Protivit’s Narjit Aujla was a first-time attendee at the 2018 BI/HANA conference. He shares his observations here.
The morning begins with Spanish guitars before the keynote session at the BI & HANA 2018 conference in Las Vegas. Taking the stage is Ivo Bauermann, SAP’s Global Vice President, SAP Analytics, Head of Business Development & Global Center of Excellence. He tells an amusing story about how people had shunned the newly created automobile in favor of the horse-drawn carriage—a decision in favor of drinking more alcohol. To Ivo’s point, people are resistant to change. What may seem farfetched now becomes the de facto standard tomorrow, such as the way we solve this problem today: Uber.
Today’s analytics market is growing rapidly. SAP’s data warehousing solution, SAP BW, is still commonly used in companies, with numerous conference sessions supporting it. Businesses are seeking enhancements to their data solutions, such as SAP HANA® in-memory computing and cloud agility. The good news is that there is a wide range of solutions for SAP users such as BW on HANA, BW/4HANA, and S/4HANA®. However, the ability to choose the right system architecture to meet your business needs is going to be critical for managing your data effectively going forward.
Analytical toolsets are more varied than ever. While products such as Tableau and Microsoft Power BI rival for the self-service spotlight, SAP’s Analytics Cloud (SAC) is also a large consideration. Riding the bleeding edge of real-time and predictive, SAC is looking to reinvent the way we approach analytics. Simple workflows and powerful natural language queries might be the difference between a successful Business Intelligence (BI) strategy and an outdated software graveyard. Regardless of tool selection, what we continue to see is the criticality of established data foundations and governance practices.
Narjit Aujla is a Manager in the Data & Analytics practice at Protiviti. Working with companies from all industries, he works to understand a business’s primary concerns and delivers end-to-end business intelligence solutions.
Narjit’s specializes in Data and Analytics with a focus on Enterprise Information Management (EIM), front-end dashboard development, data modeling, and architecture strategy. With Protiviti, Narjit specializes in supporting the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise suite of tools including SAP Design Studio and SAP Web Intelligence in addition to other analytical tools such as SAP HANA Studio and SAP Lumira. He has also helped businesses refine their Data Governance strategy and identify gaps in business process using data profiling tools such as SAP Information Steward.