Update: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 is now available - http://blogs.sap.com/analytics/2011/09/16/sap-businessobjects-bi-4-0-generally-available/
To ensure SAP customers have the best possible experience with SAP technology solutions, all software releases adhere to strict guidelines and must meet specific quality and customer metrics before becoming a generally available (GA) release. With the BI 4.0 release, SAP is working closely with a large set of ramp-up customers, across various industries and regions, to ensure BI 4.0 meets and exceeds these metrics and is delivered to the market with the highest of quality. Given these requirements, expectations are for BI 4.0 to go GA in August.
About SAP Ramp-Up
SAP Ramp-Up is SAP’s standard process for launching its solutions on the market. The Ramp-Up process is a joint effort of field, support, and development to offer a program for secure and cost-effective implementation. In order to facilitate seamless interaction, a staged approach with three phases ensure the controlled and successful market introduction of all SAP solutions that pass through Ramp-Up. To learn more about the SAP ramp-up process, please visit https://service.sap.com/rampup.
Gaining Access to BI 4.0 Software
BI 4.0 is currently available to customers as part of un-restricted Ramp-Up and can be accessed via Service Marketplace with the appropriate permissions. To access BI 4.0 it is important to contact your account representative and request access.
For more information, please contact an SAP representative directly: http://www.sap.com/contactsap/
Announcing the General Availability of SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for MS Office
SAP BusinessObjects Analysis 1.1, edition for MS Office has exited ramp-up and is now generally available in the Service Marketplace. SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for MS Office is a powerful analysis client for BW and HANA that integrates with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Key new features in this release include support for SAP HANA, integration with the BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite, and support for BW integrated planning. Gain access to SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for MS Office in the Service Marketplace today. Learn more about SAP BusinessObjects Analysis here.
Announcing the General Availability of SAP BusinessObjects Data Services 4.0
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