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Join the Innovation Party!

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Software companies are beginning to give all customers an equal voice and I love it.  SAP had launched Idea Place – a great place for you to share you best ideas directly with the product developers.

In the past SAP has used user groups, product councils, customer suggestions via technical support, surveys and other methods to gather feedback on how to make our products better, but now you can get involved and it’s easy.

SAP is asking you to join the party and submit your best ideas for innovations, feature enhancements and all around great stuff.  SAP wants you!

SAP Wants You!

Have you ever thought:

  • Why doesn’t the software let me do this?
  • This interface doesn’t make sense!
  • Why hasn’t anyone thought of adding this feature

Well – instead of being frustrated by great ideas and nowhere to send them, now you can post them on Idea Place.

Idea Place

Here’s how it works:

  1. Join the party at https://ideas.sap.com/
  2. Find your favorite product
  3. Look at the ideas that other customers have submitted
  4. Comment on the ideas of others
  5. Add your vote to your favorite ideas

Next thing you know, you’ll be saying, “Oh, that’s a great idea – why didn’t I think of that!”

What I also love about idea place is that you can see which feature suggestions have been rejected, which are still under consideration and finally, which have already made it into the product and when.

Submit Your Own

If you have a great idea of your own, simply add it!

This website is all about building a community of people with a passion to make SAP’s product better.  Please sign-on the Idea Place asap so you can contribute your ideas to make your job easier and make the product better.

Each year we make resolutions to improve our lives.  Help improve everyone’s life – share your ideas and let your voice be heard.

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What’s in BusinessObjects v4.0?

November 12th, 2010 5 comments

Have you had a sneak peak into the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 Platform?  No?

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence v4.0 Architecture

I just came across this link today and had to share it.  If you want to get a peek into the new Architecture components, then this is the place to look.

SAP Architecture Picture

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence v4.0

You can click on the image above or click here:
http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/elearn?rid=/library/uuid/20bb3d3d-ccc3-2d10-96b4-edbfebb94c8d&overridelayout=true

It’s a very nice representation of what’s happening in the infrastructure.  All the new naming conventions are there and as you click on the boxes, it gives you additional details.  It cleverly tells you a components “former name”, whether it’s a web based or desktop based solution, etc.

Check it out!

More To Come

I’m hoping over the coming weeks to begin sharing more and more information about the imminent release of the v4.0 platform.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time working with it this week and I must say, I really like what I see.  The interface is beautiful and much of the redesign work focused around ease-of-use and user interface design is really nice.  I didn’t really like the XI 3.1 InfoView when it first came out, but I really, really like the new and improved InfoView, renamed BI Launch Pad… but more on that later.

Have a great weekend!

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Need to Feel Good about BusinessObjects?

December 17th, 2009 2 comments

Looking Forward to 2010

Over and over again I get questions from customers wondering what the future for the BusinessObjects product suite holds now that it has been acquired by software giant SAP.  Much of what we have heard over the last twelve months has been about product roadmaps and integration centered clearly around SAP Customers.  But what about those of us who aren’t SAP customers?  What should we do?

The Future of SAP BusinessObjects

SAP has the challenge of providing deeper, native integration with the SAP BusinessObjects tool set to meet the needs of their ERP Customers.  This cannot however be done at the exclusion of the rest of classic BusinessObjects large ecosystem which includes significant numbers of OEM partners and integrators who need the type of openness that has made BusinessObjects a trusted platform for Business Intelligence.  I don’t have a crystal ball, but based on what I have seen, SAP understands that there is a large customer base of BusinessObjects customers who neither currently have or will ever have classic SAP as part of their environments.

The preliminary indications are positive.  The buzz from the GBN conference in October was positive.  SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 introduced more features for non-SAP platforms that for SAP platforms.  SAP BusinessObjects continues to enhance WebIntelligence providing all but a few of the remaining features from DesktopIntelligence.  SAP BusinessObjects Explorer will allow for accelerated non-SAP data in early 2010.  I believe this will continue to be the case for the next major release of SAP BusinessObjects due out next year.  Time will tell.

Feeling Not So Special

I like many customers have been disappointed with the consolidation of SAP’s ASUG and BusinessObjects’s GBN.  During the recent GABOUG meeting, I was invited to visit Atlanta’s ASUG user group meeting in January.  I glanced at the current agenda and had to smile.  Of the 15+ topics that would discussed during the all day event, only one topic sounded BI related, Emerging Urgencies within SAP’s Business User Solutions.  I hope the lack of non-SAP related content is only a part of the initial growing pains and not an indication of things to come.

To ASUG’s credit, they have since added one additional BI session in the afternoon lead by Gabriel Orthous from McKesson.

Need to Feel Good about BusinessObjects?

I learned something more about SAP BusinessObjects from this video… the end might catch you by surprise.  [UPDATE: Oh Man!  No sense of humor?  It would appear that for reasons of either “inappropriateness” or “excessive political correctness”, depending on your point of view, somebody at SAP told YouTube to pull the video…  Shame.  It was really funny]

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SAP BusinessObjects Demos on YouTube…

September 15th, 2009 No comments

I’m amazed at how easy it is to find information these days.  Today I decided to do a follow-up post based on my most recent WebIntelligence demo post.  After a little searching around and I found a number of demos that had been posted by David Collins Dixon onto Youtube.  David has written a number of books about the SAP Business Information Warehouse (or BW for short).

SAP Integration Demos

Here are the list of demos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/davidcollinsdixon

Crystal Reports Demo leveraging SAP Hierarchies (No AUDIO)

David does an especially nice job with the Crystal Reports demo and shows you how to use the Hierarchy Node so Crystal Reports can properly leverage your SAP Hierarchy definition.

Xcelsius Demos

There are also a couple of demos from the guys at Everything Xcelsius:
http://www.youtube.com/user/XcelsiusGurus

If you find any SAP BusinessObjects videos that you think others would benefit from, just add links to them in a posted comment.

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Getting a Little Help

August 28th, 2009 2 comments

Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a great week…

A Little Help from My Friends

Ever feel like you need a little help?  I do all the time… and I really appreciate all my other friends out in the blogosphere who help me along the way.  When it comes to working with SAP BusinessObjects, there are two things that I always have trouble finding from time to time.  Where do I find the SAP BusinessObjects Software and the Documentation?  There are lots of links to choose from within the SAP Service Marketplace and so you don’t accidentally get lost, I recommend you add two shortcuts to your browser..

All SAP BusinessObjects Software

For access to all releases of the SAP BusinessObjects Product Suite including all the EPM, GRC and Information Management solutions, go to:
http://service.sap.com/bosap-downloads

All SAP BusinessObjects Documentation

For access to all the documentation of all the current and past releases including release notes, user guides, administration guides, glossaries, reference guides, go to:
http://help.sap.com/businessobject/product_guides/

If you have some favorite SAP BusinessObjects links that you think others should know about, feel free to post them here as a reply to this post.

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