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2008 has been a year with a lot of changes for us at Business Objects. Being part of a large organization like SAP is quite different, but opens so many new opportunities, and joinig the SDN community was definitely one of them.

From the product front we executed on our roadmap and had great releases across the whole information management suite. The main release was definitely Data Services XI 3.0 where we combined the market-leading products Data Integrator and Data Quality into one single platform. Both products continue to exist as separate orderable products, but the fact that they use the same underlying Data Services architecture and share the same design and execution environment was really a breakthrough in the information management market. Also  Metadata Management XI 3.0 was a major release in the second half of 2008, by integrating into the Business Objects Enterprise platform, lineage information (“Where did this number come from ?”) is now at the fingertips of all report consumers. And also the smaller brothers in our Information Management family like Data Federator and Text Analysis delivered great new functionality in 2008.

The Information Management and Data Services community went through several transitions this year. And we ‘re glad now to have found our own spot now in the Business Objects community (BOC) as part of SDN. And oh man, it looks so much better than our old “home” on the Business  Objects Diamond website ! But without content, the community would be rather empty… so let’s have a look at the content that was added to the Information Management community this year. You’ll find an overview of the top content for the Information Management pages, as well as for the other Business Objects product portals here.

And finally a lot of contributions were made by the larger Information Management community in the Data Services and Data Quality. A big “Thank You !” for all these valuable contributions, from SAP employees, customers and partners who are trying to help out other community members. Your contributions are all very much appreciated !

Thanks,

 – Ben. 

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