As SAP defines the future of it’s Analytics Strategy, there’s a clear wish to ensure the current SAP BOBJ Business Intelligence customers continue to be looked after for a bit longer yet. This means that SAP continues to add new enterprise reporting features to allow businesses to transition to the cloud at their own pace.
Up till recently, SAP had indicated that mainstream maintenance of v4.3 of SAP BOBJ would be ending in 2025. However, following the recent announcement by SAP, they will be releasing a further version, code named SAP BusinessObjects BI 2024, which will give users until 2027 to the transition.
Aimed at helping businesses shift from on-premise to the cloud, the software incorporates specific functionality to support hybrid deployment which will help companies transition to the cloud.
Enhancing business workflow
Since before the acquisition by SAP in 2007, BusinessObjects has been integral to many businesses’ day-to-day operations. However, user needs are always evolving and many if not most are preparing to move towards a cloud solution.
The news from SAP concerning Business Intelligence 2024 ensures that businesses have a bit more time to plan their BI roadmap to the cloud.
To ensure best value for customers, SAP are focusing on the most popular core components of the SAP BusinessObjects, including:
- SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence
- SAP Business Objects Information Design Tool and single source .unx universes
- SAP Crystal Reports (on Windows only*)
- SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office
- SAP BO Business Intelligence platform
What will follow in 2027? SAP say they will provide clear use case migration paths for the components for which they plan the end of support after 2027. While the plan for after that is still uncertain, we can be sure that businesses have time to plan ahead