Create Dashboards and Other BusinessObjects Reports in Languages Not Supported by SAP

  • by Shirish Dubey, Senior IT Consultant, Fujitsu Consulting India
  • Rohini Rattan Haksar, Associate IT Consultant, Fujitsu Consulting India
  • November 29, 2011
Find out how to develop a dashboard using SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) into a language other than the standard 19 languages that SAP provides, with Arabic used as an example. The development of Web Intelligence reports and Crystal Reports in Arabic is also explored. Such language additions make reports and charts more user-friendly globally and save time otherwise spent on translating data.
Key Concept

Language packs allow developers to add new foreign fonts into an SAP BusinessObjects document if a dialect is not supported by the standard SAP package. You do not need to purchase additional licenses for the aforementioned software and packs. You can download them freely or install them from the Windows operating system.

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) is offered in 19 languages. In a recent project, our customer wanted to see dashboards in their native Arabic language, which is not a supported language in the standard SAP package.

We completed a proof of concept and discovered that with some additional software and language packs, we are able to develop Xcelsius dashboards in a customer’s native language. We use Arabic as an example language to demonstrate our approach. This approach, as tested by us, also applies to other BI tools in SAP BusinessObjects, such as SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and SAP Crystal Reports.

Shirish Dubey

Shirish Dubey has more than four years of experience in SAP BusinessObjects toolsets and their integration with other enterprise applications. He has worked with and developed best practices for deployments, administration, development, migration, integration, architecture, solution scoping, and training.

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Rohini Rattan Haksar

Rohini Rattan Haksar has one year of experience in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence development, universe development, and SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius work.

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