Also new in this release is a data warehouse building tool, BusinessObjects Warehouse. This new product collects data from disparate systems and makes it usable for query and reporting. The warehouse is populated by connectors powered by BusinessObjects Data Integratortechnology that Business Objects acquired when it bought Acta Technology Inc. last July.In addition, metadata management capabilities in Enterprise 6 provide real-time alerts from operational systems out to enterprise management dashboards. Performance enhancements in Enterprise 6 include a new connection pooling process, a new login server, a faster full client calculation engine, a multi-threaded report engine, and page-by-page report generation. The configuration and installation process has also been streamlined in this release, providing easier setup, deployment, and maintenance of the BI system, company officials said. Enterprise 6 also includes a new reporting software developer kit (SDK) and a new security SDK, which partners and customers can use to incorporate Business Objects functionality into their own applications and extranets. Enterprise 6 also features integration with software management systems, enhanced metadata validation, and an improved administration console, officials said. Business Objects Enterprise 6 is in production now on Windows. It will be generally available on Windows and HP UX, IBM AIX, and Sun Solaris by May 15. Also on Wednesday, Business Objects announced a reseller agreement with PeopleSoft Inc. that allows PeopleSoft to resell WebIntelligence for use with PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) suite. Search for more stories by Dennis Callaghan.
Also a part of Enterprise 6, Business Objects Data Integrator uses native interfaces to extract data from packaged enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management (SCM) applications such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel, as well as custom applications. It integrates and transforms this data before sending it on to the data warehouse to enable analysis and reporting across the enterprise.