Actuate Corporation, a provider of scalable business intelligence applications, announced the certification of Actuate 7 for use with SAP Business Information Warehouse 3.0 (SAP BW) via the OLAP BAPI interface (BW- OBI). OLAP BAPIs provide an industry-standard method for accessing SAP BW data via third-party front-end presentation tools and enable connecting the SAP BW server to a wide range of applications with varying OLAP architectures.

Actuate 7 provides access to 100 percent of SAP solution-based data, in SAP BW and mySAP Business Suite applications, allowing business users to utilize the full potential of the mySAP Business Suite when executing ad hoc queries, creating server-managed web reports or viewing data from portal applications. In addition, Actuate 7 offers business intelligence solutions that combine data from multiple SAP and non-SAP sources. Organizations using Actuate’s Information Application Platform in conjunction with the mySAP Business Suite are able to increase employee productivity, improve customer relationships and improve the flow of information throughout the organization and beyond.

The current economic climate demands that corporations operate at full efficiency with less staff and provide management with constant visibility into the performance of the organization. These business needs have increased the demand on IT departments to provide timely, accurate data from multiple sources to a broad set of users throughout the enterprise and beyond.

Business managers and executives can use Actuate’s self-service interfaces to instantly query current sales data, create interactive reports within minutes, or view real-time business performance dashboards based on SAP and non-SAP solution data. At the same time, Actuate 7 allows IT departments to maintain control over data integrity, security and system performance through the use of Actuate’s Information Object Designer.

"A 2002-03 recent META Group survey of 'SAP BW best practices' at Global 2000 enterprises identified a continuing need for more robust reporting," explains Aaron Zornes, senior vice president, META Group. "Specifically, our research pointed to pent-up demand for solution alternatives that access the valuable data that has been cleansed, aggregated, and stored in SAP BW. This represents a huge after market as our research confirms that SAP BW is the largest install base of any full spectrum data warehouse product in the world – over 5,500 installations in less than 3 years."

The Actuate integration with SAP solutions has been based on SAP integration technologies Actuate’s GUIs allow intuitive access to all SAP solution-based data across all functional applications. Actuate 7 gives users access to all data, whether it is standard SAP solution data or a heavily modified version with specific custom tables, which can be combined with data from non-SAP systems. Actuate 7 enables IT managers to more easily create reports, which reduces time to market and associated development costs.

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