The SAP BusinessObjects Seminar
Straight answers on the future of your business intelligence investment
Hear directly from SAP about the role SAP BusinessObjects will play in your current – and future – SAP investment and business intelligence (BI) strategy. Get answers to your most pressing questions, such as:
How has the SAP BI strategy evolved and how will that affect my future decisions?
Where do SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) tools fit into this strategy?
Which solutions and tools are phasing out, and what will replace them?
Can I still leverage my BEx queries and existing BI content in SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP?
Will BEx Query Designer continue to play a fundamental role in the SAP BI strategy?
How will Crystal Reports and Xcelsius dashboards be embedded as delivered content in SAP Business Suite?
Do I have to start using all these tools today?
Which versions of SAP BusinessObjects XI or SAP NetWeaver BW do I need?
What is in store for the next release of SAP BusinessObjects, what new features and functionality will be released in the coming months?
Map the right tool to the right job: Strategies, updates, selection criteria
Dive into the extensive capabilities of the BI solutions available in SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP BusinessObjects, and explore which tools map best to your organization’s specific business requirements.
Step through the key functionality of tools in the SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions suite, including Crystal Reports, Xcelsius, and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, and determine where, why, and how each can add value to your organization
Identify key considerations to determine which tools are best suited for your requirements, including:
Mapping specific data sources to each tool to achieve optimum performance
Understanding which tools are best for specific types of users
Selecting tools that will offer the highest ROI for your requirements
Compare the capabilities of the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools to those of traditional BI tools, and then map them to real-world scenarios to better understand:
Which tools are best suited to report off SAP ERP data versus data from SAP NetWeaver BW
Which tools are best suited to report off of non-SAP data sources, like Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and Hyperion Solutions
When departments should use BEx Analyzer versus Crystal Reports
When to employ SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence versus Crystal Reports
Why SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence can’t report directly off SAP ERP
Which reporting tools are best for executive-level reports, financial reports, and business user reports
Different approaches for delivering reports via the business intelligence portal (formerly called InfoView), SAP ERP, and OpenDoc calls
Step through some real-world scenarios to better understand how other organizations have selected the right tools for their jobs
Proving ROI: How to demonstrate the value of your SAP BusinessObjects implementation and integration effort
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges of any initiative is demonstrating a clear business benefit to key players in your organization. This session provides metrics and strategies to illustrate the value your SAP BusinessObjects integration effort to key stakeholders:
Anticipate the most pressing concerns of decision makers, and learn how to directly map the benefits gleaned from the BI tools to those issues
Understand how to measure the direct value each tool can have on your existing reporting and BI processes
Hear how other organizations have demonstrated the value of their SAP BusinessObjects implementation and integration to decision makers
Technical details for bringing SAP BusinessObjects into your current BI architecture
This session steps through the complex architecture of an integrated BI environment. Understand the details of how SAP BusinessObjects solutions fit into an SAP ERP or SAP NetWeaver BW landscape, and what technical resources are needed for a successful integration initiative.
Step through an architectural “map” of the SAP BI landscape, and see how the reporting and analytics tools available within SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP BusinessObjects tie together
Explore distinct integration points, and understand how these points will differ depending on the make-up of your SAP landscape
Get tips on which drivers, transports, and data sources are needed for a successful integration
Learn which transports are best leveraged with SAP ERP and which are best for SAP NetWeaver BW
Explore the differences in how SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, and Xcelsius communicate with your SAP platform
Gain additional insight on how to connect to other SAP Business Suite solutions, such as SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) and SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM)
Gain a thorough understanding of the resources available in the SAP Integration Kit, and how to:
Extend data connectivity for Crystal Reports, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, and Voyager using drivers that enable communication with SAP systems
Integrate SAP roles and users with the SAP BusinessObjects systems and extend functionality to single sign-on
Leverage SAP NetWeaver BW publishing to publish Crystal Reports objects from SAP NetWeaver BW systems to SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise
Integrate the SAP BusinessObjects repository into SAP NetWeaver Portal to provide functionality such as feedback, ranking, and collaboration from Knowledge Management
Integrate SAP BusinessObjects content with SAP NetWeaver Portal
10 surefire tips for seamless integration between SAP BusinessObjects and your BI landscape
Integrating SAP BusinessObjects solutions with your existing BI landscape can be fraught with pitfalls and “gotchas.” This session offers key considerations to help you avoid the roadblocks that stand in front of optimal integration between SAP BusinessObjects and SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP systems.
