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May 2013

Business Intelligence News

Strategies for creating an information-driven culture

  1. Featured Content
  2. Customer Stories
  3. Product Innovations
  4. Upcoming Events & Webinars

Welcome to the May issue of Business Intelligence News!

May is a busy month for us here at SAP.  At our annual conference, SAPPHIRE NOW, we pull out all the stops to guarantee an amazing experience for our customers. This year was no exception. In this month’s issue we have brought together the highlights for BI at the event. Whether you were not able to make the trip to Orlando this year, or were too busy to see and absorb everything, we have the inside scoop and recap from the event.

As the release of BI 4.1 was a major event at SAPPHIRE we are going to build on that topic next issue as we provide key articles on 4.1 and upgrading.

Saskia Battersby, GM BI Solution Management


SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando 2013 Recap

SAPPHIRE NOW 2013 is officially over. Did you enjoy the live country music of 3 Grammy winners,  Bonnie Raitt, Martina McBride, and Alan Jackson? It was a great show at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando with an amazing number of customer sessions, microforums and great product demos across SAP’s entire analytics portfolio.

SAP Lumira Marks a New Chapter for Enterprise Self-service BI Solutions

On May 10, SAP announced the availability of SAP Lumira, the next step in the company's self-service business intelligence (BI) vision. Formerly known as SAP Visual Intelligence software, SAP Lumira extends beyond the desktop to the cloud and enables users to visualize any amount of data in real time in a repeatable, self-service way, accelerate decision-making with fact-based answers to business questions and increase self-service data usage without adding to the IT workload

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Launched at SAPPHIRE NOW 2013

It was a great event to launch this much-anticipated release. We have pulled together a listing of key blogs on the topic – to bring you up to speed.

Get up to speed on 4.1 now »

Results of Centigon Solutions PrizeFinder

Centigon Solutions used their expertise in mobile web apps, HTML5, and their new Indoor Mapping technology to take the first step to change how attendees experience SAPPHIRE NOW. They built PrizeFinder to help attendees present in Orlando locate the prizes in the partner area.

BI strategy Insight from SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando

Are you interested in knowing how a BI strategy can enable you to create an information driven culture in your organization? 

Tales from the upgrade pod at SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando

A key message for the BI team at 2013 SAPPHIRE NOW, Orlando, was upgrade now! Many customers had questions regarding why they should upgrade, and showed interested in knowing what they would need for the process, .

Read Saskia Battersby’s recap of the event and her advice regarding upgrades. »


SAPPHIRE NOW was an inspiring showcase of how our customers are using SAP technology to run their businesses better, faster, and simpler. Bellow a couple of noteworthy recorded sessions from SAPPHIRE NOW’s OnDemand listings:

Learn how Healtlhcare providers

have been using analytics to improve quality in patient-care activities and increase productivity overall operational


(Jump to 15:50 to hear some truly inspirational ‘Ah-ha’ moments obtained through the use of SAP BI)

Citigroup Inc and MolsonCoors both share how Business Intelligence and predicative analytics help their organization see patterns in their data.

Sigma Aldrich, a leading source of health science related products, illustrates two vital use cases where SAP Business Intelligence and SAP Lumira were used to answer their business questions.

In addition, visit the SAP BusinessObjects Youtube channel to watch short, on the spot SAPPHIRE NOW interviews with our customers.


June 13, 2013: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 Migration Webinar Series

June 17, 2013: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 "Sneak Peek" Briefing - Melbourne, June 18th in Syndey, and June 20th in Brisbane

June 25, 2013: - Transform Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) with Mobile Technology - Webinar

June 26, 2013 – An SAP Customer Success Story – in the Words of Our Customer – on the Innovative Use of BI and Analy... - Webinar

August  18-23rd 2013: TDWI World Conference – Agile BI – San Diego, California

September 3-5, 2013: SAPinsider 2013 – Singapore

September 9–12, 2013: ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference – Anaheim, California


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Read Previous Issues:

April 2013: Spring Cleaning

March 2013: Spring Forward - Innovation

February 2013: Hot Topics

January 2013: New Years Resolution

December 2012: Year End - Dashboards

November 2012: Upgrade to BI 4

October 2012: Budgeting

September 2012: Kick-off

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