SAP BusinessObjects ANZ announces a successful first year

SAP BusinessObjects goes from strength to strength, offering customers fast, low-cost solutions in a time of economic uncertainty

Sydney. AustraliaSAP BusinessObjects today announced a successful first year, with business intelligence (BI) software revenue across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) growing by 24% in 2008, when compared with the previous year. The announcement comes twelve months after SAP acquired Business Objects.

SAP is having considerable success convincing customers to switch to SAP BusinessObjects solutions (spanning BI, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Governance, Risk and Compliance solutions (GRC)).

Since the merger, SAP BusinessObjects has signed deals with more than a dozen new name customers in Australia and New Zealand, and greatly expanded it sales to existing SAP and BusinessObjects customers.

In January 2009, Gartner published the results of a worldwide survey which found that, “senior enterprise executives recognise that IT’s contribution to economic performance extends beyond managing expenditures. They expect IT to play a role in reducing enterprise costs, not merely with cost cutting but by changing business processes, workforce practices and information use,” with investment in BI applications being the number one CIO technology priority1.

“The combination of the market leading BusinessObjects portfolio of solutions with SAP’s extensive range of business user focused solutions positions SAP to dominate this rapidly growing and strategically significant market,” said Rajeev Mitroo, General Manager, SAP BusinessObjects Division Australia and New Zealand. “BI enables organisations to tap into and make sense of the vast amounts of information held within their ERP platforms, extending the power of SAP software to a new type of user that we refer to as the Business User.”

Late last year, SAP released the Best-Run Now initiative, which focuses on optimising and addressing pressing business needs by providing reduced system implementation times and directly addressing business weaknesses. SAP has developed special package offerings to address the needs of customers in all size segments.

Among the numerous packages offered, the Business Intelligence Accelerator (BIA) package boosts performance of analytical processing and enables business users to access and analyse large volumes of business data without labour-intensive set-up or design activities.

In June last year, BusinessObjects announced that it had been named the business intelligence (BI) market share leader with an 18.2 percent share of the global BI market, according to the 2007 BI platform software market share report issued by Gartner2. Gartner’s latest report3 forecasts that the BI market in Australia will grow by 17 percent in 2009 over the previous year.

The new SAP BusinessObjects Division within SAP ANZ looks after integrated solutions for the Business User, including BI, EPM and information management solutions from BusinessObjects and SAP’s GRC offerings.

1 Gartner press release “Gartner EXP worldwide survey of more than 1,500 CIOs shows IT spending to be flat in 2009” (14 January 2009)
2 Gartner “Market Share: Business Intelligence Platform Software, Worldwide, 2007” Dan Sommer et al. (16 June 2008)
3 Gartner “Market Trends: Business Intelligence in Asia/Pacific, 2008-2009” Bhavish Sood, Dan Sommer (11 February 2009)