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BI for the Rest of Us: SAP Brings Together SaaS Business Intelligence Offerings Into One Complete, Integrated BI Toolset for the Casual User
SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) BI OnDemand Solution Features SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) Explorer Software Technology, Enabling People to Instantly Access, Explore, Report, Visualize and Share All Data
With more than 260,000 subscribers, ondemand offerings from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio empower people with the tools and information required to drive their businesses forward. Responding to customer feedback, SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand brings together all SaaS BI solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio into a complete, integrated BI toolset. Customers will be able to go to one vendor for all their onpremise and ondemand BI needs, rather than having to assemble a patchwork approach to their BI deployments.
The solution will also include capabilities that make it easier than ever for business users to tap into their data online, get better insight into their organization and securely share illustrative reports and dashboards with colleagues inside and outside the firewall. Significant features include:
-SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software, which empowers people with powerful data exploration and visualization capabilities.
-Capabilities that guide people with no prior BI experience through the process of accessing, exploring, visualizing and sharing data - all without needing to switch between applications.
-The ability to access all ondemand and onpremise data - including SAP data and data from the Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) application. People will be able to easily upload data to create dashboards, reports or interactive visualizations.
-An ondemand solution for creating adhoc reports, conducting whatif analyses and securely sharing this information inside or outside the company. Business users will be able to provide customers, partners and employees across all lines of business with immediate, anytime access to the most current data.
"GENBAND has been using crystalreports.com for a few years, which allowed us to add reporting functionality to our Salesforce applications," said Angie Reese, CRM Business Applications manager, GENBAND. "Everything I've seen in SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand is so easy to navigate. Tools like SAP BusinessObjects Explorer will be a great product to draw a much bigger audience of users. The components of this aren't as technical as seen with other BI applications. GENBAND is also a big Oracle shop for the backend and a Salesforce shop on the frontend, so another key benefit of the solution is how easily and quickly it can integrate into our existing IT structure."
SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand will also include flexible pricing, allowing customers to try and use the product, and easily scale their deployment as necessary. Three editions are planned that range from a comprehensive version with limited storage to one with more advanced capabilities and the ability to handle larger data volumes. This pricing and packaging model allows even casual users to seamlessly move from individual use to departmentalwide deployments. They will be able to build out their SaaS BI system from a complete set of easytouse front end tools to add backend capabilities, such as a hosted data warehouse and development environment and single signon security.
"Current market trends show strong demand for SaaS BI tools that are easy to use and acquire, and IDC research (1) expects the SaaS BI market to grow three times faster than the overall BI and analytics market over the next five years," said Dan Vesset, program vice president, Business Analytics, IDC. "As organizations look for intuitive, cloudbased solutions that can empower their endusers, applications that supplement traditional BI functionality of query, reporting and analysis with support for workflow, search and collaboration will become increasingly attractive to them - especially applications that offer rapid, alternative deployment options."
SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand will be available as industryspecific and line of businessspecific solutions through Oco, Inc., an SAP BusinessObjects OEM partner with a focus on large enterprise and uppermidmarket business segments. SAP is currently planning to make SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand available through its SAP® PartnerEdge(TM) program in the channel partner ecosystem later in 2010.
"As an SAP BusinessObjects partner, SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand gives Oco the unique opportunity to bring our cuttingedge analytics to companies in a new, innovative Web 2.0 solution," said Bill Copacino, CEO, Oco Inc. "By combining Oco's prebuilt industry and lineofbusiness analytics with SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand, users gain rich content to create compelling dashboards and multidimensional reports with detailed, transactionlevel data. Having clear insight into a rich store of business information will enable them to identify specific opportunities for improvement, analyze various response scenarios and take decisive action to realize value from their solution."
"Customers want to work with their data their way - whether it's behind a firewall, on the Web, or on their local computer in spreadsheets," said Marge Breya, executive vice president and general manager, Intelligence Platform Group and SAP NetWeaver Solution Management, SAP. "Only SAP can deliver what customers need in this new reality. We understand that user choice is driving the growth of SaaS BI. That's why solutions like SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand let customers understand their business the way they want - instantly and easily. With access to data at their fingertips, customers can make more confident decisions, share their insights with others and react quickly to any changes in their business. SAP makes BI more pervasive by giving underserved casual users an affordable, easytouse ondemand BI solution. This is an important milestone in SAP's ondemand vision, and further proof that we continue to innovate in the cloud."
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(1) IDC market analysis "Worldwide Business Analytics Software as a Service 2009-2013 Forecast" by Brian McDonough, Robert P. Mahowald and Dan Vesset, published December 2009.
(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and related applications.
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