SAP Business Intelligence


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What is Business Intelligence (BI)?

The end-to-end process of BI involves analyzing the data generated by businesses, transforming the data into insights, and then leveraging those insights to make optimal decisions. BI tools primarily leverage “descriptive analytics,” because these tools traditionally focus on analyzing the current and historical performance based on data generated by the enterprise.

What is SAP BusinessObjects?

SAP BusinessObjects is a centralized BI tool that provides organizations with the ability to perform reporting, create visualizations, and generate real-time BI. BusinessObjects is the on-premises BI layer for SAP’s Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). It is currently among the most widely used BI tools in the SAP technology ecosystem, according to SAPinsider research The Future of Business Intelligence. Key capabilities of this tool are:

  • Near-real-time BI
  • Increased user autonomy
  • On-premise deployment
  • Seamless integration with SAP technologies

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

What is Business Intelligence (BI)?

The end-to-end process of BI involves analyzing the data generated by businesses, transforming the data into insights, and then leveraging those insights to make optimal decisions. BI tools primarily leverage “descriptive analytics,” because these tools traditionally focus on analyzing the current and historical performance based on data generated by the enterprise.

What is SAP BusinessObjects?

SAP BusinessObjects is a centralized BI tool that provides organizations with the ability to perform reporting, create visualizations, and generate real-time BI. BusinessObjects is the on-premises BI layer for SAP’s Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). It is currently among the most widely used BI tools in the SAP technology ecosystem, according to SAPinsider research The Future of Business Intelligence. Key capabilities of this tool are:

  • Near-real-time BI
  • Increased user autonomy
  • On-premise deployment
  • Seamless integration with SAP technologies

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders

  • Build a foundational analytics culture: While SAP sees the future of analytics in the cloud, primarily in the form of SAP Analytics Cloud, BI tools like BusinessObjects provide a great opportunity to fine-tune the “data-driven culture” aspect of your organization. Success with analytics tools is about the capability to assimilate, absorb, and leverage the tool in day-to-day decision making (SAPinsider research “Analytics in The Cloud”).
  • Democratize BI: Modern BI tools like BusinessObjects have functionalities like drag-and-drop features to build reports, intuitive interfaces, and dashboards that allow business users to leverage these tools without needing any technical or coding skills. Ensure that you put these tools in the hands of more business users.
  • Document BI tools in action: A powerful way to capture the value BI tools deliver is to document use cases generated by business users and share these across the organization to promote a data-driven business culture. You can find examples of BusinessObjects use cases on SAPinsider.
  • Understand the transition to cloud roadmap: There is no doubt that SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise has amassed an immense userbase. However, as the need for business intelligence evolved, SAP created a new Software as a Service (SaaS) product in SAP Analytics Cloud. SAP has made it clear that the ultimate go-forward solution for SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise users is SAP Analytics Cloud. Many SAP BusinessObjects customers have yet to move to SAP Analytics Cloud, and it is therefore imperative that they start planning this transition strategy. Read more about what product leaders at SAP have to say about this journey to the cloud.

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  1. Decision Intelligence

    Creating Value Through Decision Intelligence in SAP Landscape

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    A key aspect that consistently emerged in 2021, in multiple SAPinsider research reports about data and analytics, was that SAPinsiders believe that while the market has many different analytics tools and solutions to choose from, they still feel there is a void in terms of the kind of available analytics tools vs. the tools that…
  2. Decision Intelligence

    Discussing Decision Intelligence with Pyramid Analytics

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    Behind all the innovative features and functionalities of business intelligence and analytics tools is one key need- to be able to leverage the power of analytics across the enterprise. That is one of the key needs that users have when they think about enterprise analytics. And for that to happen, a tool must be “fluid”…
  3. The Future of Business Intelligence Benchmark Report

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    In This Report: We have entered the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Technology has taken a massive leap in the last decade and is expected to take another exponential leap in this coming decade, leading to rapid advances in the discipline of data science. Data science practices introduced the world of…...…
  4. The Future of Business Intelligence Benchmark Webinar

    In This Webinar: We have entered the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Technology has taken a massive leap in the last decade and is expected to take another exponential leap in this coming decade, leading to rapid advances in the discipline of data science. Data science practices introduced the world of…
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    Understanding Embedded Analytics

