IBM Information Server for SAP

Executive summary

The goal - Use information to innovate

Why does trusted information matter? Because your organization needs to create and maintain a 360-degree view of your customers, suppliers, products, locations and events. And you need to run business operations without interruptions, leverage data to make reliable decisions, comply with regulations and meet service agreements. Can you do that with data that has no common standards? That has no reliable keys for consolidated views? The answer is that you can, but you shouldn’t.

The advantage - Deliver information you can trust to your SAP systems

IBM Information Server is a software platform that helps you derive more value from the complex, heterogeneous information spread across your SAP systems. It allows your organization to integrate disparate data and deliver trusted information virtually wherever and whenever needed to specific people, applications and processes. Features include:

  • Powerful, accurate matching capabilities, based on probabilistic matching technology, and a full spectrum of fuzzy matching facilities that are easy to set up and maintain.

The benefits - Build on a reliable foundation

IBM Information Server for SAP can provide several significant benefits as a result of enhanced data quality. It is designed to:

Business view

The goal - Trusted, quality information

Your organization faces a trusted data challenge to build and run SAP applications. Where is the data? How do you get it when you need it—and in the form you need? What does it mean? What insight can you gain from it? Can you trust it? How do you control it? The challenges continue to grow if your business cannot ensure access to authoritative, consistent, timely and complete information. IBM Information Server for SAP can help.

The advantage - Leadership and partnership

The IBM and SAP alliance has combined SAP's powerful proprietary software with IBM’s global business infrastructure to create a unified, open-standard platform. Together, we can help you quickly integrate data and business information across your enterprise.

The benefits - From disparate source data to high-quality information

SAP systems are designed to standardize business processes across your enterprise. But the data used to build your SAP systems is scattered in different departmental IT and legacy ERP systems. Standards, quality controls and governance processes rarely exist around legacy data. To achieve the full business benefits of SAP initiatives, it is important to improve the quality and trustworthiness of data before bringing it into SAP. IBM Information Server can help transform cleansed data to fit SAP models and enable SAP processes and analytics.

Complete information integration that enables you to base business decisions, operations and processes on authoritative, consistent and timely information can provide:

The approach - A platform for performance

A Fortune 500 chemical company migrated to SAP using IBM. Their challenge was to reduce profit exposure to fluctuations in costs of chemical and energy raw materials. The company needed to improve operational efficiency and increase synergy and economies of scale across divisions.

IBM helped the client launch a global ERP consolidation project into a single SAP instance. IBM used IBM Information Server to support migration of existing ERP data into SAP. This included:

Business benefits included:
The financial advantage - What is trusted information worth to you?

Based on information collected in interviews with a current IBM Information Server customer, Forrester Research found the organization could realize benefits in the form of improved development efficiency within their current environment, as well as faster time to benefit from their development projects.

Based on information collected during the in-depth customer interview, Forrester calculated a three-year risk-adjusted ROI of 143% for the composite organization with a payback period of 1.3 years. All final estimates are risk-adjusted to incorporate potential uncertainty in the calculation of costs and benefits.

Technical details

The issues - A unified data integration platform

IBM Information Server can help you overcome data migration and data integrity project challenges and help ensure on-time project delivery. The solution assists SAP R/3 deployments, consolidations and upgrades in an efficient manner, providing duplicate information prevention, and search and postal validation. It helps ensure your SAP platform is deployed correctly with trusted data.

The benchmark - Longevity and long-standing partners

IBM and SAP have been partners in delivering solutions for more than 30 years. As trusted, long-standing partners, IBM and SAP have worked together to develop integrated, proven solutions that help customers realize business value and sustainable business growth.

The components - Streamline migrations and consolidation

IBM Information Server includes a comprehensive collection of software tools to help you understand, cleanse, transform and federate information for your SAP applications.

IBM Information Server can also include:

The implementation - Case in point

A global food manufacturer experienced rapid business growth through more than 20 mergers and acquisitions. This resulted in dozens of ERP systems that needed to be integrated. With no ability to generate consistent data across operations for management oversight, business intelligence or financial reporting, the client needed to integrate disparate legacy systems and harmonize enterprise data to create a single view of the organization and be effective through the supply chain.

The client selected IBM Information Server to support a master data management project as part of an enterprise-wide initiative to integrate business processes and data. IBM was able to integrate 250,000 records from more than 30 legacy systems into a merged, cleansed master data repository.

The cost of ownership - Find true value in trusted data

The price of non-trusted information in SAP systems is too high for most organizations to pay. For example:

Benefits of deploying IBM Information Server for SAP include the ability to improve the efficiency of your development process, resulting in lower development costs and improved time to benefit for development projects.