Monday, April 25, 2011

Location Intelligence for Local Governments

Local government is the bottom tier of government, so when the higher tiers of government proclaim the need for austerity, we all know where the brunt of that austerity falls, and who takes the blame for service shortfalls within your community. Local governments need to work smarter, and to do more with less. Location Intelligence is one of the technologies that can help you manage proactively and meet the call for austerity head on.

All governments govern geographical areas, and thus most government information includes a geospatial aspect. Many departments within local government understand this fact and have adopted geographic information systems (GIS) to help them visualize the geospatial relationship inherent in their information workflows. What these departments inevitably conclude is that geospatial visualization is not simply "nice to have," but critical to understanding and communicating information, and to planning work efficiently.

What if you could implement GIS across all departments? And what if you could tie all of these implementations together so that everyone is working from the same playbook? Can you imagine the efficiency gains?

That's what Location Intelligence does for local government, or for any other type of organization. Location Intelligence merges your Business Intelligence system with GIS to create a single coherent view of reality that spans all departments. Each department has its own thematic maps, but all of these maps are connecte to a single business intelligence datasource.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

APOS Publisher: A Complete Publishing Solution for SAP BusinessObjects

The publishing process in SAP BusinessObjects is critical to effective and pervasive business intelligence. You may have high-quality information within your BI system, but it's all for nothing if that information doesn't reach the decision makers in your organization in a timely and secure manner.

Publishing may be invisible to your information consumers, but if you are a platform manager or technician, it is critical that you understand and manage the publishing process to deliver high-quality, timely reports.

What's involved in the generation, distribution and accessibility of your SAP BusinessObjects reports? And how does the APOS Publisher Solution make it easier for you to configure and manage the publishing process?

The APOS Publisher Solution is a complete publishing solution for SAP BusinessObjects, the business intelligence solution that thousands of organizations around the world rely on to connect their information consumers with the analytics they need for effective decision making.

What makes APOS Publisher the best choice for publishing SAP BusinessObjects reports? Publisher not only automates a large part of your publishing process, but also provides the flexibility to manage the process of generating tailored documents and delivering them to stakeholders throughout the enterprise, and beyond.

Bursting & Consolidation: Generating the Right Content for the Right People

The APOS Publisher Bursting module enables a seamless, secure, automated and data-driven publishing process. "Multi-pass" bursting lets you run large numbers of schedules that have been personalized in APOS Publisher.

Alternatively, you can gain even more flexibility by using Publisher's "single-pass" bursting, which creates a single large instance for post-processing by the APOS Distribution Server module. In both scenarios, bursting is an automated process.

If you are distributing multiple documents to the same recipients, use APOS Publisher to consolidate the reports into a single report package for ease of consumption and simplified monitoring and management.

APOS Publisher Bursting achieves a high degree of automation through bursting definitions that are tied directly to your SAP BusinessObjects system. The bursting process adjusts automatically to user changes in your BI system.

Distribution: The Who, When & How of Delivery

Every organization's report delivery needs are unique and frequently complex. Format, security, delivery location -- all of these factors are key to satisfying the needs of business process workflows, and the needs of all business units and the information consumers within them.

The APOS Publisher Solution's Distribution module provides additional post-processing, such as adding encryption and other special export options and destinations. Publisher uses regular SAP BusinessObjects scheduling functionality, but adds extra settings and custom properties to achieve more distribution flexibility. With Publisher, you can distribute your reports to multiple destinations simultaneously, including:
  • Printer (multiple simultaneously)
  • Network file location
  • Email as attachment
  • Email as content
  • FTP
  • SFTP
Publisher's Distribution functionality is also the gateway to integration with your content management system.

APOS Publisher & Content Fusion: Accessibility

Is it time for your organization's information systems to work together? Do you have both a business intelligence system to gather and analyze mission-critical data, and a content management system to help with collaborative processes? Optimizing the flow of information means fusing these systems together.

APOS Publisher provides all of the automation, security, and accessibility you need to publish your SAP BusinessObjects reports successfully. However, as the need for business intelligence within your organization becomes more pervasive, you may want to consider even wider accessibility.

The Content Fusion module is a natural extension to APOS Publisher. Content Fusion uses plug-ins to perform "active archiving" within content management systems such as Open Text (9.7.1 or 10) and Microsoft SharePoint (2003, 2007, 2010). You can attach your SAP BusinessObjects reports to your content management workflows to create complete intelligence packages. Attached reports include metadata such as source, parameters, ownership, and other lineage information.

The Big Picture

The APOS Publisher Solution covers the SAP BusinessObjects content lifecycle from start to finish, and it integrates seamlessly with the entire suite of APOS solutions, all designed to help you get the most out of your SAP BusinessObjects deployment.

Location Intelligence: Turning the Eureka Moment into Business as Usual

Location intelligence is one of the latest buzzwords in the enterprise software world, but definitions vary widely. Is it just reports with maps, or maps with reports? Or is there more to this phenomenon? Location intelligence is the convergence of geographic information systems (GIS) and business intelligence (BI) systems, but what is the significance of this convergence? And what's in it for the average line-of-business manager, or the average corporate information consumer? We have a white paper that will help you get to the heart of the matter.

Download Location Intelligence: Turning the "Eureka" Moment into Business as Usual.

From the Executive Summary:
Location – geospatial information – is a part of nearly all business intelligence. Frequently this geospatial information is presented textually (as a postal address, for example). But geospatial information is not just about where an asset is located, but where it is located in relation to other assets, and that relationship is best presented visually.

Location intelligence solutions integrate geographic information systems (GIS) with business intelligence (BI) systems to let you visualize the geospatial relationships within your business intelligence. This integrated solution is not merely "nice-to-have" technology. It is not technology for technology's sake: the visual aspects of information make a difference in the way that information becomes knowledge. That is, visualizing is as important to the average individual's understanding of information as reading is. Both the visual and the textual aspects of information are critical to the learning process – the process by which information becomes the knowledge required to make informed business decisions.

GIS enriches comprehension through visualization. Visualization creates impact, revealing not only the truth about business information, but also the importance of that truth within your business enterprise. The shock value of visualization can lead, literally, to a "Eureka" moment – a flash of insight, a moment of recognition – in which you reach a level of clarity never before achieved. The visual impact of location intelligence improves "speed to insight," making information – and business decisions – more timely. It gives your decision makers an edge – an information advantage.
For more information on APOS location intelligence products, visit the APOS Location Intelligence Solution page.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Looking Forward to TDWI World Conference

We'll be attending TDWI World Conference in Chicago, from June 6 to 10, 2011. The theme for this year's conference is "Validating Your BI/DW Direction," which should open up some fascinating discussions, considering…

Monday, April 11, 2011

Product Pipeline: APOS Publisher 2011-04

Announcing improvements to APOS Publisher, our end-to-end publishing and content management integration solution for SAP BusinessObjects:
  • New plug-ins to link SAP BusinessObjects to Open Text and Microsoft SharePoint
  • Improved integration with the APOS Administration Instance Manager module

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Product Pipeline: APOS Insight 2011-04

Announcing improvements to APOS Insight, our SAP BusinessObjects system introspection solution:
  • Insight can now extract SAP BusinessObjects Audit data, de-normalize it, and write it to topical tables within the APOS KPI database for easier access, analysis and reporting.
  • Insight can now monitor publication schedules within SAP BusinessObjects and notify administrators should any schedule fail.

These new features greatly improve your ability to manage SAP BusinessObjects proactively.