Top 11 New Enhancements to Web Intelligence 4.0

  • by Jim Brogden, Senior Consultant, Daugherty Business Solutions
  • June 21, 2012
Now that Desk Intelligence has been retired and direct access to SAP Business Explorer queries have been added, Web Intelligence will be used more than ever before. As Web Intelligence continues to evolve and new features are added, query, analysis, and reporting capabilities continue to improve.
Key Concept

The new enhancements to SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence in 4.0 give developers more capabilities than ever before. The combination of a new charting engine, the ability to assign a report to scale to page, the element linking feature, and the hide when feature blur the lines that separate dashboards from reports. Much attention has been given to enhancing the visual capabilities in Web Intelligence 4.0. The ability to import a Cascading Style Sheet file of defined styles leads to more consistent visual design. 

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (also known as WebI) continues to evolve as a query and analysis reporting tool to provide users with more capabilities, functionality, and connectivity options with each new release. The latest version of Web Intelligence, which is 4.0, is no exception. It includes many significant improvements over Web Intelligence in XI R2 and XI 3.1. This new and improved version of Web Intelligence also comes at a very important time in the product’s history as it coincides with the retirement of BusinessObjects Desktop Intelligence.

Beginning with BI 4.0, all Desktop Intelligence reports created in earlier versions need to be converted to Web Intelligence to continue to exist. Not every Desk Intelligence feature is available in Web Intelligence, but it’s getting closer with every new release, service pack, and feature pack. As the BusinessObjects product line evolves and becomes more firmly integrated with SAP systems, the number 1 new feature has to be the direct connectivity with SAP Business Explorer (BEx) queries. This single feature potentially makes a bigger impact than any of the other outstanding new improvements.

The top 11 new features appear in no particular order with the exception of number 1.

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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