There’s a lot happening with the SAP BusinessObjects Community (BOC). With the shifting of SAP BusinessObjects technical product discussions to SDN, and the increased emphasis on business user topics and integration with BPX, there’s a lot to discuss in the BOC space.
To get a handle on these changes and to learn how to join in the discussion, Jon Reed of JonERP.com spoke to Jason Cao and Kirby Leong, Community Managers at SAP. During this 15 minute podcast, Jason and Kirby talk about the involvement of the new Additional SAP Mentors to cover SAP BusinessObjects, and their impact on new features such as Dear aBI: Scheduling Reports and Real World BI Stories: Upgrade or Else.
:35 Jason and Kirby talk about the improvements made over the past year and future opportunities created in the Business Objects Community and why they are being made.
2:40 What else can we expect to see from BOC in the short and medium term? Kirby: We’re gearing up for the XI 4.0 release. Expect to see lots of e-learning, with an emphasis on modularized learning. With an increased emphasis on BI business users, we are also planning to redesign the site and make the dashboards more visually appealing and accessible. We’ll also be adding a BI component to a number of the BPX industry areas.
4:10 We hear a lot from SAP these days about “insight”, and going from “insight into action.” What does “insight” mean and how is BOC supporting this approach? Jason: to me “insight” means knowledge, understanding and awareness. Without insight there’s no understanding or direction. Insight combined with action is the essence of the BOC mission. Kirby: We plan to move beyond helping our members master tools to an enabling them to solve business problems.
6:55 Recently, there were a bunch of new SAP Mentors named who are heavily involved in the BusinessObjects world. How will this impact the BOC?
9:35 There’s one Mentor from this group, Mico Yuk, who has been very active on the SAP Crystal Dashboard Design front. She’s the founder of the Xclesius Gurus Network and has now been working on the redesign for the Xcelsius Community and other BOC projects. You can also see their work in new features like Dear aBI: Scheduling Reports and Real World BI Stories: Upgrade or Else. More members with the type of community spirit displayed by Mico and further Mentors are needed and welcome!
11:20 Sometimes it is hard to imagine getting started amidst some of the community leaders who are doing a huge amount of work on the community? What’s the best way to get started with the BusinessObjects Community?
12:30 Are there any misconceptions or confusions about the BusinessObjects Community you’d like to clear up? Kirby: Several things: 1. We do cover the Crystal products in the BusinessObjects Community. We also have BI content on SDN, and that’s where the technical side of the Crystal products resides. 2. There are active communities around SAP BusinessObjects solutions both on SDN and on BOC. 3. We also support non-SAP customers and members in the SAP BusinessObjects community. BOC remains true to its roots of working with a range of platforms.
Don’t take “our words” for it and visit the SAP BusinessObjects Community today to join! Become a member: it’s quick, free and gives you access to a wealth of information and networking opportunities.