Discover SAP BusinessObjects

Discover SAP BusinessObjects

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ISBN-13: 9781592293155
Publisher: Rheinwerk Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Chris Dinkel has over 12 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing large-scale complex information systems. He has extensive experience in all phases of the SDLC of enterprise-wide data warehouses, Business Intelligence solutions, and custom client/server and Web applications. His prior background includes project management, ETL, business analysis, design, development, and administration of data warehouses supporting SAP, PeopleSoft, relational databases, and SAP BW/BusinessObjects systems. He has helped large and small enterprise customers to build robust reporting and analytic architectures that support operational, ad-hoc, and dashboard requirements. Chris has built hundreds of reports, analytics, metrics, and dashboards that are in use around the world today. He has worked in various business verticals including finance, energy, real estate, human resources, utilities, telecommunications, and technology for commercial and government organizations.

JC Raveneau is a Product Manager at SAP with 15 years of experience in the software industry. After starting his career writing report structures with Easytrieve on IBM mainframes, the discovery of BusinessObjects 3.1 was relief. Since then, JC has been focusing on business intelligence, holding a number of positions in engineering and customer services. JC was the product owner for the BusinessObjects Enterprise pattern books and monitoring add-on prototype available from SAP.
In his current role, JC facilitates the connections between the engineering stakeholders and customer feedback for BI products. JC holds a master degree in computer science from the EISTI in France

Thierry Audas has been with Business Objects since 1995. After various senior roles in program and product management he started to focus on business intelligence (BI) solutions for SAP customers in the early 2000’s. He worked extensively in BI, particularly focusing on providing SAP customers with best practices in mapping out BI strategies. Since the purchase of Business Objects by SAP, he has worked in a product marketing role and spends the majority of his time working directly with SAP customers to help them better understand how SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions work within their SAP environments to provide enhanced BI capabilities across the organization.

Table of Contents

1 ... Acknowledgments ... 151 ... Preface ... 17PART I ... SAP and Business Objects ... 211 ... Why Business Intelligence Matters ... 23

...1.1... The Business Intelligence Fact Gap ... 24

...1.2... A Business Intelligence Definition ... 27

...1.3... How BI Can Help Your Organization ... 29

...1.4... Key BI Functionality in the Market Today ... 32

...1.5... BI User Profiles ... 39

...1.6... The Future of Business Intelligence ... 40

...1.7... Summary ... 452 ... Business Objects: A Historical Perspective ... 47

...2.1... A Good Idea Can Go a Long Way ... 47

...2.2... Examining the Growth of Business Objects ... 50

...2.3... Business Objects in 2007 ... 55

...2.4... Summary ... 563 ... SAP and Business Objects: The Perfect Match ... 57

...3.1... Complementary Products ... 57

...3.2... SAP ERP ... 58

...3.3... SAP NetWeaver Platform ... 65

...3.4... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management ... 67

...3.5... SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence ... 69

...3.6... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Information Management ... 70

...3.7... Long-Time Product Integration ... 72

...3.8... A Clear Market Leader ... 73

...3.9... Summary ... 74PART II ... SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio Solutions ... 754 ... Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution ... 77

...4.1... Your Organization's Performance: The Humbling Statistics ... 77

...4.2... How Organizations Close the Gap Between Strategy and Execution ... 79

...4.3... The SAP Advantage ... 80

...4.4... Case Study ... 83

...4.5... Summary ... 845 ... Business Intelligence and On Demand Solutions ... 85
...5.1... The Need for a Business Intelligence Platform ... 85

...5.2... SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Solutions ... 95

...5.3... Dashboards and Visualization ... 117

...5.4... Search and Exploration ... 123

...5.5... SAP StreamWork and SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand ... 125

...5.6... Summary ... 139

6 ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Information Management Solutions ... 141

...6.1... SAP BusinessObjects Data Services ... 141

...6.2... SAP BusinessObjects Universal Data Cleanse ... 152

...6.3... SAP BusinessObjects Text Analysis ... 156

...6.4... SAP BusinessObjects Data Federator ... 163

...6.5... SAP BusinessObjects Metadata Management ... 166

...6.6... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts Packages for PeopleSoft ... 170

...6.7... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts for Siebel ... 172

...6.8... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts for Oracle ... 174

...6.9... Case Study ... 179

...6.10... Summary ... 181

7 ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management Solutions ... 183

...7.1... SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation ... 183

...7.2... SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management ... 187

...7.3... SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation ... 191

...7.4... SAP BusinessObjects XBRL Publishing ... 195

...7.5... SAP BusinessObjects Financial Information Management ... 200

...7.6... SAP BusinessObjects Intercompany ... 206

...7.7... SAP BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost Management ... 208

...7.8... SAP BusinessObjects Spend Performance Management ... 215

...7.9... SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management ... 219

...7.10... Case Studies ... 223

...7.11... Summary ... 2258 ... SAP BusinessObjects Governance, Risk, and Compliance Solutions ... 227
...8.1... SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management ... 228

...8.2... SAP BusinessObjects Access Control ... 236

...8.3... SAP BusinessObjects Process Control ... 241

...8.4... SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services ... 247

...8.5... SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management ... 251

...8.6... SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management ... 256

...8.7... Case Studies ... 259

...8.8... Summary ... 2629 ... Solutions for Small Businesses and Midsize Companies ... 263

...9.1... Unique BI Needs of Small Businesses and Midsize Companies ... 263

...9.2... SAP Crystal Reports ... 264

...9.3... SAP Crystal Dashboard Design ... 268

...9.4... SAP Crystal Reports Dashboard Design Package ... 270

...9.5... SAP Crystal Reports Server ... 271

...9.6... SAP BusinessObjects Edge Business Intelligence (BI) ... 274

...9.7... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts ... 280

...9.8... SAP BusinessObjects Edge Planning and Consolidation ... 281

...9.9... SAP BusinessObjects Edge Strategy Management ... 283

...9.10... SAP BusinessObjects OnDemand ... 285

...9.11... Case Studies ... 286

...9.12... Summary ... 289PART III ... SAP BusinessObjects Solutions for Non-SAP Customers ... 29110 ... Customers with Previous Investments in SAP BusinessObjects ... 293

...10.1... Investment Protection ... 293

...10.2... Upgrade Considerations ... 295

...10.3... Access to a Complete Portfolio of Solutions ... 299

...10.4... Get More Value from SAP Enterprise-Ready Standards ... 302

...10.5... Case Study ... 305
...10.6... Summary ... 307

11 ... Customers New to SAP BusinessObjects Solutions ... 309
...11.1... The Safe Choice ... 309

...11.2... Blueprint for Adopting SAP BusinessObjects Solutions ... 313

...11.3... Summary ... 317PART IV ... The Future of SAP BusinessObjects Solutions ... 31912 ... SAP BusinessObjects Product Directions and Roadmap ... 321
...12.1... In Memory ... 321

...12.2... Extend the Reach ... 323

...12.3... Software as a Service and Cloud ... 326

...12.4... Social BI and Collaboration ... 327

...12.5... Summary ... 330

13 ... SAP BusinessObjects Innovation Center ... 331

...13.1... Customer-Driven Innovation ... 331

...13.2... Get Involved ... 333

...13.3... Summary ... 334

... Appendices ... 337

... A ... Glossary ... 339

... B ... Technical Landscapes ... 349

... C ... References ... 367 ... Index ... 369

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