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9 Sep 2013

SAP's Business Objects update focuses on stability, data source support

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How SAP's Business Objects Purchase Affects You

] "It wasn't where we wanted it to be," said Jason Rose, vice president of BI product marketing, in an interview. But in the intervening period, SAP made "some significant changes" in the Business Objects development organization with a focus on improving quality and stability, he said. Along with a number of feature packs, those changes have helped increase customer satisfaction, Rose said. Now SAP is hoping that with the arrival of 4.1, customers still running version 3.1 will make the leap and upgrade. Most of Business Objects' customers remain on earlier versions, with some 6,500 on 4.0, according to Rose. New features in 4.1 include support for more than 140 data sources, including Amazon Web Services' Elastic MapReduce and Hadoop Hive. "We're really making the platform big data-ready," Rose said. The release also brings new SDK (software development kits) and APIs (application programming interfaces) for partners, including one that allows them to create more advanced visualizations. "It's going to be huge for the partner community," Rose said. Adoption of 4.1 may also be helped by a feature that supports the use of Desktop Intelligence, or DeskI, a popular tool among some users, but for which SAP is no longer providing new updates. While that policy remains in effect, release 4.1 of the Business Objects suite includes a Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Pack that allows users to view DeskI documents. The update also features a range of improvements for viewing reports and dashboards on mobile devices; connectivity with SAP's HANA in-memory database; and integration with Jam, SAP's social collaboration software. SAP is expected to discuss the Business Objects release further during the ASUG SAP Business Objects User conference this week in Anaheim, California.
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SAP At the BusinessObjects 2013 User Conference today, SAP formally announced version 4.1 of SAP BusinessObjects BI application , which now includes a free personal edition of SAP Lumira data discovery software that makes it easier to visualize BI data. According to Jason Rose, vice president of BI product marketing for SAP, with the release of version 4.1 of SAP BusinessObjects BI, SAP is making a deliberate effort to make both BI and analytics capabilities more accessible to a broader range of people within the organization. While there will still be a need for more sophisticated analytics applications, Rose says its clear that more end users need access to analytics within the context of a BI application. To make both BI and analytics more accessible, SAP is trying to boost the visualization capabilities included within the BI applications to make it easier to identify business trends. Rose says analytics software is becoming a greater part of the mainstream office environment in part because more end users are recognizing the limitations of spreadsheets. Not only are spreadsheet applications more likely to contain errors, they are also a cumbersome way to share insights and information compared to the visualization tools that come with the average BI application. Rose notes that from a compliance perspective, spreadsheets also make it difficult to discern the logic that went into the conclusion being presented within any given tab. Of course, the next biggest challenge IT organizations may face is the proliferation of departmental BI applications that are being deployed both locally and via the cloud. The end result may not be that there isnt enough usage of BI applications, but rather that everybody is using their own favorite BI application in a way that adds more confusion than actual insight.
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SAP focuses on stability, data source support with Business Objects update

user avatar "One may expect other vendors to reconsider their strategies." As such, this deal, combined with Oracle's purchase of Hyperion earlier this year, has made industry watchers and Wall Street speculate that BI vendor Cognos, a chief competitor to Business Objects, will soon be scooped up by either HP or IBM. According to SAP CEO Henning Kagermann , however, homegrown solutions will still be part of SAP's ongoing strategy. "The acquisition of Business Objects is in keeping with SAP's stated strategy view site... to double our addressable market by 2010 as announced in 2005," said Kagermann in a press release . "SAP will accelerate its growth in the business user segment, while complementing the company's successful organic growth strategy." Early indications were that Wall Street did not love SAP's purchase. Financial analysts and investors have panned the acquisition , claiming that SAP paid too much. Meanwhile, industry insiders are questioning why SAP ventured so far from its typical game plan. According to The 451 Group , the acquisition is more than 10 times the size of any single deal SAP has inked in its 35-year history. Perhaps the pressure from Oracle was too much for SAP to take.
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SAP Provides Better Visualization into BI Data

