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Business Intelligence Platform – BusinessObjects XI Version (BOXI)

To build your BI System you will need to install and configure a Business Intelligence platform. The Business Intelligence platform is the heart of your BI System and for SAP BusinessObjects this comes in two main versions. These are SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI and it’s bigger brother SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise. SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise has full BI Platform Scalability. After installing and configuring your BI platform you will be able to leverage its many capabilities. The capabilities will vary depending upon which license you buy.

There are some very useful BI capabilities available such as SAP BusinessObjects Encyclopaedia which you can use as a BI knowledge management tool and BI Content Search which will allow you to make powerful searches through your BI library of reports, or use Explorer (Polestar) which will allow you to make google like searches on your BI reports and data. You can use the Threaded Discussions capability to collaborate your Business Intelligence with your colleagues.

There is a full administration console known as the Central Management Console which will allow you to do many important things such as configurations and setting up your security model. Through the Central Management Console you will also be able to know what is happening on your BI System by activating SAP BusinessObjects Auditing. Many organisations set up at least two environments such as a development and production environment. You may also opt for testing, training, and pre-production environments. To promote your BI content through the environments you can take advantage of the BI platform’s Lifecycle Manager.

Databases are queried with technical languages such as SQL and MDX code. However, the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform includes two tools Universe Designer and Universe Builder that will enable you to build your own universes. These universes generate the query code behind the scenes so that business users don’t have to write it themselves or make requests to IT. In fact business users do not even need to know that the code exists.

The BI platform is also capable of supporting dashboards and by purchasing the Xcelsius Dashboards product you can create many interactive dashboards for your KPIs. You can also incorporate your Xcelsius Dashboards with other components such as Widgets and Web Intelligence Reports into a single dashboard with Dashboard Builder.

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BISB Migrate Content to BI 4.0

BISB have successfully migrated their BI content and Business Analytics from XI 3.1 to SAP BI 4.0 using the new SAP Upgrade management tool. BISB maintain their live SAP BusinessObjects environment for the purposes of customer demonstrations and Proof of Concept.  The image below is an example of the upgrade. It shows a Business Analytic on the new BI 4.0 platform.  The Business Analytic was originally developed by BISB on the XI 3.1 platform and then upgraded to BI 4.0 . The Business Analytic has been developed using Web Intelligence (Interactive Analysis) and now leverages the new BI 4.0 charting engine.

Customers wishing to see a live demo of the SAP BI 4.0 should get in contact with BISB via the BI System Builders’ website.  Russell Beech will be making the demonstrations.

Business Analytics with SAP BusinessObjects

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BISB Upgrade to BI 4.0

BISB have installed and configured the new BI 4.0 Business Intelligence Platform from SAP BusinessObjects to upgrade their live customer demo BI System.  The installation is running in parallel to their existing XI 3.1 SP3 system on a Windows 64 bit quad core machine with 8 GB RAM. First impressions of the new BI platform are very positive. The picture below is taken from the BISB installation and shows the BI Launch Pad, which is the new BI 4.0 version of the portal previously known as SAP BusinessObjects InfoView.

BI 4.0 Launch Pad