Last week, SAP unveiled the latest release of its SAP BusinessObjects portfolio of solutions: SAP BusinessObjects 4.0. At CeBIT, the digital industry’s biggest trade show, held in the German city of Hanover, visitors had the opportunity to find out about six new applications in the portfolio:
- SAP BusinessObjects IP Rights Analysis for companies in the media
- SAP BusinessObjects Upstream Operations Performance Analysis for utility companies
- SAP BusinessObjects Staff Productivity Management for Healthcare
- SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Risk and Solvency Management for Insurance
- SAP BusinessObjects Healthcare Practitioner Spend Analysis and Reporting for life sciences
- SAP BusinessObjects Planning for Public Sector
The applications can generally go live within eight weeks and are compatible with SAP’s business intelligence software.
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 supports 64-bit systems and is optimized for SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance software (SAP HANA).
Read on: SAP HANA won’t replace BW
SAP HANA is based on in-memory technology that enables data to be analyzed in a matter of seconds. The software is designed for use in organizations that handle large volumes of data, for example in the retail sector. However, Uwe Bornhorst, COO of SAP partner itelligence, can imagine that SAP HANA will have its followers in the midmarket, too. SAP HANA can also be deployed with new technologies and media forms such as augmented reality – see the articles Merging Worlds: Augmented Reality and Business in Two Worlds.
SAP HANA won’t replace BW
At CeBIT 2011, SAP devoted an hour-long discussion to the topic of SAP HANA. Jacob Klein, vice president and SAP HANA project lead at SAP, stressed that SAP HANA is simply the first in a row of applications making use of in-memory technology. There are no plans for it to replace SAP’s other business intelligence offerings, such as SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse.
SAP has not yet outlined what the payment models for SAP HANA will look like nor how much the software will cost. The product is still in ramp-up, more information on pricing will be available when SAP HANA goes into general availability.