SAP launched more than 100 industry-specific analytic applications at its Sapphire user conference last year. One year later, SAP's composite application strategy was again highlighted at the Sapphire '06 user conference in Orlando, Fla. Analytical xApps remain a key part of SAP's business, explains Roman Bukary, vice president of analytics and composite applications at SAP. By injecting analytics directly into key SAP business processes, end users will get useful and actionable information quickly, according to Bukary, who was interviewed by news editor Robert Westervelt.
| Podcast: Understanding SAP analytical xApps
(:54) Roman Bukary gives a history of SAP analytical xApps and the new features that will be introduced in the near future.
(4:40) SAP analytical xApps are composite applications are industry specific?
(5:48) What is Visual Composer? Did the technology come from SAP developers or did it come from an acquisition?
(6:04) Is the Visual Composer modeling environment is aimed only at IT personnel?
(7:05) How complicated is it to use Visual Composer?
(7:47) How mature is Visual Composer?
(8:11) Do you have to be a NetWeaver user to use Visual Composer and analytical xApps?
(8:38) Most SAP customers are still using older versions of SAP. Is it possible to remain on R/3, continue to use legacy systems and still run NetWeaver and use these composite applications?
(10:02) How are analytical xApps sold? Can a customer buy just one analytical xApp for a specific business process?
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