With Data Services 3.2 being out of maintenance and headed for End of Life, I’ve been involved in more and more upgrades to Data Services 4.x. Depending on your requirements, both Data Services 4.1 and Data Services 4.2 are available as upgrade paths. There are some interesting differences and some gotchas that I’ve discovered through […]
Data Services 4.0 is currently in ramp-up with SAP. Just like in the new BusinessObjects version, there are a lot of changes to be seen here. Overall it is much more tightly integrated with the BusinessObjects platform, providing a much more streamlined and consistent user experience. Here’s a taste of what’s new.
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.
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.”
Integrating data is a constantly evolving strategy, especially as Business Intelligence becomes a more critical application. In order to ensure success, trustworthy data must be built and, to do this, tools need to be used to bring together disparate data and address data quality.
The evolution of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) has brought us to several strategies. Now, there is consolidation, federation, or a combination of the two. Business Objects offers solutions in the form of two products: Data Integrator and Data Federator.