SAP rebrands cloud analytics solution

ORLANDO – SAP is rebranding its Cloud for Analytics offering to SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, the company announced at the Sapphire Now 16 show.

The new product merges business intelligence (BI) analytics capabilities into a single software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution; an on-premises offering, SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise, is also available in three new editions, premium, professional, and standard.

Going forward, all analytics solutions from SAP will fall under the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, which includes new mobile, predictive, data visualization and big data analytics tools. This includes BI features around data wrangling and blending, trend analysis and linked stories.

The “scalable and open platform” will support more than 200 data sources including including Hadoop and SAP HANA, and SAP BusinessObjects universe integration with Hadoop, SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, the company said.

Speaking of HANA, SAP also announced updates to the SAP HANA cloud environment. This includes a range of features focused on helping enterprises both migrate to the cloud and prepare for “digital transformation” by extending SAP S/4HANA with new capabilities and new delivery methods to tablets and smartphones.

SAP’s CTO for SAP Global Customer Operations (GCO) Irfan Khan said the evolution of the HANA platform is all about end-to-end capabilities, mobility and helping organizations transition to the cloud.

Customers are looking for more real-time, low latency capabilities and the S/4 HANA platform is about “the simplification of IT, accelerating insights and innovation for modern environments and applications,” Khan said.   For example, the beta edition of SAP HANA Cloud Platform supports various Cloud Foundry buildpacks including MongoDB, Redis, PostgreSQL, RabbitMQ and Node.js.

The company also made the following announcements at the conference:

  • On the first day of the conference, McDermott announced that machine learning will be key to improve business processes. The company’s Digital Boardroom, built on SAP’s BusinessObjects Cloud and SAP S/4 HANA platforms and first announced in 2015, is ever-evolving. Designed for displaying “data-driven insights” for live meeting and collaboration, the platform features new line-of-business use cases and industry-specific examples available for various verticals including finance, human resources, manufacturing, telecommunications, and more, the company said.
  • The new cloud edition of SAP Fiori was introduced, enabling users have access to a full demo-to-production cloud environment to experience, extend and run SAP Fiori apps.
  • SAP HANA Cloud Platform software development kit (SDK) is now available exclusively for iOS. Building off the recently announced partnership, the SDK is designed to provide businesses, designers and developers the tools to quickly and efficiently build their own iOS apps for iPhone and iPad, based the SAP HANA cloud.
  • A partnership with IBM has resulted in IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, which combine enterprise data, security and analytics with an “elegant” user experience created in IBM digital “garages,” and can integrate with SAP software systems using SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
  • SAP also launched its SAP Digital Boardroom solution built on SAP BusinessObjects Cloud. The platform delivers a framework for industry-specific content and enhancements for live meetings and collaboration.
  • With the aim of lowering healthcare costs — a passion project of CEO Dermott who recently suffered a major health scare — the company announced its SAP Connected Health platform designed to speed the development and delivery of patient-centered solutions; strategic partnership already include CancerLinQTM, Castlight Health and Dharma Platform.

 

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