A Guide for Using Exploration Views and View Sets in SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • May 3, 2016
Learn how to use SAP BusinessObjects Explorer to rapidly explore data in a highly graphical and intuitive format using views and view sets. The latest release of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer comes with two new components that greatly enhance the user’s ability to analyze and interact with data: exploration views and exploration view sets.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Create and manage exploration views
  • Combine exploration views into exploration view sets
  • Use exploration views and exploration view sets within SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1
Key Concept

Two components have been introduced within SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 that greatly enhance the user’s ability to analyze and interact with data. These two components are exploration views and exploration view sets. An exploration view is a saved user customization of an information set. An exploration view set is a container of one or more exploration views that can be used to group exploration views together.

An exploration view is a saved exploration on an information space that can be used to expose and explore a specific part of the data within an Explorer information space. The exploration view usually represents a targeted part of an Explorer information space that is related to a specific business question. An exploration view set is a container of one or more exploration views that can be used to group exploration views together.

In this article, I describe the steps for creating and managing exploration views and view sets within SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1. Before reading this article, readers should have some understanding of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 and should understand what an Explorer information space is.

Intended Audience
This article is intended for SAP BusinessObjects developers, technical users, and administrators who are responsible for developing and managing SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 applications and for the configuration of Explorer 4.1 information spaces.

Connect to SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1

In order to configure exploration view functionality in SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1, you must have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Access to the SAP BusinessObjects BI launch pad application
  • Create and edit rights to the SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 Explorer application
  • View rights to Explorer information spaces

Adam Getz

Adam Getz currently serves as a Manager, Business Intelligence for CGI Federal. In this position, he is leading a large business intelligence and data warehousing implementation for a federal client.  He is a thought leader in the field of information technology and an expert in the deployment of leading business intelligence, database management, and data integration products. He has presented at a variety of local, national, and international events, including the 2006 BusinessObjects International Conference, 2007 Oracle BIWA Summit, 2008 Oracle Open World, and 2010 and 2011 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conferences. In addition, Adam is the creator and main author of bi-insider.com, a website, portfolio, and blog that provides rich technical and functional content to business intelligence and data warehousing professionals. He has also published numerous technology white papers that have focused on various topics within business intelligence and data warehousing. Adam currently serves as the chairperson of the Washington DC Business Objects User Group.

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