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I am heading to Belgium today to participate in BI-Day hosted by our partner BI-Community.org on September 17th at the Brabanthal in Leuven Belgium.

Over 300 delegates are signed up for the event along with an impressive group of vendor participants that include Information Builders, SAS, Oracle, SAP / Business Objects, Talend, MicroStrategy, SPSS, Sybase and others.

The program features 5 different tracks:
• Performance management
• Business intelligence competence centers
• Data governance/data quality
• Data mining
• Trends in business intelligence

My friend
Claudia Imhoff is the Keynote Speaker and I will be presenting the results of the recently completed Benelux BI-survey.

On September 16th
BeyeNETWORK.be and BI-Community.org will be presenting the 2009 Vision Award for Business Impact. I already know the winners and am looking forward to the awards presentation and dinner at the Koloniënpaleis at Tervuren

If you are local to the area its not to late to attend so follow a link above and I'll see you in Belgium!!

Posted September 14, 2009 5:45 AM
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Up first this morning is SAP and Business Objects. Paul Clark, Senior Director of Marketing at Business Objects kicked things off with a presentation on Enabling Closed-Loop Strategy for Enabling Execution a couple of key takeaways are that compliance and governance need to be integrated into your processes not an afterthought outside of the on going day to day business. The underlying key to successful closed-loop strategy is part culture and part software, the culture part is probably the hardest and it includes getting everyone involved with business intelligence. The access to information continues to be the key to this strategy.

Dan Kearnan Director, SAP Business Intelligence did a great job of covering how Business Objects is fitting into the SAP Ecosystem in short the migration for SAP customers to get fundamental BO services is fast and easy. BO plans to continue to work with other data sources as it has in the past and wants to stay data agnostic going forward. From a technology standpoint its clear the merger of these two companies is a solid fit but SAP still has a long road ahead of it with regards to fully integrating the power of a combined SAP/BO. The first phase seems to be in place with many of the logical features of BO already snapped onto the stack.

Aaron Mahimainathan Senior Director, Platform Marketing SAP wrapped up the presentations and talked about leveraging business intelligence and information management foundations. Giving us insight into the MDM side of the solution

Good session its great that SAP did 2 hours we needed it just to get a high level view of all that's happening with SAP/BO.

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Tag: Business Intelligence, Independent Analyst Platform, SAP

Posted June 30, 2008 10:00 AM
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We first broke the story here on the Network on 9/15/07 when our French partner Philippe NIEUWBOURG tipped us off to local coverage in Paris. I am sure a lot will be written on this acquisition and I am still not sure how I feel about it so look for more on this from me as well.

Under the terms and conditions of the tender offer agreement, SAP will make a cash offer of € 42.00 per ordinary share and for American Depositary Shares (ADS) at the US$ equivalent based on the EUR/US$ exchange rate as of the settlement of the tender offers. The transaction volume taking into account the transaction costs will be slightly above €4.8 billion. The Business Objects board of directors has approved the tender offer agreement between the two companies and anticipates recommending the offer to its shareholders subject to fulfillment of certain regulatory requirements.

Here is a link to what Howard Dresner had to say about the merger last week.

Watch for more on this on Monday.

Tags: SAP, Business Objects, Howard Dresner, Business Intelligence, SaaS, Philippe NIEUWBOURG

Posted October 7, 2007 5:07 PM
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I asked Howard Dresner for his perspective concerning the rumored sale of Business Objects. And he was kind enough to allow me to share his thoughts as a post here in my blog.

Here is what Howard had to say:

The short answer to the BOBJ article is that, if true, it’s somewhat unfortunate.

The market needs independent business intelligence and performance management vendors that are application, database and platform agnostic. Customer environments are complex and heterogeneous and “pure-play” vendors focus on supporting these environments in a balanced and impartial way. And, while the BI and EPM markets are maturing – they are not mature. My estimate is that penetration for BI within adopting organizations is at the 25 percent level – for users that could benefit from it. EPM is even lower. And, what about those organizations that don’t use either? So, there’s still tremendous opportunity!

What’s driving the acquisition engine? On one hand the BI and EPM markets are red hot. These technologies can add tremendous value – even more then ERP – if implemented properly. Let’s also not forget about the impact that the financial markets have upon public companies. They drive companies to show top and bottom line growth above all else. And, growth for most packaged operational applications has slowed. Large software companies must find new growth engines and BI and EPM represent this potential growth.

So, while it is lamentable that the numbers of pure-plays continues to decline, it’s not the end of the story by any means. For every vendor that is acquired, there are 20 emerging companies offering new approaches, technologies and business models. Many of these are focused upon software-as-a-service (SaaS) and open source. I believe that this will keep the market vibrant and exciting for a long time.

Howard Dresner

Tags: Business Objects, Howard Dresner, Business Intelligence, SaaS,

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Posted September 24, 2007 5:45 AM
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I've gotten a bunch of email on the news item we published this week about Business Objects looking for a purchaser. I don't have any new information on the piece but we'll let you know as soon as we do. Thank you to our partner in France, Philippe Nieuwbourg for supplying us with the story.

Posted September 20, 2007 5:54 AM
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