Would you like a tool that’s easy and intuitive to use straight from your web-browser so that you easily can access, analyze and present your data? Now it’s possible using the new and fast-developing tool from SAP, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud (BOC). The goal with BOC is to have one tool in the cloud for all analytics, so planning, BI and predictive are the three main parts of this tool.
BOC is a standalone tool within the cloud that easily connects to your on-premise systems or lets you host data in the cloud. First of all, we recognize that a lot of organizations aren’t ready, willing or interested in moving all (or part) of their data to the cloud. One of the biggest perks to BOC is that you can use it as an external system to access your on-premise data without the need to store anything in the cloud. This means that you have none of the typical costs which come with a separate system to host an on-premise analytics tool and you get around the trouble with your data being hosted off-premise. You pay a monthly fee which gives you a user and a personal URL to BOC from which you may setup a connection to your own on-premise system and access your data. This is most easily viewed as a subscription, allowing you to leverage a whole new tool that is powered by HANA. This also allows you to create your own intricate data-models from files such as excel sheets, .csv files and others by importing the files and setting up your personal data-model. This will later allow you to create visualizations, create calculations and share the document with others.
It’s important to note that BOC isn’t here to replace your current environment. BOC is another tool within the SAP BusinessObjects landscape that aims to fill a gap from here to the clouds. Existing products and solutions will still be developed further alongside BOC to make sure that no previous investments go to waste. It should also be stated that BOC gives a unique and simple way to create a hybrid environment between Cloud and on-premise, a scenario we can see for a lot of organizations in the future.
A hybrid scenario lets an organization keep certain parts of their data replicated in the cloud. This also means that the data will be resting on a HANA-system, increasing performance and giving more functionality to your data and its models.
BOC lets you tie together your data in rich and powerful visualizations directly in your browser, share it with your colleagues and collect feedback. What’s even better is the functionality it presents to the users regarding communication, you can almost say that BOC creates a small community amongst the users giving them simple, yet effective tools for communicating about data and visualizations. And the best part is that making new documents, visualizations, fetching data, saving and sharing reports is done from the same page and is very easily learned.
For the users already immersed in the BOE environment, the BOC experience can be heavily compared to that of Lumira but with a little added functionality and a bit simpler due to the nature of browser-based tools. It also ties in a great deal of functionality from Design Studio in adding depth to your reports/applications through more advanced features and components. Overall as an avid Lumira and Design Studio developer, the experience is very satisfying despite the tools obvious early development stage. More functionality is constantly being added and planned, as such this is a tool that is future-secure, fresh and easy to use.
As an administrator you have a lot of the same privileges and opportunities as you have in a SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise System when it comes to users and rights, built on HANA’s rights-system it’s easy to understand and maintain control. As a starting point you may import data from an on-premise AD to the different users in your BOC environment, or you may import an Excel file or .csv file which contains the relevant data for your users. You also have the typical users and groups hierarchy when assigning or denying rights to users or groups. This makes it a lot easier and, perhaps most importantly, faster to get going with your new investment. No need for days or weeks to setup a new system, instead it takes minutes to setup a new user and its rights.
One of the biggest aspects to BOC which I find intriguing is the fact that it’s a tool that offers almost all of the capability that is offered within the Launchpad of a BOE environment. Yet it’s very simple and easy to learn for both users new to SAP BusinessObjects and old familiars alike. Giving the user a platform for chatting, sharing and sending messages within the tool itself makes everyday tasks easier as you have one entry point for all of your work.
For new customers to the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio it’s a great tool in that it’s easy to setup and there are no up-front costs tied to the subscription. All that is needed are a few components setup on your data warehouse server to make sure that BOC can read your data or an ETL-flow to replicate your data to the cloud directly.
For customers already immersed in the BO environment, this is a great tool for projects, separate departments that demand certain functionality or groups of users that need bigger freedom with analyzing and sharing data amongst themselves. Some may see it as a sandbox for more advanced users to crunch through huge amounts of data without affecting the rest of the system, or a separate system for specific projects that require bigger integration of analyzing and communication.
PS: Are you interested in SAP BusinessObjecs Cloud and want to know more about the tool, register on our webinar September 15.