Selecting the Right BI Tool: SAP BusinessObjects BI Portfolio and Personas

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • June 9, 2014
With the acquisition of SAP BusinessObjects a few years back, SAP extended its offerings in the Business Intelligence (BI) area and is now in a position to offer companies a broad range of BI products. With this larger set of BI clients also comes more complexity when choosing the right BI tool based on your own specific requirements. Learn about the available options and how to choose the best BI tool to meet your company’s needs.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will:

  • Receive an overview on the complete SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio
  • Receive an overview on the different users as part of your BI project
  • Learn which of these personas will leverage the different BI products for report creation and consumption
Key Concept

SAP offers companies an SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio that provides a set of BI tools, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Each of these BI clients is designed with specific use cases and personas in mind—none cover all types of requirements. As a result, companies must be mindful when selecting the best product to use for their specific needs.

With the addition of SAP BusinessObjects BI to the overall SAP portfolio and with the combined roadmap of SAP BI products and SAP BusinessObjects BI products (e.g., SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio), companies have more choices to make when it comes to determining their BI strategies.

Before going into too much detail, let me first explain some of the criteria you can use to narrow down the list of potential BI clients for your audience. I’ll also take a look at the overall SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio and the different kind of categories that are available as part of the portfolio.

SAP BusinessObjects BI Portfolio – An Overview

The SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio is grouped into three main categories:

  1. Agile visualization
  2. Dashboards and applications
  3. Reporting

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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