Make Your Dashboards Secure: Strategies and Options

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • December 9, 2009
While there is widespread recognition of the value that dashboards generate, there is also an incipient apprehension that they are not secure. Walk through some ways you can validate the security in dashboards using Xcelsius as an example, while maintaining the user-friendliness that is expected in a dashboard.
Key Concept
Dashboards visually communicate information that is usually hidden in large data warehouses or operational and transactional data stores in transactional systems. The primary purpose of a dashboard is to provide the ability to draw quick and accurate conclusions that eventually translate into effective decision making.

One of the images that a dashboard conjures is that of a free-for-all — that everyone can access all the information on a dashboard. This is not true. You can ensure security in your dashboards. Here are some of the most common questions I hear on this topic:

  • Is it true that everyone has access to dashboards?
  • Can we restrict access to dashboards?
  • Do we need to implement SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions to provide access to the relevant users?
  • How easy is it to administer security for dashboard users?

I’ll provide you with an understanding of security as it relates to dashboards by answering these and other questions. You can use numerous dashboarding applications within your SAP landscape, but I’ll use Xcelsius as an example because of its current prevalence in the SAP community.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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