Continuing our previous post on Input Controls, let’s now look into Element Linking in Web Intelligence Reporting. The combination of Element Linking with Input Control allows developers to create hybrid dashboards using Web Intelligence Reporting tool. In essence, they allow filtering between report elements thereby facilitating interactivity between one or more elements. This also allows us […]
SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 has been in the wild now for nearly a year and there has never been a better time to upgrade. After some rough beginnings with the 4.0 release, BusinessObjects 4.1 provides a stable and reliable platform. There are lots of reasons to upgrade! New Functionality There’s a litany of new tools available with […]
This week I was working on a client’s new install of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 with Support Package 6. They had just upgraded to Support Package 6 and were experiencing a few unexpected issues. They had configured SSL on their Tomcat server, which was working fine from the BI Launchpad and the other apps, but […]
For a the first part of last week, we here at Altek Solutions along with a some other partners in the US were invited to SAP’s headquarters to get our hands on some new versions of some SAP BusinessObjects tools. We had the privilege of getting to play with new versions of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.1 as well as SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Office 1.4.
SAP Visual Intelligence development interface is easy to navigate and is split between two major modes of Prepare and Share. The client installed tool once opened allows us to create New Documents or open existing Visualizations and or Datasets, the two components making up a .SVID file. Typically these files can be saved in SAP Visual Intelligence Documents folder under Users Documents folder.
Creation of a Visualization involves three steps, one is to connect to a data source and scope and acquire a dataset; two is to prepare the dataset for final cosmetics and data manipulation as part of any cleansing or business representation of Dimensions or Attributes and Measures from raw data, if required; and third is to choose and chart type and built the chart. Once the chart display is the desired result, save and share it.
SAP Visual Intelligence is a new product from SAP AG introduced earlier this year as a standalone installed application which produces crisp, detailed visualizations using charts. The specific goal is to provide business owners and business-centric users the ability to create and deliver visualizations, enabling them to present their business information quickly.
Visual Intelligence users can by-pass traditional IT using full client reporting tools like SAP BusinessObjects, Web Intelligence or SAP Crystal Reports and reduce the time of the development cycle.
With the release of our first Xcelsius/Dashboard Design Add-on component, we decided to put together a multiple part series of blog posts that could showcase how RangeFinder can be utilized within specific business sectors. The first edition of the series is taking aim at the insurance industry and which KPI’s can be visualized by RangeFinder to provide exceptional value to end users.
Over the past 6 Months, analysts and developers here at Altek Solutions have been vigorously working on putting together specifications for a new component add-on that could be utilized by dashboard designers to provide a new data visualization for end users. It has been a long and hard road but we have finally have a product that can do exactly that. RangeFinder is the first component in a new line of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard plugins that Altek Solutions will be creating and constantly updating moving forward.