Fun and Excitement at SAP BI Launch

Last week Wednesday (25 May 2011) consultants, customers and partners gathered at Vodaworld in Midrand to view the latest releases of BI, EIM, GRC and EPM. It was an excellent opportunity to reconnect with past colleagues and connect with possible future colleagues.

The partners and sponsors had stands displaying SAP Business Objects software on IPADs and Blackberry Playbooks. People buzzed around the shiny tablets and filled in competition forms in the hope of walking home with one of the devices.

 iPAD - BO Explorer

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The morning session consisted of BI and EIM, whilst the afternoon session focussed on GRC and EPM.

The day started off with a bang as 4 drummers wowed us with an amazing display of drumming and fireworks. This definitely set the tone for the BI demos that were to follow. George Mathew introduced the morning session and said that “BI4 is the biggest release in the history of SAP Business Objects”. Michael Jones and team showed us the latest SAP Business Objects releases and if the demos are anything to go by, the software will not disappoint.  HANA made an appearance but unfortunately the network didn’t allow for a proper demonstration.

Most notable for me was ‘Information Steward’ which will go a long way to help customers identify data problems.

Information Steward

A brief demo of a fun tool called ‘Dashi’ (created in the SAP labs) showed that SAP are becoming more innovative and agile. The tool allows the creation of graphs and charts using simple gestures. A demo can be viewed here:

The afternoon session focussed on the new improvements in the GRC space (GRC 10.0), presented by Chris Johnston, unfortunately there was no time for a demo. Using the words of GRC analyst Cindy Jutras, “Previews of the upcoming release of GRC 10.0 (currently in ramp-up with general availability planned for Q2) were a testament to the fact that the voice of the SAP customer has never been stronger.”  

Santosh Tankoor took us through the past, present and future of EPM, and the EPM 10.0 and beyond future looks promising. EPM 10.0 boasts better integration with Microsoft Office and SAP Business Objects, read the CFO Knowledge blog for a review on the software.

Clem Sunter broke the monotony of powerpoint and software with a funny and inspiring talk and encouraged the audience to go out and be foxy. His books are a must read, you can find more information on

Clem Sunter

Thank you to UCS, TWC and SAP for hosting a great day. 703 people were in attendance and we are all looking forward to the next launch.

Dorothy Cadle – BI Specialist at Bold Shore Consulting –

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