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An Xcelsius by Any Other Name

by Jacquelyn Howard

January 18, 2011

by Jacquelyn M. Howard, Senior Managing Editor, BI Expert

As the release of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 gets closer, I’ve been brushing up on the new names this release introduces (you can see a list of them in my previous blog). Thankfully, Jason Rose at SAP BusinessObjects came up with this video below that explains two of the big name changes.

It’s interesting to note the reasoning for changing the beloved Xcelsius name — SAP wants those not familiar with the product to be able to find it more easily on the SAP Community Network and in general searches. However, I wonder, too, if SAP is moving away from some of the negativity that surrounded pre 3.1 releases of Xcelsius. In recent discussions with several readers, many told me that earlier releases of Xcelsius were a bit  difficult to use. Giving the application the new name “SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards” certainly is more descriptive, so I wonder how the new name and product will be received.

What are your thoughts?

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