Forrester highlights SAP’s breadth of advanced data visualization (ADV) business intelligence (BI) functionality as a key factor in securing its leadership position.
According to the report, “SAP BusinessObjects offers excellent big data ADV. In-memory is the name of the ADV game these days when one is looking for answers at the speed of thought. Most other in-memory DBMS engines, however, have practical limitations of analyzing no more than a few hundred GBs at a time. To address this limitation, SAP now offers a highly differentiated combination of [SAP] BusinessObjects Explorer and Visual Analytics with its top exploration and discovery capabilities and the SAP HANA in-memory appliance.”
SAP allows customers to perform ADV against any size of data using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software in conjunction with the SAP HANA platform, making “big data” available to users at the speed of thought. SAP continues to enrich its ADV capabilities with the recent introduction of SAP Visual Intelligence software, which allows employees, departments and lines of business to creatively visualize and analyze information and apply it to individual and group decision-making. These solutions empower users to perform data discovery regardless of technical skill level for true self-service BI while taking advantage of existing data investments that their IT organizations have built and maintained. Additionally, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards software gives decision-makers an easier way to explore insights and test out future business scenarios with instant, interactive access to metrics that are clear and easy to understand.
Forrester Research Inc., “The Forrester Wave™: Advanced Data Visualization Platforms, Q3 2012,” July 17, 2012