Pioneer - SAP BO New OLAP reporting tool

Pioneer is the code name for new OLAP reporting tool from SAP Business Objects (BO). It supposed to bring in best of both the worlds bex and voyager. SAP BW's bex tools are very powerful reporting tools for deep OLAP analysis. However they are initutive like Voyager which is another OLAP reporting tool from BO.

Below are SAP's comments on road map for OLAP analysis tools, it also talks about Pioneer.

  • SAP is developing a new Olap analysis tool for advanced analysis capabilities on SAP NW BW. The codename for this is Pioneer. 
    Pioneer will combine Voyager's intuitive user interface with the powerful OLAP capabilities of the BEx Analyzer OLAP tools.
  • It will be available as a web client as well as an Excel client with tight integration between the two.
  • Pioneer will be a new state-of-the art OLAP client based on Ajax (Web 2.0) technology using advanced connectivity as the universal access layer for SAP & Non-SAP multidimensional data
  • Pioneer's combination of high end analysis capabilities, with ease-of-use and elegant visualization control & personalization features will reduce the need for specialized design-time tools and enable end users to make simple design & UI changes directly during data analysis.
  • Pioneer will be included as part of the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence suite with planned availability in 1H 2010.
  • BEx Analyzer and BEx Web Analyzer will remain as the base offering for NetWeaver BW offering, and will continue to be shipped with NetWeaver. However, feature extensions for BEx Analyzer & BEx Web Analyzer will be limited.

 Voyager : Right now also we can use voyager to run SAP BW reports. However, voyager uses MDX interface to fetch the data from BW database. MDX is the interface offered by SAP for third party tools to read data from BW. Currently this interface is not at all efficient and performance is very poor when voyager is against BW. However voyager's performance is ok with other databases. 

Pioneer :  I hope pioneer does not use MDX interface and uses BIA (BWA - Business Warehouse Accelerator). Otherwise I believe it's performance won't be any better than voyager performance against BW. 

I heard SAP is rolling out pioneer to some customers for beta testing in the first quarter of 2010. 

 


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