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Data & Analytics, SAPinsider Business Intelligence tools and their limitations The advent of Business Intelligence (BI) tools, decades ago, was groundbreaking. Functional managers and business process system users, who were consistently sucked into the myarid world of transactional databases, finally had an opportunity to look at data and reports on…...…
  6. Addressing Data Management Challenges for Data Intense Processes in SAP Ecosystem

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    By Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, SAPinsider Integrated challenge of process and data management A key challenge that organizations operating in complex technology ecosystems like SAP face is managing their business processes seamlessly and efficiently. From  a systems perspective, business processes within an ERP system span across several modules and hundreds of tables…....…
  7. Leveraging Operational Intelligence for Competitive Advantage

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    While there are many aspects and features that are evolving as business intelligence tools evolve, one key aspect is the transition from leveraging BI tools as providing historical insights into “what happened” to being tools that also provide answers to questions like “what is happening” and “what can happen”. And this is where Operational Intelligence…
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    Best-of-Breed Business Intelligence for Improved Agility

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    Whenever two or more companies merge, an extensive list of technical difficulties soon follows. The challenges include integrating systems, databases, and applications and enabling synchronization of information between organizations. For Ferrara – an emerging North American powerhouse in sweet snacking that recently acquired Nestle’s U.S. Confection and Kellogg’s Cookie, Cones, and Crust business, including Keebler…
  9. Executive Q&A: The intelligent finance imperative

    The recent economic disruption has accelerated the evolution of finance. Business demands that finance and accounting teams provide tighter integration, increased automation, better visibility into operations as well as more sophisticated planning and reporting capabilities. This interactive panel examines: - How finance and accounting teams are adapting critical priorities when it comes to planning, visibility,…
  10. Traditional and Modern BI Tools Have Their Place

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    The world of data and analytics is quickly evolving. The role of traditional BI tools like SAP BusinessObjects is shifting as today’s software-as-a-service subscription-based platforms incorporate advanced analytic capabilities. Ken Coleman, Business Intelligence Manager for the American Red Cross, describes several trends impacting the data and analytics space. Modern BI tools like SAP Analytics Cloud…
  11. Understanding the difference between Business Intelligence (BI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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    In the world of technology, it will be an impossible task these days to find someone who is not aware of the term data science. With the emergence of data science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools appreared on the horizon. The world was introduced to the significant impact AI and ML tools…
  12. Enterprise Business Intelligence: Best practices, tips, and tricks

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    In today’s data driven world, organizations are investing heavily in Business Intelligence tools and capabilities like SAP BusinessObjects. The sessions in this track will provide you with tips and tricks to get the most out of the current analytic solutions that you already have such as the business object solutions and native SAP reporting solutions.
  13. Accelerating the Intelligent Enterprise with InsightViews from Protiviti

    This fun, non-technical mini workshop will give you the game-changing tools and techniques you need to start crafting compelling data stories with your data! Our BI Data storytelling Mastery framework removes the guesswork from crafting data stories that pop! Learn how to craft a compelling data story using only a whiteboard and post-its. After taking…
  14. Discover What’s New – SAP BusinessObjects BI4.3

    Join this session and learn about the upcoming release of the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform. During this session, you will see a demo-rich showcase of the latest and greatest capabilities, such as a redesigned launchpad and workspace, a new SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence software designer, new visualizations, updated data sources, and deployment support.…
  15. Case Study: Tips and Tricks to Build High-Powered Semantic Layers with SAP BusinessObjects

    Gain practical advice from the American Red Cross on how to build semantic layers to support complex reports, dashboards, and structured Big Data. Based on real-world lessons using the information design tool (IDT) to create universes for its deployment of self-service BI to a portion of its 6,000 users nationwide, attendees will: - Learn how…
  16. Twelve Traits That a Business Intelligence Program and Building With LEGO Bricks Have in Common

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    A strong and reliable business intelligence (BI) program can quickly reveal areas for improvement and help organizations make proactive decisions by identifying business patterns and trends and providing a comprehensive view of a company’s data. Establishing such a program, however, requires many pieces to fit together, similar to—according to SAPinsider Expert Jeff Stout—building with LEGO…
  17. Planning in a Crisis – Business Lessons from The Eye of the Storm

