Integrating ecosystem technologies



Published: 25/05/2018

The way technology is used is starting to change. We have noticed a distinct move away from the one stop technology shop and organisations are beginning to ‘cherry pick’ aspects of technology that work specifically for them.  The challenge in this changing market is to understand how these systems can be integrated, and what the best practices are in each individual situation.

Integrating ecosystem technologies such as Hadoop into an existing SAP landscape comes with multiple challenges, specifically with the use of HANA and analytics tools for exploration of data residing in Hadoop. Our ability and experience to impart an understanding around the limitations and best practices with which to support SAP data landscapes led to a six-week Proof of Concept (POC) engagement with a leading food and beverage organisation.  We have a proven capability around understanding limitations and best practices to support SAP data landscapes with open source scalable capability.

Our team is recognised as being able to bring niche experience and capability to integrate SAP solution and Hadoop capability to help prove value that could be added to the client’s landscape. We brought extensive Hadoop skills in both engineering/development and architecture to support a broader SAP landscape of HANA, ECC and analytics tools.

We aimed to:

 
Our approach to this engagement was as a combination of onsite and offsite at our offices with the IT and architecture teams across three key use cases. These focussed on proving integration and use concepts across Hana data aging, document storage and retrieval and transaction archiving. Alongside this we were able to work closely with internal IT teams to lift their understanding and capability with Hadoop, while proving the concept of how Hadoop could be used to integrate into the landscape and provide scalability for growing datasets and document stores

Our team on this project consisted of our Hadoop Engineer, who was supported by our Big Data Architect, while the client contributed project management and supporting IT resources. Our team completed a six-week engagement to develop a working Hadoop environment integrated into the client’s existing SAP landscape.

Alongside this, we also delivered: