Book Image

SAP Business Intelligence Quick Start Guide

By : Vinay Singh
Book Image

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)
Free Chapter
Section 1: Introduction to SAP Business Intelligence
Section 2: Data Visualization, Analysis, and Reporting
Section 3: BI Platform Features and Deployment

Introduction to SAP BusinessObjects WebI

WebI allows business users to dynamically create relevant data queries. By using this, you can apply filters to data which allows you to slice and dice, drill down, find exceptions, and create calculations in the data. It is very intuitive and helpful for ad hoc reporting and analysis.

Like most SAP applications, WebI uses a three-tier client-server architecture in which the functional process logic, data access, computer data storage, and user interface are developed and maintained as independent modules on separate platforms. It allows for different development teams to work on their own areas of expertise.
We are able to scale the application up and out. It gives us the ability to update the technology stack of one-tier, without impacting other areas of the application. The layers in WebI are:

  • Database layer: This is the layer for...