Follow the Street Signs: Five Project Management Tips for SAP BI Projects

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • March 21, 2011
SAP’s roadmap for business intelligence (BI) has been the subject of intense focus and debate since SAP bought Business Objects in 2008. The user-facing applications from the renamed SAP BusinessObjects have been the strategic direction for BI for more than three years, but still many companies struggle to move forward. Davin Wilfrid, senior analyst at insiderRESEARCH, showcases five tips for project managers gleaned from his recent research report: The SAP BI Roadmap: Perceptions, challenges, and opportunities for SAP customers.

The concept of a software roadmap is simple: A vendor lays out the strategic direction for its applications and customers plan accordingly. However, knowing where you need to go and how to get there are two entirely different animals. Regardless of your intentions, hidden obstacles can always stand in the way of getting from point A to point B.

insiderRESEARCH recently surveyed more than 300 SAP managers and practitioners to find the hidden obstacles along SAP’s roadmap for business intelligence (BI) applications. We then interviewed a panel of nine of the top SAP BI experts to offer concrete advice for moving forward. Based on that research, here are the top five lessons to help SAP project managers keep their BI initiatives on track:

#1: Prepare for the technical challenges

If your company is intent on following the SAP BI roadmap, at some point you’ll need to integrate applications from the SAP BusinessObjects suite with back-end SAP data and applications. Our survey respondents indicated clearly that technical integration challenges are the top obstacle to success on such projects, ranking ahead of budget woes, staffing concerns, and companies’ ability to understand the SAP BusinessObjects product suite.

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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