Learn which patch and release levels are needed before starting the integration process
Know which key resources you must have aligned in the pre-integration phase
Understand the order of operations for a successful SAP BusinessObjects integration project, from end-user training to the installation of essential transports and drivers
Hear an overview of which of your current BI investments can still be leveraged in an integrated SAP BusinessObjects environment, and which cannot, including queries, reports, table authorizations, hierarchies, and roles
Get testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance best practices for your post-integration landscape
Proven practices, strategies, and advice to integrate SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, and Xcelsius with your SAP systems
Each SAP BusinessObjects solution comes with its own integration opportunities and challenges. This session will make you aware of the specific nuances of tying SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, and Xcelsius to your SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BW systems.
Discuss which questions to ask when integrating each of these specific SAP BusinessObjects BI tools into your existing landscape, such as:
What are my data sources?
Which tools am I already leveraging?
What resources do I have available?
What is my project scope?
Who are my BI consumers?
What is my reporting delivery strategy?
Dive into recommended practices for integrating Crystal Reports
Find out which metadata layer will offer the best performance when using Crystal Reports to report off of SAP NetWeaver BW
Learn how to leverage SAP BusinessObjects report bursting capabilities to optimize reporting delivery strategy
Learn tips to develop Crystal Reports against SAP data sources
Unearth tips and techniques for integrating SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Understand the differences between OLAP universes and relational universes, and how SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence leverages OLAP universes as a fundamental building block for reporting off of SAP NetWeaver BW
Gain insight into the differences between pointing to an SAP NetWeaver BW query vs. an InfoCube
Learn when, why, and how to tweak your existing SAP NetWeaver BW queries for optimal report performance (and when you may need to build new queries)
Delve into the differences between the available connectivity options for delivering quality Xcelsius dashboards, including LiveOffice, QaaWS, and BI Consumer Services (BICS)
Strategies that yield a high-performing, scalable SAP BI environment
You can have the best tools with the greatest features and functions, but if they don’t scale and perform, they’ll be useless to your business. This unique session pulls together key best practices and concepts in the areas of sizing, virtualization, and scalability from those who are building these platforms every day. Arm your teams with insight, tips, and tricks to create and size an SAP BI platform that can support the ever changing needs of your business.
Understand the difference between vertical and horizontal scalability
Walk through a system sizing exercise and identify key questions to determine your specific sizing requirements, such as:
Number of users
Types of reports
Assess whether virtualization makes sense for your SAP landscape, specifically within the latest VMware ESX Server environments
Get seven scalability tips and tricks for optimizing platform performance, including:
Support for a 32-bit vs. 64-bit Windows platform
Which operating system, Microsoft Windows, Unix, or Linux, is best for scalability and performance
Which Web platform, .NET or Java, offers the greatest performance for specific scenarios
How to troubleshoot common bottlenecks, such as simultaneous users and high volumes of throughput on report processing
SAP BusinessObjects security: Features, requirements, and integration with your existing policies
You already have a security strategy to protect your critical data and reports. In this session find out the key security issues and challenges that come with these new tools, and learn how to leverage your existing security policies and strategies. Examine the native security features of SAP BusinessObjects, explore how these features differ from those of more traditional BI tools from SAP, and dive into the specific roles and characteristics that can be leveraged in your newly-integrated environment.
Bolster your knowledge of the native security features in SAP BusinessObjects and how they can best compliment traditional SAP security
Get expert advice on security design and workflow processes developed from real-world scenarios
Explore the core security feature and terminology differences between the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools and the more traditional BI tools in SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP, including:
Roles versus groups
Object-level security as compared to role-level security
The distinction between authentication and single sign-on
A comparison of client-side and server-side single sign-on
Learn how to leverage and map your pre-existing SAP roles from your SAP platform into SAP BusinessObjects
Dive deep into the single sign-on features within SAP BusinessObjects, and examine how Secure Network Communications (SNC) can be used to leverage true single sign-on capabilities
Understand the methodologies behind coupling Active Directory and SAP security in order to simplify your security matrix and streamline user maintenance
Receive answers to some of the most common, and most challenging, security-related questions
Find out how the disablement of a role in SAP will affect your roles within SAP BusinessObjects
Learn what maintenance levels are required after roles have been mapped
Understand the workflow architecture of importing roles from SAP NetWeaver BW into SAP BusinessObjects
Discover ways to employ the monitoring and auditing of accounts and user activity in SAP BusinessObjects
Data sources made simple: A comprehensive guide to understanding, customizing, and leveraging hierarchies in SAP BusinessObjects
Learn how hierarchies serve as the basis for reporting and analysis within your SAP environment, and explore how SAP BusinessObjects employs hierarchies differently than SAP BEx or other traditional SAP business intelligence tools. This detailed session simplifies the concept of hierarchies and offers easy to understand guidelines for using
them at your company.
