By Mark Dexter
18th September 2011

What’s New with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0?

This release includes the latest versions for Web Intelligence, Dashboards, Crystal Reports, Explorer,  the Business Intelligence Platform, Edge BI and Information Steward and completes the BI 4.0 development cycle with the Analysis, and Data Services solutions already being GA.

Unified on a common infrastructure and with a user experience that boasts the friendly usability of social networking tools, the new Business Intelligence and Enterprise Information Management releases manifest the broad range of technology innovations that are shaping the future of analytics – in real time, with in-memory computing; instant powerful BI in users’ hands, with more mobile devices supported than ever before; across business and social data with certainty, combining structured and unstructured information and providing the tools to govern the information; and providing the best fit, right now in any deployment model, whether on-premise, on-demand, embedded in business operations, or in a “hybrid” manner.

Watch the demonstration on YouTube: Demo for SAP BusinessObjects 4

New innovations for Mobile BI

Along with new BI and EIM suite enhancements in 4.0, there are new capabilities for mobile BI available in 4.0 including the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile app for iPad. The existing SAP BusinessObjects Explorer for iPad/iPhone continues to be one of the top downloaded apps for business with over 200,000 downloads from the Apple Apps Store. This fully supported app now includes new enhancements for location-based analytics and integration with Google maps.

Watch the video: SAP BusinessObjects Mobile BI on iPad

Analytics for SME and LOBs

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 is not just about analytics for the large enterprise, SAP recentlyannounced analytics for SME and lines of business. With this latest releases of SAP Crystal Server and SAP BusinessObjects Edge, organizations can gain better insight into business opportunities for a broader range of users.

Analytics and BIG data with SAP HANA

SAP also recently announced the generally available for SAP HANA, the in-memory computing appliance for real-time analytics on BIG data, SAP HANA provides the in-memory foundation for the next generation of analytics to be realized.  SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 and SAP HANA are part of a broader portfolio of solutions for Business Analytics at SAP. Learn more about Business Analytics from SAP and listen to Steve Lucas (EVP of Business Analytics and Technology) talk about the complete business analytics portfolio and how that aligns with SAP’s core business suite and enterprise mobility strategy.

Resources and Education

A major focus of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 release was making the products easier to use. To help customers learn how the BI products work a complete collection of eLearning tutorials for the entire BI suite is included with this release. These tutorials are available on the SAP Community Network and are directly integrated into the products with the 4.0 release. Watch and learn more about building Crystal Reports, designing dashboards, or using the new information design tool to build a universe.

Read at source: SAP

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