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.
Key Concept
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.

Ingo Hilgefort

Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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