SAP’s Business Objects
"The latest 9.0 version of SAP Business One is
designed specifically to meet the needs of small and emerging businesses like 4G Identity Solutions," said Ray Boggs, vice president of SMB Research at IDC. "SAP has continued to enhance product
capabilities to help growing firms manage all aspects of their operations in an affordable way -- including customers, sales, accounting and financials -- with the ultimate goal of boosting
overall performance in an increasingly competitive environment." 4G Identity Solutions Pvt Ltd. joins the growing number of small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) using SAP Business One to capture
business information in a single system while maintaining scalability as business expands. Looking to automate its business processes and provide an accurate update of real-time business
information across all functional areas, 4G Identity Solutions Pvt Ltd. chose SAP based on its ability to deliver business solutions that enable organizations to become more adaptable, responsive
and profitable. With the help of SAP Business One, 4G Identity Solutions Pvt Ltd. has streamlined the entire sales process: tracking leads and opportunities, managing sales orders, managing
customer data, and administering after-sales support. The application has also helped automate and integrate all accounting and financial processes across the organization and provide timely and
accurate financial information. "SAP Business One enables small and emerging companies like 4G Identity Solutions Pvt Ltd. to remain nimble while competing with larger, global players," said
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Accenture and SAP Bring Breakthrough CMO Solution on SAP HANA(R) Platform to Clients under First-of-a-Kind Business Model
While acknowledging that 4.0 is a step in the right direction,
Evelson maintains that SAP has more integration work to do under the covers. The other problem with 4.0 is its late arrival. Originally, SAP talked about a general availability date in 2010. Then
it held a launch event in February of this year, where it said the release would be in May. In the end, the date slipped to mid-September. When a vendors late by a few weeks or months, its one
thing, Evelson says. But with yearlong delays, how can you as a buyer make plans and depend on them? SAP held off the general release for legitimate and important reasons, according to Lucas: We
set some pretty stringent go-live criteria for ourselves. If we didnt get to those, we werent going to go live. Only a handful of customers participating in the 4.0 ramp-up programSAPs name for
when products are out of beta but not yet in mainstream releasewere still experiencing some issues by the end, he adds. Some of it was implementation, some of it was customers requesting features
that werent really bug [fixes], Lucas says. The Score Arch Coal is currently running version 3.1 of the Business Objects BI suite with solid success, says Jamie Oswald, a senior BI analyst there.
The mining company, which doesnt run any other applications from SAP, is looking to upgrade to 4.0 probably at the beginning of next year, Oswald says. Right now, work on upgrading the companys
mining supply chain software is a top Apriority.
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How SAP's Business Objects Purchase Affects You
An SAP Rapid Deployment solution
enables customers that are running SAP Business Suite to more easily move to the SAP HANA platform. After the migration, customers can enjoy more business value, reduced IT cost, and better user
experiences enabled by the SAP HANA platform: business interactions become smarter with real-time analytics and execution, business processes run faster, and the IT landscape becomes a lot
simpler. The project begins with an analysis of the database and version of the currently used SAP Business Suite. It includes the installation and updates of the SAP HANA platform and the SAP
NetWeaver platform to the latest version, and the update of the SAP ERP 6.0 or SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) 7.0 applications to the latest SAP enhancement package: SAP
enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP enhancement package 3 for SAP CRM 7.0. Lower releases of SAP Business Suite can also be addressed via the addition of an optional upgrade service.
The database migration is conducted to export the legacy database and import the data into SAP HANA. Customers benefit more.. from an end-to-end
offering that allows migration without a re-implementation, including a more seamless transition where existing processes can be used.
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Other improvements, such as to system management, will be less
apparent to users. "We've worked a lot in the last two years to get all of the upgrade processes, data migration, backup and recovery, to automate this as much as we could." Meanwhile, although
multitenancy is a big theme for 2.5, customers will still have a single-tenant option. But it will cost more, Zinow said. Speaking of money, SAP is no longer using revenue as a yardstick for
Business ByDesign's success, co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe said during a press conference Monday. "We will measure our success in the number of customers running the software," he said. In addition,
it is too early to provide numbers regarding future customer growth, he said. SAP needs to be more aggressive, in an "un-SAP-like" way, if it hopes to gain new customers for Business ByDesign,
given all the "loud guys in the SaaS market" like Salesforce.com and NetSuite, said 451 Group analyst China Martens, before the conference began.
