5 BEx Analyzer Tips to Make the Lives of End and Power Users Easier

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • July 20, 2011
Here are five tips to try if you are using Business Explorer Analyzer 7.0 and Microsoft Office 2007 and higher.
Key Concept
Business Explorer Analyzer (BEx Analyzer) continues to be the primary analytical application for the SAP Business Warehouse suite even after more than a decade of existence. Its Microsoft Excel-based user interface has helped it to withstand the onslaught of many new and friendlier technologies. Even with the introduction of the SAP BusinessObjects suite of reporting tools, BEx Analyzer continue to occupy a niche in the analytical reporting world.

Quite a few aspects of Business Explorer Analyzer (BEx Analyzer) continue to intrigue users. This is because there is a need for a certain amount of technical proficiency and a fair knowledge of its quirks to be highly productive. I will share with readers some of these tips and tricks that are not commonly known by BEx Analyzer end users and even power users. Based on my extensive experience with business users in various companies, these areas are those in which they seem to stumble regularly. Note that all of these tips are only applicable if you are running BEx Analyzer 7.0 and are on Microsoft Office 2007 and higher.

Tip 1. How to access the BEx Analyzer toolbar. If you have recently migrated to Office 2007 – and a lot of companies worldwide have yet to do so – or are still relatively new, you are likely to struggle to find the BEx Analyzer icon.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

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