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BusinessObjects Community Becoming the Business Analytics Community on February 28, 2011

On Monday, February 28, 2011 you’ll see a very different SAP BusinessObjects Community. Change to community always takes some time to get used to and it’s not something we take lightly. With the upcoming launch of SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 and the pervasive use of the term “Business Analytics”, we decided to take this opportunity to align with how SAP presents BI, EIM, EPM, and GRC (among other) solutions. You’ll be hearing a lot about SAP business analytics, if you have not already (for example, the recently launched EcoHub Business Analytic MarketPlace).


What to Expect


The most obvious change will be the rebranding of the community as the Business Analytics Community (BAC). This means that the top-level tab will change from “Business Analytics” and all references to the community will be updated. In addition to the rebranding, you’ll see the following navigational changes:


  • Addition of Crystal Reports for .NET, Crystal Reports for Eclipse, BusinessObjects BI Platform, and SAP BusinessObjects BI for SAP topic area pages.
  • Addition of SDK Library and Code Samples links to the top, second-level navigation
  • Addition of a Business Intelligence topic area page
  • Minor changes to product area names to reflect whether they are “SAP Crystal” or “SAP BusinessObjects”
  • Addition of Enterprise Information Management topic area
  • Removal of the ‘Solutions’ and ‘BI Best Practices’ items from the left navigation, to simplify access (these links will still be available on the Business Intelligence page).


So what will this look like, exactly? Here’s a snapshot of the fully expanded left navigation, although all menus will be collapsed initially:


Getting Started

Solution Architecture

SAP Crystal Solutions Support

Business Intelligence

    Crystal Reports Design*

    Crystal Reports .NET*

    Crystal Reports for Eclipse*

    Crystal Interactive Analysis

    Dashboard Design (Xcelsius)

    BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

    BusinessObjects Analysis

    BusinessObjects Explorer

    BusinessObjects BI Platform*

    BusinessObjects BI for SAP*

    BusinessObjects BI OnDemand

    SAP StreamWork

Enterprise Information Management

    Enterprise Data Warehousing



      Content – BI Content

      In-memory Analytics – BW Accelerator

      Integrated Planning

    Master Data Management

      Embedded MDM

      Enterprise MDM

    Data Integration and Quality Management

      Data Services

      Information Steward


    Information Lifecycle Management

    Enterprise Content Management

 * These areas will be shared with SDN, where they currently reside.


What NOT to Expect


There will be no changes to the following on February 28, 2011:

  • You’ll still see the familiar “SAP Crystal” and “SAP BusinessObjects” throughout the community (probably even more so).
  • BI and EIM areas on SDN (except for the removal of the StreamWork API topic area)
  • Existing URLs
  • BI blogs, forums, and wikis – Change Has Come to the BusinessObjects Community Blogs and Wiki


We hope you find that this one-stop access to BI, EIM, EPM, and GRC (among other) information is a better community experience.

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      Author's profile photo Ethan Jewett
      Ethan Jewett
      Are the EPM and GRC areas missing from this menu, or am I just not seeing them?
      Author's profile photo Kirby Leong
      Kirby Leong
      Blog Post Author
      Yes, EPM and GRC are part of the nav. The table shows only the areas that changed.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Aha, people feel strange at first but soon will get accustomed to the new names.
      Author's profile photo Rodrigo Selari
      Rodrigo Selari
      Are you planning to share the samples of the documents from each tool in this new structure? It will be easier to find rather than digging in the other sites.
      Author's profile photo Kirby Leong
      Kirby Leong
      Blog Post Author
      We'll continue to embed the relevant links to documents on the central page. However, if you find that something is missing, please let me know.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      GREAT guy!

      Very good idea, of course, now, together with BusinessObjects 4.0, it´s time to inove! So let´s keep it up and improve/share the knowledgement about all BO versions in this new community structure.

      Thank you,
      Best Regards

      Bruno Heissler

      Author's profile photo Kirby Leong
      Kirby Leong
      Blog Post Author
      Thanks Bruno, we're excited about this new chapter for the BOBJ community!