Business Objects [also referred to as BO, BOBJ] is part of SAP
AG. At the time of the most recent release there were over 46,000
customers worldwide for BusinessObjects XI.
BusinessObjects XI provides a single business intelligence [BI]
platform to track, understand, and manage corporate information.
BusinessObjects XI performance management suite includes:
- Information management - access, transform,
and integrate data
- Reporting - access, format, and deliver data
- Analytics - self serve query and analysis tools
- BusinessObjects Enterprise XI [BI] platform -
manages BI tools, reports, and applications
- OLAP analysis
- Securely connect and use BI seamlessly within other applications
- Integrates with Microsoft, IBM, and SAP.
Activity Based Costing - provides clear insight
into customer, product, and channel profitability, and is a core
component of enterprise performance management [EPM]. The ability
of Activity Analysis to accurately determine costs also aids in
the costing and cross-charging of shared services like IT, HR, and
Analytics - analytics provide built-in best practices,
the ability to link analytics to internal processes and procedures,
and the flexibility to extend an application to fit a company's
unique business requirements.
Scorecards - helps organizations communicate strategy,
manage performance, and provide users with the information needed
to make decisions and act with confidence.
Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting - encourages
best practice performance management with a closed-loop process
that begins with strategic planning, includes rapid budgeting and
anticipates change with rolling forecasts.
Consolidation and Reconciliation - consolidate
and reconcile corporate finance and deliver coherent management
reports to shareholders, compliance and financial management.
Financial Governance - ensure financial business
processes can meet corporate compliance requirements worldwide -
communications, internal controls, records retention, risk and fraud
prevention and transparency/visibility.
Reporting - complete view of current results and
variances to align people, processes and technologies around common
plans to execute and optimize business strategy.
Profitability - a complete view operational revenues
and costs, linking processes to a common view of the business.
Business Objects was acquired by SAP, with the intention of developing
greater future integration between SAP's ERP/CRM/HR modules with
BI capability. However, in my opinion, SAP has somewhat complicated
BO by slicing and dicing a total reporting suites, including dashboards,
into several individual components.
Business Objects Product Suite
The Business Objects range includes:
Product licences are offered with volume step discounts ranging
from 10% [3-9 users] to 25% [for 50+ users]
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