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SAP pins Google Maps to BusinessObjects

The BI specialist is to put geo-spatial tools into its BusinessObjects platform, after making a deal to access Google Earth, StreetView and other APIs
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By Ben Woods, Senior reporter on
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Google Earth map

Business intelligence software provider SAP has announced that it will integrate Google Maps and Google Earth data into its BusinessObjects 4.0 platform, to help customers visualise large amounts of geospatial data.

Google and SAP have already worked together to integrate map features into SAP's StreamWork platform and mobile BusinessObjects Explorer iOS application. In their announcement on Tuesday, the companies said they are extending their partnership to integrate geospatial data and services into SAP's core BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Information Management (EIM) platforms.

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Choosing data

This screen capture shows a BusinessObjects user choosing data to display on a map.

"With location-based intelligence capabilities, SAP envisions bringing corporate information to life via Google's dynamic, interactive map, satellite and even street-level views," SAP said in a statement.

"As a result, customers could analyse their businesses in a geospatial context to effectively understand the 'where' of their information, as well as global, regional and local trends, and how they are impacted by different scenarios," it added.

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iPad location data

SAP gave examples of how the integration of big data with Google's mapping data could help a variety of businesses.

For example, a telecoms company could use SAP BusinessObjects Explorer in conjunction with Google Earth to run a dropped-calls analysis and identify the location of faulty towers, it said.

It could also be used to track the location of items being transported, as shown in this iPad display.

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Google Maps display

The image above shows SAP BusinessObjects with a simple Google Maps display charting the global SAP offices' performance against their carbon emission targets. The service uses an API to plug the two data systems together and display the information on the map.

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Data charts

The extended partnership will give SAP access to a number of new APIs, including Google Earth, StreetView, Geocoding, Elevation and Directions.

SAP said it plans to complete the integration of Google's geospatial technology into its BusinessObjects 4.1 tools by the fourth quarter of 2011.


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