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    Features 8 critical lessons Finance should learn from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as why it’s critical to evolve your finance function today — and how to do it.   Find other insightful content from Wolters Kluwer | CCH Tagetik on their Vendor Showcase
  18. White Paper: Enter the Next Planning Evolution

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    In the report, learn how software innovations are transforming the planning process into a strategic, future-focused activity that you can use to drive your business forward.   Find other insightful content from Wolters Kluwer | CCH Tagetik on their Vendor Showcase
  19. Using Artificial Intelligence with SAP for Dynamic Financial Environments

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    Traditional programming approaches—such as using ABAP development to create customized applications within SAP—are often too slow to respond to today's fast-changing environments. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), data scientists are able to create more sophisticated, customized calculations in SAP to better support marketing and operations. In this article, the author explains how to…
  20. How AI and SAP Technology Optimize Operations

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    By Georgina Watkins Artificial intelligence (AI) and SAP ERP technologies have been highly instrumental in optimizing and streamlining the operations of many modern companies. Despite the value of these technologies to both scaling startups and large corporations, not all are fully aware of just how AI and SAP are beneficial to their organizations. If you’re…
  21. Access Your Free SAP BI/Data Management Intelligence Guided Trial

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    Get hands-on with your free guided trial. Unlock access to SAP BI/Data Management Intelligence, a comprehensive solution that brings together enterprise AI with intelligent information management.
  22. Your Source For SAP BI/Data Management Intelligence

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    View and Download Your SAP BI/Data Management Intelligence Content Bundle Resources.
  23. Access Your SAP BI/Data Management Intelligence Content Bundle

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    Get access to all of the resources in the SAP Data Intelligence Content Bundle Resources. Register below to gain the latest insights with SAP Data Intelligence tutorials, tips and training content from SAP Experts.
  24. SAP – BI – 12.04.19

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    Learn why SAP customers should explore SAP Cloud Platform which provides the technical foundation, agility and capabilities that empower teams to begin building their DevOps pipeline and modernize applications.
  25. Access Your BI/Analytic/Predictive Content Bundle

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    Access to all of the resources in this BI/Analytics/Predictive Content Bundle. Register below to gain the latest insights with SAP BI/Analytics/Predictive tutorials, tips and training content from SAP Experts.
  26. How Poggenpohl’s Adoption Of A Software-Defined Approach To Archiving SAP BI/Data Management Reduced Up To 90% Of Its Operating Costs

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    How Poggenpohl’s Adoption of a Software-Defined Approach to Archiving SAP BI/Data Management Reduced Up to 90% of Its Operating Costs.
  27. Access Your Intelligent Technologies Content Bundle

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    Access to all of the resources in this Intelligent Technologies Content Bundle. Register below to gain the latest insights with SAP Intelligent Technologies tutorials, tips and training content from SAP Experts.
  28. BI/Data Management Podcast

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    Hear from product experts on how AI and data orchestration come together to help organizations tackle the challenges of data sprawl and scaling ML projects.
  29. Maximize Productivity Throughout the Intelligent Enterprise

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    Over the years, more than 5,000 customers with tens of millions of users have confidently chosen to implement SAP Solution Extensions, which are products sold by SAP that are developed by third-party independent software vendors. SAP Solution Extensions enhance the customer experience because they simplify procurement, reduce risk, and help manage cost by offering broad…
  30. BI & HANA: Case study: British American Tobacco’s road map to enable analytics alongside SAP BW 7.5 on SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2

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    Learn lessons from British American Tobacco’s migration to SAP BW 7.5 on SAP HANA while migrating from SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 to BI 4.2. Click this link to view the slides from this session — BIHANA2017_Cooper_Casestudybritishamerican. Mark Cooper If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea,…...…
  31. BI & HANA: Case study: CSL Plasma’s data management and quality strategy — Separating SAP Data Services from the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform to enable analytics advancement

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    Learn why CSL Plasma decided to divide its SAP Data Services from the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform. Click this link to view the slides from this session — BIHANA2017_Ochs_Casestudycslplasmasdatamanagement.   Nancy Ochs If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content...…
  32. BI & HANA: Case study: How Lockheed Martin leverages SAP ONE Support Launchpad and SAP BusinessObjects Lumira to optimize its SAP investment