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Newsbyte: SAP Increases Speed and Simplicity for Businesses Adopting SAP HANA®
new level of collaboration is designed to offer unique solution packages and simplify the contract process so clients can get up and running even faster. Accenture is a great fit for this
one-of-a-kind model that delivers tremendous benefit to our joint CMO clients." The new CMO solution features Accenture Customer Insight, analytics functions from SAP solutions and
industry-specific applications. It will initially be targeted at CMOs of retail and consumer packaged goods companies who must address the complexity of changing consumer preferences, channel
proliferation, fragmented agency relationships and the maze of skills required of today's marketers. Accenture plans to launch additional functional solutions for other vertical industries.
Hosting services are also planned to be included in all end-to-end solutions offered by Accenture and SAP, with a private or public cloud deployment option supported by global hosting and
infrastructure providers. Related fees will fall under the single contract structure with Accenture to help simplify contract management for clients, compared to handling multiple suppliers and
contracts. For more about the Marketing Performance Solution by Accenture and SAP, please visit:
http://www.accenture.com/us-en/technology/systems-integration/sap-solutions/Pages/sap-solutions-index.aspx About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with approximately 266,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business
functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.
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Why Did SAP buy Business Objects?
Especially after this past weekend, when, on a Sunday night of holiday weekends in both the United States (Columbus Day) and Canada (Thanksgiving), SAP announced, with little fanfare, its intent
to buy business intelligence purveyor Business Objects for close to $7 billion. A marketing splash this was not. Though media blitzes may not be SAP's strongest suit, the Walldorf, Germany-based
company does have a market cap of nearly $70 billion and more than 41,000 global customers who are married to its hulking software applications. That some company purchased Paris-based Business
Objects, with its 44,000 customers, didn't come as a surprise to industry insiders (Business Objects had reportedly been working with Goldman Sachs to find a suitor, though Business Objects
refutes that), but who that buyer ended up being was something of a shock. "What was surprising was the strategy for SAP, because SAP has always been pushing organic growth," says Ray Wang, a
principal analyst at Forrester Research. As everyone in the industry seems to be noting with this deal, "organic growth" will now take place only on farmsand not in the universe of business
software vendors. "After years of building a great organic strategy, even mighty SAP realizes that this industry requires strong acquisition skills for survival and growth of partner ecosystems,"
Wang says. "One may expect other vendors to reconsider their strategies." As such, this deal, combined with Oracle's purchase of Hyperion earlier this year, has made industry watchers and Wall
Street speculate that BI vendor Cognos, a chief competitor to Business Objects, will soon be scooped up by either HP or IBM. According to SAP CEO Henning Kagermann , however, homegrown solutions
will still be part of SAP's ongoing strategy. "The acquisition of Business Objects is in keeping with SAP's stated strategy to double our addressable market by 2010 as announced in 2005," said
Kagermann in a press release . "SAP will accelerate its growth in the business user segment, while complementing the company's successful organic growth strategy." Early indications were that
Wall Street did not love SAP's purchase.
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SAP Co-CEO: Business ByDesign 'is Not a Fantasy'
Redmond is clearly one place where the
heat just got turned up a notch or two: Microsoft definitely gets the tools side of BI in spades, but has no clue how to put to work the domain knowledge needed to get things moving for its line
of business customers. IBM is another place where trouble is now brewing: having eschewed direct participation in the applications business, it is stuck putting the considerable domain knowledge
of its consulting group into expensive, one-off custom projects that have a significantly larger total cost of ownership than the packaged solutions SAP can now try to bring to market with
Business Objects. For IBM and Microsoft, its time to be a little worried about the future of the BI market. And then theres Oracle, crowing somewhat that this huge acquisition justifies its own
jumbo acquisition strategy. Which it does, in a way. But the promise of a whole new way to build and deliver business analytics a la Business Objects + SAP is very different than the strategy of
acquiring customers and maintenance revenues and then upselling these new customers a set of existing applications that are part of a broadening portfolio. Oracle is justifying its buying spree
by the promise of upsell and cross-sell of existing functionality, SAP is hoping this deal will result in net new solutions that have not really existed in the market before.
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