Share Data More Easily with SAP NetWeaver BW Connectivity for Xcelsius 2008

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • December 15, 2009
Learn about the new SAP NetWeaver BW connectivity for Xcelsius 2008 from SAP BusinessObjects. This new connectivity allows you to connect Xcelsius 2008 directly to your SAP NetWeaver BW queries. Find out about the connection functionality and how you can use Xcelsius on top of your data from SAP NetWeaver BW.
Key Concept
With Xcelsius 2008 Service Pack 2, you can now create a direct connectivity using the SAP NetWeaver BW query layer to provide the metadata to Xcelsius. In addition, you can store the Xcelsius object in your SAP NetWeaver BW system, enabling you to use the familiar transport mechanism to move your dashboard from your development environment to your QA or production environment.

Up to this point, when you wanted to leverage Xcelsius in combination with your SAP NetWeaver BW data, you had to leverage several layers of technology. You could use the option to create a universe and use the Query as a Web Service (QaaWS) tool to expose the universe as a Web service, or you could use SAP BusinessObjects Live Office and expose data from an underlying Crystal Report object or SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence object to Xcelsius. With Xcelsius 2008 (Service Pack 02) and SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 (SAP enhancement package 1, Support Package 05), you can use Xcelsius with a direct connectivity to SAP NetWeaver BW queries.

I will provide an overview of the connectivity that is now available and allows you to connect directly to your SAP NetWeaver BW query. Before I go over the details of this new functionality, I will discuss the technical prerequisites for using this new connectivity. You need to have the following releases at a minimum:

  • SAP NetWeaver BW 7.01 (SAP enhancement package 1), Support Package 05
  • SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise 2008 Service Pack 02
  • SAP Frontend 7.x installed on the client with BI 7.0 Add-On

In addition, this new connectivity is based on BI Consumer Services. Therefore, you need to have the BI ABAP and BI Java stacks deployed.

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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