SAP have made several name changes to the existing suite of SAP BusinessObjects software. The name changes are listed in the table below.
|SAP® BusinessObjects™ Enterprise
||SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence platform
|SAP® BusinessObjects™Xcelsius Enterprise
|Xcelsius Enterprise Interactive Viewing
||SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Interactive Viewing
|SAP® BusinessObjects™Advanced Analysis, Web Edition
||SAP® BusinessObjects™Analysis, edition for OLAP
|SAP® BusinessObjects™Advanced Analysis, Office Edition
||SAP® BusinessObjects™Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office
|SAP® BusinessObjects™Web Intelligence
||SAP® BusinessObjects™Web Intelligence (Installer name and documentation refers to “Interactive Analysis”)
||SAP® Crystal Reports
||BI launch pad
||Universe design tool
||SAP Crystal Dashboard Design Personal Edition
Bisystembuilders.com have adopted all the new name changes for new articles. The earlier names for BusinessObjects Enterprise i.e. XI, XI R2, XI 3.0, and XI 3.1 and other tools will only be used in bisystembuilder.com articles that cite details of a specific earlier release. An example of this would be a discussion regarding the difference between XI R2 and BI 4.0 architecture. Please refer to SAP for clarification as required.
A critical component in the BI System is the ability to take your source system data, clean it, and then load it into data your warehouse. It is this quality assured data that forms the backbone of your ‘single version of the truth’ in Business Intelligence. To achieve the timely loading of quality assured data a software program known generically as an ETL tool is used. In the SAP BusinessObjects suite the tool is a best of breed ETL program known as Data Integrator. Data Integrator is often used with another tool known as Data Quality. As its name suggests Data Quality provides advanced data cleansing capabilities. Metadata Manager is a third tool that can be used closely with Data Integrator to provide visibility into data lineage and data dependencies. It helps organisations to realise ‘trusted BI’ (quality assured data delivered to the information consumer). Finally, Data Federator is a program that will allow you to create a virtual data mart when you need data quickly. These four tools form the Information Management component of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite known as Data Services.
A dashboard can be thought of as a type of business cockpit. The dashboard can be corporate i.e. shared with several users or it can be personal for the consumption of the owner only. A dashboard usually provides an information summary of the corporate or user’s view of the world with hyperlinks to more detailed reports.
Corporate information can be consumed and shared through many different types of dashboard visualization. Examples of the information presented on a dashboard might be a list of KPIs, a Balanced Scorecard, a Strategy Map, alerts on Statistical Process Charts, and Web Intelligence reports.
Although a dashboard looks like a single component it will usually consist of several different components using widgets and reports integrated together seamlessly. The foundation stone for building a dashboard with SAP BusinessObjects is Dashboard Builder.
The most powerful dashboards are also designed to be interactive. SAP BusinessObjects uses an interactive dashboard tool known as Crystal Xcelsius (now renamed SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards). Once the Xcelsius Dashboard has been created it can become one of the many components on the main dashboard. When Xcelsius is combined with Query as a Web Service the data can be refreshed at the click of a button.