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SAP Business Intelligence Quick Start Guide

By : Vinay Singh
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SAP Business Intelligence Quick Start Guide

By: Vinay Singh

Overview of this book

The SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform is a powerful reporting and analysis tool. This book is the ideal introduction to the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform, introducing you to its data visualization, visual analytics, reporting, and dashboarding capabilities. The book starts with an overview of the BI platform and various data sources for reporting. Then, we move on to looking at data visualization, analysis, reporting, and analytics using BusinessObjects Business Intelligence tools. You will learn about the features associated with reporting, scheduling, and distribution and learn how to deploy the platform. Toward the end, you will learn about the strategies and factors that should be considered during deployment. By the end, you will be confident working with the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform to deliver better insights for more effective decision making.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
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Section 1: Introduction to SAP Business Intelligence
Section 2: Data Visualization, Analysis, and Reporting
Section 3: BI Platform Features and Deployment

Working with the design tool

The design tool consists of the Components, Outline, and Properties views, as well as the layout editor, menu, and toolbar. We will learn about some of these in this section.

The Components view contains all of the components that can be used for creating analysis applications. These components are part of the user interface, and their behavior can be edited in the Properties view. Based on their functions, they are group into different folders:

  • Analytic Components are used to visualize data. This group contains the following components:
    • Chart
    • Crosstab

In the following screenshot, you can see the Analytic Components listed:

With Crosstab, you can display multi-dimensional data in a table with analytical functions.
  • Basic Components is a set of multiple components with different functions that can be used at design time (Button, Image, and...