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.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about what it takes to be a great business intelligence consultant. Now it’s time to turn the tables a bit, and talk about what it takes to be a great client. Successful implementation of a BI project is based on a partnership between the consultants and the client, so here are a few things that we look for in a fruitful partnership.
In a previous post (If Google is Your Consultant’s Best Friend…RUN!) I mentioned a case where a “consultant” was hired for a project they obviously had no clue about how to deliver. Certainly a case of the project team bringing in the wrong resource.
Along those lines, I’m often asked by people just starting their career in consulting what it takes to be successful. So I thought I’d give a few guidelines for what I think makes a great SAP BusinessObjects consultant. Hopefully this will provide some value on both sides of the fence.
I recently published the post 5 Reasons Why You Should Use an SAP BusinessObjects Universe to highlight some of the core benefits you’ll see when implementing the semantic layer for you organization. The post was derived from speaking with organizations new to the Business Objects world about the benefits of leveraging the semantic layer. Throughout those talks, I also get to hear a lot of misconceptions about SAP BusinessObjects Universes. Sometimes they are born out of a simple lack of understanding of the SAP BusinessObjects architecture, while other times they are propagated by competing business intelligence vendors. (Shocking, I know.)
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.
We’re about to embark upon a new project to conduct a large-scale health check on one of our client’s primary reporting environments, so I thought it may be beneficial to write about the process we use. Hopefully it will give you some insight into how to conduct a health check, and the benefits your organization will see should you decide to undertake one.
Finally after three projects and three months later, we are back to finish up our Aggregate Awareness series. In part 1 of our blog, we discussed the definition of aggregates and how to create summary tables. Today we are going to finish the process by showing how to implement these items into a SAP BusinessObjects Universe.
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.
Dashboard and visualizations are a hot topic right now. You can’t go to an SAP BusinessObjects event or a user group meeting without seeing over half of the presentations focusing on dashboards and visualizations. And, like with any cutting-edge technology, it seems everyone is trying to get in on the action. While that’s a good thing, sometimes people lack the basic knowledge and skills to utilize those tools to deliver effective analysis.