Tips for Developing BI Extranets

Over the past eight years or so, we’ve developed a number of business intelligence extranets for our clients. One of our first solutions was developed on top of Business Objects 5.1, and we have touched virtually every subsequent release including Business Objects 6.1, Business Objects 6.5, Business Objects XI, and now…SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1. (We’ve even had the pleasure of updating several of these applications when the Business Objects SDKs were changed after the Crystal Decisions merger.)

When helping a client plan an extranet, there are a core set of guidelines that we always follow.