An Insider's Guide to SAP BusinessObjects and SAP NetWeaver BW: What Tools Should You Use Going Forward?

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • Antonio Soto, Platinum Education Consultant, SAP
  • May 14, 2009
Delve into the reporting and analysis tools available with SAP BusinessObjects and SAP NetWeaver BW. Find out when to use which tool, where to find it, and who should be the one using it. Learn which BEx tools SAP will continue to develop and which SAP BusinessObjects tools you should consider for your long-term reporting and analytics needs.
Key Concept

To help distinguish different product offerings, BI now refers to the premium SAP BusinessObjects portfolio of products, including Xcelsius and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. SAP NetWeaver BW, formerly SAP NetWeaver BI, refers to the data warehouse.

The acquisition of Business Objects has brought changes to SAP in the areas of business intelligence (BI), Financial Performance Management (FPM, formerly Corporate Performance Management [CPM]), and governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) tools. This article focuses on the BI changes. With change comes some unavoidable confusion. The purpose of this article is to expose you to the future of BI at SAP and to provide you with an action plan.

Some of the BEx tools will no longer be developed and, in their place, SAP is focusing efforts on many of the tools originating from the Business Objects acquisition. Rest assured that SAP will continue to support older products for many years. Organizations that are currently implementing the BEx applications should not worry. That said, what products are in support mode and which ones will continue to be developed?

First, we’ll let you know about the long-term planned product offerings. Then we will go over the kinds of skills needed for each tool, as well as the target group for each role. With this knowledge, you can informatively decide which products are the ones your company needs as part of a long-term plan.

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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Antonio Soto

Antonio Soto worked for Business Objects as a senior instructor and regional team lead from 2004 until 2008, primarily concentrating on teaching enterprise administration and migration strategies for Business Objects deployments from Business Objects 6.x to SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1. When SAP acquired Business Objects in January of 2008, he aligned with SAP Education as a platinum education consultant. He teaches SAP BusinessObjects, enterprise reporting, data management, and enterprise administration. In May of 2008, he received industry recognition from Training Magazine as a 2008 Top Young Trainer Award recipient. Antonio is an SAP BusinessObjects Certified Professional (BOCP).

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