How to Configure and Explore Geographic Data Within Web Intelligence 4.2

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • September 18, 2017
Learn the basic concepts of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2. With these easy step-by-step instructions, learn how to configure geographic data within a Web Intelligence 4.2 query so that geographical data can be displayed and analyzed within both a map and chart. Also learn how to configure state and city data fields for analysis.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Configure geographic data (e.g., state and city) within a Web Intelligence 4.2 document
  • Make geographic data available for Web Intelligence 4.2 geographic maps and charts
Key Concept

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence is an ad-hoc query and reporting environment that provides an easy-to-use interface with query features that enable business analysts and nontechnical information consumers to ask spontaneous and iterative business questions of their data. Web Intelligence contains a highly interactive data interface that allows the report consumer a great deal of flexibility to view data from different perspectives. With Web Intelligence, report consumers can intuitively build and edit queries and reports to reflect their latest information needs. New functionality has been included within the release of Web Intelligence 4.2 that enables better analysis on geographical data. Web Intelligence 4.2 also includes the capability of generating maps and charts.


With the release of SAP BusinessObjects 4.2, new functionality has been included within the Web Intelligence reporting tool that allows users to view and analyze geographic data (country, region, state, county, and city). Subsequently Web Intelligence 4.2 now enables visual analysis of geographic data within both maps and charts similar to the geographic analysis that could be performed within SAP Explorer and SAP Lumira. This new geographic analysis of data within Web Intelligence 4.2 enables users to achieve more advanced data analysis and to be able to make more informed decisions about geographic data.

I explain some basic concepts within the Web Intelligence 4.2 query and reporting tool. I provide step-by-step instructions on how to configure geographic data within a Web Intelligence 4.2 document so that the geographical data can be displayed and analyzed in both a geographic map and chart format. In addition, I show how to configure geographic data fields using Web Intelligence 4.2 so that the geographic data can be analyzed within both geographic maps and charts.

Adam Getz

Adam Getz currently serves as a Manager, Business Intelligence for CGI Federal. In this position, he is leading a large business intelligence and data warehousing implementation for a federal client.  He is a thought leader in the field of information technology and an expert in the deployment of leading business intelligence, database management, and data integration products. He has presented at a variety of local, national, and international events, including the 2006 BusinessObjects International Conference, 2007 Oracle BIWA Summit, 2008 Oracle Open World, and 2010 and 2011 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conferences. In addition, Adam is the creator and main author of, a website, portfolio, and blog that provides rich technical and functional content to business intelligence and data warehousing professionals. He has also published numerous technology white papers that have focused on various topics within business intelligence and data warehousing. Adam currently serves as the chairperson of the Washington DC Business Objects User Group.

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