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How to tackle your biggest information management challenges

by Scott Priest, Managing Editor

April 9, 2012

The proliferation of data is changing all businesses, and especially the enterprise software market. While many are focusing on mobile and cloud technologies, tackling the abundance of information coming in -- and then making sound decisions based on that data -- is the greatest challenge facing most enterprises. SAP recognizes this, and it's the reasoning behind HANA, the company's most significant initiative in a decade.

But another piece of the equation lies in the lesser-known enterprise information management (EIM) suite. "People don't necessarily know that they have an information problem," says Ina Felsheim, director of solution management at SAP. "Part of what information management tackles is a discipline called information governance. Information governance helps you do some root cause analysis on any of those business problems that you're having to gradually work your way into what is the root cause of those problems, and in some cases it's a business process problem, in some cases it's a people problem, and in some cases it's an information management problem."

She talked more about these information management problems in an interview with me that is available as a podcast on Insider Learning Network. She delved into not only some of the information governance challenges that SAP's EIM solutions tackle, but also how HANA fits into the equation, specifically with the SAP BusinessObjects Data Services solution.

It's the second in a series of EIM-related podcasts we at SAPexperts are producing. The f irst, if you missed it, was an introduction to EIM with SAP's Ginger Gatling.

Can't get enough EIM information? Ina and Ginger are two of the authors of the upcoming book, which you can pre-order here. Ina also wrote an article for SAP Professional Journal about the key challenges of information governance, while Ginger provided one introducing the EIM topic.

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