Investigate the importance of hierarchies, and learn why they are a crucial component within your SAP environment
Find out how each of the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools handles hierarchies and how that differs from handling hierarchies within SAP BEx
Explore how hierarchy and hierarchy node variables behave in the various SAP BusinessObjects BI tools
Examine methods to leverage SAP NetWeaver BW hierarchies, and get tips on developing custom hierarchies within SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports
Understand the different hierarchy-related limitations that exist in the various SAP BusinessObjects tools
Take away tips and tricks on developing savvy reports by utilizing hierarchies
Tuning SAP BusinessObjects solutions for optimal performance: Tips from the trenches
This session delivers proven practices to help you anticipate and manage performance issues and bottlenecks related to using SAP BusinessObjects solutions in your landscape. Understand what workloads and tasks can drag down your system, get advice for bolstering query performance, and learn how to deal and troubleshoot slow response times.
Prepare for the key culprits behind lagging performance of the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools, including:
Running queries through the OLAP BAPI® layer as opposed to running native to SAP
Hitting optimized BEx queries and putting them in SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator versus hitting queries, InfoCubes, and multiproviders directly
Misidentifying data volume limitations
Issues with contention of database activity in SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver BW while running reports
Step through demos showing performance scenarios for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, and Xcelsius, and learn how performance varies depending on whether you report off of SAP NetWeaver BW or SAP ERP
Examine the preferred back-end metadata objects used to boost system performance
Learn how reporting off data store objects (DSOs) versus InfoCubes plays a crucial role in your SAP BusinessObjects system performance
Determine which connectivity methods are best suited for optimized system performance, and specifically investigate how BICS uses BEx queries off OLAP to deliver content
Find out why limiting data volume is essential for performing what-if analysis within Xcelsius dashboards
Learn how to open Xcelsius within Crystal Reports, and the ways this affects overall system performance
Gain insight into the common bottlenecks that negatively affect system performance, and hear how SAP tracing can be leveraged to monitor and identify performance issues
The SAP business intelligence roadmap: What’s in, what’s out, and what it means to you
Understand the next generation of SAP’s reporting and business intelligence solutions, and learn how these future BI offerings will work within your SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP Business Suite, and SAP BusinessObjects environments.
Review SAP’s current BI strategy and the role SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions play in that strategy
Hear directly from SAP on many of the enhancements planned for the core SAP BusinessObjects BI platform (SAP BusinessObjects XI 4.0)
Learn about many new user enhancements that make the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools much easier to use
Get a glimpse into the new semantic layer and see how it will provide a more robust environment for managing disparate data
Explore future enhancements to reduce the administrative task of running the SAP BusinessObjects and SAP NetWeaver platforms in parallel
Learn the product details for Pioneer, the much anticipated next generation analysis tool that will be replacing BEx Analyzer and SAP BusinessObjects Voyager, and how it will be an integral part of the future SAP BusinessObjects portfolio
Get the information you need to decide if you should implement, upgrade, or integrate your BI solutions now or wait until the next release
Manage your ongoing SAP BusinessObjects implementation and integration initiative
Whether you’re evaluating, starting a new project, or are in the process of bringing more solutions into your landscape, you will learn valuable and practical advice to manage and validate your current project plan and ensure you aren’t missing any critical items. This session offers insight into key decision points as you plan your next steps.
Get tips and best practices for creating a clear project plan before implementation, including the specification of timelines and how you will phase out your deployments
Glean the benefits of taking an iterative approach to BI implementation
Understand the importance of a Business Intelligence Competency Center
Weigh the pros and cons of a top-down vs. bottom-up approach to BI implementation
Identify the key milestones of the project and who within your organization needs to be involved at each phase
Find out how to get key stakeholders’ and managements’ buy-in
Map user requirements to available tooling, and be confident that you are selecting the correct tools for various groups of users
Learn how to determine the sequence of installation, upgrade, or integration steps, taking into account the dependencies between BI solutions
Get lessons and insights to avoid the most common challenges companies face when integrating their BI landscape
Get advice on how to strategically phase out unsupported, or unneeded, solutions
A comprehensive introduction to SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
This session examines SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, accelerated. Learn how it differs from the standard version of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, and the benefits it can provide managers, business teams, and casual users with immediate insights into vast amounts of data.
Get an overview of the features in SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, accelerated, and learn how it allows users to slice and dice massive volumes of data in seconds, without the need for formal report development or IT intervention. Discover:
How SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator, and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer interoperate
The SAP BusinessObjects Explorer end-user interface and see how it differs from other BI tool interfaces
How to leverage SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, accelerated for data analysis, even outside of SAP NetWeaver BW
Explore the specific features of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, accelerated, that allow for rapid search and analysis of data
Identify technical requirements, such as the use of SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator, to properly index and partition large volumes of data before they are queried and analyzed
Hear the SAP two-year roadmap for SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, accelerated, to ensure you are up to speed and aligned with the most up-to-date SAP BI strategy