New Features and Functions of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0
- by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
- July 19, 2011
Learn about some of the new capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 and how you can leverage the newly integrated features in combination with the semantic layer.
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 (formerly named Xcelsius) allows users to create compelling data visualizations. As part of the SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 release, there are several new capabilities for designers.
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 delivers a broad set of new functionality for all the BI client tools, with SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 being the latest version of Xcelsius. SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards has the features and functions to provide end users with interactive data visualizations.
I will focus on the most important features of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 from the perspective of a dashboard designer. The SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 release provides several enhancements, the integration with the SAP BusinessObjects semantic layer clearly being the strongest functionality in the 4.0 release.
Direct Integration with the Semantic Layer
In the previous releases, companies always had to use specific products such as Live Office, BI Web Services, or Query as a Web Service to leverage the existing metadata from the Universes in combination with SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards. Now in the 4.0 release of SAP BusinessObjects, the designer product closely integrates with the semantic layer in the form of the Query Browser. The following steps outline the process of creating a very simple dashboard using SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 in combination with a Universe as the data source.
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