Self-Service Green Analysis with SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

  • by Jim Brogden, Senior Consultant, Daugherty Business Solutions
  • October 17, 2011
Timely and accurate information are two of the core requirements of a successful BI implementation. Without relevant and well-timed information, incorrect and potentially catastrophic decisions could be made at an organization. This type of risk can be minimized or even completely eliminated when printed reports are replaced by dynamic dashboards. In addition, by doing so, you’ll be going green and reducing your company’s carbon footprint.
Key Concept

Every major chart component in SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards provides a drill-down property extending the functionality of a standard chart. For instance, the values related to a data point or bar in a column chart clicked by a user are easily captured when drill down has been enabled. These values can be used to access additional information at a lower level. You can display specifically related information existing within the dashboard or added to an OpenDocument URL that produces a dynamic link to another dashboard, Web Intelligence document, or Crystal Report for even more detailed and related information.

As green business practices are more commonly pursued by organizations around the world, employees at every level often look for ways to protect the environment and reduce their company’s carbon footprint. For office workers, the first thing that generally comes to mind is printing less paper. However, for many analysts, managers, directors, and executives, printing can seem like a necessary evil when juggling the requirement of making important business decisions with green initiatives.

Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be an issue anymore thanks in part to the unique capabilities offered in SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly known as Xcelsius).

Replacing Printed Report Decks with Dashboards

For many organizations, standard practices call for the daily and weekly distribution of printed decks to key personnel. With SAP Dashboards, users can design interactive presentations to take the place of these decks and decrease print production by hundreds and even thousands of report pages per user. This translates into massive cost savings for ink and paper, allowing for a significantly diminished carbon footprint over the course of a year.

Jim Brogden

Jim Brogden is a senior consultant specializing in SAP BusinessObjects and data visualization for Daugherty Business Solutions in Atlanta, GA. He’s the lead author of the first official book dedicated to Web Intelligence covering version XI 3.1 and the SAP PRESS book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0 – 2nd Edition, a blogger on, a BusinessObjects Certified Professional, award-winning Xcelsius dashboard designer, ASUG volunteer, and active contributor at SAP’s Idea Place. You may view Jim’s profile on LinkedIn at and follow him on Twitter @jhbrogdenjr.

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