Sage X3 People

SDMA (Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics) for Sage X3 People

ZAP has worked with Sage to add extra functionality to ZAP Data Hub — including pre-packaged data management, BI and analytics — to build a solution specifically for Sage X3 People: SDMA (Sage X3 Data Management and Analytics).

SDMA improves the financial and operational performance of businesses using Sage X3 People by speeding up and simplifying the analysis and organization — as well as the collection and integration — of human resources management (HRM) and related data.

ZAP data management, analytics and BI for Sage X3 People collects HRM data using a pre-packaged data connector. Data instantly becomes available for reporting, thanks to a pre-packaged Sage X3 People-specific data model. It becomes integrated with other business data in an automated data warehouse, while ZAP’s intuitive data modelling UI and semantic layer automation make it simple to prepare for analysis. And a central library of over 500 pre-set analytics, KPIs and calculations — accessible via dashboards aligned to specific roles and functions — enable governed, self-service BI for users across an organization.

Sage X3 People data management and business intelligence

From diversity to data protection, salary satisfaction to Bradford Factor metrics, modern HRM is led by — and generates — large, growing and interconnected data sets. With data-based decision-making already at the heart of finance and operational teams, SDMA for Sage X3 People applies the successful tools, strategies and methodologies of data management and analytics to human resources management.

Out-of-the-box Sage X3 People data visualization and more

HR teams can track workforce performance using pre-built analytics, KPIs and calculations. And these are accessed via role-based dashboards that deliver immediate insight into Sage X3 People data. Going one stage further, a 360-degree view of the workforce can be built thanks to automated integration of data from Sage X3 People with other business applications such as ERP and CRM.

The net result? Confident HR decision-making based on accurate information, delivered by a solution that removes inefficient or inaccurate manual data processes. And data compliance, achieved while keeping IT effort and costs down thanks to user-friendly data governance and built-in security and system administration tools.

Data modelling and governance for Human Resources

The modules and metrics within SDMA for Sage X3 People are tailored to four key roles: HR Director, HR Admin, Payroll Manager and Training Manager.

The HR Director has access to all data and analytics across all geographical regions. They have oversight of all persona- and/or area-based dashboards and would typically manage both a businesses’ HR budget and its regional HR allocation. Focused on daily operations, the HR Admin role covers all on-boarding and off-boarding of employees and, for those in situ, all aspects of training and growing careers.

The modules and metrics available here transform the role of Payroll Manager from that of administrator to one with a very distinct insight into key financial aspects of a business. Training Managers become invaluable to the HR Director by being able to deliver intelligence on, for example, attendee registration, attendance ratio and average training hours per full time employee.

IDC reports on ZAP

“ZAP’s solution aims to automate elements of the time-consuming and more
complex aspects of manually building a data warehousing and BI platform.
A good example of this is the support and pre-packaged content ZAP provides
for specific development tasks, including data connectivity.
Data connectors for files, cloud applications or services, and on-premises
relational databases are supported.”

IDC Market Note, ZAP: Improving Time to Insight for Midsize Firms
(doc #EMEA43048517, September 2017),

Key features of ZAP for Sage X3 People

Information empowerment comes from the five key facets of SDMA for Sage X3 People: hybrid data collection, intuitive data modeling, automated data integration, data warehouse and semantic layer, BI and analytics, and built-in governance.

Hybrid data collection

Connection to — and collection of — Sage X3 People and other business data is automated by ZAP, with rich data connectivity to source metadata, multi-lingual caption extraction and customization detection. Out-of-the-box connection to other cloud and on-premise data sources is also provided via ZAP Data Gateway, a straightforward, secure and optimized way of accessing cloud or on-premise data sources across existing networks and firewalls.

Intuitive data modeling

ZAP has a pre-packaged Sage X3 People data model that delivers immediate insight. A user-friendly data modeling interface with drag-and-drop UX means data models can be customized to meet even the most demanding reporting requirements. IT overheads are reduced as ZAP’s intuitive data modeling UI enables users of all levels of expertise to prepare data for reporting.

Automated data integration, data warehouse, semantic layer

ZAP integrates Sage X3 People with other data sources into a secure, central hub of business-wide insight. Further sources can be added at any time in the future. Technical effort is further reduced by ZAP’s data warehouse and semantic layer automation, which removes the need for a manual data warehouse project.

BI and analytics for Sage X3 People

ZAP’s pre-set Sage X3 People dashboards, reports and calculations span all business functions, from finance to sales, procurement to inventory, with over 500 analytics ready-to-go, out-of-the-box.

Self-service reporting is delivered via both enterprise-class analytics and data visualization tools. Our responsive, touch-friendly user interface — with ready-to-use, role-based dashboards — adapts to any device, driving user adoption across the business. ZAP for Sage X3 People’s dynamic visualizations enables data discovery and information sharing.

If you are already using a BI tool, you can use it to analyze SDMA for Sage X3 People data. Built on ZAP Data Hub technology, SDMA for Sage X3 People makes it quicker and easier to analyze data with your chosen BI tool. See how ZAP Data Hub provides secure, efficient and accurate access to data for users of all leading BI tools such as Power BI, Tableau, Qlik and other self-service BI tools.

Built-in data governance

Data governance is at the heart of SDMA. Our systems have strong, comprehensive system administration and data governance tools built-in. Enterprise-class security controls set permissions, regulate access and protect data at any level of granularity.

ROI is maximized as usage can be both monitored and audited via specific dashboards, which keeps performance optimized and costs minimized. TCO is controlled as upgrade life-cycles can be actively managed to ensure consistency of data and business continuity at every turn.

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Software as a Service, Private Cloud, On-premise or Hybrid

As SDMA for Sage X3 People is built on ZAP Data Hub technology, it is available as a fully-featured, on-demand Software as a Service product which removes the technical, resource and time costs associated with connecting, collecting, securing and analyzing your Sage X3 People data. In short, it helps you become a data-driven business faster.

In terms of other deployment options, SDMA for Sage X3 People can be deployed on a private cloud, on-premise or as a hybrid combination of the two. ZAP Data Hub’s flexible architecture, on which SDMA for Sage X3 People is built, is specifically designed to enable multiple deployment scenarios and scale as both the volume of users and the volume of data in an organization increases over time.


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