SAP AG recently released a new 4.0 version of its BI (business intelligence) and EIM (enterprise information management) solutions. They also released Enterprise Performance Management (EPM 10).
We think this will be a big deal for current customers who are struggling to build a robust enterprise foundation for BI for the diverse business initiatives. Having multiple BI projects with each on a slightly different data hubs leads to chaos and insights where people are unsure about what the numbers mean as they could be interpreted differently along the information chain.
We expect a significant upgrade cycle looming for the SAP community.
BusinessObjects 4.0 is a major release after the merger of SAP and BusinessObjects in 2007 and SAP and Sybase in 2010. It incorporates a significant capability enhancement that business users and CIOs are demanding around analytics – more real-time, better in-memory computing; BI for the masses – powerful BI in users hands, mobile BI capabilities across a wide spectrum of devices; combining structured and unstructured information and providing the tools to govern the information and finally dealing with the growing avalanche of social media data. Also a common “look and feel” and better data visualization provides a better overall User Experience.