SAP Updates BusinessObjects Edge Software
Software company SAP announced enhancements to its line of BusinessObjects Edge solutions, including BusinessObjects Edge BI, the company's business intelligence software for small to medium-size businesses.
BusinessObjects Edge BI 3.1 also offers integration
with data sources from a variety of vendors, including Oracle and
Now midmarket companies will also be able to use SAP's Polestar
software, a guided data navigation application that helps any business
user to easily explore information and answer business questions via
search. SAP argues that given the current economic reality, SMBs must
have easily accessible, accurate insight into their business
performance information. The company says Polestar allows users to gain
better visibility into business information from across their
organization, regardless of the level of their IT department.
Jeff Stiles, SAP's senior vice president of SME marketing, says the new
SAP BusinessObjects Edge solutions provide customers with unprecedented
transparency, so employees throughout the organization can make better
decisions more quickly. "With this knowledge, every business user can
help to build a leaner, more efficient organization--the key to
survival in today's climate," he said. "With the ability to more easily
and effectively define strategies, plans and manage performance, our
customers will be poised to move from simply reacting to economic
challenges to positioning themselves for future success."
In response to the demand from partners, SAP is also
packaging its BusinessObjects EPM Solutions offering for the midmarket,
offering strategy management to help SMBs improve performance and align
execution with strategy by connecting goals, initiatives and metrics.
SAP said their BusinessObjects Edge Planning and Consolidation software
helps midmarket companies to create, execute and monitor budgets that
are aligned to financial plans and resources.
Brian McDonough, research manager for business analytics at
IDC, said SAP is taking further steps to meet midsize organizational
requirements for BI technologies. "Vendors offering flexible tools that
enable resource-constrained IT departments to meet ongoing change
requests in a timely manner will appeal to this market segment," he
predicts. "These tools must further provide access to actionable and
trusted information and deliver it through more intuitive interfaces to
ensure both business decision makers and IT are satisfied with the
SAP is putting a strong focus on ease-of-use, noting
Polestar's intuitive data exploration and visualization capabilities
that let users drill down into a particular topic by simply clicking on
the report, data set or dashboard, as well as keyword searches that
display reports and dashboards that automatically create visual
representations of data.
Dennis Kause, executive vice president of software company and
long-standing SAP partner Idhasoft, said the increased functionality in
SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI 3.1 will enable their clients to meet their
overall BI deployment objectives of improving insight across their
"We have provided BI training to more than 2,200 people from more than 600 organizations," he said. "Integration with multiple data sources has also been a top priority for many customers with varying IT environments -- we've seen that clients have been eagerly anticipating the empowering capabilities of Polestar."