Business Intelligence

The Mobile Executive’s Connection to ERP

 

Making it the Path Well-Travelled

While data collected in ERP has always been important to executive level decision-making, in the past very few executives ever put their hands directly on ERP. Instead they relied on subordinates or super users to collect data and investigate, delaying decisions and sometimes even distorting the view from above. Why? Because the perception (and often the reality) was that ERP was complex and hard to use. Executives simply didn’t have the time or inclination to “figure it all out.” And yet today the pace of business has accelerated to the point where any delay in decision-making can be fatal.

This was bad enough when the typical executive’s day was spent in a plush office, sitting behind a desk. But those days are long gone. Whether on the road or spending time with the family, executives need to be “always on,” connected by mobile devices. Forget the laptop that requires a WiFi connection and VPN access. Today executives rely more and more on smart phones and tablets that simply require a signal to their mobile carrier. The resultant intrusion into their personal lives has made them less patient in waiting for analysis and answers.

But do executives really access enterprise apps via their mobile devices? What % of executive management has access to and actually uses ERP? How many receive ERP-related alerts on their mobile devices? Click here to read more in my guest blog post for Edgewater Fullscope: http://bit.ly/1etLsTx

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What’s in a Name? Former and New SAP BI Product Names

In case you hadn’t heard, SAP has changed the names of some of its BI solutions. Name changes can often be confusing and even disruptive in terms of branding and building brand equity. But I do think that in this case the new SAP names are more meaningful and should help in making it easier to identify what the different components of the Business Objects suite actually do. For example, “Dashboards” is much more descriptive than “Xcelsius.” But you might need some help in making that transition. The following “translation” was pulled directly from SAP’s website. I happened to find it in the upper right hand corner of this page: http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/large/business-intelligence/data-exploration/explorer/index.epx

 Former Name New Name
SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence platform
SAP® BusinessObjects™Xcelsius Enterprise> Xcelsius Enterprise Interactive Viewing SAP® BusinessObjects™Dashboards> SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Interactive Viewing
SAP® BusinessObjects™Advanced Analysis, Web EditionSAP® BusinessObjects™Advanced Analysis, Office Edition SAP® BusinessObjects™Analysis, edition for OLAPSAP® BusinessObjects™Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office
SAP® BusinessObjects™Web Intelligence SAP® BusinessObjects™Web Intelligence (Installer name and documentation refers to “Interactive Analysis”)
Crystal Reports SAP® Crystal Reports
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