As customers increasingly realize how difficult it is to extract value from the data in their ERP systems, the need for products that can move this information into integrated, enterprise-wide data warehouses and tighter-focus data marts has become increasingly evident. Acta has specialized in the Extract/Transform/Load (ETL) of data from ERP databases for 5 years, and has active alliances with SAP and PeopleSoft. Acta's SAP BW (Business Information Warehouse) interface has also been certified by SAP. Sand Technology's vertical focus should allow a tight integration between the products.
Customers considering data warehouses or data marts with a tight vertical focus on enterprise resource planning should definitely consider Acta and Sand's technology collaboration on a short list of vendor offerings. The stated lack of need for ABAP (SAP's proprietary fourth-generation language) programmers is also a major positive. Before any decision is made, both vendors should be closely questioned on the level of integration between the products, and how tightly their code bases are aligned. Sand and Acta have stated that they will provide "guaranteed and cost-effective BI results for users of SAP R/3", and should be asked to give this guarantee in writing.