Well, here we are almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and what have we learned from a Business Intelligence standpoint?
One thing for sure is that we cannot rely on incomplete or inaccurate data for creating predictive models that make any sense.
Also, most organizations had no way to handle or found themselves falling short handling the unpredictability of the effects of the pandemic – from staff shortages, to supply chain issues to work from home to lockdowns and school closures.
Yet, Business Intelligence has played and continues to play a critical role in all aspects of the pandemic and the two areas that have been most heavily used are BI Reporting and BI Dashboards.
With a deficit of time, resources and budget, many organizations have fallen back to their tried, trusted, and operational Business Intelligence tools to deliver critical reports and information to the right people in the right format at the right time. For a huge number of these organizations that has meant BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.
Yes, many of the dashboards have ended up in Tableau or PowerBI but often the engine behind them and the tool churning out those BI reports is BusinessObjects.
This state of co-existence for the vast majority of BusinessObjects customers is now the norm with between 80 to 85% of them using BusinessObjects alongside either Tableau or PowerBI. I am yet to see a new BI tool for BI reporting that has the maturity and comprehensive capabilities of either BusinessObjects Web Intelligence or Crystal Reports. Those customers I have seen that are determined to move off BusinessObjects and Crystal Reports have spent enormous amounts of resources, time and cost (pre-pandemic) only to either come back to BusinessObjects or are now using Excel as their reporting tool – which is not ideal.
BI 4.3 SP02 Release
BusinessObjects BI 4.3 SP02 was released last December, and many customers are planning to upgrade to it this year. With its new increased productivity HTML5 User Interface for both desktop and mobile, new capabilities to use Web Intelligence as a data source, OData connectivity, data enrichment and a boat load more, BusinessObjects continues to have so much to offer in the BI reporting and analytic space. BI 4.3 will be the BusinessObjects release for this decade with at least 4 or 5 more service packs planned to be available on an annual basis.
BusinessObjects in the Cloud
A few BusinessObjects customers have moved to the cloud but most are taking their time and it looks like it will be a gradual shift. It really only makes sense to move BusinessObjects to the cloud when the majority of data sources it accesses are in the cloud. See previous blog BusinessObjects in the Cloud – No Big Rush and No Big Deal
So the upshot of all this is that the future of BusinessObjects looks very bright and very solid for not just 2022 but many years beyond. This is exactly the sentiment I conveyed in a recent Let’s SpeakBO webinar entitled BusinessObjects as Part of BI Strategy for the Next Decade which included many case studies of both BusinessObjects co-existence and customers purchasing BusinessObjects for the first time.
BusinessObjects Conferences and Events in 2022
As a BusinessObjects solutions provider, InfoSol has seen more BusinessObjects activity in the first two months of this year than any of the previous five. We have just announced both IBIS 2022 and the Speak BO Experience 2022 and are planning multiple BusinessObjects regional user group meetings throughout the year.
There’s a lot happening in the BusinessObjects community and all positive. Yes, it is looking very bright indeed.