Thursday, September 27, 2012

Webinar reminder: Well Managed BI Today at 2pm ET

There's still time to register for today's Well Managed BI webinar. APOS COO Allan Pym shows you how  SAP BusinessObjects platform management and administration best practices can liberate your resources for more proactive activities and increase BI ROI.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Visual Discovery Infographic

There's a great infographic, sponsored by SAP, produced by the Aberdeen Group, and incorporated in Pierre Leroux's SAP blog entry, Is Visual Discovery for You and Your Organization?. Leroux's claim is that:

Best-in-class companies are already adopting visual discovery solutions over traditional business intelligence (BI), resulting in more agility for their organizations in the face of decreasing business response time.

The infographic tells us that, in visual discovery (or interactive BI): "Business users receive a rich, highly interactive interface, allowing them to manipulate and explore information directly."

The hope is that, in the age of the social Web, with its multi-voiced conversations between companies and customers, BI itself is becoming more conversational, better meeting the needs of information consumers through interactive, visual discovery. SAP's Visual Intelligence (or Visi), working with HANA, and providing drag-and-drop document creation, is a step toward realizing that concept.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Patch (DCP)

Since the 2012 ASUG BusinessObjects User Conference in Orlando (BOUC) last week, there has been a groundswell of DeskI debate. Is SAP bringing the "Deadski" back to life? Will my organization be able to migrate to SAP BI 4.x without converting all of my users (and my reports) over to WebIs? Can I possibly dodge this bullet?

I take no pleasure in raining on your parade, but the answers are "No," "No," and "No."

The Desktop Compatibility Pack, which many people became aware of in Orlando last week, will not save you from phasing out Desktop Intelligence reports when you migrate to SAP BI 4.x. It may ease the pain, but not until release 4.1, when the pack becomes available

Olivier Duvelleroy, publishing on the SAP Community Network site, clarifies the situation on behalf of SAP

No, DeskI is not "back". We have no intention of building a 4.x version of Desktop Intelligence. We have announced the planned end of life of Desktop Intelligence with the BI XI 3.x line. The end of maintenance for Desktop Intelligence 3.x is the same as BI XI 3.x in 2015, and the end of support is in 2017.

In other words, nothing has changed. The false hope many feel is the result of SAP's attempt to smooth the migration path to BI 4.x:

The “Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Patch” will be an add-on to install on top of the Desktop Intelligence XI 3.1 SP6 desktop product. When installed, it will allow the Desktop Intelligence reports, users, universes and database connections to be managed by the BI 4.1 platform. The estimated release date is mid-year in 2013.

Our goal is to allow Desktop Intelligence users and content to move to BI 4 as easily as possible.  The Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Patch helps in scenarios with reports are difficult or costly to convert to Web Intelligence.

What else can you do to ease the pain of migration? APOS Storage Center can help you archive those existing reports in an accessible format. But a well managed migration is multi-faceted. Read how other APOS solutions can help you create and execute that plan:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ASUG BOUC 2012 - Thanks!

Judging by the talk around the water cooler, this year's ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference was a golden opportunity for APOS representatives to catch up with old friends and make many new ones. Thanks to all of you who made our time at ASUG BOUC 2012 valuable, interesting, and fun.

Our team delivered two presentations at this year's conference: one on geospatial BI; the other on BI 4.0 migration. If you would like more information on either of these topics, visit:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Enterprise Location Intelligence Industry Review

The TEC blog, from Technology Evaluation Centers, notes that " The need for location-based analysis is not new."

Location information is key in many industries and lines of business for acquiring a business understanding and a baseline for many analysis efforts. Location intelligence or location analytics applications can provide organizations with the means to easily collect and connect the data with location-based information and perform location-based analysis (‘plug and play’). They can also help organizations to achieve greater visibility and agility in business activities by enabling them to respond on time and on location.
(Using Location to Gain Intelligence, September 12, 2012)

Although the term "location intelligence" is relatively new, the practice is certainly not. The difference between scientific, location-based investigation such as John Snow's 1854 cholera epidemic visualization and modern business practice is the available technology.

While Snow's study led to real scientific progress, the needs of modern enterprises are different. They need speed -- real-time geospatial visualization that provides speed to insight and leads to operational efficiency and creates competitive advantage. They don't need to understand last year's trends next year. They need to understand them, and act on them, now.

The technology available in the location intelligence category as a whole is undergoing rapid transformation thanks to technology trends such as big data and cloud services. Our own APOS Location Intelligence Solution (LIS) is keeping pace with those trends with SAP BI 4.0 Dashboards integration, a new HTML5 viewer, and other great innovations that simplify the deployment of location intelligence and make it a true enterprise-level solution.

Thanks to TEC for the enterprise location intelligence industry summary, as well as the mention.

Friday, September 7, 2012

ASUG BusinessObjects User Conference 2012

We'll have a substantial presence at this year's ASUG BusinessObjects User Conference in Orlando, September 10 - 13. If you are attending, drop by and see us at Booth 100.

And don't miss our two presentations:

  • Well Managed Migration: Learn techniques, strategies and tips for successful migration to the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 platform. APOS consultants will share insights from our 15+ years of migration consulting and BI solution development, and Mark Richardson of Rose-Richardson Enterprises will share his customer perspective on migration and the relevance of APOS Solutions.
     
  • Geospatial BI 101 - a Primer for Mapping Your Route to a Successful Location Intelligence Deployment: Understand the technology and business potential of location intelligence, and what you have to do to make geospatial BI happen in your organization. Learn how to leverage geospatial technology and techniques to unlock new analysis and insight options with SAP BusinessObjects. Chris Hickman of Decision First Technologies joins APOS to present a series of use-case examples that will help participants understand the business value of deploying geospatial BI.