How to Configure and Explore Geographic Data within an Explorer 4.1 Information Space

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • January 6, 2016
Learn basic concepts of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1. With these easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, learn how to configure geographic data within an Explorer 4.1 information space so that geographical data can be displayed and analyzed in a map. Also learn how to configure country, region, state, and city data fields for analysis.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Configure geographic data (e.g., country, state, and city) within an Explorer 4.1 information space
  • Make geographic data available for Explorer 4.1 maps
  • Use Explorer 4.1 geographic country, state, and city maps for analysis
Key Concept
An SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 information space is a pre-defined dataset that connects to a BusinessObjects universe, selects data fields from the source universe, and enables the presentation of data within the Explorer application. An information space is a collection of data fields that map to organizational data for a specific business operation or activity (i.e., sales, employee performance, inventory, orders, and fulfillments). Fundamentally, the information space is an intermediary or middleware component that connects a BusinessObjects universe to a BusinessObjects Explorer application.

Fundamentally, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 (a relatively new end-user application within the BusinessObjects 4.1 application suite) allows users to rapidly explore data in a highly graphical and intuitive format. The application also contains functionality to allow users to view and analyze geographic data (country, region, state, county, and city) with a map that is included within the tool. This graphical map tool allows for advanced analysis of data that cannot be provided by text-based analysis tools.

In this article, I provide a demonstration and step-by-step guide for how to configure geographic data within an SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 information space so that the geographical data can be displayed and analyzed within a map. Additionally, I provide readers with instructions for how make geographic data available for Explorer 4.1 maps and how to use Explorer 4.1 geographic maps for analysis. This article is intended for users who are responsible for configuration of Explorer 4.1 information spaces.

Step 1. Connect to SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1

In order to configure and use the geographic map functionality within Explorer 4.1, a user must have the following prerequisites.

  • Access to the SAP BusinessObjects BI launch pad application
  • Access to the SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 Explorer application
  • Have view rights to information spaces

An administrator of SAP BusinessObjects should be able to set these rights for any users of the system as needed. Once you’ve established that you have the prerequisites in place, connect to the BI launch pad application using an Internet browser with the URL for the BI launch pad application (screen not shown), and log in to the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 application.

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 bi-insider.com, 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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