New Features and Functions of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 — for Administrators

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • July 14, 2011
Learn about some of the new capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0, including data connectivity options, multilingual dashboards, and auditing and monitoring capabilities. Additionally, discover the platform integration that allows for caching and performance improvements.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 (formerly named Xcelsius) allows users to create compelling data visualizations. As part of the SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 release there are several new capabilities for administrators.

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 is delivering a broad set of new functionality for all the business intelligence (BI) client tools, with SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 being the latest version of Xcelsius. SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards provides the necessary features and functions to provide your end users with interactive data visualizations. Keep in mind that SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards is not designed to aggregate information or handle very large volumes of data.

I will focus on the features of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 that are of most interest from an administrative point of view.

New Functionality for Administrators

From an administrator’s point of view, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 is delivering improvements and changes in four major areas:

  • Data connectivity options
  • Multilingual dashboards
  • Monitoring and auditing capabilities
  • Platform integration for caching and performance improvements

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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