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SAP’s Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) is where SAP and its partners and customers bring innovation to fruition. The Eco Forum co-innovation series present COIL’s first-hand experiences working with our partners and introduce SAP internal audiences to the exciting co-innovation projects occurring in the lab. 



As the host of the Eco Forum, in August 27, 2010, I had the honor to introduce my colleague Jay Thoden van Velzen, Program Director in SAP Business Objects Field Services Operations to present at COIL about a joint project conducted at COIL by a team of experts from SAP BusinessObjects and Blue Coat to address one of the key challenges in global deployment of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise (BOE): how to mitigate network impact on end-user experience from remote locations.


For those customers who are looking outside SAP for a solution, it’s often difficult to find a proof point of how a particular solution works in a productive SAP environment. In this project, Blue Coat and SAP BusinessObjects colleagues worked closely in COIL and developed a joint solution to optimize network performance for a BOE global deployment. Through our experiments, we set up a BOE landscape at COIL and deployed Blue Coat network optimization appliances in various emulated Wide Area Network (WAN) conditions including T3, DSL, ISDN, Satellite, and a few geographic locations such as China and India. Load testing was conducted to emulate end-users accessing the centrally deployed BOE system from various geographic locations around the world.


I described the project in a Have performance issue with BOE Global Deployment? Consider a network optimization solution like Blue Coat posted in May 2010 and got many inquiries since then asking for more details.  In this session, Jay dived into a lot of details of the test results.  We planned a live recording, but it didn’t work out due to technical glitches. Due to high demand for the session, Jay and I decided to re-record it. It took us a while to find time to sit down and do it again, but it’s finally available now. If you missed the session in August and want to watch the recording , here you go.


Enjoy the recording, and stay tuned for more Eco Forum sessions to get a taste of the innovations happening at COIL.

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