Jamie, Greg, Clint, and I were at SAPPHIRE last week and had a chance to connect with Kurt and Alex. Kurt and Alex come to the table with a different perspective than many of us in the US community. We try and get a little more perspective about the path to BI4 for APJ customers and what the challenges are.
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0:22 – Clint is in the house! He only came for the showers.
0:49 – Kurt Bilafer, Regional Vice president of Analytics, Asia, Pacific & Japan at SAP joins us as well.
1:00 – SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 is RTC/Ramp up ready!
1:39 – BI4 vs. Bi4.1 – Should I stay or should I go? Nah nah nuh nuh nah nah nah.
2:52 – Analytics takes front stage at SAPPHIRE and we all feel good.
3:25 – Clint says don’t wait, start sandboxing BI4 now.
5:21 – Was FP3 the 4.1 we always wanted? If so, does that diminish the impact of the real 4.1?
6:50 – Go big go home – BI4 is ginormous.
7:00 – Analytics drives businesses. Fact.
7:22 – Better hooks into SAP BW and SAP HANA.
7:58 – Alex Andrenacci of Accenture in APJ joins us!
8:52 – Test test test and test more before you go.
9:26 – Clint waxes poetic or something about dam data.
10:25 – What to migrate and when?
16:40 – The opportunity to revisit how we deliver information is great. Take it.
17:11 – A network of truth is an opportunity for a bunch of users to enrich the data.
18:17 – Business needs to have a seat at the table as the migration happens to learn to take the most advantage of new capability.
19:54 – Creating awareness in technology in the new SAP BI suite tools.
22:21 – Novel idea: IT needs to redevelop it’s own road show to get business user buy in on the new capabilities.
23:05 – Driving a bigger SAP Community Network via APJ? Challenge…accepted.
24:08 – Has the idea of a competency center taken shape in APJ?
25:17 – Tableau and Qlikview has taken full advantage of the need of the power user.
30:45 – Even if an org is missing a competency center, the business needs a champion in IT that gets the business.
31:36 – A google like search…we’ve been here before, haven’t we?
32:29 – The single biggest barrier to adoption – we make things more complicated than they have to be? Is that an SAP issue or a development work product issue?
33:41 – Data is absolutely key. The universe creates user-friendly terms for complex data structures. Just sayin’.
35:15 – Interesting take – user behavior drives data quality.
36:17 – Analytics journey to ROI is dependent on data quality, tools, and more. The problem is the business has an assumption the data is already right.
39:27 – That old converation about 400 tools to solve a problem comes up again. This is a topic that needs a deeper dive.
41:04 – What is the state of tne Analytics bundles in APJ? We’ve already recently plugged here, but what’s the scoop globally?
44:21 – Clint with a valid point – so few customers have actually heard of the bundles. Why?
45:00 – BetterBOBJ in APJ is in play. Don’t miss it.
45:21 – Accenture and EV Technologies announce for the first time a strategic partnership in APJ for implementing BI4.