You have read and heard lots of things about BusinessObjects.
But if you are mainly familiar with SAP BW and/or SAP ERP, you want to see it by yourself before getting too excited.
Great news: you can try a lot of these great tools for free! And if your boss forbids it, you can do it calmly at home on your Linux or Mac system, if you follow these tips !! Talk about exciting weekends!
First thing: getting the trial BusinessObjects files.. Just go to the following website
note : some trials are actual tools that you need to install (Crystal Reports, Dashboard Design, BO Edge…), and some are online tools for which you just have to register (the Ondemand portfolio)
if you have a not-too-old Windows system, things should be OK for you.
Now if you also have a gift for, let’s say, photography, architecture, or drivers and kernel compiling (!), you might have only MAC OSX and LINUX computers: here is how I did it on my IMac
VMware is amongst the most famous editors of Virtual Machines software. With the latest release of VMware fusion, you can easily build your Windows Server virtual server and try it for free for 30 days. If it works well, you’ll have to pay a small price to continue using it.