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Special Report: SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
Learn more about SAP BusinessObjects in this special report, featuring three SAP Insider articles about business intelligence (BI). Part one explains how better

data explorer  interaction with your business data yields better answers to your questions; part two examines whether BI is ready for a broader audience; and part three sheds some light on how decision makers in four different industries are using BusinessObjects.

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The IT Infrastructure Outsourcing knowledge base focuses on the selection of companies who provide outsource services in the areas of information technology (IT) infrastructure. The typical types of activities that these providers perform include data center operations; network operations; backup/recovery services, data storage management services; system administration services; end user support of desktop PCs, laptops, and handheld devices; web site, or application hosting, etc.  

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Network Data Protection Playbook: Network Security Best Practice for Protecting Your Organization


Malicious hacking and illegal access are just a few of the reasons companies lose precious corporate data every year. As the number of network security breaches increase, companies must find ways to protect data beyond the perimeter of their businesses. But how do they build a data-defensible architecture that will protect data on an ever-evolving network? The answer: by first developing an in-depth defense strategy.

data explorer  programs designed to protect data have themselves become the targets. New Risks: It's risky to assume you are safe simply because you always install the latest operating system patches. You have to make sure that programs from multiple vendors are up to date. Because these applications run on different hardware systems, you cannot assume you have little or no risk simply because you use Apple's Mac OS X or the Linux operating system rather than Windows. Security Products are Part of the Problem: Beyond Read More

E-mail Encryption: Protecting Data in Transit


Secure Mail is a plug-in that integrates into Microsoft Outlook. The main functions of Secure Mail are provided in the toolbar or the menu. It’s possible to pre-assign various setup options before the software is rolled out, which can be locked so that the user can no longer change the default settings. Learn more about the main properties of Secure Mail and get an overview of the possible configurations the product offers.

data explorer  Messages in the Signed Data and Signed and Enveloped formats can only be processed by S/MIME-enabled clients. 3.2. PGP Apart from S/MIME, secure mail also supports OpenPGP. The keys used for S/MIME are used to create signed and encrypted messages that are compatible with OpenPGP. The exact functional scope of the PGP module is described in a separate section. 4. PGP functionality Two incompatible standards exist for secure e-mail: S/MIME and PGP. Secure Mail supports both formats for the secure sending Read More

Distilling Data: The Importance of Data Quality in Business Intelligence


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SAP HANA-One Technology to Watch in 2012 (and Beyond)


Did you know that SAP HANA is much more than a high-speed analytic appliance? TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic reveals how HANA is a universal database that will enable companies to analyze large volumes of operational and transactional information in real time, from virtually any data source, and that will eventually deliver an entirely new class of applications that will change the way people think, work, plan, and operate.

data explorer  of record and master data repository”, i.e., a general-purpose database of the future? For that reason, I initially confused HANA with SAP’s offerings that were touted by Hasso Plattner (SAP’s renowned co-founder and the current chairman of the supervisory board of SAP AG) a few years back. I am talking here about SAP BusinessObjects (BO) Explorer and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) Accelerator (see the related blog post series from 2009 ). Well, now I know that SAP BO Explorer is a tool for creating Read More

Backing up Data in the Private Cloud: Meeting the Challenges of Remote Data Protection - Requirements and Best Practices


This white paper describes some of the common challenges associated with protecting data on laptops and at home and remote offices and portrays proven solutions to the challenges of protecting distributed business data by establishing a private cloud/enterprise cloud. Learn which best practices can ensure business continuity throughout an organization with a distributed information technology (IT) infrastructure.

data explorer  up Data in the Private Cloud: Meeting the Challenges of Remote Data Protection - Requirements and Best Practices This white paper describes some of the common challenges associated with protecting data on laptops and at home and remote offices and portrays proven solutions to the challenges of protecting distributed business data by establishing a private cloud/enterprise cloud. Learn which best practices can ensure business continuity throughout an organization with a distributed information Read More

Governance from the Ground Up: Launching Your Data Governance Initiative


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data explorer  Ground Up: Launching Your Data Governance Initiative Although most executives recognize that an organization’s data is corporate asset, few organizations how to manage it as such. The data conversation is changing from philosophical questioning to hard-core tactics for data governance initiatives. This paper describes the components of data governance that will inform the right strategy and give companies a way to determine where and how to begin their data governance journeys. Read More

Data Quality Strategy: A Step-by-Step Approach


To realize the benefits of their investments in enterprise computing systems, organizations must have a detailed understanding of the quality of their data—how to clean it and how to keep it clean. Those organizations that approach this issue strategically will be successful. But what goes into a data quality strategy? This paper from Business Objects, an SAP company, explores the strategy in the context of data quality.

data explorer  what goes into a data quality strategy? This paper from Business Objects, an SAP company, explores the strategy in the context of data quality. Read More

Six Steps to Manage Data Quality with SQL Server Integration Services


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Tailoring SAP Data Management for Companies of All Sizes


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Data Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data


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