Quick Tip: An Introduction to SAP BusinessObjects Roambi Analytics

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • December 21, 2016
SAP BusinessObjects Roambi generates visualizations of data for mobile devices running iOS, Android, and Windows that help busy executives, analysts, and even casual users make decisions quickly. Learn about the key features of Roambi to help you assess whether to incorporate it into your enterprise’s BI strategy.
Reading this article, you will learn:
  • About the technical underpinnings of SAP BusinessObjects Roambi
  • How it compares with two of its closest peers in the BusinessObjects space: SAP Lumira and Design Studio
  • Key functional components and features to help assess whether to incorporate SAP BusinessObjects Roambi into your company’s overall enterprise BI roadmap

In early 2016, SAP acquired Roambi—the creative generator of impressive visualizations, primarily for mobile (iOS) devices. Roambi as an application has been in the market since 2008. It was seen as a reliable third-party enabler of visualization in the early days of SAP’s acquisition of BusinessObjects and in the pre-Lumira era. It is now marketed under the BusinessObjects Roambi umbrella, but it is not technically integrated into the BusinessObjects application and administration framework. User licenses are sold separately.

The purpose of this article is to help readers—technical analysts and developers or business and functional users—understand how SAP BusinessObjects Roambi (from here on, referred to simply as Roambi) compares with other similar BI self-service applications in the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite. I provide an overview of Roambi’s features with the overall goal of helping you determine if and how well it fits into your BI toolset and roadmap.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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