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Business Objects SA
IndustryComputer software
FateAcquired by SAP (2007)
Founded1990
HeadquartersSan Jose, California and Paris, France
Key peopleJohn Schwarz, CEO
Bernard Liautaud, Chairman and Founder
ProductsCrystal Reports
BusinessObjects XI
Xcelsius
Data Services
Data Integrator
BusinessObjects Edge BI
Revenue$1.077 billion USD (2005)
Employees4,977 (as of Q2 2006)
Websitewww.sap.com/sapbusinessobjects
 
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Business Objects SA
IndustryComputer software
FateAcquired by SAP (2007)
Founded1990
HeadquartersSan Jose, California and Paris, France
Key peopleJohn Schwarz, CEO
Bernard Liautaud, Chairman and Founder
ProductsCrystal Reports
BusinessObjects XI
Xcelsius
Data Services
Data Integrator
BusinessObjects Edge BI
Revenue$1.077 billion USD (2005)
Employees4,977 (as of Q2 2006)
Websitewww.sap.com/sapbusinessobjects

SAP BusinessObjects (a.k.a. BO, BOBJ) is an enterprise software company, specializing in business intelligence (BI). BusinessObjects was acquired in 2007 by German company SAP AG. The company claimed more than 46,000 customers worldwide in its final earnings release prior to being acquired by SAP.[1] Its flagship product is BusinessObjects XI, with components that provide performance management, planning, reporting, query and analysis and enterprise information management. Business Objects also offers consulting and education services to help customers deploy its business intelligence projects. Other toolsets enable universes (the Business Objects name for a semantic layer between the physical data store and the front-end reporting tool) and ready-written reports to be stored centrally and made selectively available to communities of users.

History[edit]

Bernard Liautaud co-founded Business Objects in 1990 together with Denis Payre and was chief executive officer until September 2005, when he became chairman and chief strategy officer until January 2008. In 1990, the first customer, Coface, was signed. The company went public on NASDAQ in September 1994, making it the first European software company listed in the United States.[citation needed] In 2002, the company made Time Magazine Europe's Digital Top 25 of 2002 and were BusinessWeek Europe Stars of Europe.

On 7 October 2007, SAP AG announced[2] that it would acquire Business Objects for $6.8B. As of 22 January 2008, the corporation is fully operated by SAP; this is seen as part of a growing consolidation trend in the business software industry, with Oracle acquiring Hyperion in 2007 and IBM acquiring Cognos in 2008.

Business Objects had two headquarters in San Jose, California, and Paris, France, but their biggest office was in Vancouver, Canada. The company's stock was traded on both the Nasdaq and Euronext Paris (BOB) stock exchanges.

Legal[edit]

On April 2, 2007 a lawsuit from Informatica (inherited by Business Objects from the purchase of Acta Technologies in 2002) resulted in an award of $25 million in damages to Informatica for patent infringement. The lawsuit related to embedded data flows with one input and one output. Informatica asserted that the ActaWorks product (now sold by Business Objects as part of Data Integrator), infringed several Informatica patents including US Patent Nos. 6,014,670 and 6,339,775, both titled "Apparatus and Method for Performing Data Transformations in Data Warehousing." Business Objects subsequently released a new version of Data Integrator (11.7.2) which removed the infringing product capability.[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Press and News | About SAP AG". SAP. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ "SAP to buy Business Objects for $6.8B". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Business Objects Issues Statement on Informatica Lawsuit". Business Objects. Archived from the original on 26 July 2012. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Business Objects Provides Update on Informatica Litigation". Business Objects. Retrieved 2007-06-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Bernard Liautaud Joins MySQL Board of Directors". MySQL. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Howson, Cindi. Business Objects: the complete reference. RR Donnelley, 2003.
  7. ^ "Business Objects Acquires OLAP@Work". May 9, 2000. 
  8. ^ "Business Objects Announces BusinessObjects MDX Connect, First Product in Enhanced OLAP Strategy". Information Management Online. June 27, 2000. 
  9. ^ Whiting, Rick (July 15, 2002). "Business Objects To Buy Acta In Analysis Software Deal". InformationWeek. 
  10. ^ "Business Objects Named to Business 2.0's 100 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies List.". 
  11. ^ Evers, Joris (July 18, 2003). "Business Objects to acquire Crystal Decisions". InfoWorld. 
  12. ^ Kirk, Jeremy (2006-12-01). "Business Objects acquires SaaS firm Nsite | Business". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  13. ^ "Press and News | About SAP AG". SAP. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  14. ^ Whiting, Rick (Apr 23, 2007). "Business Objects To Acquire Cartesis". CRN. 
  15. ^ Havenstein, Heather (January 30, 2008). "Business Objects founder resigns after SAP acquisition". Computer World. 
  16. ^ http://help.sap.com/businessobject/product_guides/boexir4/en/xi4_whats_new_en.pdf
  17. ^ "What is SAP BPC". Coppermanconsulting.com. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 

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