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SAP Data Services: Product Overview and Insight

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Bottom Line:

Organizations that use other SAP software, including its ERP solutions and HANA platform, will likely want to investigate SAP Data Services. It offers both on-premise and cloud-based solutions. Gartner rates the company's data integration capabilities very highly -- it's a high profile contender.

Jump to: SAP Data Services Features Table

Company Description:

Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, SAP is one of the largest enterprise software companies in the world. It was founded in 1972 by five former IBM employees whose project was cancelled. Today, the company has more than 335,000 customers in more than 180 countries, and it employs more than 88,000 people. In 2017, it reported revenue of €23.46 billion and net income of €4.02 billion.

SAP is best known for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. In recent years, it has also been focusing on data management with its HANA platform featuring in-memory technology. SAP was in the Leaders quadrant of the most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools.

Product Description:

SAP offers several different data management solutions. SAP Data Services is an on-premise software platform with data integration, data quality and data cleansing capabilities. It boasts universal data access (for SAP and non-SAP data sources), native-text data processing for unstructured text data, data quality dashboards, simplified data governance, intuitive interfaces suitable for business users, and high performance and scalability. It also integrates with other SAP products like Information Steward, Replication Server, Master Data Governance, Agile Data Preparation, Data Quality Management, and PowerDesigner.

Customers using SAP Data Services include Zurich, Graphic Packaging International and Coke One North America.

Features:

Deployment:

On-premises, private cloud or infrastructure as a service

Licensing:

Proprietary

System Requirements:

SAP Data Services runs on Windows or Linux. Actual system requirements will depend on the software configuration. The rapid deployment guide recommends at least a quad-core CPU, 16 GB RAM and 60 GB of disk space.

Connectors

Connectors for SAP data sources, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, IBM Informix, Oracle, HP Vertica, MySQL, Netezza, and adapters for Apache Hive, HTTP, JDBC, JMS, MongoDB, OData, Microsoft Azure, Impala and Cassandra.

Design and Development Environment:

Graphic interface suitable for business users

Key Capabilities

  • Built-in connectors for SAP and non-SAP data sources
  • Native-text data processing
  • Intuitive interface
  • Data quality
  • Data governance
  • High performance
  • High scalability

Support and Services:

Training and support available

Pricing:

Not disclosed

SAP Data Services Features Table

Features

SAP Data Services

Deployment

On-premises, private cloud or IaaS

System Requirements

 

Operating System

Windows, Linux

Processor

Quad-core

RAM

16 GB

Storage

60 GB

Software

SAP HANA Server

Connectors

SAP data sources, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, IBM Informix, Oracle, HP Vertica, MySQL, Netezza, Apache Hive, HTTP, JDBC, JMS, MongoDB, OData, Microsoft Azure, Impala and Cassandra

Design and Development Environment

Graphic interface suitable for business users

Key Capabilities

 

ELT

Yes

ETL

Yes

CDC

Yes

Data Quality

Yes

Data Governance

Yes

Others

Native-text data processing

Support and Services

Training and support available

Gartner Magic Quadrant Rating

Leader

Price

Not disclosed

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