As I’m sure everybody knows by now, SAP launched Business Suite 7 last week.
There was a “let’s-wait-and-see” attitude in the coverage for some of the claims made for the new suite, but the inclusion of BusinessObjects analytics into the suite was almost unanimously declared a big part of its appeal:
“One aspect that does deserve attention is the inclusion of "select analytics capabilities of the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio". Analytics are of growing importance to many companies, and making them a part of the core product seems a sensible way to go.”
“SAP is adding in new Business Objects (BOBJ) capabilities to its new segmented, process-based solutions… it would appear that SAP is re-purposing parts of BBD and Business Objects products to create this sort of new suite… The new process orientation mandates that users have access to a lot of internal and external data. BOBJ capabilities enable this.”
“SAP has launched its new software portfolio, Business Suite 7, unravelling new analytics capabilities from the Business Objects acquisition”
“Integrated analytics. SAP is incorporating select analytics capabilities of its BusinessObjects acquisition into BS7. Business Intelligence systems are frequently treated as analytics outside of core transactional systems. As such, integration can be a major effort taking years of effort. By incorporating some BI capabilities directly into BS7, SAP appears to be addressing the need of decision makers to have analytics as an earlier deliverable.”
“Usability improvements incorporate role based analytics. Demo watchers were treated to new dashboards and visualization technology. Many of these scenarios focused on role based analytics which are an important part of the progression towards Web 2.0 Enterprise Apps. These analytics deliver role based and process based information for actionable insight.”
Expect to see many more example of tightly integrated analytics in applications over the coming year.
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