Seamlessly Apply Your SAP NetWeaver BW Data to Your Xcelsius Dashboards

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • January 22, 2010
The SAP NetWeaver BW connectivity for Xcelsius 2008 allows you to connect Xcelsius 2008 directly to your SAP NetWeaver BW queries. Discover how to use the new SAP NetWeaver BW connectivity and create a simple dashboard using Xcelsius.
Key Concept
In Xcelsius 2008, Xcelsius Designer integrates directly with Microsoft Excel, which enables you to create your dashboards in Xcelsius, without having to switch between the applications. The Data Manager serves as the central location for managing the data.

Find out how to use Xcelsius 2008 connectivity, which allows you to connect directly to your SAP NetWeaver BW system without the need for any middle layers. In addition, the connectivity provides you with functionality and metadata support from your SAP NetWeaver BW queries.

I show you how to use the SAP NetWeaver BW connectivity with Xcelsius 2008 to define a dashboard that displays net sales revenue broken down by product and by calendar month. In addition, the dashboard offers drill-down capabilities that enable the user to see the details for a single product (for 12 months) or for a single month (showing revenue by product).

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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