Creating and Integrating BusinessObjects Dashboards with the SAP Enterprise Portal for Better Implementation and Maintainability

  • by Manish Chaitanya, SAP NetWeaver Portal Practice Lead, MOURI Tech LLC
  • November 8, 2014
Learn the best options for how to integrate BusinessObjects dashboards with the SAP Enterprise Portal. This integration is still relatively new to SAP (BusinessObjects was acquired in 2007) and SAP is still integrating it with the SAP NetWeaver Platform. You and your implementation teams learn about the best integration tools and methodologies to use for this integration.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Prepare the SAP Enterprise Portal system to integrate BusinessObjects reports
  • Create SAP BI Launchpad iViews
  • Create BusinessObjects dashboards, Design Studio, and Web Intelligence report iViews
  • Integrate BusinessObjects dashboards with any portal using OpenDocument
Key Concept

An SAP Enterprise Portal iView is a building block of an SAP Enterprise Portal page. iViews can retrieve data from a variety of content sources within an enterprise or from the Internet and display it on an SAP Enterprise Portal page.

With the acquisition of BusinessObjects and the integration of BusinessObjects with SAP BW, there are a variety of options available to create dashboards in SAP BusinessObjects as well as SAP BW. Some of the tools available with SAP BusinessObjects are dashboards, Design Studio, Web Intelligence (also known as WEBI or WebI), and Analysis Office.

Most companies running the SAP Enterprise Portal want to integrate the dashboards directly into their portal so they can provide a role-based, single point of access to all reporting and non-reporting applications. My aim is to explain the available options and how to implement them. A clear understanding of the options and methodologies for integration helps the implementation team make the right decision from the outset, thereby reducing long-term maintenance costs.

Although the integration of the SAP BW platform with the SAP Enterprise Portal is pretty mature and well documented, integration of BusinessObjects reports with the SAP Enterprise Portal is relatively new and, as a result, not very well documented. Also, there are many options such as dashboards, Web Intelligence, Design Studio, Analysis Office for Excel, Analysis Office for PowerPoint, and OpenDocument that can be very confusing when it comes to portal integration strategy. This article provides a step-by-step guide for integrating SAP BusinessObjects reports and dashboards with the SAP Enterprise Portal.

Manish Chaitanya

Manish Chaitanya is a senior SAP NetWeaver architect with experience in handling multiple SAP NetWeaver implementations for global customers. He works as the SAP NetWeaver Portal Practice Lead for MOURI Tech LLC and is the author of two books, entitled The Complete Guide to SAP NetWeaver Portal and Practical Workflow for SAP [3rd Edition]. He has worked with many customers to define their implementation strategies and has managed implementations from the blueprinting through go-live and post-go-live stages. Manish’s areas of interest include the SAP Enterprise Portal, ABAP, Web Dynpro, SAP Process Integration, SAPUI5, SAP BW, and BusinessObjects.

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