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The Evolution of the Business Objects Community

Since the beginning of the year, Business Objects Diamond Community and the SAP Community Network teams have been hard at work integrating their two respective communities. Starting with a small Business Objects presence on SCN in January, to integrated forums in April, to single sign-on in May, and now to migrated content, the integration is finally complete. All contributed articles, blogs, and pages are organized and searchable on SCN. While the integration is complete, however, the evolution continues. We’re excited that the Business Objects Community members can access all Business Objects content on SCN, and can also access and contribute to wikis, forums, events, webinars, and much more Web 2.0+ goodness.

On the left navigation you’ll see links to product portals such as for Crystal Reports, Information Management, and Web Intelligence, as well as to the Customer Assurance portal for Crystal Reports and Xcelsius. While navigating the community, be sure to check out the free trial software downloads, sample reports and dashboards, the extensive SDK library, and the discussion forums.

The community also has a new addition – the Business Objects Enterprise product portal. The portal was created out of demand for our large enterprise and mid-size customers who wanted a place to find information and collaborate on Business Objects Enterprise and Edge series products.

So, how has the new community been received? Already we’ve seen significant increased interest since we created the initial Business Objects Community in July. We’ve gone from around 40,000 to over 130,000 registered users (+200% growth), and that’s in large part to the warm welcome we have received from the SCN members. Looking back over the past year, it was just in December that we re-launched Diamond and now 10 short months later, we’re fully part of the 1.4 m+ member SAP community. But that doesn’t mean we will forget our roots. We’ll focus on Business Objects solutions for SAP, but we’ll also continue to focus on solutions for Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and other ecosystems.

And when I say ‘we’ I do mean the SAP Community Network team (classic Business Objects community + classic SAP community network team). The SCN team has been extremely supportive and has provided many resources to help bring the Business Objects Community where it is today; another gesture of how supportive SAP is of the greater Business Objects community.

With that, I wish you welcome to the new home of the Business Objects Community on SCN.

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  • Kuhan, or Karl-Heinz, as they call you in Germany,

    it’s amazing how fast and effective the integration between BOC and BPX has worked. Great job on your end and good for all of us here at SAP, customers and partners.

    • Thanks Natascha. The integration has worked well for both. A lot of SAP people can find out more about Business Objects on BOC and while I am at the Business Objects User Conference, I have started sending people to BPX. Once I tell them it is for people who have a foot in IT and a foot in Business they get very excited.