A couple years old but still worth a read to better understand differences between BO and SSAS.
Mark Miller recently posted a link to a whitepaper comparing the BI offerings from Business Objects and Microsoft. This is something I had been looking for for quite a while and I think it does a good job of presenting a comparative history of both platforms. The content remain fairly high level, though. What I’d like to do here is to discuss some of the conceptual differences between a Business Objects (BO) universe and a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) cube.