A Beginner's Guide to Using BusinessObjects Explorer

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • June 17, 2011
Learn the basic steps to use SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, including how to search for answers, explore the data, and use common functionality.
Key Concept

An information space is a collection of data that has context to it such that points in the data relate to each other (e.g., resort location revenue by age group). Information spaces serve as one of the cornerstones of BusinessObjects Explorer’s functionality.

BusinessObjects Explorer allows you to quickly and easily find answers to your questions, and then explore the data and use it as you need. I begin this article with a look at the functionality of Explorer to learn more about the tool itself, and then will leverage a standard universe that is delivered as part of the BusinessObjects Enterprise deployment, so that even without SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator, you can follow the steps and learn more about Explorer.

All steps and examples in this article are based on BusinessObjects XI 3.2 and BusinessObjects XI 3.1 service pack 2.


This article is excerpted from the SAP Press book by Ingo Hilgefort, Inside SAP BusinessObjects Explorer.

Let’s first walk through the steps to create and use a new information space.

Ingo Hilgefort

Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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