The XI 3.0 business intelligence platform includes unstructured data, mobility and other lessons from the socially networked world.
Business Objects announced Feb. 12 the next major iteration of its
BusinessObjects XI platform-a release it has dubbed the industry's first
It is also Business Objects' first major release since it came under the SAP
umbrella in January, when SAP completed its
nearly $7 billion acquisition of the French business intelligence software
The company based development of the XI 3.0 on emerging trends affecting how
knowledge workers now perform their duties, said Marge Breya, executive vice
president and general manager of BI Platform for Business Objects (now a subsidiary
of SAP) during a press conference Feb. 12.
Breya said Business Objects addressed these complex issues by changing the
way people connect with any business network around the world.
"The modern executive needs a bridge from the folks that typically know
how to mine a database versus everybody else in the department. Our goal is to
make sure that everyone has the information they need," Breya said.
To tackle the analysis and reporting issues involved in each emerging trend,
she said, the XI 3.0 platform makes both structured and unstructured data
available to people in the enterprise-not just IT-as well as to a company's
The XI 3.0 platform provides an integrated text analysis feature that allows
the "thoughts and opinions of customers and other people found in
unstructured sources such as the Web, notes fields and e-mails to be easily
incorporated into business intelligence and decision making," Breya said.
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To make more types of data available to more users, Business Objects retooled
the user experience to include search and exploration, mobile BI, and
The company also updated a number of tools, such as Crystal Reports 2008.
The revamped application has embedded Flash and Flex tools to help users
integrate BI with business processes, officials said. Business Objects also
upgraded Web Intelligence, a reporting and analysis tool for SAP
and non-SAP environments, to add offline
support, and it upgraded Xcelsius, a data visualization tool.
The platform now includes a new feature, BI widgets, which puts personalized
metrics on user's desktops. Mobile functionality provides remote access to BI
reports and data.
The company also upgraded Voyager, an OLAP [online analytical processing]
data exploration tool for financial and business analysts, with multidimensional
analysis and visualization capabilities.
The XI 3.0 platform also includes additional support for BI federation that
lets IT departments customize deployments consistently across a global
footprint. The platform can also be deployed on premises, on demand or as a
combination of the two, company officials said.