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Inside SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

by: Ingo Hilgefort

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Publisher: SAP Press,31.01.10

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ISBN: 1592293409
ISBN13: 9781592293407

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If you're considering using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, this book is for you. It will show you how SAP BusinessObjects Explorer can help you make faster, better-informed decisions by giving you more insight into your data. And, if you're already using Explorer, you'll learn about the latest functionality of the XI 3.2 release and the new features of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Accelerated Version in combination with SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator. From installation and deployment, to everyday usage scenarios and more advanced topics, this book is filled with invaluable information that will help you configure and utilize Explorer to its full potential.

Installation and Deployment
Learn about typical deployment options, both with and without SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator.

Functional Overview
Discover the most important functionalities of the different versions of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer - Standard and Accelerated.

Real-World Scenarios
See SAP BusinessObjects Explorer at work by exploring scenarios from a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail, finance, customer service, and sales.

Advanced Topics
Go beyond the typical usage of Explorer and learn about more advanced topics, including uploading data from Microsoft® Excel and working with the on-demand, cloud version.
Highlights

· Installation and Deployment
· Using SAP and Non-SAP Data Sources with Explorer
· Real-life Examples From a Broad Range of Industries
· Data Connectivity and Data Security
· Explorer in the Cloud
· Using Explorer with Excel Spreadsheets
· Using Explorer on the iPhone

The Author

Ingo Hilgefort is an experienced BusinessObjects and SAP professional. He's currently group product manager with SAP BusinessObjects, responsible for driving adoptions of the BusinessObjects BI platform within the SAP Business Suite. He is also the author of Integrating SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 Tools with SAP NetWeaver and Reporting & Analytics Using SAP BusinessObjects, also from SAP PRESS.

"Casual users generating analytics with SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, and the power of in-memory analytics are changing the business intelligence landscape."
George Mathew
VP & GM, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer


Table of Contents

... Foreword ... 11
... Acknowledgments ... 13
... Preface ... 15

1 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer - One Piece of Your Business Intelligence Puzzle ... 19
1.1 ... A Short History of SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 19
1.1.1 ... The First Start to More Insight - Intelligent Question ... 20
1.1.2 ... Intelligent Search ... 22
1.1.3 ... First Release of Polestar ... 23
1.1.4 ... Polestar Becomes SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 24
1.1.5 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer Continues to Evolve ... 25
1.2 ... Introduction to SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 26
1.3 ... Introduction to the SAP Business­Objects Business Intelligence Portfolio ... 30
1.3.1 ... Comparison of Tools and Requirements ... 35
1.4 ... Summary ... 37

2 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer - Installation and Deployment ... 39
2.1 ... Deployment Options for SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 39
2.1.1 ... Deployment Options Without SAP NetWeaver BWA ... 40
2.1.2 ... Deployment Options in Combination with SAP NetWeaver BWA ... 41
2.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer - Software Components and Installation Steps ... 45
2.2.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 45
2.2.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer - Accelerated Version ... 47
2.2.3 ... SAP Business­Objects Open Accelerator ... 48
2.2.4 ... Installation Material, Software Download, and Important SAP Notes ... 48
2.3 ... Data Connectivity Options ... 54
2.3.1 ... Data Connectivity Options Without SAP NetWeaver BWA ... 55
2.3.2 ... Data Connectivity Options for SAP Business­Objects Explorer Accelerated Version ... 56
2.4 ... SAP NetWeaver BWA Configuration Steps ... 59
2.5 ... SAP NetWeaver BusinessWarehouse (BW) Configuration Steps ... 62
2.5.1 ... Enabling SAP Business­Objects Explorer Accelerated Version ... 62
2.5.2 ... Configuring Global Settings in SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator Index Wizard ... 63
2.6 ... Business­Objects Enterprise Configuration Steps ... 64
2.6.1 ... Configuring SAP Authentication for SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 65
2.6.2 ... Configuration of SAP Authentication for SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 70
2.6.3 ... Configuring TREX Parameters for SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 72
2.6.4 ... Configuring Business­Objects Enterprise Security Profiles ... 74
2.6.5 ... Information Space Security ... 81
2.7 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer Accelerated Version - Known Limitations ... 82
2.8 ... Summary ... 83

3 ... Using SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 85
3.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer - Quick Basics ... 85
3.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and SAP NetWeaver BWA - Quick Basics ... 105
3.3 ... Using SAP Business­Objects Explorer with Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets ... 119
3.4 ... Summary ... 123

4 ... Implementation Relevant Topics ... 125
4.1 ... Support for MultiProvider ... 125
4.2 ... Support for SAP NetWeaver BW Queries ... 143
4.3 ... Restricted and Calculated Key Figures ... 151
4.4 ... Calculated Measures ... 159
4.5 ... Facet Groups ... 162
4.6 ... Leveraging SAP NetWeaver BW Hierarchies ... 174
4.7 ... Data-Level Security and Filtering Information Spaces ... 179
4.7.1 ... Using BI Authorizations ... 179
4.7.2 ... Using Data Filtering in SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 181
4.8 ... Known Limitations and Possible Workarounds ... 186
4.9 ... Summary ... 188

5 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer - Usage Scenarios ... 189
5.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Health Care ... 189
5.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Retail ... 198
5.3 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Insurance ... 205
5.4 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Finance ... 211
5.5 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Procurement ... 221
5.6 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Customer Service ... 227
5.7 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Sales ... 234
5.8 ... Summary ... 245

6 ... Advanced Topics ... 247
6.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer in the Cloud ... 247
6.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer "Excel Plug-In ... 251
6.3 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer on the iPhone ... 254
6.4 ... Using Index Designer for Open Accelerator ... 270
6.5 ... Summary ... 295

7 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer - Outlook ... 297
... The Author ... 301
... Index ... 303