With an increasing number of enterprises worldwide turning into truly connected operations, disseminating the right information, to the right person, and within the right time-frame is critical to business success. In addition to streamlining the operations and enhancing productivity, business information is an integral part of all technology initiatives. Strong insight into the past and present operations of a utility can help decide the future direction of the organization.
To make this possible, enterprises need to deploy the technologies, applications, and practices necessary for the collection, integration, analysis and presentation of such business information in a streamlined, user-friendly way. Moreover, in today’s data-driven market, well-structured and high-performance organizations are increasingly relying on business intelligence to gain a competitive advantage. This allows them to respond quickly to market changes and align execution with overall strategic direction. What enterprises also need is in-depth analytics and visualization capabilities for business processes and support increased profitability and enhanced enterprise performance.
To keep track of all the data they generate, enterprises tend to use a wide range of software programs, such as Excel, Access, and different database applications for various departments. Using multiple software makes it difficult to retrieve information in time and to perform analysis of the data. Business intelligence and Data Warehouse (DW) technologies, for many years, have been supporting enterprises by gathering raw data from a wide range of internal operational systems, cleaning and analyzing that data and then producing credible information that serves as business insights for more accurate decisions. These systems illustrate intelligence in the areas of customer profiling, customer support, market research, market segmentation, product profitability, statistical analysis, and inventory and distribution analysis, etc.
SAP BusinessObjects (SAP BO) is the ultimate ad-hoc reporting tool designed to offer deep insights through powerful self-service capabilities. It is a suite of front-end applications that allow business users to view, sort and analyze business intelligence data. It simplifies data manipulation, allowing users to access, navigate, analyze, format, and share information across the enterprise. SAP BO consolidates your data enterprise-wide into a single platform for better visibility, delivering unprecedented operational insight to support your business decisions. It provides intelligent and accurate data, updates in real time, trending and forecasting information and even allows you to predict “w`hat-if” scenarios, therefore removing the need to guess or estimate.
SAP BO also has an in-built drag and drop interface for developers and end-users. It offers self-data analysis without requiring much technical knowledge. The product’s business intelligence and analytics feature include APIs, alerts, application integration, auditing, customizable and interactive reporting, data manipulation, lifecycle management, real-time analytics, real-time monitoring, real-time reporting, single sign-on, visual analytics, web analytics and more.
How SAP BO helps with business intelligence
Essentially, SAP BO helps enterprises build a better reporting system to guide them through their overall business intelligence strategy and deliver meaningful insights that provide real value and share actionable insights with our enhanced business intelligence reporting. SAP BO comprises of a number of reporting and analysis applications that all have their own identity, purpose, and function.
Web Intelligence (Webi), which is a web browser tool that allows users to perform analysis, produce formatted reports and distribute the reports on SAP BO or export them to PDF or Excel.
Crystal Reports, which is a data analytics and reporting tool aimed at individual users or small and medium-size businesses. Users can create dynamic reports from a variety of data sources and deliver them to different formats.
SAP BO allows users to create custom dashboards from reports. These can include interactive charts, gauges and widgets.
Query as a Web Service (QaaWS), which is a tool that allows users to create and publish web services that can be consumed in Crystal Reports and SAP BO Dashboards, as well as other software applications.
SAP BO Explorer, which is a self-service data exploration tool that enables users to search through large volumes of data from various sources and then create data visualizations that can be shared across organizations.
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