SAPPHIRE NOW: Back to the future – analytics solutions from SAP now in BusinessObjects portfolio

At SAPPHIRE NOW this week, SAP announced it would be rebranding SAP Cloud for Analytics as SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, as part of a move to bring all its analytics solutions – cloud, mobile and on-premise – under the SAP BusinessObjects banner.

New capabilities have been added to the renamed offering, including new visualisations and storytelling, data wrangling and blending, geospatial, trend analysis, custom filters, linked stories, notifications and chat, as well as new planning features such as bidirectional integration with the SAP BPC application, new aggregation methods, enhanced allocations and distribution, and privacy controls. Online connection support for the SAP HANA platform allows users to perform analytics without having to move data into the cloud environment, while predictive analytics capabilities have also been added. The recently acquired Roambi mobile app is now available in the US as the SAP BusinessObjects Roambi mobile app, as part of the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud suite.

For on-premise customers, SAP has made its BusinessObjects Enterprise analytics offerings available in three new editions – premium, professional and standard – to provide scaled access to capabilities. Some of the new capabilities within this solution include support for over 200 data sources, including Hadoop, HANA and BusinessObjects Cloud, and access to big data enhancements to SAP BusinessObjects Lumira. Predictive analytics are also on the drawing board for this solution, as are automated predictive analysis of big data with native Spark modelling in Hadoop environments, enhancements for SAP HANA including in-database social network analysis, and a simplified UI and tools for predictive factory workflows.