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Updates from BI 2011 in Amsterdam

by Kristin Bent

June 6, 2011

Greetings from Amsterdam, and BI 2011!

It’s Pre-Conference Day here at the Rai Convention Center, and some of the most anticipated content throughout the 4-day event can be found today.

This morning, Scott Cairncross and Karol Bliznak packed a room with their session, “What every SAP customer needs to know about the latest planning, budgeting, and forecasting tools available with SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.” Throughout the three-hour session, Scott and Karol provided technical prerequisities for deploying SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (version for SAP NetWeaver and version for Microsoft), integration points between SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation and SAP ERP or SAP NetWeaver BW, an overview of the most common planning and consolidation activities performed within the solution, security and usability best practices, and (one of the highlights of the presentation), the SAP roadmap for planning and consolidation solutions, including planned enhancements to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation.

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to pop into another popular Pre-Conference session here on-site, “Comprehensive guidelines for choosing the right SAP or SAP BusinessObjects solutions for reporting and business intelligence to meet your needs.” Within another packed room, speakers Jean-Michel Jurbert and Waldemar Adams, shed light on the full suite of bot h SAP and SAP BusinessObjects currently available for reporting and business intelligence. As they started to delve into the details regarding the 4.0 release of SAP BusinessObjects, all eyes were glued to the screen. SAP HANA, along with the recently announced functional enhancements to SAP Crystal Reports, Xcelsius (now SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards), and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, were discussed, along with insights for integrating this new release into your current SAP and SAP BusinessObjects landscape. Additionally, the two SAP speakers offered insight into the future support options for traditional SAP reporting tools, such as BEx and Report Painter. As the session continues, solution demos and further details regarding the SAP BI roadmap, will be offered.

Today’s Pre-Conference content served as a strong foundation for the discussions we will have here in Amsterdam for the rest of the week. As attendees and speakers collaborate to discuss reporting and BI strategies, specific tool capabilities, and the evolving SAP roadmap, I will definitely keep you posted on emerging trends and focal points.

Until then!

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