Category Archives: Patrick Teunissen

Simplifying SAP R/3 is irrelevant for users

October 14, 2015

Part two of a series about an old ‘SAP’ dog who learns a new trick Today more than ever, SAP is more focused on technology (HANA) than data. When they do focus on data, they talk about simplifying it because simplification is necessary to make said technology work better. In SAP terms, simplification means fewer… Read More »

Making SAP data relevant in the world of big data

May 4, 2015

Part one of series about an old “SAP”dog who learns a new trick Reflecting back on the key messages from Teradata Universe 2015 in April it was impossible to escape the theme of deriving differentiated business value leveraging the latest data sources and analytic techniques. I heard from several customers how they improved their business by… Read More »

SAP R/3 for Real-time Analytics: Replication & Mythical Cluster Tables

March 17, 2015

PART FIVE: This is the last blog in my series about Near Real Time data acquisition from SAP. This final blog is co-written with Arno Luijten, who is one of Teradata’s lead engineers. He is instrumental in demystifying the secrets of the elusive SAP clustered and pooled tables. There is a common misconception that the… Read More »

‘What’s next in analytics on SAP R/3’ – Introduction

March 17, 2015

SAP’s ERP application R/3 is classified as a real time transaction processing system. However for most larger companies SAP R/3 is not suited for analytical purposes. These companies started with the building data warehouses. This is also where my “SAP analytics journey” started, in the early 1990ies as an employee of Shell. To load the… Read More »

How Real-Time are Real-Time Systems, Really?

September 17, 2014

– A series on what is next in analytics on SAP R/3 – part 2  Last year, my team was tasked to deliver a “real-time analytical” capability on SAP R/3. My first reaction was that our solution cannot be real-time, as it is going to be downstream of another system using a data transfer interface.… Read More »

The integration issue that dare not speak its name ….

March 25, 2014

Having worked with multinational companies running SAP ERP systems for many years, I know that they (nearly) always have more than one SAP system to record their transactional data. Yet it is never discussed — and it seems to be the ‘Macbeth’ of the SAP world, a fact that should not be uttered out loud…… Read More »