Thursday, 25 June 2009

SAP Philippines offers new software suite for SMEs

Written by Alma Anonas-Carpio
Business Mirror

Business intelligence (BI) tools are now trickling down from the enterprise level to the small and medium enterprise (SME) arena as German software firm SAP AG announced the release of BusinessObjects Explorer software that helps act quickly and make effective decisions based on real-time data

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer brings together search and navigation capabilities from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator software that will help users navigate through mountains of business data with speed and efficiency.

The launch, announced at Sapphire 2009, marks another milestone in SAP’s successful acquisition and integration of Business Objects. This new solution offers the “most significant and largest combination of SAP and Business Objects technology to date,” SAP Southeast Asia senior director Eric Sin said recent press briefing. “No other vendor offers such a unique combination of navigation, search and scalable in-memory acceleration for the enterprise.”

The new software suite features “an Internet-style search box as its interface,” Sin said, adding that the program “is designed for users without any prior information technology expertise. Anyone can now explore and retrieve business information through simple keyword searches. The overall experience is as simple as browsing the Internet or an online store and appealing to users who are not currently served by business intelligence tools.”

According to Sin, “if you can use Windows, web browsers and search engines like Google, you can use SAP BusinessObjects Explorer.”

“Many businesses in the Philippines, particularly SMEs, make decisions based on instinct,” SAP Philippines business manager Jennie Ligones said. “While this may be acceptable for smaller enterprises in a not so cut-throat business environment, it is not feasible to grow an enterprise with this kind of decision making.”

“SAP BusinessObjects Explorer enables management to make better and more educated decisions. We hope that with its availability in the Philippines, local businesses will be better equipped to weather the current economic crisis,” Ligones said.

Studies have shown that the majority of business users make decisions based on “gut feel” and do not have access to the data they need to do their jobs, often to the detriment of productivity, agility in the marketplace and resulting in flawed decision-making, Sin said. “SAP BusinessObjects Explorer solves this problem by making data readily available to business users and enabling them to make sense of massive amounts of data quickly.”

“Given the current economic reality, it is critical for companies to have easy access to accurate information and gain immediate insight into their business and stay ahead of the competition. No longer will critical business information be elusive—SAP BusinessObjects Explorer represents the next generation of BI in which any business user can find the data needed to contribute to his or her organization’s success,” Simon Dale, SAP senior vice president and head of the company’s Business User Organization for the Asia-Pacific and Japan, said in a statement issued at the briefing.

SAP also announced that it is now investigating the possibility of expanding its partnerships with computer and computer-peripherals and software makers IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Fujitsu to help make SAP BusinessObjects Explorer faster and easier to deploy by combining and optimizing hardware and software solutions.

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