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Business Objects Resource Requirements

I have a Business Objects Deployment questions. We are on SAP BI 7.0 & ECC6.0.

We have a specific business need where users want to have a adhoc reporting tool where they can do OLAP reporting on data from BW, SAP ECC/R3 and their local Excel/database files.

In order to cater that we are planning to use BO for our adhoc reporting needs and BO proposed their Web intelligence product for adhoc reporting.

I need to verify the no of additional resources(for budgeting purposes) needed to maintain BO?

BO told us that we don't need any as once the deployment is done and universes have been setup(for that we will hire a consulting company) we don't need any resources. We think they are over simplifying it. I want to know what are the daily maintenance/operation tasks, Enhancements, SAP Basis tasks required in BO. Will it possible for a single resources to handle BW & BO, giving 50% of his time to each or 75-25% respectively?

I know the requirement is quite vague but your opinion or any additional info/links will be appreciated.

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    Sep 29, 2008 at 05:40 PM

    Mark,

    Let me first say that it is difficult to answer without knowing the size of the deployment and the tools that you are planning to use. I'll give you an answer based on some assumptions.

    I am assuming that it is a new deployment and the work load will slowly increase. In which case, one good Business Objects resource who knows the Administration, Architecture, and Development, can handle this. With time when you have more Report development work, you can either hire additional contractors/employees to handle it.

    The SAP BASIS tasks are only involved initially when you connect BOBJ with SAP. i'd say it is 2 day worth of effort for the BASIS guys at the most.

    Kashif

    Edited by: Kashif Saeed on Sep 29, 2008 7:41 PM

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      Mark -

      It sounds like you are on about the same spot of the BOBJ Enterprise deployment timeline as I am. We've just licensed it and I'm trying to get a handle on the training requirments, support, relationship of all the products, e.g. B.O. Dashboard Builder vs Xcelsius, when to deploy something on WebI vs Crystal. Given all the servers/services, and assuming we would use them all, I too, am somewhat skeptical about support effort claims.

      We're BI 7.0 and upgrading ERP to 6.0 at end of Oct.

      Perhaps we can share info and experience as we travel down this road. My e-mail is on my business card if you would be interested in contacting me offline.

      Pizzaman 😊

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    Sep 29, 2008 at 08:12 PM

    BO told us that we don't need any as once the deployment is done and universes have been setup(for that we will hire a consulting company) we don't need any resources. We think they are over simplifying it. I want to know what are the daily maintenance/operation tasks,

    This, I believe is unrealistic.

    As Kashif mentioned, a BO resource with Administration and development experience should be able to mange your deployment. You will need an administrator to ensure that BO remains stable, reports don't fail, reschedule failed reports, manage users, add additional users, tune for performance, install patches etc. A developer will be needed to maintain universes, create reports, gather requirements etc. One resource will be able to manage everything provided the development work is not burdensome.

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