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SAP Business Objects

SAP Business Objects

SAP BusinessObjects (also referred to as BO and BOBJ) is the business intelligence division of enterprise software company SAP AG.

Background
Founders: Dietmar Hopp, Klaus Tschira, Hans-Werner Hector, Hasso Plattner, and Claus Wellenreuther
CEO: Bill McDermott
Funding: None
Timeline
1972: SAP founded by a small group of former IBM employees; called Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung (“System Analysis and Program Development”)
1990: Business Objects founded by Bernard Liautaud and Denis Payre
1990: Skipper SQL 2.0x released by Business Objects
1996: BusinessObjects v4.0 released, putting the company into the OLAP market for the first time
2001: SAP AG begins to bundle Crystal Reports
2007: SAP AG acquires Business Objects for $6.8 billion
2008: Acquisition of Business Objects completed
2009: Business Objects becomes a division of SAP AG, and the brand is named “SAP BusinessObjects”
2011: SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence 4.0 released

SAP AG is the largest business software developer in the world, and by revenue the third-largest independent software company behind Microsoft and Oracle. The company’s headquarters are in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. SAP AG keeps offices in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Product
SAP BusinessObjects’ business intelligence solutions are divided into several BI applications:
SAP Lumira: Integrates big data with smaller data sets in a self-service BI tool.
SAP Crystal Reports: Creates business reports from data.
SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: Performs ad hoc reports and analyses from the web. SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: Builds dashboard and visualizations.
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards: Publishes and streams data into dashboards.
SAP BusinessObjects Mobile App: Provides mobile access to BI.
SAP BusinessObjects Explorer: Facilitates BI searches within a network.
SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform: Integrates and manages the deployment of BI.
SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, Analytics Edition: Integrates and manages the deployment of BI and performs analytics.
ESRI Geographic Information System (GIS) Integration: Creates geographic data visualization