Unpack, packaged applications!
Begin with the metadata concealed within packaged applications – discover what lies beneath the opacity barrier. Industry-standard ERP & CRM packages from global vendors have large, complex, impenetrable data structures; opaque table & field names which can drain your resources & budget due to:
The upside of tackling packaged application metadata first, is that it is designed for applications, not people, and therefore likely to be of the machine-readable variety and easily usable once you can actually find out what’s there.
Data dictionaries, sibling rivalry
Many ERP or CRM packaged applications do not provide helpful, accessible or business-friendly data dictionaries or variable descriptions. The internal data structures and naming-conventions are application- not business-centric. This opacity may be good for security but it can be a time-consuming obstacle if you need to understand their data structures for other projects. Safyr makes it easy to discover not just the metadata, but the dictionaries as well.
You can request a free packaged application data model from Silwood Technology. The following are available:
Due to the nature of cloud infrastructure, modern CRMs may also have several cloud instances each which you may need to compare, or view – to establish peer or sibling customer data relationships. This is vital if you want a single customer profile across clouds in order to provide your end customer with a unified experience! Safyr helps you compare SalesForce & SAP instances and find out which data you need.
Tool up with Safyr
If you don’t want your metadata discovery to be a generous exercise in billable time, deploy Safyr to reduce the pain of penetrating the opacity barrier in packaged applications.
Specialist tools like Safyr, which offer easy visibility of metadata, significantly reduce the risk of project delays, cost overruns, under-delivery or project cancellation:
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