Business Intelligence (BI & BO)
SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI) paints a complete picture of your business to satisfy the diverse needs of end users, IT professionals, and senior management. It brings together a powerful business intelligence infrastructure, a comprehensive set of tools, planning and simulation capabilities, and data-warehousing functionality. With SAP NetWeaver BI, you can integrate data from across the enterprise and beyond, and then transform it into practical, timely information to drive sound decision-making, targeted action, and solid business results.
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Business Objects was a French enterprise software company (now part of SAP AG), specializing in business intelligence (BI). The company claims more than 42,000 customers worldwide. Their flagship product is BusinessObjects XI, with components that provide performance management, planning, (interactive) reporting, query and analysis, and enterprise information management regardless of the underlying business applications or data stores (SAP systems, non-SAP systems, Excel files, ...).
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One Reporting universe
Although SAP ECC and SAP BI have excellent reporting capabilities, the visual experience and ease-of-use offered by Business Objects are unrivaled. Simply think management reporting and data visualisation taken to the next level and you’re there. Business Objects software contains among others Xcelsius and Crystal Reports.
Xcelsius 2008 is the first and only dynamic and customizable data visualization software that enables users of different skill levels to create insightful and engaging dashboards from any data source with point-and-click ease thus making it easier than ever to put the power of relevant intelligent information into the hands of business users.
Crystal Reports 2008 is a powerful, dynamic, actionable reporting solution that helps you design, explore, visualize, and deliver reports via the web or embedded in enterprise applications. It enables end users to consume reports with stunning visualizations, conduct on-report business modeling, and execute decisions instantly from the report itself — reducing dependency on IT and developers.
Combining SAP and Business Objects software leverages the expertise of two leaders in the enterprise software industry to produce offerings unmatched in making employees more self-sufficient in a constantly changing work environment. At the same time, these packages empower your IT organization with a strong and agile infrastructure, so that it can become a strategic partner of the business by focusing on the intelligent use of information.
Combining both SAP BW as backbone (OLAP ) and the SAP BO front-end (for both SAP and non-SAP backbone data providers) provides customers with state-of-the-art reporting capabilities.