SAP unveils new BI tool, signs up first Indian user

BANGALORE Oct. 19, 2011 — Enterprise application software leader SAP has launched   its BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) OnDemand solution, powered by SAP HANA. The solution allows companies to quickly and cost-effectively perform detailed real-time analysis of any data, including data from on-demand solutions.The announcement was made at SAP TechEd 2011, held in Bangalore, October 19-21.

With its in-memory computing technology, SAP HANA performs analyses on the fly, without the need to define rigid data models and aggregations ahead of time. The solution also provides lower cost of implementation and ownership, as customers do not need to invest in designing workarounds to improve reporting performance.“With SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand on SAP HANA, we are enabling complex analyses, plans and simulations on real-time data — together with lower TCO, rapid time-to-value and beautiful end user experience of on-demand applications,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board, Technology and Innovation.

Essar on board
SAP also announced a first big customer win for the new solution. The Essar Group has chosen the SAP HANA platform and the 4.0 release of business intelligence (BI) solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio to strengthen its existing investments in SAP software and gain real-time visibility into businesses across all its verticals. Additionally, the company has selected mobility solutions from SAP and Sybase, an SAP company, to mobilize its critical business functions. The Essar Group is one of the largest conglomerates in India, with revenues of USD 17 billion and 75,000 employees located in 25 countries across five continents. The group operates in sectors that include steel, oil and gas, power, communications and business process outsourcing (BPO), shipping, ports and logistics, projects, and minerals.

In other announcements on the sidelines of SAP’s annual technology conference in India, the company signalled the availability of ChariTra, an on-demand network created by SAP Labs in India that connects volunteers, non-profits and corporations to work together toward causes and make a difference in their communities. An abbreviation of “charity transformation,” ChariTra was designed and released by the SAP Labs team in India within 90 days and demonstrates SAP’s commitment to rapidly build innovative solutions that serve the needs of customers.
ChariTra recently enabled over 50 non-profits and thousands of volunteers throughout India’s Joy of Giving week, a nationwide event during which millions of people volunteered their time and resources to many causes. For example, HOPE child care center needed volunteers and had success using ChariTra to find resources to help.
“Our team’s efforts have created a product that uses technology as an enabler to bring about a social change,” said V R Ferose, managing director, SAP Labs India. “ChariTra uses technology innovatively and showcases SAP’s fast approach in completing the product cycle.”

Initially debuted to the India market, ChariTra will soon be launched globally.