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Simplified Suites: SAP BusinessObjects Edge SAP BusinessObjects Edge packages are aimed at companies with 100 to 1,000 employees and $100 million to $1 billion in revenue. The Standard package, which starts at five concurrent users, includes reporting, query, and analysis capabilities. Upgrades add support for data integration (extract, transform, load, and drill-down analysis) and data management (the integration elements plus data parsing, cleansing, and address synchronization). Also available are "Rapid Marts" preconfigured for self-service analysis of SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Siebel apps data. Edge Planning and Consolidation and Edge Strategy Management apps support budgeting, planning and forecasting, scorecards, and strategic goal setting, respectively.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.