Have You Met the Query Builder?

  • by Kelly Bilodeau, Contributing Writer, SAPexperts
  • August 1, 2013
Although many administrators who try the BusinessObjects Query Builder find the tool to be difficult to use, it does hold the potential to bring query results not easily found elsewhere.

The Query Builder is a long-standing but little known Web application tool in SAP BusinessObjects. It gets a small mention in the user manual, but other than that, many people don’t know it exists, said David Hudgins, senior systems engineer for Consultancy by Kingfisher, Inc., and a technical advisor for BusinessObjects Expert’s sister site, SAPexperts.com.

The tool isn’t new. It’s been in all versions of BusinessObjects since XI 2. It’s understandable that many people don’t know about the tool because unlike most Web applications within the BusinessObjects suite, there are no references to the tool itself anywhere within the Central Management Console or the BI Launch Pad.

In addition, there’s no shortcut for people to get to if you work with BusinessObjects XI 3 or new versions. “When they do find it, most admins quickly become frustrated and vow never to use it again,” said Hudgins. That’s because the tool is not particularly user friendly, says Hudgins.

However, don’t write this tool off, he said. It’s worth the time and effort to learn how to use the Query Builder because it has the potential to become one of the most powerful tools in an administrator’s arsenal, said Hudgins. Used properly, it can bring you information you won’t find with other BusinessObjects tools. It can also help track inactive users who are tying up a system.

Kelly Bilodeau

Kelly Bilodeau is a contributing writer for SAPexperts. If you have comments about this article or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the BI editor.

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