SAP released a new Statement of Direction for its SAP Analytics offering focused on its BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform that clearly shows that the world’s most popular BI suite is here to stay for the next decade and beyond.
InfoSol, a 25-year partner of BusinessObjects and SAP and a leading voice in the BusinessObjects Community, expressed great excitement at the new direction. InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, said, “This makes perfect sense and clearly puts BusinessObjects on a continued trajectory to remain the dominant BI reporting solution into the 2030’s”
As many BusinessObjects customers roll out the new BI 4.3 release with its all-new Web Intelligence user interface, SAP has announced a follow-on release to BI 4.3, code named BI 2024. Like BI 4.3, BI 2024 will fully support both on-premise and cloud deployments. This new version will focus on the most widely-used products in BusinessObjects namely, Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, IDT Universes and the BI platform. The plan is for the new version to run on both Windows and Linux.
SAP states in the new Statement of Direction, “This new release will be an opportunity for us to continue the modernization started in version 4.3 (user experience, latest 3rd party components versions, JVM update) and streamline the BI suite by focusing on the core components while providing a clear migration path for unsupported ones”
With so many exciting new features coming in the current and future BI 4.3 service packs like new dimension merging capabilities, an amazing new data profiler, Webi as a data source, BI 2024 promises to offer even more goodies for BusinessObjects users.
InfoSol just recently held its annual in-person BusinessObjects conference, IBIS 2022, followed by it’s virtual Let’s Speak BO Experience annual event.
“There was a lot of excitement and positive feedback from the BusinessObjects community that the suite will continue to be both supported and enhanced for on-premise and cloud deployments”, remarked Paul Grill. “We do not expect to see customers moving to BI 2024 until at least 2025 and with BI 4.2 moving into Priority 1 support only at the end of this year, most customers will move to BI 4.3 in the next 12 months.”
Grill continued, “We estimate about 80% of BusinessObjects customers in North America use either Tableau or PowerBI and are not planning to change that state of co-existence for a while. They keep BusinessObjects for BI reporting and use either Tableau, PowerBI or both for data exploration, visualization and other BI functions. Most customers who have attempted to convert completely off BusinessObjects to Tableau or PowerBI have either failed, run out of budget or regretted the decision. Many canceled their maintenance on BusinessObjects only to reinstate it or purchase BusinessObjects again.
The simple truth is that BusinessObjects remains the best and most comprehensive Business Intelligence reporting solution on the planet and, with this new announcement from SAP, looks to stay that way for the next decade and beyond.”
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