SAP NetWeaver 2004s: What’s New in the BI Front End: Part 1

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • April 1, 2006
Learn about the new BEx Report Designer and BI Integrated Planning included in SAP NetWeaver 2004s and see how they fit into the SAP NetWeaver BI data output landscape.
Key Concept
The BEx Suite consists of reporting and analysis tools to help you create formatted reports (reports with a specific design) to distribute SAP BI data to the decision-makers in your company. You can use these reports both online and offline and even transfer them to PDA

SAP NetWeaver 2004s includes two new front-end tools for the BEx Suite, BEx Report Designer and BI Integrated Planning. BEx Report Designer allows you to create formatted reports (reports containing design and style elements) that you can access via the Web. Examples of formatted reports include income statements for tax forms that contain specific fields in a particular layout.

The other new tool delivered in SAP NetWeaver 2004s, BI Integrated Planning, replaces BW-BPS. This changes the way you perform planning at your company, whether it’s sales planning, profit center planning, or another type of financial planning. You no longer need to have multiple Excel spreadsheets circulating through management levels. This tool leverages SAP BI InfoCubes to store plan data and SAP BI front-end tools to enter and present it.

Figure 1 provides an overview of the new and improved BEx tools SAP NetWeaver 2004s offers. Part 1 of this series contains information about the two new tools. In part 2, I will explain enhancements to existing BEx Suite tools in the SAP NetWeaver 2004s release.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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