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Unlocking the Power of Hybrid Data Platform: SAP and Azure

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21 Nov 2023

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Introduction

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, organizations are rapidly adopting hybrid multi-cloud strategies to harness the immense benefits of multiple cloud platforms. Recently, data platform providers have joined this wave by embracing data from diverse sources. Tech giants like Snowflake, Google Data Cloud, and Cloudera have announced their support for the open table format Apache Iceberg, signalling a collective ambition to integrate a wide array of datasets into their ecosystems.

Embracing Hybrid Multi-Cloud Strategies

Imagine an enterprise with the bulk of its data residing in a SAP landscape, while scattered bits are strewn across non-SAP systems. Their vision is to construct a scalable data analytics platform on Microsoft Azure that retains the connections between SAP datasets even when they venture beyond SAP’s confines. The reference architecture outlined here offers a blueprint to build such a powerful analytics platform.

Embracing Hybrid Multi-Cloud Strategies

The Integration Challenge

This article ventures into the fascinating realm of hybrid multi-cloud data platforms, with a specific focus on bringing data from SAP S/4HANA, a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) system operating in AWS Cloud, into Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS). This integration journey relies on Datasphere within SAP BTP as a data federation layer and harnesses Azure Databricks as an integration workhorse, facilitating the seamless transfer of data from Datasphere to ADLS. This innovative fusion of technologies streamlines data integration across diverse cloud platforms.

Leveraging Datasphere as a Data Federation Layer

SAP is on a mission to empower its customers to effortlessly integrate SAP data with non-SAP data from third-party applications and platforms, ushering in a new era of insights and digital transformation.

At the heart of this transformation is SAP Datasphere, an ingenious concept involving an open table format and a headless data warehouse. The goal is to enable data analysts working within the SAP analytics environment to work on data wherever it resides, even outside of SAP.

Datasphere assumes a pivotal role as a data federation layer within the hybrid multi-cloud data pipeline. It acts as an intermediary bridge between SAP S/4HANA and Azure Data Lake Storage, presenting a unified interface for accessing and managing data from a myriad of sources. Datasphere ensures the seamless extraction of data from S/4HANA, preserving data consistency and integrity throughout the transfer process. Most notably, it retains the semantic richness of SAP data, even as it ventures beyond the SAP landscape boundaries.

Ensuring Seamless Data Consistency and Integrity

  • Using Azure Databricks as an Integration Tool
    Azure Databricks emerges as a potent cloud-based integration tool, playing a pivotal role in the hybrid multi-cloud data pipeline. This tool offers a collaborative and scalable environment for data engineers and data scientists to conduct advanced data processing and transformation tasks. Azure Databricks simplifies the data integration process, empowering organizations to efficiently transfer data from Datasphere to Azure Data Lake Storage.
  • Bi-Directional Integration with SAP Datasphere
    SAP confirmed a series of agreements and partnerships as part of DataSphere, including with Databricks. Databricks and SAP delivers bi-directional integration between SAP Datasphere—with SAP data’s complete business context—with its Data Lakehouse platform on any cloud platform.

Conclusion

At Invenics Ltd (www.invenics.com), our data and analytics practices, fuelled by Digital SAP and Digital Microsoft technologies, empower enterprises to leverage data for informed decision-making. We have implemented a scalable architecture integrating SAP and Microsoft Data and Analytics tools. By adhering to best practices in data governance and analytics, we drive business growth and maintain a competitive edge in the digital landscape.

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