Thursday, May 23, 2013

BI 4 Mobile SDK: Location Intelligence on the iPad

Anita Gibbings, business intelligence marketing maven for SAP, interviewed Allan Pym, COO of APOS Systems Inc., at SAPPHIRE 2013. Allan talked about location analytics and geospatial capabilities with SAPS Dashboards:

We're really enthused about the launch of BI 4 and the mobile SDK for Xcelsius. This is going to open up some interesting possibilities for the mobile user, being able to use that kind of location intelligence on an iPad.

Anita noted that the APOS Location Intelligence Solution is on the SAP price list, making it "very easy for people to add location analytics and geospatial on top of their existing dashboards."

Watch the interview.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Webinar: The Semantic Layer & SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 Migration

Migration is shaping up to be the topic of the year for the SAP BusinessObjects community. In recognition of this fact, APOS is scheduling a series of webinars on migration. The first of these webinars features guest presenter Pierpaolo Vezzosi.

When: May 30, 2013, 10 am / 4 pm EDT
First in a series of SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 migration-focused webinars
Guest presenter: Pierpaolo Vezzosi — SAP — Director, Solution Management

Pierpaolo Vezzosi
is Director, Solution Management, at SAP, and has been product manager for the semantic layer since 2007. He will join us for this webinar to discuss the design principles, features and benefits of the new SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 semantic layer, and the UNX universe format in particular.
Innovations in the semantic layer of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 create immense value, and migrating to BI 4.0 creates an opportunity to embrace the future of business intelligence within your organization.

The benefits are real, but the prospect of migrating may seem daunting to many. This webinar lays out migration lessons learned, and discusses migration challenges. The webinar also introduces new migration products from APOS that apply these lessons and simplify and automate many of the more labor-intensive, time-intensive, and potentially error prone tasks in your migration project.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Migration Best Practices

I recently co-authored a piece for the SAP Analytics blog with SAP's Thierry Audas (@taudas) on SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 migration best practices. The article proposes some migration planning and preparation checklist considerations. This piece is just another chapter in the longstanding collaboration between APOS and SAP. If you want to see a concrete example of this collaboration, read Saskia Battersby's SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Migration, Collaboration, and Innovation piece over at the SAP Community Network (SCN).

The close collaboration between APOS and SAP continues with our recent focus on migration acceleration products. This set of tools is designed to help you realize ROI faster by preparing for, and automating and simplifying the most labor-intensive, time-intensive, and potentially error-prone migration tasks. These products help you:
  • Convert UNV universes to UNX universes in bulk
  • Repoint Web Intelligence reports to UNX universes in bulk
  • Schedule Web Intelligence reports, set/reconstruct prompts from .NET applications
  • Migrate Crystal Reports 2011 to Crystal Reports for BI Enterprise in bulk
  • Use Desktop Intelligence reports with BI 4.1
  • Analyze Desktop Intelligence reports for Web Intelligence and UNX compatibility
  • Migrate Desk Intelligence reports to Web Intelligence reports
If you're like the majority of SAP BusinessObjects platform managers or users we've been speaking with, then this is the year you are migrating to BI 4.0 or 4.1. Most say the benefits are too great to wait. They see BI 4.x as the future of BI in their organizations.

More APOS/SAP collaboration: don't miss our upcoming webinar on The Semantic Layer & BI4.x Migration (View the recorded webinar), with guest presenter Pierpaolo Vezzosi, Director, Solution Management at SAP. Pierpaolo has been working with the semantic layer for 12 years and will discuss its role and benefits in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0.

This webinar will be the first in a series of migration-focused events featuring guest presenters with deep and specific insights into the BI 4.x platform and migration considerations