Gartner Research

Q&A on SAP's CPM Product Strategy After the Business Objects Acquisition

Published: 20 March 2008

ID: G00156073

Analyst(s): John Van Decker , Neil Chandler

Summary

SAP released a detailed road map on 22 February 2008 for its corporate performance management portfolio that seeks to rationalize the numerous products in its portfolio. Gartner clients continue to ask questions about SAP's acquisitions (OutlookSoft, Business Objects and Pilot Software).

Table Of Contents
  • What is SAP's new CPM product road map?
  • What issues should influence which financial consolidation solution I choose?
  • Before choosing SAP-BPC or Business Objects-FC, should we wait for SAP to state which product will form the basis of its next-generation CPM suite?
  • Now that the SAP-Acorn product and partnership is not strategic and SAP has acquired an application from Business Objects for profitability management, should I overlook Acorn?
  • If we are using a Business Objects Planning vertical solution, then will we need to migrate to SAP-BPC in the near future?
  • We have had some challenges with SEM-BPS. We also use NetWeaver BI. Should we consider the SAP-BPC solution now or wait for a migration path to the converged product?
  • Is OutlookSoft the only vendor to provide professional services for a CPM solution?
  • When SAP acquired OutlookSoft, it discontinued its support of Oracle databases, including Oracle OLAP. Do you think SAP will revisit this strategy?
  • How will SAP's new road map affect the CPM market? Do you think that SAP customers that use Hyperion will find a compelling reason to switch to SAP's products?
  • We were concerned that with OutlookSoft being acquired by SAP that all new development will favor the traditional SAP platform, including NetWeaver and Business Information Warehouse (BW). How do you think SAP's acquisition of Business Objects changes the picture?
  • SAP/Business Objects was selling the Business Objects Planning products as part of the Edge solution targeted at the midmarket. Will this be replaced by SAP-BPC?
  • If I use nonstrategic CPM products (such as Business Objects Planning, formerly SRC), then will I have to pay to move to other SAP products?
  • Will I have to pay to migrate to SAP's next-generation CPM suite?

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