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    Learn how Lockheed Martin leverages SAP ONE Support Launchpad to access support tools and how it uses SAP BusinessObjects Lumira to provide important system data to management and support staff. Click this link to view the slides from this session — BIHANA2017_Lauver_Casestudyhowlockheedmartin. Ken Lauver If you have comments about this article or publication, or would…...…
  33. BI & HANA: Case study: Taking it to the cloud — Using SAP BusinessObjects at Fairfax Water

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    Learn about Fairfax Water’s experience using SAP BusinessObjects Cloud and get firsthand feedback on the solution’s capabilities…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access... This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access
  34. BI & HANA: Case study: Top 10 ways Fairfax Water squeezes value from its SAP BusinessObjects BI and analytics investments

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    Learn how SAP mentor and BI guru Tammy Powlas drives maximum value from the SAP BusinessObjects BI and analytics tools at Fairfax Water. Click this link to view the slides from this session — BIHANA2017_Powlas_Casestudytop10ways.   Tammy Powlas If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea,…...…
  35. Reporting & Analytics: Case study: How Carpenter Technology Corporation is leveraging SAP S/4HANA to expedite its analytics road map

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    Find out how Carpenter Technology Corporation leverages SAP S/4HANA out-of-the-box capabilities to adopt an agile methodology for analytics requirements realization. RA_2017_South_Casestudyhowcarpentertechnology Keith South If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more...…
  36. Reporting & Analytics: Case study: Metrics on the move — How ALDO Group puts live insight into the hands of users anywhere, anytime with SAP Roambi

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    Learn how the ALDO Group implemented SAP Roambi. RA_2017_Dadoun_Casestudymetricsonthemove David Dadoun If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access... This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In…
  37. Reporting & Analytics: Case study: Resistance is futile — How Breakthru Beverage delivers SAP HANA model analysis and visualizations to users who insist on Excel

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    Find out how Breakthru Beverage accommodates the needs of analysts who insist on using Microsoft Excel, while also leveraging its investment in SAP HANA models. RA_2017_Foley_Casestudyresistanceisfutile Desmond Foley If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium...…
  38. BI & HANA: Case study: Transforming business intelligence at Mobile Mini with a Business Intelligence Competency Center

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    Learn how Mobile Mini migrated from its legacy enterprise data warehouse to the SAP HANA platform to enable real-time reporting. here Heather Sinkwitz If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more...…
  39. BI & HANA: Case study: The next data warehousing evolution with SAP HANA modeling — Strategy, processes, and development

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    Learn how The Irvine Company leveraged classic data warehousing methods with new SAP HANA modeling techniques to advance business analytics capabilities. here Ken Wong If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn...…
  40. BI & HANA: Case study: Performance tuning lessons from Newell Brands

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    Explore the journey of Newell Brands from traditional SAP BW objects to SAP HANA studio-based objects. here Ketan Doshi If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access... This…
  41. BI & HANA: Case study: How the Houston Independent School District planned and executed its upgrade to SAP BW 7.5

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    Follow along as the Houston Independent School District (HISD) outlines its upgrade to SAP BW 7.5. here Jehangir Khan If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign In Learn more about Premium Access... This…
  42. BI & HANA: Case study: American Red Cross’ transition from a static reporting environment to modern, sleek BI applications and dashboards based on SAP Lumira, designer edition

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    Learn how American Red Cross went from dull, manual, and static reports to modern, data-driven, and insight-delivering solutions using SAP Lumira, designer edition (formerly SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio). here Robert Shoemake If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is...…
  43. BI & HANA: Case study: Architecting data for self-service BI — How American Red Cross leveraged dimensional modeling techniques alongside the information design tool to achieve success

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    Find out how the American Red Cross overcame architectural data challenges specifically associated with deploying self-service BI to a portion of its 6,000 users nationwide. here Ken Coleman If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium...…
  44. BI & HANA: Case study: How the City of Chicago uses BI on BI to improve metadata management, increase security, and save money

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    Find out how the City of Chicago leverages SAP BusinessObjects BI to secure and manage its metada drawn from sources in various departments. here Dariusz Zyskowski If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is available to Premium Members. Sign...…
  45. SAP BI And SAP HANA Collection 2019

