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Tips for managing security in an integrated SAP and SAP BusinessObjects environment

by The Tip Doctor

October 28, 2010

This tip is pulled from Jay Riddle’s presentation “SAP BusinessObjects security: Features, requirements, and integration with your existing policies,” from The SAP BusinessObjects Seminar.

When integrating SAP BusinessObjects with your SAP ERP or SAP NetWeaver BW environment, maintaining your security roles and authorizations can be tricky. Here are a few key items to keep in mind when configuring security settings in your integrated environment:

First, there are some main areas in which security can be managed in both SAP and SAP BusinessObjects:

  • Authentication and single sign-on (SSO)
  • Role-based security (SAP) and User Group security (SAP BusinessObjects)
  • Object-level security (i.e., report authorization)
  • Row- and column-level security (i.e., data authorization)

When integrating the two, it is important to understand that:

  • Manual maintenance steps in both systems are inevitable
  • Developing a clearly defined security strategy is key
  • Testing various behaviors are important, such as:
    • Viewing and refreshing of reports
    • Server-side behavior vs. client-side
    • Other important workflow characteristics, such as what happens when an SAP user is disabled

The SAP BusinessObject Seminar is the s eminar to evaluate, implement, integrate, and optimize SAP BusinessObjects functionality within SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver environments. Upcoming events will be held in Las Vegas November 15-17 and in Frankfurt December 6-8.

Join the SAP BusinessObjects Seminar Group on Insider Learning Network for information and updates.

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