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Exploiting Self-Service Capabilities in SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

by Bridget Kotelly

September 4, 2012

I just took a sneak peek at one of the sessions for Reporting & Analytics 2012 taking place October 29-31 in Las Vegas . You won’t want to miss Kevin Hutto’s session on Exploiting Self-Service Capabilities in SAP BusinessObjects Explorer to Reduce Dependency on IT Staff. The following information was taken from his presentation and offers a glimpse of what he will be covering.

Key Questions that will be answered:

  1. Where can we leverage SAP BusinessObjects Explorer in our organization? There is so much information to dissect, how do we know where to focus first?
  2. How can we improve the total cost of ownership with our current business intelligence solution?
  3. Is there a way to speed up processing times and give users an easy to use utility that will reduce reporting overhead?
  4. What lines of business can I expect from the SAP BusinessObjects solution and how can it improve daily functions?

Key points to remember for optimizing information spaces:

  1. Determine the best data provide
    • Depending on the business need and user demand, choose a source data system and data provider that is the most efficient and most accurate
  2. What is the context of the Information Space?
    • A context makes certain that the Information Space represents the desired perspective
    • For example: Sales or Reservations
  3. D etermine what filters can be used in the universe
    • By using filters, only the data necessary for a specific information need is included into the Information Space

7 key takeaways:

  1. Be sure to meet business demands for multiple types of reporting (strategic, analytical, operational)
  2.  Prepare to scale your BI application to future data growth need
  3. Offload a significant amount of reporting from the source system to the users
  4. Promote reusability of basic building blocks for consumption within the BI application
  5. Improve consistency of business components within the BI application
  6. Be flexible enough to integrate new systems in the event of business changes such as acquisitions
  7. Make the BI solution easily adopted by end users and give them information they need in a quick and timely manner

The presentation is chock full of useful tips and take-homes, plus live demos... definitely a must-see session.

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in October!


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