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SAP and Esri Help Customers with Real-Time Geospatial Context
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July 16, 2014

SAP and Esri Help Customers with Real-Time Geospatial Context

By Peter Bernstein
Senior Editor

As anyone following the evolution of business process optimization and enhanced customer engagement is aware, leveraging real-time capabilities, along with geospatial information for more contextually-based actionable insights, is a big reason for customer interest in big data and sophisticated analytics to help drive their business success.

Illustrative as to the why the combination of real-time and geospatial information is so powerful came at the annual Ersi User Conference in San Diego, CA (News - Alert). At the event software solutions provider SAP SE announced the general availability of new innovations, features, and functionalities across its SAP (News - Alert) HANA platform, analytics, mobile and business applications, that are intended to strengthen and simplify integration with Esri’s industry-leading geospatial services and content. 

The partnership brings high-performance spatial analytics, self-service mapping and collaboration to geographic information system (GIS) and business users, to allow them to leverage real-time location intelligence in both their Esri and SAP environments. As the partners are touting, since SAP and Esri each support a large number of customers in asset-intensive industries, their collaboration, “facilitates the breakdown of information silos, spatially enables the enterprise, and simplifies the unlocking of shared data in SAP business applications and Esri GIS systems, equipping business users with a more complete picture to help make more informed and efficient decisions.”

A comprehensive partnership

What follows are the deliverables of the new collaboration.

Esri ArcGIS Native Processing in SAP HANA: Last year, SAP added native high-performance processing of spatial data to the SAP HANA platform. Now, SAP and Esri have delivered new functionality to help business users, GIS analysts and developers be more productive. Business users can run complex spatial queries on massive volumes of data in real-time, using SAP HANA via Esri Query Layers. This functionality works to accelerate location analytics, because Esri ArcGIS executes queries natively on SAP HANA closer to where the data resides. GIS analysts now have more direct access to business data, which they can enrich with geospatial context without having to move data between GIS and operational systems. The Esri mapping platform also enables self-service mapping, analysis and collaboration across the entire scope of an organization. Additionally, developers can quickly create high-performance spatial applications that consume ArcGIS Online geo-content and mapping services, using ArcGIS for Developers, and the developer edition of SAP HANA, available on SAP HANA Marketplace.

Integration of Geospatial Analytics with SAP Lumira Software and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Suite:  An extension of the SAP and Esri partnership is to include geospatial analytics from ArcGIS Online within SAP Lumira, the SAP solution for agile visualization. It helps customers leverage existing Esri ArcGIS servers and online Esri maps inside business intelligence tools from SAP, enabling users to visualize data on a map to help see new patterns and trends.

Additional options for integration between SAP BusinessObjects BI and Esri geospatial services include: Galigeo BI for Location Analytics for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence software, Integeo Map Intelligence for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Centigon CMaps Analytics and Esri Maps for SAP BusinessObjects BI.

SAP Brings Geographical Content to SAP Business Suite Applications, to Link GIS Information to Business Data: With the GEO.e framework delivered by SAP Consulting, spatial data is embedded into business processes, helping to enable users to visualize business data about land parcels, buildings, assets or work orders on maps from within an SAP application. Geo-enabled business applications include the SAP Enterprise Asset Management solution, the SAP Linear Asset Management application, the SAP Real Estate Management application and the SAP Customer Relationship Management application, which all help organizations in industries such as utilities, oil and gas, mining, transportation, public sector and agriculture to become more efficient.

ESRI (News - Alert) ArcGIS Integration with SAP Mobile Platform for Location-Based Work Management: SAP added new integration with SAP Mobile Platform to extend geospatial data from ESRI ArcGIS systems, to its mobile field employees, as a part of SAP Work Manager mobile app. SAP Work Manager enables users to manipulate interactive maps and to obtain more detailed information on the geographic region in question. By tying into SAP Business Suite, mobile applications like SAP Work Manager help simplify user experiences by merging enterprise data such as work orders, notifications, and equipment information, with geospatial data in one single view, facilitating elimination of paper data entry and the hunt for data while in the field.

Needless-to-say the partners are pleased about how their collaboration will help their customers. “SAP and Esri are helping users improve business efficiency and confidently anticipate what comes next in order to guide better, more profitable, forward-looking decision-making,” said Steve Lucas, President, Platform Solutions, SAP. “By integrating ESRI’s industry leading GIS with SAP HANA, the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform and SAP Mobile Platform as well as geospatial analytics within SAP Lumira, we are enriching business data with geographical context and presenting it in real time — bringing a whole new level of insight to customers.”

“Esri ArcGIS is one of the leading platforms for organizations implementing a location analytics strategy through the geo-enablement of their enterprise business systems,” said Jack Dangermond, CEO, Esri. “By working with SAP to integrate ArcGIS across SAP HANA, analytic solutions, business and mobile applications, we ensure that customers can easily leverage Esri within their SAP landscapes.”

Breaking down silos to create more contexts for rapidly turning information into to action, as noted, has become an imperative in what I have characterized previously as “The Age of Acceleration”— where the only constants are change and the speed at which it is increasing. The marriage of real-time information access and insights compiled from a variety of sources, with detailed geospatial information, is a critical component of creating the context needed for organizations to be more agile and responsive to both changing circumstances, as well as identification of new opportunities. 

Content may still be king, but context is clearly the heir to the throne. 

Edited by Adam Brandt

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