Another fine mess! Why is it that I feel the same confusion with Business Objects that I felt when SAP first introduced their JAVA strategy? Here is the crux of my confusion – at our company; we have a very robust Business Objects platform that supports many different non-SAP back-end systems – all from one large cluster. We are now working to develop a significant amount of Business Objects functionality for our SAP BW environment and are struggling with how we should architect the solution. SAP is adamant that “Business Objects for SAP is different”. Our staff attended training and workshops. In most cases, SAP tells us that Business Objects for SAP BW requires significant SAP Basis knowledge and should be tightly coupled with SAP BW – in other words, we should create a dedicated Business Objects environment just for SAP. If we go down this path, we just want to be sure that we explored all options and are making a decision based on facts and best-practices (remembering the dual-stack vs single-stack vs dual-stack confusion from the early Java days). How are other customers dealing with this?