3 Advanced Techniques for Web Intelligence

  • by Josh Fletcher, SAP Mentor
  • October 9, 2013
Learn three advanced Web Intelligence reporting techniques that you can use to improve the user experience for report consumers. See video demos of the three techniques: modifying calculation contexts, using input controls, and using OpenDocument functionality.
Key Concept
OpenDocument provides the ability to build links between BI reports and dashboards that pass context and filters, which allows navigation to BI content from outside the BI environment. Input controls provide in-report filters to end users, giving them greater control over the data presented in the report. Calculation contexts are the technical control that determines how measures are aggregrated. Modifying these allows greater control over how information is presented in reports.

I'd like to introduce you to some advanced Web Intelligence reporting techniques that I have used in previous reporting projects. These techniques apply to any data source and any business process. I will provide you with the tools to provide a better user experience, meet difficult business requirements, and provide a more seamless experience for your report consumers. It's important that report developers continually look to improve their capability with the products. Web Intelligence in particular is simple for beginners, and yet, it also has features for advanced reporting and analysis.

So how are these techniques useful? For example, by using drilldown capabilities with OpenDocument, you can build summary-detail reports. Users can consume the summary reports by default, and if necessary, can drill to the filtered detail reports. Another example would be using input controls to provide a large set of information for many different users, while giving them the flexibility to filter to a granular set of information relevant to them. The three advanced techniques that I cover in this article are:

  • Modifying calculation contexts
  • Using input controls
  • Using OpenDocument functionality

Josh Fletcher

Joshua Fletcher is an SAP BusinessObjects professional with more than 12 years of experience using BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, and Data Services. He is a current SAP Mentor, has worked with both partners and customers of SAP, regularly presents at international conferences and guest lectures in university courses, as well as podcasting with DSLayer.net.

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