ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference Presentation

As a company we are always trying to further our experiences, give back to the user community and solidify our place in the marketplace as experts throughout the SAP BusinessObjects suite. Having presented at user conferences in the past, we are always looking to continue that trend and submit abstracts for as may as we can. This year at the 2013 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference in Anaheim, Ryan Muldowney and I will be presenting a session on the best practices of when and where to combine multiple data sources.

5 Reasons Why You Should Use SAP BusinessObjects Universes

In meeting with organizations who are new to SAP BusinessObjects or who are legacy Crystal Reports users, we are often asked the question “Why should I use a Business Objects Universe?”. To organizations who have worked with universes for a period of time, the advantages and value proposition are clear. But for organizations who are new to universes, it can often be a challenge to quantify the value of the semantic layer.

In this post I hope to outline a few of the reasons why we recommend implementing universes, even if you’re not using an SAP BusinessObjects tool that specifically requires them.

Connecting BusinessObjects to SAP

Following SAP’s big acquisition of BusinessObjects, more and more companies running SAP are looking to BusinessObjects as an answer for their reporting needs. The BusinessObjects tools WebIntelligence and Xcelsius are well suited for this role. However, getting SAP data into those tools is not yet as easy as SAP would like. For a variety of reasons, BusinessObjects Data Services is the tool of choice for extracting data from SAP. In this post I will explain how Data Services talks to SAP to extract data.

Aggregate Awareness! What is that? (Part 1 of 2)

In the SAP BusinessObjects community, when someone talks about “AA” they don’t mean the meetings people attend, they are talking about a pretty cool function that is available in Designer. Aggregate Awareness or @aggregate_aware is a term that we use to describe the ability of a universe to utilize aggregate tables in a database. Using the function correctly can greatly improve the performance and user experience. This will be the first of two blogs and will talk about Aggregation and Summary tables. The second post will show how to implement Aggregate Awareness into a SAP BusinessObjects Universe.

Why Ad Hoc Reporting Won’t Work (part 2): We Need to Massage the Data First

Back in March I posted “Five Reasons Why Ad Hoc Reporting Won’t Work In Some Organizations”. In that post, I listed some of the major concerns that I hear from potential clients when the subject of ad hoc reporting is broached. As promised, I will be addressing each of those concerns and showing how they can be overcome. We’ve already addressed “Our people aren’t smart enough to create their own reports.” Now let’s turn our attention to data, and look at “We need to massage the data first.”