HP Integrates BI for Enterprise Data Management

by Sonal Desai    Apr 09, 2009

It’s been more than a month since HP announced integrating business intelligence capabilities to enhance the enterprise data warehouse, adding value to the initiative it had identified in 2007 when it acquired Knightsbridge

Adding more to its service offerings, HP early last month announced new business intelligence services to help companies upgrade governance, and information accuracy.

With the new service offering, HP will be able to target all verticals where HP Openview and ProCurve have strong presence; chiefly telecom, BFSI, defence and large-scale utilities.

The company is offering three new services in Master Data Management Services, Information Quality Management Services and Information Governance Services.

According to a press release, Master Data Management Services enable customers to capture, manage, store and use master data elements consistently across an organisation. With a single source for trusted data, customers can look across information silos to understand complex information relationships. This enables them to understand the total customer relationship for cross-sell and up-sell opportunities, improve procurement process efficiencies and mitigate business risk.

Information Quality Management Services help customers improve the quality of their information so that it is accurate, consistent and complete. It uses a methodology that aligns quality initiatives with business objectives and puts in place stewardship programme, quality control framework and metadata management to help define, monitor and measure information quality.

Information Governance Services provide organisations with a framework to ensure that data is consistent, available, accessible, auditable and secure. The services help customers protect, manage and develop data as a valued enterprise asset, while lowering its management cost.

Kristina Robinson, vice president and general manager at HP, said that the company is cent per cent focused on helping businesses address challenges in enterprise data management, and to help them realize the value of BI investments.

In BI markets, customers typically buy a product and integrate it with SAP or Oracle environment and expect to turn in on and run BI. That does not happen, as there are lots of hitches. At an enterprise level, sourcing data from multiple applications/devices, integrating and transforming the data, data modeling to suit the requirements, building DW and manage meaningful metrics is a challenging task.

According to T.R. Madan Mohan, managing partner at Browne and Mohan, HP, in the last two years, has consolidated its infrastructure positioning and consistent with this had to ensure the intelligence layer is fortified within its solution base. Towards this, HP partnered with SAP and Siperian on data management, with SAS for data quality and Informatics, etc for data integration. With its acquisition of Knightsbridge in 2007, it designed a solution integrating master data, data quality and integration services. That is what led to Neoview as a DW platform (primarily designed for heavy BI).

"Neoview is positioned as agnostic to enterprise-data warehouse specific platforms or enterprise planning and UI interfaces. In BI markets, players are either enterprise-platform specific (think of Microsoft or Oracle) or enterprise planning focused (SAP) when it comes to BI," Mohan said.

So what HP has been trying to do is to subjugate the BI to an infra-layer and make this agnostic to data warehouse platform or ERP platform. That way it scores on open enterprise architecture that it has been touting with IBM for heavy enterprise DW projects. They could look at one solution that helps in data management, data quality and integration, thereby increasing the "plug-and-play" advantage on BI

It should also be recalled that with Knightsbridge, HP Services acquired an experience base that includes tools from companies such as Ab Initio, Business Objects, Cognos, Informatica, IBM and NCR/Teradata.

Till then, HP was not noted as a systems integration provider in BI/DW, while its peer competitors have deliberate services strategies in this area. However, HP does deliver solution strategies that use other vendor products (such as HP’s Darwin Reference Architecture). This acquisition was therefore more focused on the core BI domain professional services - a services group that handles multiple vendor products is important when delivering BI solutions rather than point functionality.


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