audio Archive: View a list of recent podcasts on various issues at our audio download homepage.


  • Editorial Blog: This is the place for additional commentary and discussion about recent events, news stories or whatever else happens in the SAP world.


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