Best Practices for Using the Import Wizard in BusinessObjects 3.x

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • July 23, 2012
Walk away with a basic understanding of how to use the SAP BusinessObjects Import Wizard, including a seven-step breakdown of how the wizard works.
Key Concept

The Import Wizard is a useful tool included in the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite that allows you to migrate content (user accounts, groups, folders, reports, universes, security, servers, and other objects) from one BusinessObjects Enterprise or SAP Crystal Reports environment to another, to export content to a Business Intelligence Archive Resource (BIAR) file, or to import content from a BIAR file.  

The Business Objects Import Wizard is commonly used to migrate content from a development to a production environment, and it includes a series of screens that guide an administrator through the process of migrating, importing, and exporting content. While the Import Wizard has improved significantly in the latest release of BusinessObjects, it is still a challenging tool to use effectively.

An administrator needs to have an understanding of the various component types that exist in Business Objects, and has to understand the impact of migrating components from one environment to another. The administrator must determine the exact components to be migrated, whether components should be overwritten or copied, and whether security for the component should be migrated. Understanding how to choose the right options for components and how to review the import log is also important.

I describe some of the basic concepts for effectively using the BusinessObjects Import Wizard in version XI 3.1 and provide a number of best practices for highly-effective use of the tool.

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, 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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