Business Objects

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  • Status: Active
  • Category: Business Intelligence
  • Platform: Unix, Windows
  • Maturity: High
  • Licensing: Yes

SAP Business Objects (a.k.a. BO, BOBJ) is a French enterprise software company, specializing in business intelligence (BI). Since 2007, it has been a part of SAP AG. The company claimed more than 46,000 customers worldwide in its final earnings release. Its flagship product is BusinessObjects XI.


  1. SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 is now GA for most countries:
    • Common services for deployment and management of BI tools
    • Reporting
    • Query and analysis tools for self-service reporting, including DeskI (Full Client, which is being retired)
    • Web Intelligence (for ad-hoc reporting)
    • Enterprise Reporting (Crystal Reports) access, format, and deliver information to large populations of users.
    • Data Visualization (Dashboard Design/Xcelsius) supports creation of flash dashboards and dynamic charts and graphics with data from BO XI, databases, or Excel spreadsheets.
    • Universe Designer: An administrator tool used to construct Universes or abstracted end-user views of the database; allows pre-defining table joins, object descriptions, and measure object behavior during aggregation. This tool is succeeded by "Information Design Tool" (IDT) in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0
    • Enterprise Information Management (EIM) integrates and improves data to create a trusted foundation for business decisions. Creates a basis for querying and analysis through ETL or EII.
    • Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) helps users align with strategy by tracking and analyzing key business metrics and goals via management dashboards, scorecards, analytics, and alerting.
    • InfoView web portal, which is succeeded by "BI Workspaces" in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0
    • On-demand BI software (Business Intelligence OnDemand), hosted on the web.


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