Business Objects Jobs

Business Objects jobs are definitely a big area in the BI employment landscape. As the biggest vendor by market share, there is more demand for these positions than most other vendors, by a pretty decent margin.

Besides demand by BO clients, many consulting firms up to and including Big4 are building out their BOBJ practices rapidly. Since some of the initial SOX concerns have relaxed, many are building out their SAP groups. Many of these large system integrators are seeing the SAP stack integration and the value to provide the implementation there.

Because BobJ has grown by acquisitions and their product is still a little fragmented, a job search or placement can require a little bit of finetuning. Many times listings and resumes will have the older technologies listed. Some of the more typically found roles include architect or developer, which are fairly common in the business intelligence world. Architects tend to sit more on the data warehouse and metadata side. Developers work more on the front end and report development side. Within the BO environment, sometimes employers look for specific skillsets.

Crystal Reports, as a main front end reporting tool, is definitely a specific skillset that is in high demand. On the visualization end, Xcelsius is also a commonly seen and needed technology. Working in BusinessObjects universes and developing dashboards do require somewhat different skills. As a jobseeker, its not bad to position yourself as a BO generalist but sometimes, especially for a specific role, you may want to push specific skills. Similarly, employers should be sure to emphasize the type of SAP BI work that will be done, as the technologies can vary widely.

The further integration of BO into the SAP stack will definitely push for additional familiarity with SAP BW and other data structures. While the tools will work on a variety of databases, its easy to see where the future focus will be. Especially as an architect, getting a better skill set with this would be a good complementary asset.

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