Essential Guide

Business Objects or HANA? A guide to SAP analytics environments

This guide to SAP analytics environments explains the differences between SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA, including how to choose the right one for your company.

Introduction

The first step for a company looking to analyze data so it can make better business decisions is to establish a goal for how the analytics will be used. Once a goal is set, the company can then figure out the process it will take to get there and which tools will make the journey fast and easy. SAP has two major programs -- HANA and BusinessObjects -- that meet that criterion. But which one is right for your company?

SAP BusinessObjects BI (also known as BOor BOBJ) is a suite of front-end applications that allow business users to view, sort and analyze business intelligence data. High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) is a platform for processing high volumes of operational and transactional data in real time. But do you really have to choose between the two?

Perhaps not. SAP also offers HANA-ready BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics. The software is available as a standalone application or in conjunction with the SAP HANA platform, and allows customers to perform forecasting functions on large data sets.

Read this guide to discover which analytics tool best fits your organization's needs, and see what other trends and innovations SAP is working on for the future.

1SAP BusinessObjects-

The SAP BusinessObjects evolution

SAP BusinessObjects has undergone many metamorphoses since it was acquired by SAP in 2008. Significant steps in the evolution of BusinessObjects include the release of BusinessObjects 4.0, Feature Pack 3; integrating SAP BI and StreamWorks; revamping BusinessObjects tech support; and the release of HANA-ready BusinessObjects for predictive analytics. Read on to find out how to sort through and keep up with the numerous SAP BusinessObjects innovations and offerings.

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SAP BusinessObjects or best of breed?

According to experts, SAP makes a strong case for its new BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics software, but it's not a universal fit for all SAP shops. Continue Reading

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SAP BusinessObjects integration getting easier

Expert Ethan Jewett says that while it's never been easy to integrate SAP BusinessObjects and SAP BusinessWarehouse, that's slowly beginning to change. Continue Reading

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SAP BusinessObjects gets industry specific

SAP has released new industry-specific analytics software as part of its SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 debut. See if your industry could benefit from this release. Continue Reading

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SAP BusinessObjects keeps evolving

SAP's BusinessObjects portfolio has significantly grown with the release of Feature Pack 3 for BOBJ 4.0, predictive analytics and GRC. Continue Reading

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SAP predicts success with SAP BusinessObjects and HANA hybrid

SAP says that with its new SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis software, customers wanting to perform predictive analytics no longer have to look to third-party vendors. Continue Reading

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SAP HANA and the power of real time

Many companies choose to adopt SAP HANA to process high volumes of operational and transactional data in real time. And, according to some experts, SAP HANA has established itself as a baseline for further innovation. But does it have the other functions you're looking for? Read on to see if SAP HANA is right for your organization, find tips on adoption and implementation, and discover what future innovations SAP HANA may inspire in the future.

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HANA in-memory adoption easier with mobile SAP EPM apps

Not ready to fully commit to the HANA in-memory platform? You can still reap the benefits of in-memory computing by controlling the cloud from the new SAP EPM mobile apps. Continue Reading

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Three approaches to HANA adoption

If you're considering SAP HANA and are not sure what route to take, learn about the three different but major approaches organizations have been using to implement HANA. Continue Reading

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SAP must make the business case for SAP HANA to customers

Speed might be a big selling point for SAP HANA to IT, but according to a group of experts and customers, SAP must convince business people that SAP HANA is going to help them in other ways as well. Continue Reading

3Case studies-

Case studies in SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA

Even with all the information out there about SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA, it can still be overwhelming to know which direction to take. Sometimes it's best to hear it straight from the horse's mouth: Read on for some real-world examples of companies that have already adopted and implemented SAP BusinessObjects or SAP HANA. Find out how they approached the decision and made their final choices, as well as how they feel about their chosen platform.

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Royal Free Hospital uses SAP BusinessObjects for data

The Royal Free Hospital has implemented SAP's Business Objects dashboard technology to work through complex data more efficiently. Continue Reading

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Canadian National Railway saves millions with SAP BusinessObjects

Longtime SAP customer Canadian National Railway says one feature in the new BusinessObjects 4.0 release could help it save millions in fuel costs. Continue Reading

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San Francisco 49ers use SAP HANA to draft players

Fantasy team alert! At least one NFL team is looking to improve its draft-day decisions with new SAP analytics software. Continue Reading

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NBA uses SAP HANA to provide stats to fans

The CIO of the National Basketball Association explains why the league is now running the statistics portion of its website on HANA, SAP's in-memory platform. Continue Reading

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SAP HANA eases business for fleet management company

ARI, the leasing and fleet management business, has used SAP HANA to boost business intelligence and predictive analytics. Continue Reading

4Terms-

SAP BusinessObjects and HANA definitions

The amount of information on SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA can be confusing. Read on for some important definitions to help you understand the key platforms, terms and technologies.

5Videos-

Hear what's next for SAP HANA

What do the experts have to say about SAP HANA? Watch as Henry Morris, IDC's senior vice president for worldwide software and services research, and Joshua Greenbaum, president of Enterprise Applications Consulting, give their views on HANA in-memory technology and cloud tools and what they think future innovations will bring for HANA users.

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IDC analyst pleased with SAP HANA cloud app advances

Henry Morris, IDC's senior vice president for worldwide software and services research, says that SAP has made great strides in its HANA in-memory technology and cloud tools.

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SAP HANA in-memory platform to get even more interesting, says expert

Joshua Greenbaum, president of Enterprise Applications Consulting, discusses the present and future of the SAP HANA platform and what that new innovation will bring.

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