SAP’s Data Hub Update Distills Business Value From Big Data

For enterprises drowning in data–hardly a select group–SAP said it has a solution. The latest update of SAP’s Data Hub offers an all-in-one data orchestration solution that distills business value from all of an organization’s data.


Enterprise software giant SAP announced a major update to the SAP Data Hub at the company’s annual SAP Tech-Ed conference in Las Vegas on October 2.

Described as an all-in-one data orchestration solution, Data Hub helps customers build, execute, orchestrate and govern flow-based pipelines and maximize the reuse of existing data developments while encompassing digital innovations. Data Hub leverages a metadata catalog and policy management for trusted meta-data discovery, refinement and publishing environment.

“IT has always been in pursuit of getting the data they need for real-time use cases,” Amit Satoor, senior director of product and solution marketing, told eWEEK. “In today’s environments, that includes not just traditional data, but a lot of unstructured data from IoT and social media. With machine learning, we’ve been able to do a lot of refining of data.”

SAP Data Hub is the core data orchestration solution for distributed data operations in the SAP HANA Data Management Suite–the company’s end-to-end, open data framework for building modern “intelligent” applications.

'Right Data, Right User, Right Time'

What makes these applications intelligent is that they’re “designed to get the right data, to the right users, at the right time,” Franz Faerber, SAP Executive Vice President of Big Data Products and Innovation, said in a media advisory.

SAP Data Hub uses open data landscape management to bring together highly distributed sources of big data generated by users, businesses and machines–including IoT, Machine Learning, AI, data warehouses, data lakes, data marts and enterprise applications.  Data Hub is designed to give users a centralized, clear view of their end-to-end data processing.

One customer, Kaeser Compressors SE, a manufacturer of compressed air systems, uses SAP Data Hub to ingest, refine and integrate IoT data with equipment and customer data from SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA. Since adopting Data Hub, the company said it has seen increased productivity, more agile data operations and improved ticket handling.

“Our old architecture was not suited for large, targeted data volumes, and the processing of IoT data required a lot of effort,” Kaeser Compressors SE CIO Falko Lameter said. “The SAP Data Hub solves this with the scalability and flexibility of a serverless architecture and powerful data pipeline modeling for high visibility and control without the large expense of moving data. By integrating IoT data with our customer data, we operate like an intelligent enterprise that provides real value to customers.”

SAP’s Cloud Platform for ABAP

SAP also announced new cloud native development, deployment and lifecycle management capabilities for the SAP Cloud Platform. These new features are designed to give enterprises and developers more business-focused tools for today’s digital economy.

As part of the announcement, SAP said the SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment is now generally available, offering a set of APIs that makes it easy for ABAP programmers to develop advanced app extensions as well as new apps using the public cloud.

A key feature of the announcement is that SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment gives programmers who’ve invested in ABAP programming knowledge and skills the ability to develop and extend critical business apps in the cloud using Agile and DevOps methodologies and principles.

“We’re bringing this to a cloud platform so people can take their existing capabilities and bring it to a DevOps environment,” Dan Lahl, SAP’s vice president of product marketing, told eWEEK. “There are millions of developers that know ABAP who can now work in the agile world of DevOps.”

SAP also said the SAP Cloud Platform now offers enterprise-ready, event-driven serverless business app deployment with three integrated services based on Kubernetes, Knative and Kubeless. Customers will be able to use these new services to reimagine and evolved business processes into “event-sensing applications.”

David Needle

David Needle

Based in Silicon Valley, veteran technology reporter David Needle covers mobile, bi g data, and social media among other topics. He was formerly News Editor at Infoworld, Editor of Computer Currents...