Here’s some really good news for those who were in need of a good analytical solution but didn’t have the capacity or the bandwidth to set up and maintain a full fledged solution by themselves. The SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand has been launched and is available for free trial at http://www.ondemand.com. There is a live webcast scheduled for 31st of March 2010, the registration link for which is provided in the same webpage.
This solution has been created keeping the SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises)in mind, therefore it has been designed to support data from SAP Business ByDesign, SAP Business One, and SAP Business All-in-One – the SME solution offerings by SAP. It is also capable of interacting with SAP BusinessObjects software for CRM.
As of now it is available only in English. Few other languages are planned for later releases.
There are three options – free Personal Edition (10MB & 2000 data rows), Essential Edition (2GB data) and Advanced Editions (5GB data and of course more fatures).
You can get some more details here.
Some of the features that the solution offers, are:
1) It has a capability to combine data from different sources.
2) It has industry and business-specific offerings – through partners.
3) Provides pre-configured but customizable templates.
4) Has an intuitive interface.
Sounds good but the wise ones have said – “the proof of the pie is in the eating”. So I think attending the webcast could be a first step towards that.