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.