SAP Business Intelligence (BI)

SAP BusinessObjects BI (also known as BO or BOBJ) is a suite of front-end applications that allow business users to view, sort and analyzebusiness intelligence data. The suite includes the following key applications:

Crystal Reports– Enables users to design and generate reports

Xcelsius/Dashboards — Allows users to create interactive dashboardsthat contain charts and graphs for visualizing data

Web Intelligence — Provides a self-service environment for creating ad hocqueries and analysis of data both online and offline

Explorer — Allows users to search through BI data sources using aniTunes-like interface. Users do not have to create queriesto search the data and results are shown with a chart that indicates the best information match.

The suite is the result of SAP’s October 2007 acquisition of the French company Business Objects.