Improved Queries Highlight Changes from BEx Analyzer to BusinessObjects Analysis

  • by Scott Wallask, Managing Editor
  • May 3, 2011
Learn about changes with running queries that BEx Analyzer users can expect with the new version of SAP BusinessObjects Analysis.

You can read about them on blogs and social media. You can hear about them at industry conferences. You might even talk about them at your company’s water cooler. The developments coming for SAP BusinessObjects Analysis have gotten people’s attention.

“It’s changing dramatically,” Dr. Bjarne Berg says about the shift in the software as the industry greets the release BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.0, under which BusinessObjects falls. Berg is vice president of information technologies at Comerit, Inc., and an expert on BI.

The latest version of BusinessObjects Analysis (formerly known in various iterations as Voyager, Pioneer, and Advanced Analysis) is the replacement technology for BEx Analyzer, and became available for general purchase in February 2011. “There’s a huge, pent-up interest and demand for this,” Berg says. “This tool is truly ready for prime time.”

SAP will continue to support BEx features as part of BusinessObjects BI 4.0, too.

Those familiar with BEx who have started or may soon use BusinessObjects Analysis will encounter an easy transition, as users will be able to work on the newer application within a few hours of installing it, he says. There are two versions of BusinessObjects Analysis:

  • BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office, which offers analytical reporting tools within Microsoft Office Excel and PowerPoint
  • BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP, which provides an option for browser-based data navigation that features a high level of interaction with limited formatting options

Scott Wallask

Scott Wallask was the managing editor for the BI, BusinessObjects, and HANA content of SAPexperts. He has covered SAP for WIS since May 2010, with a focus on SAP NetWeaver BW, HANA, BusinessObjects, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and human resources. He has spent 19 years as a writer and editor, including stints as a reporter at several newspapers in the Boston area. For 12 years starting in 1998, he created in-depth content about fire safety and OSHA regulations in hospitals while working at HCPro, a healthcare publishing company. In 2005, he won a first place award for best instructional reporting from the Specialized Information Publishers Association for his series on fire protection efforts in nursing homes. He graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in 1994 with a BA degree in print journalism.

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