SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Brings Greater Integration, Stronger Ties from SAP to BusinessObjects Users

  • by Laura Casasanto, Former Managing Editor
  • April 12, 2011
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0, which was released earlier this year, offers a slew of new features and functionality. We break down the pieces of the new release and talk to experts in the field to gauge how customer response has been.

SAP has launched SAP BusinessObjects 4.0, the first new release of the suite by SAP since it bought Business Objects in 2007. SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 was released in February and is currently in use at ramp-up customer sites with a predicted general availability date of May.

The biggest theme of the new release is improved integration. “With 4.0, customers will be able to have one single unified place to collaborate, analyze, and govern their data,” says Anupam Gupta, a practice manager at The Principal Consulting, who is currently working with several clients to plan their 4.0 implementation and upgrade projects. Integration between SAP systems and SAP BusinessObjects tools has been improved, reducing the need for tool installations previously necessary to connect the two.

“They tried to cut down some of the redundant layers in the process,” Gupta explains. A Business Objects Universe, for example, a mandatory layer earlier is optional now for reporting on SAP Business Warehouse data. SAP Integration Kit, used to connect BusinessObjects systems to SAP data for the purpose of reporting, previously required an additional installation. The kit is now included as part of the SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 install, however, allowing the systems to talk directly to each other.

Laura Casasanto

Laura Casasanto is a technical editor who served as the managing editor of SCM Expert and Project Expert.

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