Business intelligence solutions provider Business Objects has launched BusinessObjects XI, which provides users with full integration with the Microsoft Office suite of products to make the business intelligence technology easier to use.
The new solution also sees Business Objects fully integrate the recently acquired Crystal Decisions company into its product portfolio by integrating both companies’ software.
The integration with Office is designed to make it easier for more corporate users to take advantage of business intelligence. A user could, for instance, read a BusinessObjects XI report directly within a PowerPoint document.
If they wanted to drill down into the data, or refresh the report, they could perform this analysis directly within PowerPoint.
Business Objects said that with rival business intelligence products the user must first export the report back into the BI environment, perform their analysis, and then import it back into the PowerPoint.
Bernard Liautaud, Business Objects chief executive officer, said, "This product will make business intelligence a mainstream technology in organisations, and an indispensable asset for improving enterprise performance."
BusinessObjects XI also includes the BI Encyclopedia, which is embedded directly into BusinessObjects XI reports. The BI Encyclopedia tells users the definition of business terms and the questions the report answers, as well as how to find other reports with related information.
Business Objects is competing against the suppliers such as Cognos, which is also planning to bring out a solution that will make business intelligence available to wider layers of users within the organisation. Cognos is planning to launch Cognos Series 8 this summer.