An Introduction to SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (Part 1)

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • May 17, 2016
With SAP simplifying the overall SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio on the one hand and introducing a new cloud-based offering on the other, companies need to take a close look at SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (formerly SAP Cloud for Analytics)and its capabilities to evaluate carefully if and when a move to a cloud-based analytics environment is right for them.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will:

  • See how SAP BusinessObjects Cloud fits into the overall SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio
  • Learn who the main audience is for this new SAP cloud-based analytics tool
  • Get a closer look at some of the key topics, such as data connectivity, data security, and the data-visualization options of SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
Key Concept

SAP has introduced a cloud-based analytics product several times, starting with Crystal Reports, BI On Demand, and SAP Lumira in the cloud. None of these offerings are still available—the SAP Lumira-based cloud offering was removed when SAP BusinessObjects Cloud was launched.

In this brief but comprehensive overview, I provide a review on the data-connectivity options offered by SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (formerly SAP Cloud for Analytics) as well as its most important capabilities, such as data exploration, data visualizations, stories, and the ability to share and collaborate with team members.

SAP BusinessObjects Cloud as Part of Your SAP BI Landscape

Late in 2015, SAP introduced a new product into the overall SAP BI landscape which is a 100-percent cloud-based solution—SAP Cloud for Analytics—now called SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (Figure 1). SAP BusinessObjects Cloud is not replacing any of the on-premise BI tools. Instead, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud is just another option for companies to use.


Figure 1
SAP BusinessObjects Cloud strategy

Ingo Hilgefort

Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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