Business Objects or HANA? A guide to SAP analytics environments
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SAP BusinessObjects BI (also known as BO or BOBJ) is a suite of front-end applications that allow business users to view, sort and analyze business intelligence data. The suite includes the following key applications:
- Crystal Reports -- Enables users to design and generate reports
- Xcelsius/Dashboards -- Allows users to create interactive dashboards that contain charts and graphs for visualizing data
- Web Intelligence -- Provides a self-service environment for creating ad hoc queries and analysis of data both online and offline
- Explorer -- Allows users to search through BI data sources using an iTunes-like interface. Users do not have to create queries to search the data and results are shown with a chart that indicates the best information match.
The suite is the result of SAP’s October 2007 acquisition of the French company Business Objects.