Monday, May 30, 2011

Well Managed BI - Part II

My first post on this blog tried to explain the concept of well managed BI, and perhaps it's time I delved more deeply into that topic. The tagline under the blog's title kind of says it all: if you implemented a BI solution to help you operate your enterprise more efficiently, you need to ensure that your BI solution is working up to its potential, or you may not get the information you need to manage your enterprise in a timely manner. Worse still, the information you're getting may be faulty.

But what if it's more than operational efficiency that you're looking for? Is there more to well managed BI than getting your reports on time?

We know that BI systems are becoming more pervasive among enterprises, and also more pervasive within enterprises, and that BI systems are capable of playing a larger role within the enterprise solution stack. What if you're looking to do more with your BI system?

Then you had better make sure that your BI system is running at peak efficiency. You need to make sure that you can administer your BI system proactively, monitor its critical services from outside, publish content efficiently and effortlessly, and that you have the storage, backup and restore capabilities that meet your enterprise disaster recovery specifications.

After you've done everything you can to manage your BI system effectively, you can start thinking about extending it. Location intelligence -- true bi-directional integration with GIS -- is a good place to start. And how about publishing content to your customers? Or integrating BI with your enterprise content management system?

At APOS, we believe that if you're not using our software to administer and monitor your SAP BusinessObjects system, and to publish and store your BI content, you're simply not getting the most out of your BI system. We complement, enhance and extend that system so that you have the confidence to do more with it, and the peace of mind to sleep at night.

That's well managed BI.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BI Publishing and the CFO

Linda Tucci of SearchCIO-Midmarket tells the story of a CFO taking the lead on business intelligence strategy. What drove the CFO to get involved? Was it quality of information? Was it the price of the solution? Total cost of ownership?

No. It was the fact that the company was going through reams of paper on a daily basis. Their staff were manually sorting, collating, troubleshooting and distributing reports. CFO Gary Petrangelo:

"The larger the size of the department, the bigger the report. Our mailing department could have 200 pages to page through if a discrepancy showed up in the bottom line," Petrangelo said... "To me it just seemed senseless, with all the technology we have. We should be able to generate that in electronic format," Petrangelo said.

What drove the CFO to get involved was the company's outdated and unwieldy process of generating, distributing and accessing business intelligence -- in a word: Publishing. The publishing capabilities of their legacy BI system were not scalable and extensible enough to meet their growing needs.

This anecdotal evidence agrees with our experience selling the APOS Publisher solution: the growing demands on the BI system, the complexities of those demands, and the migration of line-of-business functions to the BI platform call for an end-to-end, integrated, scalable and extensible BI publishing solution.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Webinar Reminder: Publishing for SAP BusinessObjects

Thousands of organizations rely on the SAP BusinessObjects platform to connect their information consumers with the business intelligence content they need for effective decision-making. The business intelligence publishing process is of critical importance to these organizations. They require flawless generation and timely delivery of reports, and secure access for information consumers.

Is your publishing process growing more and more complex and consuming more and more of your administrative resources? Find out how report generation, distribution, and access can be planned, automated, executed and monitored from within a single integrated solution.

The APOS Publisher Solution provides the agility, flexibility and security to meet complex BI publishing requirements. APOS Publisher complements the inherent strengths of SAP BusinessObjects, and brings end-to-end monitoring and control to your output management process.

Please join us for this 45-minute webinar to learn more about:
  • Complementing SAP Publishing with APOS Publisher
  • Understanding the content lifecycle
  • Automating bursting and scheduling
  • Proactively managinge the full publishing process
  • Getting more from your BI system - total output management
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Beyond Bursting: the Future of BI Publishing

Publishing has some very specific connotations in the business intelligence world. To some, BI publishing is just report printing, but this description does not do justice to the many subtleties and complexities of BI publishing. As BI becomes more pervasive within organizations, the needs of information consumers increase and grow more complex, and so do the information delivery requirements.

BI publishing is more than just bursting now. It has become a much larger topic within today's enterprise. An end-to-end BI publishing solution should not only meet today's information requirements, but also lay the groundwork for the future of enterprise information generation, delivery, and secure access.

Let's look at BI publishing at the conceptual level. The objective of an end-to-end BI publishing solution is to get the right content to the right information consumer, at the right time, in the right format, and with the right level of security. The solution has to generate the content, distribute it, and provide (secure) access to it. And to ensure that all of these things happen according to plan, the solution must have an administrative layer that assures delivery and provides remedial capabilities.

A BI publishing solution that does all of these things well should be of interest to a variety of people within an enterprise:
  • BI administrators need to know that tasks have executed as scheduled, and they need to be able to validate reception of documents by information consumers. But knowing is not enough: they also need clear remedial courses of action to administer publishing processes proactively.
  • BI Platform managers need a BI publishing solution that is both scalable and extensible. Scalable, because they know that publishing needs will continue to grow as the demand for BI becomes more pervasive throughout the organization. Extensible, because line-of-business managers will continue to ask them for more enterprise publishing functionality. Knowing they have a robust BI publishing system gives platform managers the confidence they need to offer new enterprise publishing solutions.
  • Line-of-business managers need to optimize the flow of information within their business units and look for new ways to create competitive advantage. An end-to-end BI publishing solution goes beyond the generation and delivery of internal documents. As the use of BI publishing becomes more customer-facing, it becomes a key line-of-business tool, and the more line-of-business managers get from a BI publishing solution, the more they will demand.
  • CIOs and other C-level executives are looking for cost-effective ways to modernize legacy information systems. Many internal and customer-facing document generation and delivery applications reside on aging IT infrastructure. C-level executives are looking to leverage their BI investment to assume many of these legacy functions.
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