Software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider, Sqware Peg, is ramping up its analytics practice after becoming the first Australian partner of SAP’s new cloud-based business intelligence solution.
According to the vendor, BusinessObjects Business Intelligence OnDemand offers wide-ranging business intelligence tools and support to customers via the cloud.
The solution includes SAP’s BusinessObjects Explorer software for data exploration, the ability to access on-premise and cloud-based information including Salesforce’s CRM application, and ad-hoc reporting.
There are two key versions available: An Essential edition at $45 per user, per month, and an Advanced edition featuring hosted data warehousing, a development environment and single sign-on security for $123 per user, per month. A free personal edition will also be available to users wanting for trails.
Sqware Peg managing director, Shawn Stilwell, said one of the key challenges it experienced was pulling together information from various applications and services to give customers an integrated overview of their SaaS environment.
Sqware Peg is a Salesforce.com partner but also sells solutions from Google Apps and Analytics, Omniture, financial tools from Xactly, Saasu and Coda2Go, and others.
“With multiple SaaS products, each has its own dashboard, reports and information across its portfolio. But it’s difficult to bring these together into a single executed dashboard,” Stilwell said.
“In the past, we tried to integrate data into Salesforce, but that’s not necessarily what SaaS products are designed to do.”
Because it was vendor-agnostic, SAP’s OnDemand solution allowed Sqware Peg to pull together information from various SaaS tools, as well as data from offline systems, and analyse it in one place, Stilwell said.
Sqware Peg had not partnered with SAP prior to the launch of its OnDemand offering, but Stilwell said it would adopt more of the vendor’s application stack as it became available in the cloud.
The Sydney-based cloud provider’s 800 customers would all benefit from an integrated SaaS business platform, he said.
But Stilwell claimed SME-sized organisations would also now be able to access SAP tools that were previously too expensive to obtain.
SAP will make BusinessObjects BI OnDemand available through its PartnerEdge program later this year.