Discover Best Practices to Integrate SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • October 31, 2011
Learn best practices to use when implementing SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x in combination with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP, including in the areas of data connectivity, hierarchical reporting, and BEx query design.
Key Concept
New connectivity options in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x allow you to establish a direct connectivity towards a BEx query on the one hand, and also to create an authored universe based on your InfoProviders. When using your corporate data with BI clients, it’s helpful to understand the major differences between these two connectivity options.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x delivers a largely enhanced integration with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP, but you want to look at a few key areas to make sure you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current 4.x integration. I’ll provide guidance in these three areas:

  • Data connectivity and metadata handling
  • Hierarchical reporting capabilities
  • BEx query design and connection sharing

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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