Dig Into SP04 Features for BusinessObjects Explorer and Analysis

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • November 6, 2012
Find out about the features and enhancements that are new for the integration between the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite of products, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP ERP. See the changes that come with the release of Feature Pack 03 and Service Pack 04 — with a focus on SAP BusinessObjects Explorer and the OLAP edition of SAP BusinessObjects Analysis. Also learn about changes in SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office.
Key Concept

BusinessObjects Explorer lets users create their own exploration views (some call them e-views), which can include multiple visualizations. This enhancement lets users fine-tune the visual analysis of data.

You can experience the key enhancements to the integration between the BI suite of products and SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP by using SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Feature Pack 03 (FP03) and Service Pack 04 (SP04). I look at important SP04 changes in SAP BusinessObjects Explorer and SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP. I also detail other enhancements for SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office

Before going into the details of the enhancements, I want to mention that I’m focusing on the integration of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP, and, therefore, only covering those changes that are relevant for this area of the BI suite. The product has additional enhancements that I do not discuss in this article.

FP03 is a minor release on top of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite release and delivers additional and new functionality. SP04 includes the functionality of FP03 so that you do not have to apply FP03 first and then apply SP04 to your landscape. For further details, see my article, “Discover SP04 Enhancements for BusinessObjects Dashboards, Crystal Reports for Enterprise, and Web Intelligence.”

I’ll start by explaining the enhancements for BusinessObjects Explorer 4.0 SP04. Added features include the following:

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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