1. How is Business Objects planning to focus on the
Global 2000 companies and other packaged application software vendors who have a
proactive strategy to reach customers, prospects, partners, and employees using
the Internet especially in a global economy that has not yet shown signs of
picking up from the slump it has been in for the past two years?
Global 2000 leaders understand that they can use information and the Internet to
service customers better, drive cost out of the business and improve their
business performance and velocity. This is the fundamental value proposition of
Business Intelligence software - helping organizations of all sizes to more
effectively track, understand and manage their business. Business Objects will
continue to add capability to our best-of-breed BI stack, including the next
major release of our product later this year, and help our global customer base
of more than 17,000, utilize enterprise BI to see rapid business return.
2. Business Objects choose to integrate with PeopleSoft Enterprise
Management. What are the advantages it offers the PeopleSoft EPM customers in
terms of rapidly performing advanced analysis of their EPM data to gain the
insights necessary to improve the performance of their business?
Business Objects' integration with PeopleSoft means that users will be able to
better access, analyze and share key information about their business
performance. This will allow them advanced capability to do analysis on all the
factors related to the performance of the organization and provide additional
insight to help them to act quickly and improve business performance. This also
helps the customer see additional return from their investment in PeopleSoft and
it gives them a real jump-start on implementation.
3. What are the benefits Business Objects EPM offers to
enterprise organizations in terms of organizational performance? How is Business
Objects planning to leverage the Business Objects EPM to enhance its market
share at a time of increased competition and a slackened global economy?
EPM from Business Objectives enables organizations of all sizes the ability to
improve their performance by helping them close the loop between corporate
strategy and goals and actual business performance. We give customers the
capability to connect goals to metrics to owners across every area of the
organization. With everyone from the CEO to the line-level managers connected,
they have the ability to monitor metrics, analyze and understand impact as well
as drive faster and smarter decisions.
4. Global 2000 companies are increasingly trying to
connect with their customers, prospects, partners and employees over the
Internet. The adoption of the Internet and web technologies have created new
opportunities for organizations to add value to their existing enterprise
applications. How will Business Objects solutions manage in delivering their
information delivery needs?
Business Objects has been a leader in helping our customers extend their BI
deployments outside the enterprise to customers, suppliers and partners through
the BI extranet. We help provide access to critical information to better
service partners, streamline supply processes and leverage relationships with
partners for greater business return. The result is significant business impact
while leveraging customer investment in existing systems and integration with
existing portals and Internet infrastructure.
5. What is the BusinessObjects Dashboard Manager and
who are its target customers? What are its salient features and benefits to
enterprise organizations besides helping them in implementing enterprise
performance management (EPM), the strategic application of business intelligence
to improve organizational effectiveness?
Dashboard Manager lets companies build and deploy dashboards, scorecards, and
alerts across the enterprise. The target customers are companies who wish to
take another step towards performance management across the organization.
Dashboards and scorecards built using Dashboard Manager increase the visibility
and alignment to corporate strategy and can support any management
methodology.(Six Sigma, etc) Users can measure and manage their metrics through
one single interface as well as receive alerts for management by exception.
6. Business Objects Data Integrator 6.0, the fusion
between ETL and Enterprise class Business Intelligence enables users of BI tools
and analytic applications to be insulated from disruptive changes in source data
by their ETL tool, while at the same time they can get the up to date
information they need delivered in real time. What does it deliver to enterprise
in terms of performance, architecture, ease of use and administration?
Business Objects Data Integrator provides the critical access to underlying
source systems that a Business Intelligence solution spanning multiple
departments relies upon. Rich access to metadata from ERP, SCM, and CRM systems
as well as legacy, mainframe, and technology interfaces enable Data Integrator
to extract, transform, and load data in both batch and real-time to BI tools,
analytic applications, and management dashboards. Data Integrator 6.0 provides a
tight link between all of the components of our BI stack providing organizations
with a lower TCO and faster ROI from existing operational systems, and end users
with the right information at the right time.
7. Recently Business Objects announced Reseller
agreement with Advizor Solutions, Inc. How does Business Objects view
partnerships and alliances in providing end users with optimal solutions and
creating advantages in terms of increased ROI and enhanced productivities to
enterprise organizations? What are the different kinds of partnerships Business
Business Objects views partnerships as a way to provide extended solutions to
our customers. We form strategic partnerships and technology partnerships
depending on the relationship, strategy and technology synergy and we carefully
choose partners that will add value to our customers. For example, the Visual
Insights partnership allows customers to deploy advanced visualization to their
users through dashboards and scorecards built using BusinessObjects Dashboard
8. Business Objects has come a long way since its
inception and has just been thru the industry's most bleak period. What are they
planning for the future in terms of increasing their core area of technology and
embracing newer technology that complements and supplements its existing range
of products and solutions?
Business Objects will continue to execute on a successful build and buy strategy
based on best-of-breed technology while being open to all source data. This will
include new additions to our enterprise suite of analytic applications, new
collaboration capability for guided analysis and group decisions, and the
upcoming release of our enterprise BI product. This will build on our recent
announcements of BusinessObjects Dashboard Manager and BusinessObjects Data
Integrator 6.0 to help business drive performance.
9. Which country do you think now has the most
potential to absorb the Business Intelligence Market or where do you plan to
expand services to? Which are the virgin territories that have the potential to
explore the benefits of the BI technology?
We see the Business Intelligence market continuing to grow across the globe, but
we are seeing significant new market opportunities in Asia
Overall, we are at the front end of a trend toward a strategic approach to
business intelligence across the enterprise to drive improved performance and
optimize efficiency. Leading companies now understand that having an enterprise
approach to BI can yield rapid ROI. As the leader in the market, we see
significant opportunity to help organizations drive this return by standardizing
on Business Objects.
ABOUT BUSINESS OBJECTS
Business Objects is the world's leading provider of e-business intelligence
(e-BI) solutions. The company coined the term e-business intelligence in 1998 to
describe the intersection of business intelligence and the Internet. Using
e-business intelligence, organizations can access, analyze, and share
information in intranet, extranet, and e-business environments. In intranets,
the company's products provide employees with information to make better
business decisions, and are used in environments ranging from workgroups of 20
users to enterprise deployments exceeding 20,000. In the extranet environment,
the company is pioneering the use of e-BI in applications that allow
organizations to build stronger relationships by linking customers, partners,
and suppliers via the Internet. In addition, the company' s products can improve
the performance of an e-business by providing reporting and analysis against the
ever-expanding amount of transaction and profile data that is collected each day
throughout the World Wide Web.