Posts Tagged ‘analyst’

New 90-day free trial to SAP Visual Intelligence

September 11th, 2012 3 comments

It’s New!

It’s Cool!

It’s Wow!

It’s like two aspirin for that DeskI hangover!

… and it’s available FREE for 90 days!

11/12 UPDATE:  This was a limited time offer.  The free trial is now 30 days.

SAP Visual Intelligence is now available for download.  It provides the ability to connect to data sources such as MS Excel, Relational databases (SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase IQ, Teradata), Universe (unx) and HANA.

To enjoy your 90 day free trial go here:

… and don’t forget to leave feedback for our product team so we can continue to make this new innovation product better!




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Bill McDermott Talks SAP

December 14th, 2011 No comments

Earlier this month, I got a chance to see Bill McDermott, SAP CEO on Mad Money with Cramer.  When asked about the markets in Europe, I loved his response:

If you can deliver a solution that gives a leader of company a business outcome,  they can reach their customers better, they can automated their demand-driven supply chain, they can take better care of their people, they can do things better, they will invest.

Absolutely.  I’ve seen this over and over again.  If you can show value, efficiency gains, cost savings and return on investment, companies will invest.

Here is the whole interview:

It was cool to see SAP HANA discussed.  The speed increases we are seeing have been amazing.  Here’s an extensive, non-technical article about SAP HANA by Bob Evans that appears on the Forbes website:

SAP HANA and the Game Changing Power of Speed

As the year winds down, it’s exciting the see what’s ahead for SAP.  In particular I’m interested to see what will develop with the acquisition of the Sybase IQ database.  It was the first columnar data store and long time member of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems.

Sybase IQ is a very mature product which provides excellent price performance, yet with the emergence of  SAP HANA, which  not only contains a columnar data store, but also runs 100% in-memory.  What does the future hold?

One thing is for sure, the momentum of HANA continues to build and the future of trusted Business Intelligence looks bright.

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Forrester gives BusinessObjects top marks!

October 28th, 2010 No comments

I launched a tweet or two about the latest Forrester Report.  In case you haven’t read it, I quoted a few of the best nuggets.

The Leader of the Pack

SAP led the pack because of the completeness of not just BI,
but overall information management functionality.

I love that about BusinessObjects.  It’s the classic garbage in, garbage out.  It doesn’t matter how pretty your reports are, if the underlying data infrastructure in creaking under a poorly maintained data warehouse with hand-coded ETL logic and data quality problems.  Information Management is key!

SAP BusinessObjects continues to steamroll with innovative
products like Explorer and in-memory analytical appliance –
Business Warehouse Accelerator.  When you’re looking for the
top report writer, look no further than Crystal [Reports],
which is probably OEMed and embedded in more applications
than any other commercial BI tool.

Have you tried out Explorer yet?  You can try it for free on  You can upload a spreadsheet and take it for a spin.  I’d be interested to hear what you think about it.

Xcelsius remains popular with many executives because
they can take the self-contained Flash files, which
combine dashboard application and data, on the road
and use it on laptops in a disconnected mode – even
without SAP software installed on that machine.

I had a customer ask me the other day if we are still committed to flash.  Well, considering Xcelsius 2008 was a complete rewrite into native Adobe Flex, I think we are pretty committed.  I hope that Apple and Adobe can get their differences sorted out.  I want my Xcelsius dashboards on my iPhone.  That said, Xcelsius is a flash-generator.  I’m sure the SAP engineers could quickly turn it into an HTML5 generator if they needed to.  Bottom line?  Your investment is safe.

And last but not least, [SAP NetWeaver] Business Warehouse
Accelerator appliance combines the flexibility of columnar
and inverted index databases with the speed of in-memory
database to provide a unique and powerful DBMS optimized
for BI.

As a BI Guy, I’ve never been all that interested in databases.  You plug them in and they work… but this new breed of analytic databases is a game changer.

Additionally, SAP leads the large vendor pack in self-
service BI SaaS offerings.

I keep wondering where this SaaS offering is going to go in the future.  There is huge potential behind it, but very few organizations seem to be doing it well. is the standout exception.  Considering was launched in 2006, we’ve learned a lot since them.  Most organizations I work with want on premise solutions, but if you are a small business, you might want to have a look.  It’s very inexpensively month-to-month and considering the cloud integration of the Information Management solutions, it’s much easier to access corporate data in the cloud.

Best Is Yet To Come

… the best news of all?  They haven’t even seen BusinessObjects 4.0 yet!  Roll on December 2010!!

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