Best Practices for Web Intelligence Combined with SAP NetWeaver BW

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • May 24, 2010
Take a look at a set of common best practices that you should follow when you integrate SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence with SAP NetWeaver BW. The best practices are grouped into the areas of universe, BW query, and report design.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence provides you with the opportunity to create and change reports without the need to involve your IT team. SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence delivers a self-service reporting environment. With SAP and SAP BusinessObjects combined now, you can use SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence on top of your SAP NetWeaver BW landscape by following a set of best practices.

With the introduction of SAP BusinessObjects applications as part of the BI offerings from SAP, many people have expressed a desire to combine the SAP BusinessObjects applications with SAP NetWeaver BW. SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence is an ideal application to use data from SAP NetWeaver BW because it allows for self-service reporting. However, you need to be cautious when combining the two applications to avoid complications.

Before I go into the best practices for this process, let’s take a look at the overall connectivity that is available to SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence in your overall SAP landscape. You can create an OLAP universe or a relational universe when connecting to your SAP NetWeaver BW system. I focus on the OLAP universe approach in this article. 

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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