At the beginning of July, you may have noticed the Business Objects Community (BOC) appeared in the top-level menu navigation on the SAP Community Network. The Business Objects Community was created to nurture the sharing and growth of knowledge, as well as the interaction of users surrounding Business Objects solutions, marking the second milestone in the growth of Business Objects on the SAP Community Network.
Early this year we reached the first milestone when the Business Objects sub-community site for the SAP audience was introduced on SDN. This sub-community introduced Business Objects technologies and solutions and provided insight into the future direction of the SAP Business Intelligence story.
Expanded Audience: With the second milestone comes a new community, one that expands the original audience to encompass Business Objects users working with SAP, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, as well as Crystal Reports and Xcelsius audiences. Combined, these audiences now have a richer opportunity to share knowledge and experiences across multiple ecosystems, the benefit of which has already been realized.
Business Objects Forums: Recently, the Business Objects Customer Assurance forums and the Diamond forums were combined with the SCN forums to provide a single, centralized set of forums pre-populated with thousands of discussions related to Business Objects solutions, Crystal Reports, and Xcelsius, allowing multiple audiences to collaborate across different ecosystems.
Crystal Reports and Xcelsius Support Content: In addition to an expanded audience, the Business Objects Community will now include support content for Crystal Reports and Xcelsius products. As of July 7, all the Business Objects support content for Crystal Reports and Xcelsius will be provided un-gated via Business Objects Community, including sample code, articles, service packs, and additional downloads.
As we move into the future, the Diamond Technical Community content will join the new Business Objects Community. The Business Objects Community will become the cornerstone for the greater community surrounding Business Objects solutions that will begin to take shape alongside the great SDN and BPX communities on the SAP Community Network.
In the mean time, Business Objects, Crystal Reports and Xcelsius content will continue to be available via Business Objects Community and the Diamond Technical Community, easily accessible via the Business Objects Community home page.
Please come and peruse the Business Objects Community, and stay tuned for other exciting changes coming in the second half of 2008.