Slide Show That product slipped well past its original release date, but even with the additional time, many users reported stability issues. It wasnt where we wanted it to be, said Jason Rose, vice president of BI product marketing, in an interview. But in the intervening period, SAP made some significant changes in the Business Objects development organization with a focus on improving quality and stability, he said. Along with a number of feature packs, those changes have helped increase customer satisfaction, Rose said. Now SAP is hoping that with the arrival of 4.1, customers still running version 3.1 will make the leap and upgrade. Most of Business Objects customers remain on earlier versions, with some 6,500 on 4.0, according to Rose. New features in 4.1 include support for more than 140 data sources, including Amazon Web Services Elastic MapReduce and Hadoop Hive. Were really making the platform big data-ready, Rose said. The release also brings new SDK (software development kits) and APIs (application programming interfaces) for partners, including one that allows them to create more advanced visualizations. Its going to be huge for the partner community, Rose said. Adoption of 4.1 may also be helped by a feature that supports the use of Desktop Intelligence, or DeskI, a popular tool among some users, but for which SAP is no longer providing new updates.
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Rimini Street Congratulates SuperNova Awards Finalist Steve Airton, United Biscuits

We wanted to perfect the infrastructure. You only get one chance." Snabe spoke as SAP gets ready to make Business ByDesign more broadly available in July in Germany, the U.S., the U.K., France, China and India. SAP originally hoped to have 10,000 customers and US$1 billion in revenue for the application in 2010. But in 2008, SAP realized it couldn't run Business ByDesign at scale in a cost-effective manner and slowed down the product roll out while figuring out a fix. To date, only about 100 early customers are using the application. But now SAP says the necessary plumbing and rewiring work is complete. The upcoming Business ByDesign version 2.5 introduces an option for multitenancy, a key factor in making the software profitable. With multitenancy, a number of customers share the same instance of an application, with their data kept separate. This cuts down on overhead for equipment and simplifies system management for the vendor, particularly upgrades, which can be delivered to many users at once. A single-tenant option will remain available, but at a higher cost. Pricing information was not disclosed.
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Why Did SAP buy Business Objects?

Airton was recognized in the Technology Optimization and Innovation category for his innovative use of Rimini Street third-party support to significantly reduce maintenance costs and greatly improve the level of service the company receives for its SAP system. As a result of the switch to Rimini Street SAP Support, United Biscuits was able to reinvest the savings to drive improvements and new innovations around the edges of its core SAP system, while running its mature, stable release for up to 10 years or more without required upgrades. I would like to extend my congratulations to Steve Airton and the entire United Biscuits team on being recognized as IT innovators United Biscuits: Maximizing SAP Software Investment and Improving Support with Rimini Street Since 2011 United Biscuits is a leading manufacturer of many of the worlds most well-known branded snacks, including McVities biscuits and Carrs crackers. Based in the UK, United Biscuits brands have been a favorite of consumers for more than 100 years, and are sold in more than 100 countries with core markets in the UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Ireland, and growing international business units from North America to the Middle East, Africa and Australia. After an internal review that assessed the cost and value of all spend categories in the IT budget, Airton determined that SAPs annual maintenance fees for United Biscuits core SAP ECC 6.0 application were increasing steadily while failing to return commensurate value. In addition, no real innovations were being delivered in its core SAP system, and those delivered outside core SAP were not included in annual support and had to be licensed separately. In 2011, Airton switched to Rimini Street SAP Support to achieve better value and improve the level of service received. Since then, United Biscuits has achieved total annual savings of more than 75 percent of annual SAP maintenance costs by eliminating the need for expensive, forced annual upgrades and other maintenance that would have been required under SAP vendor support.
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SAP Co-CEO: Business ByDesign 'is Not a Fantasy'

user avatar Its a grandiose vision, in that SAP has jettisoned its organic growth model in favor of stealing a page from Oracles big acquisition playbook. And taken some heat in the markets as a result. The marriage of BI tools and vertical industry knowledge is a vision I think is long overdue for the industry, and one that could prove very valuable to SAP as well as cause trouble in a number of places. Redmond is clearly one place where the heat just got turned up a notch or two: Microsoft definitely gets the tools side of BI in spades, but has no clue how to put to work the domain knowledge needed to get things moving for its line of business customers. IBM is another place where trouble is now brewing: having eschewed direct participation in the applications business, it is stuck putting the considerable domain knowledge of its consulting group into expensive, one-off custom projects that have a significantly larger total cost of ownership than the packaged solutions SAP can now try to bring to market with Business Objects. For IBM and Microsoft, its time to be a little worried about the future of the BI market. And then theres Oracle, crowing somewhat that this huge acquisition justifies its own jumbo acquisition strategy. Which it does, in a way. But the promise of a whole new way to build and deliver business analytics a la Business Objects + SAP is very different than the strategy of acquiring customers and maintenance revenues and then upselling these new customers a set of existing applications that are part of a broadening portfolio.
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