SAP Unveils BI Tool Set for Casual Users, SMBs
SAP says its new SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand software offers analytics and reporting tools to casual business users who otherwise might not have the experience or skills necessary to make use of business intelligence in their daily workflow. SAP has increasingly focused on the small and midsize business segment as a way to increase its enterprise applications revenue stream, a move mirrored by its competitors, such as Oracle. The announcement comes on the heels of a substantial management shakeup at SAP.SAP has unveiled its SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand platform, a platform for what the company described as "casual BI users currently underserved by products on the market." Using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software, users can combine data from multiple sources and proceed to do an analysis or create a report. SAP said its intention with the new platform, announced Feb. 24, is to provide a scalable platform that can be used by workers with relatively little experience with business intelligence tools. It accesses data from both the cloud and on-premises applications, and can draw in data from SAP, Salesforce.com and proprietary information uploaded from company databases, to be used in reports and analyses.
"Current market trends show strong demand for SAAS BI tools that are easy to use and acquire, and IDC research expects the SAAS BI market to grow three times faster than the overall BI and analytics market over the next five years," IDC analyst Dan Vesset said in a statement. "As organizations look for intuitive, cloud-based solutions that can empower their end users, applications that supplement traditional BI functionality of query, reporting and analysis with support for workflow, search and collaboration will become increasingly attractive to them."