Interactive Report Wizard: Simple Reporting in a Flash

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • January 15, 2009
Find out how you can use the new interactive report wizard, available in SAP CRM 2007, to create and share basic reports directly from SAP CRM.
Key Concept

An interactive report is a view of an SAP NetWeaver BI query that is hidden from the user. This query is written from a virtual InfoCube on an SAP NetWeaver BI system installed on the SAP CRM box. The virtual InfoCube in turn gets the data directly from CRM tables. Although the performance is better than having the virtual InfoCube sitting on the separate SAP NetWeaver BI system, the CRM box is not designed for a heavy reporting load.

In the past, all CRM reporting — with limited exceptions for simple lists — was created on a separately installed SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI) system. Now in SAP CRM 2007, you can create basic reports right in SAP CRM by using the new interactive report wizard. The reporting philosophy has not changed, but has been made a little less stringent. You still need SAP NetWeaver BI for more complex reporting.

The interactive report wizard originates from the hosted version of SAP CRM called CRM on-demand. The wizard’s purpose was (and still is) to offer limited reporting capabilities. In SAP CRM 2007, interactive reports provide real-time data from SAP CRM without the need to extract the data to a separate SAP NetWeaver BI or to use other reporting tools. These reports are best when you need a quick report for a very limited simultaneous user load. An example would be a report for a particular sales group listing the number of opportunities by salesperson.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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