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    Harnessing BI and analytics solutions requires a unique blend of critical thinking, strategic vision, and technical chops. How do you know if your company (and you!) have what it takes?SAPinsider has assembled a nine popular articles on SAP BI and SAP HAN This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join…
  46. Transforming Business in the Era of Intelligence

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    With the promise of the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP is charting a roadmap to support companies on their digital journeys to turn data into insight and revenue opportunities. Partners are key in helping to support this journey by building, extending, and integrating next-generation cloud applications that contribute to the intelligent suite, which rests on the digital…
  47. Live from SAPinsider Studio: Ivo Bauermann and Gerrit Kazmaier from BI-HANA 2018

      SAPinsider BI-HANA 2018 keynote speakers Ivo Bauermann and Gerrit Kazmaier join SAPinsider Studio to recap their keynote presentation. Topics covered include SAP Analytics Cloud and why it’s so important for a digital enterprise to have business intelligence, planning, and predictive reside in the same application…. This content is available to (General or Premium) members....…
  48. Live from SAPinsider Studio: Jayne Landry on SAP’s BI Roadmap

    Jayne Landry, SAP Global VP of Product Management for SAP Analytics and SAP Leonardo, joins SAPinsider Studio at the 2018 BI-HANA event to discuss SAP’s BI strategy. Topics include SAP Analytics Hub and how a hybrid cloud approach for consuming analytics drives a culture of innovation; a pilot project for hybrid licensing with a single…...…
  49. User Adoption Can Make or Break a Project

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    When SAP customers struggle with the implementation of a new business intelligence (BI) tool, it’s rarely because of the tool itself. In most cases, the issue is user reluctance to adopt the technology — users will only use a new BI tool if they are certain that it serves their needs. Learn about a six-step…
  50. Creating an SAP BusinessObjects Multi-Source Universe: A Step-by-Step Guide

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    With the exponential growth of data from multiple sources, using conventional methods for extracting it is time-consuming, costly, and resource intensive. SAP has simplified Multi-Source Universes in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 as an answer to this issue. Created with the Information Design Tool (IDT), a Multi-Source Universe can combine data from SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW)…
  51. Create an SAP BusinessObjects Multi-Source Universe – A Step-by-Step Guide

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    With the exponential growth of data from multiple sources, using conventional methods for extracting it is time-consuming, costly, and resource intensive. SAP has simplified Multi-Source Universes in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 as an answer to this issue. Created with the Information Design Tool (IDT), a Multi-Source Universe can combine data from SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW)…...…
  52. How to Configure and Explore Geographic Data Within Web Intelligence 4.2

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    Learn the basic concepts of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2. With these easy step-by-step instructions, learn how to configure geographic data within a Web Intelligence 4.2 query so that geographical data can be displayed and analyzed within both a map and chart. Also learn how to configure state and city data fields for analysis. Key…...…
  53. Advice on SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Documents and Universes

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    Are you using SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence to create reports?  Whether you are an advanced report developer looking to use WebI as an ad hoc dashboard creator or a newcomer who is just trying avoid committing a deadly WebI sin, experts Alan Mayer and Michael Welter answered questions and shared expert advice on SAP BusinessObjects…...…
  54. RESTful Services Eases the Documentation of Web Intelligence Reports in SAP BusinessObjects 4.X

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    Documenting Web Intelligence reports can require a great deal of effort, but if this task is combined with exploring internals of Web Intelligence, and learning the basics of Powershell and SAP Raylight Representational State Transfer (RESTful) Web Services API, it can be a fun and very useful experience. Key Concept Powershell is a free tool…...…
  55. SAP BI Product Convergence Update: What’s Happening Today, What is Coming Next, and What Does It Mean for You?

