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February 23, 2010

SAP unveils integrated BI toolset for casual users

On-demand tool to help users users create dashboards, reports or interactive visualisations

By CBR Staff Writer

SAP has unveiled new BusinessObjects BI OnDemand offering, which combines its various SaaS BI tools and is aimed at casual users.

With SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand, business users will be able to access and visually navigate data from any source using BusinessObjects Explorer software. It guides users with no prior BI experience through the process of accessing, exploring, visualising and sharing data, all without needing to switch between applications, the company said.

According to SAP, the new offering provides users the ability to access all on-demand and on-premise data, including SAP data and data from the Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) application. It allows users to upload data to create dashboards, reports or interactive visualisations.

In addition, it provides an on-demand offering for creating ad-hoc reports. It helps business users to provide customers, partners and employees across all lines of business with access to current data.

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Marge Breya, executive vice president and general manager of intelligence platform group at SAP, said: “With access to data at their fingertips, customers can make more confident decisions, share their insights with others and react quickly to any changes in their business. SAP makes BI more pervasive by giving underserved casual users an affordable, easy-to-use on-demand BI solution.”

The new suite is expected to be available in three editions that range from a comprehensive version with limited storage to one with more advanced capabilities and the ability to handle larger data volumes.

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