GlueData has been a force in the South African market in SAP Master Data Management, Data Integration and Data Migration for the past eight years. “Data is our passion, and we know that data architecture is key to everything from data source, through data lineage to reporting. The effectiveness of a companies’ data is driven through the underlying data architecture and not the frontend reporting” States Brett Schreuder, Managing Director at GlueData.

GlueData now includes Business Intelligence (BI) in their Solutions and Service offerings. “BI is possibly one of the most contentious, and “unloved” topics for many of our clients. We find that discontent is often founded in customers’ high aspirations of the value of data (as reported in multiple BI whitepapers) and their subsequent experiences of non-existent or underwhelming analytics or the high cost of BI, to mention but a few reasons.” Continues Brett.

“We at GlueData know that Quality Data and Business Intelligence are close cousins. These two areas have a symbiotic relationship and require at a minimum:

  • A shared, well-defined architecture to support the BI and data requirement.
  • Deep understanding of industry verticals or specific business processes to support the data conversation; conversion of data into information (KPI’s); and the leveraging of data to provide sound analytics – be it descriptive analytics, or ultimately prescriptive analytics.
  • Knowledge of data management and BI principles. Tools and technology should not drive the solution; we believe the solution should influence the selection of the technology and toolset.

“As an SAP partner, GlueData is primarily SAP-centric. However, we see a clear requirement to extend the end-state BI landscape into other suitable technologies to support the requirement for optimum data management. Agility, cost drivers, suitable local skills and organizational constraints are all factors taken into account when designing and delivering the data and BI solution architecture.

“Through our newly established BI competency, GlueData will now provide a more complete service which is centered around our core skills in Data, Master Data, Data Quality, Modeling of Data, Data Integration, Data Migration and the Management of Information culminating in Data Analysis and Data Insights.  We look forward to discussing the complete data landscape with our existing and future customers.” Concludes Brett.