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BO solutions link strategy to execution

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Business Objects has announced the latest versions of its solutions for
enterprise performance management (EPM), which will provide customers with
improved control and agility, enabling them to enhance performance across
both finance and operations.

Responding to customer demand, Business Objects also introduced a spend
analytics solution, a new EPM solution that will enable companies to extend
performance management beyond finance to business operations. These new
versions and additions to the Business Objects EPM portfolio will deliver,
to both SAP and non-SAP customers, benefits such as expanded ability to
leverage enterprise data, lowered total cost of ownership and increased
scalability.
Enhancements to the existing EPM solutions represent the fulfillment of road
map commitments made by SAP and Business Objects to their EPM customers
prior to the SAP acquisition of Business Objects.
New functionality has been added to the EPM portfolio, as well as tighter
integration with the Business Objects business intelligence (BI) platform
and SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The new versions of the
market-leading EPM solutions from Business Objects also integrate with SAP
solutions for governance, risk and compliance (SAP solutions for GRC),
introducing the industry's first EPM solution that enables customers to link
strategy management with risk management.
Together, EPM solutions from Business Objects and pre-existing EPM solutions
from SAP provide customers with a broad range of EPM solutions, enabling
them to optimize business performance within their organization and across
their entire business network.
Furthermore, Business Objects is expanding its EPM portfolio with a new
solution that empowers operations managers to better understand purchasing
patterns and steer their business toward success.
EPM solutions from SAP and Business Objects are comprised of: the SAP Spend
Analytics, SAP Strategy Management, BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost
Management, BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation and SAP Business
Planning and Consolidation applications.