Friday, January 6, 2012

SAP BI 4.0 - One of Top BI Stories of 2011

One of the biggest business intelligence (BI) software developments of 2011 was the debut of SAP BusinessObjects 4.0, the first major update to SAP AG’s flagship BI and analytics platform in more than three years. The new version is fully integrated with SAP’s enterprise information management products and offers an improved user interface, better mobility, social networking tools and the ability to analyze unstructured data, according to SAP.
BI 4.0 marks the first major update to BusinessObjects since its acquisition by SAP, and answers concerns about SAP's roadmap for business intelligence. The new release promises better integration and user experience, especially for enterprises running SAP solutions. It paves the way for enterprises to realize huge benefits with in-memory computing (HANA), as well as mobile and collaborative (StreamWork) BI.

Here's a summary of what's new in BI 4.0 (SP2), from SAP's documentation:
  • Extends the information infrastructure provided by earlier releases and integrates seamlessly with the existing product line.
  • Supports all deployment models and lets you fine tune administration and configuration of the entire system.
  • Brings together features from across the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Suite to meet your evolving reporting needs, from providing web access to Web Intelligence, to improving SAP Crystal Reports interactivity and personalization.
  • Facilitates migration from SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise 5.x and 6.x to SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.0, however you need to migrate to Release XI 2.0 first.
  • Delivers new tools to drive user productivity and self-service reporting.
  • Delivers more reporting capability with fewer reports.
  • Includes a variety of major enhancements spread across our data access methods, administration capabilities, and report design options.

    Simplifies business monitoring with dashboard functionality and improved user experience.
  • Delivers the strongest self-service query and analysis solution for SAP customers.

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