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Posted by Boris Evelson on April 29, 2011
SAP BusinessObjects (BO) 4.0 suite is here. It’s been in the ramp-up phase since last fall; according to our sources, SAP plans to announce its general availability sometime in May, possibly at Sapphire. It’s about a year late (SAP first told Forrester that it planned to roll it out in the spring of 2010, so I wanted to include it in the latest edition of the Forrester Wave™ for enterprise BI platforms but couldn’t), and the big question is: Was it worth the wait? In my humble opinion, yes, it was! Here are seven major reasons to upgrade or to consider SAP BI if you haven’t done so before:
SAP says that upgrading to 4.0 from XI R2 and R3 is as simple as “just opening the old Universe/reports in the new environment,” and that they provide an upgrade management tool to guide users through the process. I can’t confirm or deny this yet, but what I do know is that, according to my estimates, there are about 100 customers in the ramp-up program, and I haven’t heard any complaints so far. But if you are on an earlier version, unfortunately, it has to be a two-step process: using existing conversion wizards to convert to R3 first and then using the new upgrade management tool to go to 4.0.
If you have a positive or a negative experience with your 4.0 upgrade, please let me know and I’ll update this blog accordingly.
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