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SAP BusinessObjects Explorer (aka Polestar)

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is an exciting Business Intelligence data discovery tool. We’ve created a short live demo video entitled Fast Executive Data with SAP BusinessObjects Explorer. The Explorer tool is excellent for non-technical business managers that want to gain insight into their data. The data made available for analysis is provided via a SAP BusinessObjects universe.  The universe can be based on SAP BW or relational data platforms such as MS SQLServer. Features include Google style key word searches on your BI data and data slicing.

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is currently available in two flavours. The first is as an add-on to SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise and the second is packaged with BWA on a blade.

The pre-requisite for analysis is for a Space Creator to set up an Information Space based on a SAP BusinessObjects universe and then index the data.  This is not a complex task.  Once this is done the business user can immediately find data insights. You can see this in operation in our live demo video below.

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SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI

To fully leverage your BI System you should utilise a fully featured BI platform. This post is about the SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI platform.

When BusinessObjects acquired Crystal Decisions back in 2003 BusinessObjects took full advantage of the Crystal Business Intelligence platform which became known as BusinessObjects Enterprise. The first external release of the combined code lines was version 11, known as XI in Roman numerals (originally coined in marketing campaigns as Extreme Insight). BusinessObjects Enterprise XI is a very powerful scalable solution able to exploit distributed architecture. It has been designed with large organisations and hundreds of concurrent users in mind.

BusinessObjects Edge BI (now SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI) is the little sister of the full Enterprise XI version and has many of the same powerful features. However, it is not used across distributed architecture and is designed for a single machine deployment. This makes its licensing a very attractive, cost efficient BI solution perfect for midmarket organisations.

Furthermore, SAP BusinessObjects deliver it as a package with many value-added dashboarding and reporting tools such as Xcelsius Dashboarding, Web Intelligence, and Explorer. Many of the tools are described in our Technology section and on our Business Intelligence Platform page you will find many of the BI platform features explained.

SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI comes packaged as several solutions but the basic Edge BI package is known as SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, Standard Package.

Read more about SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI on the SAP website

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Age of Austerity? Gain Efficiency with Total Cost of Ownership Reduction

Centralising on a single SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform and data warehouse (SAP Business Information Warehouse or other) is well known for helping organizations become both more effective and efficient. But it will reduce the total cost of ownership of the Business Intelligence IT system too.

Several efficiencies can be realised. The single Business Intelligence platform can be used to consolidate your numerous disparate reporting mechanisms, meaning that you no longer need to license and maintain them. However, it’s not just the licensing and maintenance costs that can be saved. It can also be expensive to maintain different software from various vendors because the related skill sets must also be maintained. Centralising on SAP BusinessObjects will introduce a common, core skill set that can be shared amongst teams at lower internal cost.

In terms of data, the tedious, error prone, and time expensive practice of manually hand cranking data load can also be replaced with a single ETL tool, SAP BusinessObjects Business Data Integrator. Not only does this remove the risk of user error in data quality but it brings increased efficiency by freeing team members up to do other work.

A single Business Intelligence platform can also drive down licensing costs. Though no way guaranteed, licensing economies of scale have historically been realised due to SAP BusinessObjects licensing discounts increasing as the number of user and product licenses bundled into a single purchase increased. This is more cost effective than procuring several small licenses for Business Intelligence software from different vendors.

This combination of consolidation, easier maintenance, increased efficiency, common skill set, and economy of scale drives down the total cost of ownership.