August 21, 2012 // By: Heather McIlvaine // 5 Key Facts about Visual Intelligence
The initial release of SAP Visual Intelligence was in May and only allowed users to connect to a HANA data source. “While this was great news for our HANA customers,” says Leroux, “it left the majority of customers without the ability to try out Visual Intelligence. This is why we brought out two more releases right away in June and July.” These updates allowed Visual Intelligence users to connect to personal data sources and enterprise data sources, respectively.
The next release, set for September, will include connectivity to the SAP BusinessObjects universes. “This is especially important for our current BusinessObjects customers,” explains Leroux. “First, because they have invested quite a bit in building their universes over the past years, and without the connectivity, they can’t do any data discovery in Visual Intelligence. And second, because this is how users will be able to access visualizations from their mobile devices.”
Near the end of the year, another release will focus on delivering expanded language support. At the moment, Visual Intelligence is available only in English, but there are plans to add 9-10 languages before 2013.
“It’s a way of delivering updates like developers do for their iPhone and iPad apps,” says Leroux of the accelerated release schedule. “When we have something new and interesting available, we’ll deliver it right away. We’re not going to make our users wait several months.”