SAP unveils 4.0 releases of BI and EIM solutions

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 09, 2011

SAP solutionsSAP (NYSE: SAP) today launched the 4.0 version of business intelligence (BI) and enterprise information management (EIM) solutions from its BusinessObjects portfolio, harnessing the advances of three years of software development.

“Combined with SAP HANA, customers can also have the ability to analyze massive amounts of data in real time,” remarked Simon Dale, Sr. VP, Solutions, SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

In addition, the consistent user experience and enhanced visualization supports end-user requirements with new versions of SAP Crystal solutions such as SAP Crystal Reports software, and other BI software such as SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, in addition to the SAP StreamWork application. The 4.0 releases also provide easy integration with enterprise performance management (EPM) and governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions from SAP to allow seamless visibility of performance and risk in business analytic scenarios.

“This product is a perfect example of what the combination of these two companies has been about, a combination of beauty and consistency — bringing in the beautiful user experience for which SAP BusinessObjects software was always famous, the elegant simplicity together with the strength of SAP software, integrated identity management, SAP NetWeaver Application Server and integrated lifecycle management — we have wonderful products to share with our customers,” commented Maneesh Sharma, head-business analytics and technology, SAP India.

The 4.0 releases of BI and EIM solutions optimizes for use on SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (SAP HANA) software makes ‘business in the moment’ possible by enabling customers to harness “big data” with the power of in-memory computing. Across mobile platforms and devices, workers can access real-time BI and respond instantly to events as they unfold. The 4.0 releases also capitalize on SAP’s acquisition of Sybase, and will use Sybase Unwired Platform to offer a comprehensive mobile BI suite that taps rich content from SAP and non-SAP business applications. Deeper text analysis integration complements traditional business insight with the thoughts and sentiment that people express in social media streams, blogs and e-mail.

According to the company, the key elements of the 4.0 releases include software such as SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward, SAP BusinessObjects Event Insight and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence.

With flexible deployment options that leverage the latest 64-bit advances, virtualization and cloud methods, and provide intuitive system monitoring, alerting and auditing, the 4.0 releases help easily scale to serve all departments, thus reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). Insight can be delivered to workers within their business operations through BI that is embedded within SAP Business Suite software and available via 26 industry- and line-of-business- specific SAP BusinessObjects analytic applications.

SAP stated that it is working closely with partners including Accenture, Atos Origin, Capgemini, cundus AG, Deloitte, HP, Logica, Siemens IT Solutions and Services and Teradata to extend the benefits of business analytics to more organizations across different industries and lines of business.