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BI News: April Edition

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April 2013

Business Intelligence News

Strategies for creating an information-driven culture


  1. Featured Content
  2. Customer Stories
  3. Product Innovations
  4. Upcoming Events & Webinars

Welcome to the April issue of Business Intelligence News!

When we speak to customers, they often ask, “What is coming next for BI from SAP and where are you innovating?” For us, the SAPPHIRE NOW conference, SAP’s largest, represents a great opportunity to launch new products and talk about innovation.

With the event only a month away, we want to give you a preview of the various business intelligence (BI) innovations that will be showcased. To do that, this issue includes articles on where we see BI going and the innovation we will be delivering this year as well as how partners and customers are innovating with us.

We will continue to expand on this theme next month with highlights from the conference for those who missed it as well as for those who were there but were unable to see and absorb everything. We look forward to seeing you all at SAPPHIRE NOW on May 14-16, 2013, in Orlando.

Saskia Battersby, GM BI Solution Management 



Re-Imagine BI with Adam Binnie

Technology has radically transformed how we interact with information. In daily personal life, most people expect to access the information they seek, on any topic, in real time, yet these same individuals struggle to access the workplace information they need with the same ease. Adam Binnie, GVP and GM for Business Intelligence Solutions at SAP, calls this the Google Gap. 

Read how he sees this challenge impacting BI and where SAP is investing to address it. »


SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Migration, Collaboration, and Innovation

Close collaboration between SAP and APOS has enabled development of innovative solutions that help customers of SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions meet unique requirements and realize the full benefits of their BI platform. Faced with rising complexity and growing demands from their user communities, APOS looked for opportunities for further innovation.

Learn how APOS, an SAP software solution and technology partner, kept up with the pace of the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform. »


Revolutionize Decision Making in your Organization with the Latest BI Innovations

The very first printing press revolutionized information access in the 1400s. Humankind has been innovating ever since. Global landscape and markets have been changing rapidly as well. Business intelligence plays a key role in any organization equipping itself to meet these ever changing demands. How can you revolutionize the decision making in your organization with BI?

Learn about the innovations SAP has been delivering since the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 and how they can help you and your organization. »


Cloud Analytics Is All Smoke and No Fire

It’s no big secret that cloud analytics hasn’t taken off as some predicted. Those of us building cloud analytics solutions have heard all the excuses, ranging from data security to bandwidth to proximity to on-premise data sources. So, where is the fire?

Find out the real reason why cloud analytics hasn’t taken off. »


SDKs for SAP® BusinessObjects™ Software: The Next Wave

Wondering what the key developer priorities are in the next wave of SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions? We’re focusing on SAP Visual Intelligence, SAP BusinessObjects Mobile app, universes, and common visualization object model (CVOM) visualizations.

Check out the key developer activities for SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions. »


The Rise of the Superfast Question-Answer Cycle

A group of Stanford researchers have recently achieved a supercomputing milestone: 1,572,864 computer cores (processors) and 1.6 petabytes of memory. But what does this mean for the business world?

Find out how in-memory databases play a huge role in the new superfast question-answer cycle. » 

/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/network_of_truth_saurabh_abhyankar_sap_bi_news_207654.pngFrom a Single Version of Truth to a Network of Truth

Before, there was a “single version of the truth,” but success leads to new challenges. We are now seeing a new shift in user expectations and Big Data that has put renewed pressure on the information supply chain.

See how the single version of the truth is evolving into the “network of truth.” »



How Do SAP Software Innovations Impact SAP Partners?

Listen as Jason Rose, vice president of business intelligence marketing at SAP, and Joe Guerra, senior vice president and chief architect at RapidDecision, discuss how SAP software innovations impact our partners, at the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit in Gaylord, Texas.

Watch the video interview with RapidDecision. »


FedEx Overhauls Its BI Software in Only Six Months

At the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit, Andy Mills, business intelligence manager for FedEx services, describes how FedEx decided to move away from reporting overload to a visual dashboard, which was delivered in only six months for 1,800 stores.


CIR food s.c. Feeds More People with SAP Software

CIR food s.c. discusses how the use of SAP Predictive Analysis software and the SAP HANA® platform has transformed how they run their business today, enabling it to nourish a greater number of hungry customers in restaurants, hospitals, schools, and other institutions.



BI Keynote Address from SAP Insider 2013

Here’s a recap of the BI keynote address at SAP Insider BI 2013 in Las Vegas, including presentation slides, customer videos, and demos shared during the address.

See what’s new from SAP Insider BI 2013. »


SAP at Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics 2013 Summit

Find out what you missed if you weren’t at the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit in Texas March 18–20, 2013. At the SAP customer session, FedEx shared how it implemented a new BI solution in only 6 months.

Watch video interviews and review the highlights in photos. »


SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Support Package 4: Data Access and Interoperability

This tutorial shows you how the different products in the BI suite connect to data sources and to each other.

Take a look at this e-learning tutorial. »


April to June: Elite Training for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 – Cities Worldwide

April to June: SAP’s BIT Partner Beta Test Initiative – Cities Worldwide

May 9, 2013: North America #VisiChat – Live Tweet Chat on Data Visualization – Twitter

May 14-16, 2013: SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference – Orlando, Florida

May 28, 2013: Business Intelligence Innovations for Organizations with Diverse Data Sources and Applications – Webinar – this will be a deep dive on content from this April issue of Business Intelligence News

June 11–13, 2013: SAP BI 2013 – Amsterdam

September 9–12, 2013: ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference – Anaheim, California


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