SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1: Save Time and Add Reporting Flexibility with New Features in Service Pack 02

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • November 2, 2009
Find out about the new features in SAP BusinessObjects XI Release 3.1 Service Pack 02 for the Universe Designer and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. Learn about new features for creating and updating OLAP universes. Discover new reporting features for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, such as input controls and hierarchical fold and unfold in reports.
Key Concept
Service Pack 02 for SAP BusinessObjects XI Release 3.1 includes some major enhancements for the Universe Designer and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, such as input controls for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and an editor for custom objects in the Universe Designer.

SAP BusinessObjects XI Release 3.1 Service Pack 02 offers several significant new functionalities for reporting. First, universe maintenance is now easier and requires less effort. The changes for OLAP universes include:

  • New options for generating OLAP universes
  • New functionality for updating OLAP universes
  • A new editor for creating custom objects

Second, the SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence reports now include more features to increase the flexibility of each report. These include:

  • Hierarchical fold and unfold option for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence reports
  • Input controls as part of your report

I’ll go over each of these new items and show you some examples of the new functionality in action. In addition, I highly recommended that you use at least SAP NetWeaver 7.0 enhancement package 01, Service Package 03. The updates to SAP NetWeaver 7.0 include a number of performance enhancements that enable you to take full advantage of this new functionality.

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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