For a the first part of last week, we here at Altek Solutions along with a some other partners in the US were invited to SAP’s headquarters to get our hands on some new iterations of SAP BusinessObjects tools. We had the privilege of getting to play with new features and functionality in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.1 as well as SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Office 1.4.
First and foremost, being invited to go down to Newtown Square to experience the partner tests and visit SAP was truly an honor. This place is absolutely amazing and we were welcomed with open arms by everyone that we encountered.
The 3 days we were there were filled with examples, use case scenarios, and discussions about both of the tools that allowed us to get a better understanding of where they currently stand and what the future held for each of them. Without saying too much, the future is very bright. Both tools have humongous potential and will definitely change the way customers can leverage the SAP BusinessObjects product suite to meet all requirements in their Business Intelligence solution.
We are definitely excited to start working with both of these products for our clients and cannot wait to get to that next phase in both of the products life cycles where we will be able to leverage all that SAP BusinessObjects has to offer.
SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio
After hearing about this tool late last year and seeing it first hand at BI2013, I was really excited to get my hands on it to see what it was all about. This tool is going to be the main driver for dashboards, apps, and mobile visualizations moving forward. There are so many things that can be done with it right now and with the plans for the future such as universe integration, enhanced components, and more powerful scripting capabilities will make it flexible enough to meet the demands of the masses.
Some of the new things that are coming along with the 1.1 release are as follows:
- Introduced enhanced charting engine
- New Design Components
- New scripting capabilities
- Custom CSS
For more information on SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, please refer to the link to SAP’s product page.
SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Office
To be honest, outside of BI2013 I had never had any experience with this tool so I was extremely excited to check it out. One of the first things I noticed was the ease of use with pulling data in and manipulating how it was viewed. The second thing was the ability to create an Analysis workbook and pushing a button to have it automatically create a Design Studio App automatically. Moving forward with the introduction of connectivity to universes, this is going to become even more powerful and widely adopted by the user community.
Some of the new things that are coming along with the 1.4 release are as follows:
- Interoperability with Analysis OLAP
- Interoperability with Design Studio
- Extending Analysis Office (Mashups)
For more information on SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Office, please refer to the link to SAP’s product page.
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