The 10 new dashboards are to offer business analytics designed by customers for customers and be tailored to the needs of users in seven different industries. During their development, SAP worked closely with companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, and several governmental organizations.
While these preconfigured applications can be customized to meet specific needs, they essentially offer out-of-the-box functionality. The data required for analyses can come from structured (databases) and unstructured (images, texts) sources in virtually any system from SAP or its competitors.
The applications require no additional SAP BusinessObjects licenses; only those companies that want to customize or enhance them will need a full-use license.
Requiring just eight weeks for implementation, the software promises a rapid return on investment. The SAP BusinessObjects analytic applications will initially support the healthcare, consumer products, public administration, banking, retail, internal and external security, and telecommunications industries with:
- SAP BusinessObjects On-Shelf Availability Analysis
- SAP BusinessObjects Trade Promotion Effectiveness
- SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Risk Reporting for Banking
- SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Banking
- SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Healthcare
- SAP BusinessObjects Quality Management for Healthcare
- SAP BusinessObjects Sales Analysis for Retail
- SAP BusinessObjects Customer Analysis and Retention for Telecommunications
- SAP BusinessObjects Readiness Assessment for Defense & Security
- SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for Public Secto
On-demand versions planned
The 10 applications announced so far are just the first step in SAP’s plans. In the coming six months, the company wants to serve additional industries with these software packages – initially only as on-premise variants requiring installation on customer servers, but eventually also as on-demand solutions in some cases.
The SAP BusinessObjects analytic applications will be available worldwide right from the start, but only in English. SAP currently plans to release localized versions in 2011. While the company has not offered any information regarding their price, those interested can obtain more details upon request.