There has certainly been a lot of buzz around BI4 and it appears that many customers are either deploying BI4 or planning to do so in the near future. With all of the buzz and discussion, most customers are still left with one simple question: Why invest in this upgrade?
There’s no single answer to this question – instead, there are five:
1. Unified, Interactive and More Visual
Powered by impressive visuals that are finally consistent across all products, BI4 stands as SAP’s most complete and unified release of the reporting suite since the acquisition of Business Objects in 2007. Platform cohesion is paired up with integrated analytics, mobility, and the ability to leverage the power of in-memory computing across the entire product suite.
2. Revamped Semantic Layer
The BI4 release is built upon a revamped and much more robust semantic layer. The days of Data Federator, single data-source universes, and universe linking are finally behind us. With Data Foundations you can finally bring multiple data sources into a one-stop-give-me-all-my-data-shop for advanced ad-hoc users.
3. Integrated Life Cycle Manager
Version control like never before, complete with the ability to rollback deployments. Deployments are now scriptable and auditable as well.
Better interface and better reporting schema makes it easier to make sense of what is going on. Bring your understanding of your user community to a whole new level.
5. Go Mobile
SAP Business Objects made big strides into the mobile frontier with this release. Not only are dashboards flirting with HTML5, but the app support is now available for a much broader audience of mobile consumers (iOS, BlackBerry, and Android devices are now supported).
6. New Charting Engine Shared Across All Tools
We could not help but add a sixth reason because we love this one. We are in a visual world, and high impact visuals are more important to BI than they’ve ever been. With this shared charting engine across all products, BI solution architects no longer need to make compromises in choosing the right application for the job simply because the users must have a bullet chart. All tools now share a common charting engine (yes, this includes Webi).
We can help you weigh your options by evaluating your current business intelligence solution and architecture, performing a health check on your current environment, and creating a strategic plan to align your organizations business objectives to your business intelligence strategy and the software used to realize them.