SAP / Business Objects Acquires SPSS

The enterprise does not only want the ability to look back; it wants the ability to look forward.

Forecasting the future of business intelligence InfoWorld Weblog December 11, 2007 By Ephraim Schwartz

This is an interesting development that helps SAP’s BI solutions look much more robust.

One of my Steelcase analytics colleagues referred to BW as “the data jailhouse”. He happened to be a PhD. in Stats, and saw the BW layer as nothing but a nuisance lying between the source data and his real analytics which happened to be SAS.

Now that the bigger fish, SAP, has swallowed a fish, Business Objects, which in turn has swallowed SPSS. Seen together, we have the ability to provide a robust analytical solution out within SAP for the first time ever.

To be explored in the future will be migration paths from current BI 3x and BI7 to a full BI / BO / SPSS platform.

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