4 Ways to Manage Authentication for SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • December 20, 2012
Sort out the authentication options offered for BusinessObjects Enterprise and see how to use them.
Key Concept

Authentication is the process of verifying the identity of a user who attempts to access the system.

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise provides several authentication methods for enabling users to log on to the application and for providing secure report access. BusinessObjects contains its own user names and passwords as part of a security model known as enterprise authentication. The system also integrates with third-party authentication tools, including Microsoft Windows Active Directory (AD), Light-Weight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), and SAP ERP systems.

Use of the external authentication tools eliminates the need to re-create and maintain individual user and group accounts within BusinessObjects Enterprise. This convenient feature saves time for both the administrator and end users of BusinessObjects Enterprise.

BusinessObjects Enterprise also supports single sign-on or trusted authentication for both the Windows NT and Windows AD methods, so users of BusinessObjects do not have to re-enter their log-on credentials after already logging on to the operating system. When a user logs on to the operating system, a security context for that user is created, and the user can seamlessly connect to BusinessObjects.

The reason BusinessObjects Enterprise supports several security models in addition to its own security model is simple: It is more efficient to use entities, such as user accounts and passwords that already exist outside of BusinessObjects Enterprise. Fortunately, none of these security options are mutually exclusive; they can all be used simultaneously.

Adam Getz

Adam Getz currently serves as a Manager, Business Intelligence for CGI Federal. In this position, he is leading a large business intelligence and data warehousing implementation for a federal client.  He is a thought leader in the field of information technology and an expert in the deployment of leading business intelligence, database management, and data integration products. He has presented at a variety of local, national, and international events, including the 2006 BusinessObjects International Conference, 2007 Oracle BIWA Summit, 2008 Oracle Open World, and 2010 and 2011 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conferences. In addition, Adam is the creator and main author of bi-insider.com, a website, portfolio, and blog that provides rich technical and functional content to business intelligence and data warehousing professionals. He has also published numerous technology white papers that have focused on various topics within business intelligence and data warehousing. Adam currently serves as the chairperson of the Washington DC Business Objects User Group.

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