What's the BI scoop? Insights from Amsterdam

by Kristin Bent

October 6, 2010

As mentioned yesterday, the attendees of the SAP BusinessObjects Seminar here in Amsterdam have been asking insightful questions (and sparking up great, BI-focused conversations) throughout the week. Below is an example of some of these questions, along with the speakers’ responses, to give you a glimpse into our conversation over the past three days:

Q: We hear that “Pioneer” is currently under-going a name change. What will the tool be called, moving forward?

A: “Pioneer” is now referred to as “SAP BusinessObjects Advanced Analysis.” There will be two versions of the tool (office and web). The office version will be based off of Microsoft Excel.

Q: Do any of the SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions have the same “expand/collapse” feature you find in BEx?

A: Although hierarchies are technically supported in Crystal Reports and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, the way they’re navigated are unique in each tool. Because of this, managing the expectations of end users is important when explaining how hierarchies behave in each tool.

Q: After sitting through the SAP business intelligence roadmap session, it appears that putting all data into SAP NetWeaver BW (from a BI-perspective) is no longer needed. What does that mean for the future of this tool?

A: The future roadmap for SAP NetWeaver BW is alive and well. The importance of the tool in enterprise data warehousing remains a strong focus for SAP (with the next release of SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 right around the corner).

Q: We understand that the next EhP for the business suite will come with pre-delivered Crystal Reports and Xcelsius dashboards. In order to use or modify this BOBJ content, do we require an SAP BusinessObjects license?

A: Yes, a license will be required in order to use and customize these items.

Q: Is there any way to completely automate security across the SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions and SAP systems (e.g., SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions)?

A: Just as there is no “magic tool” that can meet all business requirements, there will always be manual processes involved in order to achieve true single sign-on from portal login to the database side. Because of this, developing and documenting these manual processes is always paramount.

Q: When can we expect the release of SAP BusinessObjects 4.0?

A: Ramp-up is planned for Q4 2010, and general availability for the first half of 2011.

Have any of these questions been on your users’ minds? What other SAP BusinessObjects questions would you ask the seminar speakers? Feel free to share as many as you have!

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