Business Objects XI : the complete reference by Cindi Howson

By Cindi Howson

The definitive reference for development actionable enterprise intelligence—completely revised for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0.

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

Find out the way to paintings with the hot info layout device to create universes that entry a number of info resources and SAP BW. See tips to translate advanced enterprise questions into hugely effective net Intelligence queries and submit your effects to the BI Launchpad. methods to create dashboards from facts sourced via a universe or spreadsheet. crucial options for universe designers, file and dashboard authors, and enterprise analysts are totally defined and illustrated by means of screenshots, diagrams, and step by step instructions.

  • Establish and evolve BI goals
  • Maximize your BI investments through supplying definitely the right module to the appropriate user
  • Create powerful universes with the data layout device, leveraging a number of information assets, derived tables, mixture know-how, and parameters
  • Develop a safety plan that's scalable and versatile Design
  • Web Intelligence experiences from easy to advanced
  • Create refined calculations and complex formatting to spotlight serious company trends
  • Build strong dashboards to embed in PowerPoint or the BI Launchpad
  • Use Explorer to visually navigate huge information units and discover patterns

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Fail to provide standard reports or dashboards, and the business may feel nothing was delivered. For each of the business goals, you must develop a corresponding standard report as part of the BI deployment effort. This standard report may act as a template that users then refresh with their own view of the data, or it may be automatically refreshed and sent to them. This all sounds pretty obvious, doesn’t it? It should be! The issue is that while these business goals are often used to get project funding, with all the technological and organizational issues involved in delivering a BI solution, it’s easy to forget why you started on this endeavor.

It’s up to you as the BusinessObjects project manager, team leader, power user, or internal expert to show them the possibilities! BI Standardization: A Joint Goal As BI deployments have evolved and matured over the years, both IT and the business increasingly recognize a joint goal: to reduce the number of disparate BI tools so that business users have access to one version of the truth and IT can better support a smaller number of tools. With XI Release 2, Business Objects offers a complete toolset that serves one of the broadest ranges of users needs, all on a common platform.

It is this phase of the implementation in which IT realizes the cost benefit, and the business gains a lot of other benefits. 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.

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