I promised to share my experience with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, so promise kept and here we go!

Cloud analytics are having quite some momentum. The technology is mature and while many enterprises run a lot of other applications in the cloud anyway, why not run your analytics in the cloud too? In my view, there are a number of good use cases to start using cloud analytics.

Use Cases 

  • Complement to on-premise deployment: The SAP BusinessObjects Cloud solution is great when you want to leverage your on-premise BI and complement on that. Given the universe access, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud can re-use anything you have prepared and defined in your semantic layers: business definitions, prompts, variables, hierarchies, and models. Any project or department in your enterprise initiating new BI projects can use SAP BusinessObjects Cloud to start their BI journey. The product is extremely easy to use, of course it leverages the SAP HANA in-memory power since it runs on HCP (SAP Hana Cloud Platform) and lastly, it combines all elements of the Closed Loop Portfolio (bringing BI, planning, predictive analytics, and governance and risk together in ONE application). Users also benefit from the embedded collaboration and alerting facilities. The agility to generate analytics without any additional infrastructure will be loved by lots of you.
  • Line of business analytics for your cloud applications: If you’re already running Cloud applications like Concur, SuccessFactors or Google Docs – to name a few – you would definitely benefit from the Cloud-readiness and connectors that come with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud. It makes sense to continue working in the Cloud, if your core applications are already running there too. In the end, the product delivers best-of-breed analytics for data that stays in the Cloud and can mash up data sourced from different Cloud applications.
  • Extranet Analytics: If you consider providing analytics in a secured way to users outside your firewall ( customers), then SAP BusinessObjects Cloud is your ultimate solution for simple distribution of insights.
  • New BI initiatives: As said above, any new BI initiative will benefit from the highly agile way of generating analytics without even having to consider any analytics infrastructure. If that isn’t agile :-)

Best Practices and Tutorials Using SAP BusinessObjects Cloud

I’ve been working with SAP BusinessObjects Cloud for quite some time now and I haven’t regretted it for a second—stable, powerful, countless features, and really easy to use. I made some best practice and tutorial videos for you with some hint and tips. You can see them here.

Next week, I’ll take an even closer look at some best practices for using SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.

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This blog originally appeared on Iver van de Zand’s blog and has been republished with permission.