SAP Business Objects

Common end user problem - "I am sitting on a mountain of data accumulated into various data silos in my organization, and I need help making sense out of it; I need a tool that helps me derive actionable insights." Your end user does not want to write code or SQL or MDX queries nor does the user want to mess with complex modeling tools. Your user wants a tool that can relate to the context of the business questions they ask and helps them analyze the data in the framework of these questions. In short, we are talking about having truly empowered users. This concept continues to be a challenge in the SAP business community.

With the acquisition of Business Objects, SAP made a commitment to enable this and truly push the envelope on Self-Service BI. The Business Objects Product Suite consists of various components which dovetail well into your Enterprise BI Strategy and support your vision of Enterprise Performance Management. This suite of tools brings robust, powerful and flexible capabilities to your user working with heterogeneous sources of data. Business Objects is your one-stop shop for all your BI front-end needs. What this boils down to is that Business Objects can truly deliver the right information using the right medium, to the right individual, at the right time. It brings BI to the masses.



The core components of SAP Business Objects are the following:

Crystal Reports - A powerful, interactive, formatted reporting tool with the ability to connect with sources using native APIs. It comes with graphing, conditional formatting and integration capabilities to build powerful mashups with other tools.

Web Intelligence - A powerful, on-line and offline ad hoc query and reporting tool which allows integrated and intuitive information analysis which truly addresses the concepts of self-service.

Voyager - A web-based tool designed to analyze multi-dimensional data sets with the ability to pull data from different sources. It emphasizes on-the-fly calculations, trending and slice & dice analysis.

Xcelsius - A dynamic and customizable data visualization tool that enables you to create insightful and engaging dashboards from any data source. It gives you the power of what-if analysis to shed light on any possible business decision.

Polestar - Combines the simplicity and speed of search with the power of BI to provide immediate answers to business questions. It leverages Business Objects metadata, security, trust, and administration services.

 

In addition to these front-end tools, SAP Business Objects also contains specific back-end tools which make this suite a well rounded offering for all applications/customers. These include:

Data Integrator (DI)- Allows you to explore, extract, transform and deliver data anywhere, at any frequency. It comes with built-in data quality capabilities and pre-built solutions for enterprise applications with Rapid Marts.

Data Quality (DQ)- Allows you to centralize the discovery, correction and prevention of data quality issues across the enterprise

 

The conundrum you are facing today is in trying to figure out how SAP Business Objects fits into your Enterprise BI roadmap. Specifically having implemented SAP NetWeaver BI, the key question being asked is "Why do I need to move to Business Objects now?" We at Morph IT can help you answer the Why and the How. We have designed specific offerings which help you address this.
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