3 Examples Show How to Link in Web Intelligence Documents

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • March 27, 2014
Learn the basics for how to do all three types of linking from a Web Intelligence (WebI or WEBI) document. The newest versions of BusinessObjects make this linking easier than before.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn how to:

  • Link one Web Intelligence document to another
  • Link a section of a Web Intelligence document to another section (so-called element linking)
  • Link a Web Intelligence document to an external Web URL
Key Concept

In Web Intelligence documents the concept of linking is the ability to select part of a Web Intelligence (WEBI or WebI) document and have it jump you to various targets, such as Web pages and other BI documents.

Adding links to Web Intelligence (sometimes referred to as WebI or WEBI) lets analysts jump from summary to details or to sites providing more information, including other reports or sites on the Web. This feature has the ability to “remember” the context of the cells you were on in the starting report and pass this to the linked object, which helps keep your analysis path (mind) on track. Many reporting tools—not just those offered by SAP Business Objects—provide this type of feature. For the older BEx tools, this feature was called Report to Report Interface (RRI); in BusinessObjects this feature is called Open Document linking.

I cover the basics of all the link types. The most important might be the concept of linking between BusinessObjects documents (Open Document linking). Additionally, I discuss three other types of linking: element linking and linking to external URLs. Linking becomes a little bit more complex when you start exploring all the options. For that reason, I have split my discussion into two separate articles. This first one covers the basics of linking in Web Intelligence; my second article goes into more detail about the advanced concepts of Web Intelligence linking.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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