by  Jayne Landry, Global VP & GM, Business Intelligence at SAP   (@jaynelandry)

42-50142979-Design StudioThe big message from our latest #askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call – the SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio will run simpler, but not at the expense of existing content.

This extremely well-attended interactive session was kicked-off by Steve Lucas, Global President of Platform Solutions, SAP, who provided an overview of SAP’s vision and strategy for its analytics solution. Explaining that SAP will continue to deliver the best business analytics experience across the board, he outlined the overarching goal to simplify the end-user experience by eliminating overlap – so tools better align with actual users.

Steve was quick to point out that SAP is converging use cases, not features and functions. All existing content is safe and will continue to work, all BI 4.1 clients will continue to be maintained and supported, and metadata will be reused to facilitate adopting new concepts.

In other words, it will be a smooth transition.

If you didn’t catch the session on September 9, 2014, it’s not too late to have your questions answered. You can still hear the presentation, see the demos, and listen to the question-and-answer session here. The #askSAP Twitter feed is still open for more questions and chat, which will all be followed-up by SAP Analytics experts. Or download a copy of the Q&A here.

The presentation emphasized that SAP’s focus will remain on helping companies unleash collective insight through its robust enterprise business intelligence solution; agile visualizations; and advanced predictive analytics.

Harnessing collective insight will give companies the power to engage with all of their data, move beyond pie charts and bar charts to develop more advanced visualizations, and gain huge value by predicting what’s coming next.

Other highlights from the BI strategy call:

  • Increased interoperability between SAP Lumira and the other BI clients
  • Continued investments in the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform
  • More options for benefiting from trusted data discovery
  • More embedded BI in cloud products (SAP is working to embed BI content into cloud-based services such as Ariba and Jam)

Along with Steve Lucas and me, session speakers included Ty Miller, Vice President of SAP Lumira Product Management; Blair Wheadon, GM of Business Intelligence for SAP Application Landscapes, and the moderator was SAP Mentor Greg Myers.

This was the fourth in a regular series of quarterly interactive community calls that SAP Analytics is planning. Speakers answered questions sent in via an online Q&A module, the phone, and also from a very active Twitter feed #askSAP.

Don’t miss the next call in the series coming soon! Keep watching this blog or follow @SAPAnalytics or #askSAP for details.