Get Smart: What You Need to Know About SAP and BusinessObjects BI Tools

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • January 1, 2009
Along with similar moves by Oracle and IBM, SAP’s acquisition of BusinessObjects has completely realigned the marketplace for business intelligence on an SAP ERP system. Find out why SAP made its move — and what the experts say you should be doing to prepare for the fallout.

SAP’s $6.8 billion purchase of Business Objects last January was just the latest in a series of major acquisitions that has completely realigned the market for business intelligence and performance management software. Coming close on the heels of IBM’s purchase of Cognos and Oracle’s purchase of Hyperion, many SAP and Business Objects customers have wondered what effect the industry consolidation will have on their systems.

To guard against possible confusion, SAP has released a detailed roadmap, which addresses the direction of the combined SAP and Business Objects business intelligence products. Refer to for a complete overview of the roadmap.

“We tell our customers where we’re going to go. We give them three- and five-year views of where we’re going so they can do a better job planning. Even though some of these products don’t phase out until 2013, we’re telling them now so they can be ready,” says Jonathan Becher, senior vice president of marketing for Business Objects, SAP Global Marketing.

Davin Wilfrid

Davin Wilfrid was a writer and editor for SAPinsider and SAP Experts. He contributed case studies and research projects aimed at helping the SAP ecosystem get the most out of their existing technology investments.

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