I choked on the alphabet soup of SAP and business software

by Scott Wallask

June 28, 2010

By Scott Wallask, Insider Learning Network

I got an icy slap of reality today when I forced myself to admit that I had no clue what a five-sentence comment on another SAP blog meant.

And it was all the fault of acronyms.

The blog comment I was reading was so laden with unfamiliar abbreviations that I had to stop what I was doing to decipher the text because I wanted to know what the commenter’s point was. Thirty-three minutes’ worth of research later, I sort of had an answer, which was as good as it was getting for me.

Woe to those of us who are non-technical SAP followers.

Below are the terms that jammed my gears, and briefly what I learned about them:

  • HassoDB – This refers to an in-memory database system being developed by SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner. The “HassoDB” tag seems to have been coined by people in the field and not by Plattner himself.
  • EII – “Enterprise information integration” is the process of combining and standardizing data through middleware.
  • ETL – “Extract, transform, and load” involves filtering data and then sending the conv erted information to a data warehouse.

Some of you no doubt are chuckling right now because these terms are second nature to you. But for me, seeing those acronyms bouncing off each other in a blog comment buffaloed me (and I’m sure there are others who share my wavelength).

One of the attendee evaluations I saw for our CRM 2010 conference suggested the idea of a session explaining the abbreviations associated with SAP. If that session comes to fruition for our 2011 CRM show, I’ll be in the room.

Follow Scott on Twitter @sapcrm_observer.

An email has been sent to:

More from SAPinsider


Please log in to post a comment.

No comments have been submitted on this article. Be the first to comment!