Okay, freshly back from the SAP Financials 2008 conference in Orlando this year. It was a good time had by all, except for probably those poor WIS Pub employees who made it run so smoothly.
The highlight of the conference for me were a couple of sessions dedicated to the roadmap of BI-Netweaver & Business Objects. As I’ve written previously, SAP’s acquisitions have been a source of consternation to customers that are trying to implement functionality in the areas of Budgeting & Planning or Corpoarte Performance Management (CPM). That said, it was good to get a glimpse into the future.
Stephanie Buscemi of SAP America gave us several gems in a session called “A Comprehensive Guide to New SAP Business Objects Financial Performance Management Solutions.”
|SEM BPS||Went into maintenance mode in 2005|
|BI-IP||Primarily for customers having an investement in BI-IP. Goes into maintenance 2013 with extended maintenance through 2016|
|BPC||Primary budgeting application going forward. Being rolled into the Business Objects (BOBJ) universe.|
|BOBJ-XIR2||Maintenance mode through 2011 with premium extended maintenance through 2013|
|BOBJ Planning (Cartesis Planning)||Maintenance mode through 2011 with premium extended maintenance through 2013|
|BOBJ Financial Consolidations (Cartesis Finance)||“The Porsche of consolidations.” Clearly the go-forward product for consolidations.|
The word was that if you’ve got existing licenses for a product that is being phased out, that there “might” be a potential swap. Some of these products, though, will just flat out require new licensing.
While the dust appears to be settling a bit, the pricing of these products needs to be figured out if SAP expects to sell them to a large number of its customers. It is becoming more feasible to replace the SAP owned products with best-of-breed products. That is sort of restating the obvious since that is exactly what SAP is doing by purchasing best-of-breed products and inserting them into its product line-up. If SAP will be charging a premium for using SAP branded products, it’s going to need to give a compelling reason to go the SAP route versus best-of-breed.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think the outcome will be.