Next Generation Self-Service Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • May 19, 2011
Learn about some of the new capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0 and how you can connect the tool to your SAP NetWeaver BW data.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0 provides end users with self-service reporting capabilities. It allows users to create and edit their own reports and provides them with a tool that covers some of their business requirements.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 delivers a set of BI client tools, one of them being the updated version of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence allows you to provide your end users with an environment in which they are able to create, edit, and share reports based on any kind of data source.

It is designed with the casual user in mind and is focused on the idea of “self-service reporting” to help remove the bottleneck around the IT department. Let me say it differently — it can help to free up IT resources so that they can focus on their core competencies and not have to worry about urgent report requirements. The first major release of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite after the acquisition of BusinessObjects by SAP has a strong focus on integration with the SAP landscape.

Figure 1 shows the different data connectivity options available in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0:

  • Direct connectivity using the BI Consumer Services on top of SAP NetWeaver BW
  • Direct connectivity using the BI Consumer Services on top of a Transient Provider as part of the SAP ERP system. The Transient Provider requires SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) 6.0 with enhancement package 5.
  • Leverage of OLAP Universes from the SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 release
  • Relational data access with a Universe on top of SAP NetWeaver BW

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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