SAP Consolidates BI Portfolio

by CXO News Desk    Jul 18, 2012

SAP AG big dataIn a bid to offer rich business insights to enterprise customers, SAP AG has announced new business intelligence (BI) initiatives. The company announced the release of its Feature pack 3 for the 4.0 release of SAP Business Objects BI solutions including SAP Business Objects BI, Edge edition and the 1.0.1 release of SAP Visual Intelligence software that allows organisations to leverage the powerful analytics tools that are easy to access and use.

SAP has strengthened its focus on five key pillars of its ongoing BI strategy for innovation including Core, Creative, Mobile, Extreme and Social.

“New innovations in areas such as big data, cloud, collaboration, mobile, predictive, social and visualisation have helped create a renaissance for the entire BI industry,” said Howard Dresner, chief research officer, Dresner Advisory Services.

The new capabilities include:
• Mobile: By giving workers direct access to critical reports and metrics on their mobile devices, companies can mobilise information assets in a collaborative, self-service environment. New support for Android devices and mobile BI for iPhone also means greater choice.
• Big data: Support for Apache Hadoop and deeper support for the SAP HANA platform enable high-performance analytics on petabyte-scale data, uncovering more data value and improving business velocity.
• Insights: SAP Business Objects Explorer software offers users a simple, intuitive experience for gaining immediate, interactive access to data to create visualizations and answer business questions on the fly.
• Social: Integration between the SAP Stream Work application and BI documents increases social collaboration by bringing together people, information and business methods for fast, meaningful results.
• Integration: Deeper SAP application integration enables customers to run operational reporting off of the SAP ERP application and multi-source universes. Access to the SAP Net Weaver Business Warehouse (SAP Net Weaver BW) application across all clients reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) and complexity.

“It’s an exciting time for BI, with bountiful opportunities for enterprises and lines of business to arm users with unique insights that can improve decision-making processes and transform businesses. Now more than ever before, BI solutions are accessible, affordable, complete, flexible, scalable and usable.”

According to said Adam Binnie, Global VP and GM, Business Intelligence Solutions, SAP, as the market share leader in BI, the company is helping its enterprise customers in maximising their analytics investments.