SAP Data Hub Overview

SAP Data Hub is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top Metadata Management tools. It is most often compared to SAP Data Services: SAP Data Hub vs SAP Data Services

What is SAP Data Hub?

The SAP® Data Hub solution enables sophisticated data operations management. It gives you the capability and flexibility to connect enterprise data and Big Data and gain a deep understanding of data and information processes across sources and systems throughout the distributed landscape. The unified solution provides visibility and control into data opportunities, integrating cloud and on-premise information and driving data agility and business value. Distributed processing power enables greater speed and efficiency.

SAP Data Hub Buyer's Guide

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Viplove Khushalani
Innovation Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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Top 20
Jan 12, 2021
Good push-down approach, on-premise connection, and integration with SAP products, but needs better performance and integration with other solutions

What is our primary use case?

It is build based on the IoT implementations that we have. We are capturing a lot of data for a warehouse and manufacturing company. We capture data about how their machines are performing. For example, for a dishwasher that this company is selling to different clients, we are capturing data about its usage or how different clients are using this dishwasher. We are putting this data inside the IoT big data lakes. From the data lakes, we are integrating with their SAP S/4HANA system via SAP Data Hub. We are capturing SAP HANA data and taking it out as graphs via SAP Analytics Cloud. They have… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Its connection to on-premise products is the most valuable. We mostly use the on-premise connection, which is seamless. This is what we prefer in this solution over other solutions. We are using it the most for the orchestration where the data is coming from different categories. Its other features are very much similar to what they are giving us in open source. Their push-down approach is the most advantageous, where they push most of the processing on to the same data source. This means that they have a serverless kind of thing, and they don't process the data inside a product such as Data Hub. They process the data from where the data is coming out. If it is coming from HANA, to capture the data or process it for analytics, orchestration, or management, they go to the HANA database and give it out. They don't process it on Data Hub. This push-down approach increases the processing speed a little bit because the data is processed where it is sitting. That's the best part and an advantage. I have used another product where they used to capture the data first and then they used to process it and give it. In Data Hub, it is in reverse. They process it first and give it, and then they put their own manipulations. They lead in terms of business functions. No other solution has business functions already implemented to perform business analysis. They have a lot of prebuilt business functions for machine learning and orchestration, which we can use directly to get an analysis out from the existing data. Most of the data is sitting as enterprise data there. That's a major advantage that they have."
  • "In 2018, connecting it to outside sources, such as IoT products or IoT-enabled big data Hadoop, was a little complex. It was not smooth at the beginning. It was unstable. It took a lot of time for the initial data load. Sometimes, the connection broke, and we had to restart the process, which was a major issue, but they might have improved it now. It is very smooth with SAP HANA on-premise system, SAP Cloud Platform, and SAP Analytics Cloud. It could be because these are their own products, and they know how to integrate them. With Hadoop, they might have used open-source technologies, and that's why it was breaking at that time. They are providing less embedded integration because they want us to use their other products. For example, they don't want to go and remove SAP Analytics Cloud and put everything in Data Hub. They want us to use SAP Analytics Cloud somewhere else and not inside the Data Hub. On the integration part, it lacks real-time analytics, and it is slow. They should embed the SAP Analytics Cloud inside Data Hub or support some kind of analysis. They do provide some analysis, but it is not extensive. They are moreover open source. So, we need a lot of developers or data scientists to go in and implement Python algorithms. It would be better if they can provide their own existing algorithms and give some connections and drop-down menus to go and just configure those. It will make things really quick by increasing the embedded integrations. It will also improve the process efficiency and processing power. Its performance needs improvement. It is a little slow. It is not the best in the market, and there are other products that are much better than this. In terms of technology and performance, it is a little slow as compared to Microsoft and other data orchestration products. I haven't used other products, but I have read about those products, their settings, and the milliseconds that they do. In Azure Purview, they say that they can copy, manage, or transform the data within milliseconds. They say that they can transform 100 gigabytes of data within three to five seconds, which is something SAP cannot do. It generally takes a lot of time to process that much amount of data. However, I have never tested out Azure."

What other advice do I have?

If you have a very big landscape and wide varieties of only SAP products, it can be a good solution, but still don't blindly go for this solution. If you have all SAP products, don't think that SAP Data Hub will be your best product. There are a lot of solutions in the market. You need to go and properly analyze your options. It has seamless integration with SAP solutions but not with solutions from other companies. Go for it only if you have different SAP solutions such as HANA, SAP Data Services, SAP API, and SAP SDI or soft system data integration. In this kind of setup, it could be a…