Via Mark Rittman, news (and good analysis of) SAP’s recent announcement of its BI Accelerator product:
Anyone who’s read the OLAP Report or the OLAP Survey on SAP’s BI offerings over the last few years, or indeed talked to anyone on the sharp end of a SAP BI implementation, will probably know that query performance has been a real problem for SAP BI. If, as Mark suggests, SAP have gone down the route of using COP database technology (see the entry here http://www.olapreport.com/glossary.htm for some more info) then perhaps they are going to solve this problem at last – which, from a competitor’s point of view, is pretty scary because even though SAP’s BI has got poor reviews for its technology, SAP have a formidable sales force and have been able to sell it regardless.
The only place I disagree with Mark is when he says "Where it falls short, I’d say, compared to products such as the OLAP Option is probably around calculations, time-series analysis, multi-dimensional queries and so on" – isn’t it the case that you can query SAP Infocubes with MDX? In which case, problem solved.
This is good news too for Panorama, who, as you probably know, have fled to the arms of SAP after Microsoft acquired Proclarity. Here are three interesting blog postings from earlier this year from Oudi Antebi, ex-Microsoft and now of Panorama, on Microsoft, SAP BW and BI:
He makes some very valid points here, especially the one about SAP ‘owning the data’.
Note to self: time to start learning SAP-flavour MDX too…