Business Objects XI : the complete reference by Cindi Howson

By Cindi Howson

The definitive reference for construction actionable company intelligence—completely revised for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0.

Unleash the whole capability of industrial intelligence with fact-based judgements, aligned to company ambitions, utilizing studies and dashboards that lead from perception to motion. SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0: the whole Reference bargains thoroughly up-to-date insurance of the most recent BI platform.

Find out the way to paintings with the recent details layout software to create universes that entry a number of info resources and SAP BW. See the way to translate advanced company questions into hugely effective net Intelligence queries and post your effects to the BI Launchpad. the best way to create dashboards from information sourced via a universe or spreadsheet. an important options for universe designers, file and dashboard authors, and enterprise analysts are totally defined and illustrated via screenshots, diagrams, and step by step instructions.

  • Establish and evolve BI goals
  • Maximize your BI investments by means of providing the precise module to the correct user
  • Create powerful universes with the data layout instrument, leveraging a number of info resources, derived tables, combination understanding, and parameters
  • Develop a safety plan that's scalable and versatile Design
  • Web Intelligence stories from uncomplicated to advanced
  • Create refined calculations and complex formatting to spotlight serious enterprise trends
  • Build robust dashboards to embed in PowerPoint or the BI Launchpad
  • Use Explorer to visually navigate huge facts units and discover patterns

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Across the industry, a dashboard solution can be anything, including a complex document you create in Web Intelligence or Crystal Reports, a customized portal such as My InfoView, or a more robust solution such as Dashboard Manager (see Figure 1-7). Where Dashboard Manager is most different from a complex document is that it has several integrated analytic engines (Segmentation, Metrics, Rules and Alerts, Predictive, and Statistical Process Control) that allow for more sophisticated analysis. It has built-in “analytics” or controls to facilitate visual analysis and interaction with the dashboard.

No. First, the skill set to build a BusinessObjects universe is often quite different than the programming skills to develop an ERP-based custom report. The roles of the existing report developers must be redefined, or they will impede implementation (see Chapter 3, under the heading “Influencers”). Is there still a need for custom reports against the ERP? Probably, yes, but ideally for a much smaller number. Second, you just went from a business user’s having access to a fixed report (easy to use) to the user’s starting at a blank query panel with no data.

Had you stayed in custom development mode with only a handful of Crystal Report experts, the programmers would still be hard-coding inflexible reports and users would see only a limited amount of data. While the goal to limiting custom report development may not sound as glorious and strategic as “enterprise performance management,” it is valid, with a measurable benefit of reduced costs and overtime, along with improved business insight. 25 26 Part I: Getting Ready for BusinessObjects XI measurable benefits, and even well-managed ones will take several months.

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