Why Upgrade Your Business Intelligence? You Can’t Handle Multiple Truths.

This is the biggest reason for a BI upgrade. We have all been there. Spreadsheets and reports produced and maintained by different people generate different results.

60% of organizations say they are not very confident in their data and analytics insights, and only 10% believe they do a great job managing the accuracy, consistency, and timeliness of their data and analytics. That means 90% aren’t confident in their data! And with end of priority support maintenance for SAP BI 4.0 looming in just a few short weeks, it is time to start looking for a BI solution that will be supported by the supplier and one that will fulfill your BI needs at the enterprise level.

With the use of BusinessObjects Data Foundation, we can create a logical datamart that not only allows all users to be utilizing the same data views, but also mean less work on support and maintenance. Because the Data Foundation is derived from underlying corporate and departmental databases, all the data is managed and maintained in one place. So it doesn’t matter if you work in sales, finance or HR, you all get to see your data slice from the same data source. You can have your cake and eat it too.

So, now that we have our common business layer, we can look at the flavors of BI tools. The tools are all driven from the common foundation, so if you are uncovering sales trends in Lumira, providing a companywide executive report in Crystal Reports or getting your latest manufacturing figures on your iPhone, you can be confident that the data has been validated and authenticated and that you can depend on the results.


Consolidating your BI applications can lead to a 36% reduction in enterprise-wide BI expenditure. Companies that have implemented an ERP system save up to 18% in administrative costs alone. Not only are you saving money, but you also get peace of mind – reduction in duplication across disparate BI applications and ensuring that everyone sees the same version of the truth, from the same data pool – making your decision makers more empowered to run the business. With features introduced through the versions BI4.x, we have now gotten to a position where we can build our BI enterprise application using modular components based on a solid foundation, providing a more approachable, versatile and robust analytics suite. Saving time and providing more flexibility gets the users wanting more and using more.


Reports are quicker and easier to build. With the introduction of Lumira composites and Web Intelligence shared elements, you can design reports using building blocks of reusable components that can be shared across the whole organization. Not only do you have access to the corporate look and feel dashboard that you can plug and play with, but also you have access to a library of modules of business logic at the universe level that can be selected and used with your reports. It is all about saving time by reusing modules that have been previously authenticated and not reinventing the wheel.


When you build a house, you don’t design and build each component, you buy them ready to install. You know they have been quality checked and passed certain guidelines. By using pre-built components, you not only reduce the cost of building the house, you also are secure in the knowledge that it will pass an inspection. Building your BI enterprise environment should follow a similar philosophy. By recycling data from a certified common data source and reusing pre-certified building blocks, you are reducing costs and reducing risk, while maintaining the high standards of integrity that you need.

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