Selecting the Right BI Tool: Technical Requirements and Sample Scenarios

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • July 3, 2014
Learn the technical requirements of the SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio and how to use them to help you select the right BI tool. Find out how to use these new rules and apply them to some sample scenarios.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will:

  • Receive an overview on a set of technical features of the SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio
  • Learn more about the different data connectivity options for SAP BW and SAP ERP
  • Use a set of simple scenarios to match user-driven requirements to the SAP BusinessObjects BI products
Key Concept
SAP’s BusinessObjects BI portfolio provides organizations with a set of BI tools, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Not all these BI products can fulfill the same technical requirements. As a result, companies need to not only evaluate the products they use but also look at some of the technical requirements to ensure they select the best possible product based on their own requirements.

Companies need to evaluate the best available BI tools to meet their needs. BusinessObjects BI portfolio’s tools meet some technical requirements, but each tool comes with its own pros and cons. I show you the differences between each tool and guide your selections to best meet your organization’s specific requirements.

In my previous BI Expert article I reviewed the overall SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio and the different users who are relevant for BI project and requirements gathering. In addition I made a distinction between just consuming reports and analytics, and the role of creating content. You can read the complete article here: “Selecting the Right BI Tool – SAP BusinessObjects BI Portfolio and Personas.”

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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