Is Business Objects the Next ERP?

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • September 15, 2008
Management
Over the past two decades, the ERP system has evolved from a collection of components into a platform for collaboration and innovation. Find out why Business Objects executives, speaking at the inaugural Business Objects Influencer Summit, say its platform is poised to undergo a similar transformation – and what it means for the SAP ERP community.

By now, most companies realize that business intelligence is a key driver of success. But is there such a thing as too much business intelligence?

According to the Apotex Group, there is. The generic pharmaceutical manufacturer struggled to coordinate its data and strategic initiatives across its various divisions and subsidiary companies, because many of those units were analyzing data from point solutions at their locations rather than from a centralized business intelligence platform. In turn, each unit had a different opinion on how to define data and how best to report on it.

So the company, a long-time Crystal Enterprise and Business Objects customer, made the decision to standardize on the Business Objects platform. The result is a common framework that allows divisions across the enterprise to work together more smoothly to meet shared objectives.

“It’s really become a tool for collaboration,” says John Mayer, director of consulting and testing services for Apotex. “The language of business intelligence is actually forcing them to come together and talk.”

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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