BI in the cloud: pipe dream or inevitability?

While cloud computing is being viewed as the next big step in computing, not everyone thinks it will be perfect for everything. For example, here’s one view on why Business Intelligence might not work:

Of course, a venture capitalist is going to have a slightly different view to a user. Over the last few years we have seen a number of ERP functions move to the cloud and it is likely that Business Intelligence will follow. When looking at a cloud-based implementation, there are a number of potential benefits. User organisations can implement the exact level of BI that they need, whether putting in a limited implementation using BI as a Service or disseminating BI across a widespread workforce using a private cloud. At the same time the computing horsepower needed to actually implement BI in the age of Big Data is much easier to justify if it is centralised, either as part of a large-scale private cloud project or with a service provider.

The idea of Big Data could start to push many organisations towards BI in the cloud: especially as the costs and complexity involved in allowing such data to be stored, accessed and investigated anywhere it’s needed don’t lend themselves to an on-premise solution. Given that the arrival of Big Data seems inevitable, it may well be that BI over the cloud is less a matter or “if” and more a matter of “when”.

As with any ERP function cloud-based BI may not be for everyone, while others may prefer to take a mixed approach: keeping some BI in-house and saving the cloud for the biggest of Big Data. The topics of BI and the cloud will again be in key focus at this year’s annual User Group Conference. If you are looking for advice and wanting to network with other SAP users make sure to register for this year’s event at


Why would you pay £1299 for an SAP related event when you can pay £500 or less for ours?

Other SAP and Business Objects related events in the UK & Ireland cost more than ours. That’s a fact! Compared to another event in October… fact it doesn’t stop there! Ours has better speakers. Actually 7 times more speakers, and 4 times more streams, and runs over 2 and half days not 2 days.  It covers much more in terms of topics and is the best place to network of all the SAP events in the UK & Ireland, and includes a gala dinner for that very reason.

So if you want value, treasure an independent view of all things SAP, and need to learn and improve your SAP network, don’t waste money and spend it where it counts.

See our conference website for details.

Conference bookings up 20% on this time last year!

Check out the conference website.  Already you’ll see an impressive list of speakers being assembled and we intend to announce shortly a further keynote attendee very much matching the theme of this years conference.

It’s heartening to see that already we have 20% more bookings for the conference than at this time last year so thank you to all those that have booked already, and especially to the organisation that has booked 24 places as a single booking!  In second place are several bookings greater than 10. Can anyone beat that?

Serious value and content, relevant to all levels within the enterprise. Users at all levels, CIOs, CTOs, IT Directors, Managers, Architects, Programmers, Business Heads, Business Analysts, and Business Users will all find content relevant and valuable at this conference – make sure you don’t miss out on the UK & Ireland’s premier event for SAP.

PS: Useless fact of the day – we still need organisations beginning with J, Q and X to complete the alphabet!

User Group conference update

The latest early bird rate has passed and I’m glad to say a large number of you took advantage of the chance to get best value……as I’ve said in earlier posts the earlier you book the easier it is for us to plan and run the conference, so thank you to the hundreds who have done just that, it is appreciated.

But we also know that some of you can’t commit to the date until closer to the event – so there are still great prices on offer on our conference website, especially for members. But even the price for non-members is great value – compare this price to other conferences and you’ll see it’s still great value.

Click here to book.


BOUG members entitled to member discount at Conference

We have agreed with the BOUG(UK) executive that as we have a Business Objects stream at our conference this year and that Timo Elliot is a keynote speaker, that members of the Business Objects User Group in the UK can benefit from the member discount rates, including early bird rates at this years conference.

If you are a BOUG member, when booking at the conference website please make sure you record your membership and it will be referenced back to BOUG to ensure discount is given. Further details can be obtained from either BOUG or SAP User Group websites.

You can book here.