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    SAP’s BI suite continues its course of ongoing product advancements, and there are significant new product releases on the very near horizon. With the pending SP4 release of SAP BI 4.2 due to impact the full BI suite, and the major new release of SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 (where SAP BusinessObjects Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Design…...…
  56. BI 2017 and HANA 2017: Insights from Deloitte’s Penny Silvia

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    As a longtime speaker of 15 years, Penny Silvia is no stranger to SAPinsider events. And her expertise is a familiar feature to frequent attendees. On Wednesday morning, I sat down with her to learn a little more about her areas of expertise and what kind of content she brings to the SAPinsider events. Silvia,…
  57. BI 2017, HANA 2017, and Basis & SAP Administration 2017: Keynote Recap

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    To kick off BI 2017, HANA 2017, and Basis & SAP Administration 2017, SAP’s Mike Flannagan delivered an insightful keynote talk, followed by a deep dive into some emerging technologies with Chris Dinkel and Jag Bandla of Deloitte Consulting LLP. In his keynote, Mike Flannagan, Senior Vice President of Analytics, spoke on why he chose…
  58. BI 2017: One-on-One with Mark Cooper of British American Tobacco

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    Mark Cooper, Global Analytics Solution Architect at British American Tobacco (BAT), has been presenting case studies at SAPinsider events since 2011. His experience both as an SAPinsider speaker and as an analytics expert made for an in-depth and engaging conversation on site. Mark recently completed a five-year project that placed the entire company on one…
  59. The Role of Analytics for the Digital Enterprise

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    Data is the currency of the digital economy, and figuring out how to best mine your enterprise data — including the increasing amount of unstructured data that is now flowing into businesses — is key to gaining a competitive advantage. Digitization creates the environment that enables the enterprise analytics needed for this purpose — but…
  60. Drive Business Insight with Shared Asset Intelligence

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    Smart products have become important components of manufacturing networks. The information that smart devices can deliver about an organization’s assets has the power to transform business processes, business models, and manufacturing — particularly when that information can be shared across the entire ecosystem of suppliers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), service providers, and asset operators involved…
  61. Q&A on SAP BI 4.2: What’s Happening with SAP’s BI Products, and What Does It Mean for You?

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    During this live Q&A session, Jayne, Ty Miller, Olivier Duvelleroy, and several other key product leaders from the BI product groups at SAP, including SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, SAP Lumira, SAP Design Studio, SAP Analysis for Office, and SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports, gathered to answer readers’ questions on the road ahead for SAP’s BI products,…...…
  62. Optimizing BI Administration in SAP Environments: Q&A on How to Properly Maintain and Secure Complex, Shared Landscapes

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    Business intelligence (BI) is the lifeblood of data-driven organizations, enabling you to turn the data in your SAP systems into actionable information that drives better decision making, uncovers opportunity, and improves efficiency. The modern BI landscape is an increasingly complex one, however, with trends such as big data, the cloud, and the Internet of Things…...…
  63. Glazer’s Distributors Celebrates Enterprise Business Intelligence

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    Wholesale alcohol distributor Glazer’s Distributors makes roughly 250,000 monthly deliveries of malt beverages, wines, and spirits to customers in 15 US States, the US Virgin Islands, and Canada. Entering its second century of doing business, Glazer’s mapped out a vision for a future-state IT infrastructure with a focus on supporting an influx of data, advanced…
  64. Live from SAPinsider Studio: EV Technologies on the Evolution of BI

    SAP Mentors Eric Vallo and Dallas Marks of EV Technologies join SAPinsider Studio at BI-HANA 2016 to discuss fundamental changes to enterprise business intelligence (BI). Topics of this discussion include tips on moving the analytics needle, data management strategy for the digital enterprise, and what a transition to “pervasive BI” means to businesses from a…...…
  65. Live from SAPinsider Studio: Houston Independent School District’s BI Journey

    Jehangir Khan, Senior BI Architect, Houston Independent School District, joins SAPinsider Studio at the 2016 BI-HANA event to discuss the district’s evolving use of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite. Topics of this discussion include how the district is driving better decisions with tools such as Lumira, Design Studio, and Web Intelligence. This is an edited…...…
  66. How to Select the Best BI Tool to Meet Your Technical Requirements: Part 2

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    As part of the overall SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio, SAP offers a wide range of tools to help companies meet their reporting and analysis needs. No one tool is a silver bullet that meets all of the technical requirements of a company. However, this comprehensive overview helps identify your company’s specific technical needs and determine…...…
  67. How to Select the Best BI Tool to Meet Your Requirements: Part 1

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    Gain a look at the overall SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence portfolio offerings, including the new SAP Cloud for Analytics, to help you evaluate your company’s requirements and carefully select the best products to meet those requirements and the ones that also are a safe investment for the future roadmap. Key Concept SAP’s recently announced the…...…