How to Use and Configure Platform Search in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • September 5, 2013
Adam Getz shows how to enhance end users’ ability to find documents and content located within the BusinessObjects systems by using Platform Search. Platform Search is a navigation function that allows end users to rapidly conduct searches based on the text they enter.
Key Concept

Drawers within BI Launch Pad are containers within the Documents tab that contain navigation and search capabilities. Facets are components of the document’s metadata that describe the document. Examples include author, type, location, refresh time, datasource, and end date. Facets allow you to group and filter document metadata.

Platform Search within SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 is an optimized search tool that enables users of the BI Launch Pad application to search for content within the entire SAP BusinessObjects repository using keywords. Platform Search enables users to search within Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, Universe, BI Workspace, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, rich text, and text documents by placing a full or partial text string within the search field of BI Launch Pad. In addition, platform search refines the search results by grouping results into categories and ranking them in order of their relevance. Additionally, only documents to which a user has view rights appear within the search results.

I explain how users can use Platform Search capabilities with BI Launch Pad and how you can configure Platform Search for optimal efficiency and use within the Central Management Console (CMC) of SAP BusinessObjects.


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, 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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