I am still amazed at the potential for the SAP BIA product.  There has been a lot of talk about BIA at Sapphire and I am still not sure about SAP’s direction.  Or maybe this technology has so much potential that SAP will go forward in many different directions.  One direction is definitely an accelerator so BW and BOBJ Universes run much faster.  Another direction could be a database.  In his recent article on Datamation entitled "A Revolution Threatens the Relational Database", Joshua Greenbaum talks about how BIA could be an Oracle-killer.  Interesting idea and one that has lots of potential.  Joshua’s article is definitely worth a quick read http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/columns/entad/article.php/3746191.