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Inside Xcelsius Bootcamp Rapid-Fire Q&A Panel with the Experts:Part 1

by Graceanne Bowe

November 4, 2011

Graceanne Bowe, SAPinsider Events

Here I am on Day 2 of the Xcelsius Bootcamp ( conference in Las Vegas, sitting in on the Xcelsius Rapid Fire Panel discussion.  Expert panelists Mico Yuk of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence, Dr. Bjarne Berg of COMERIT, Emily Mui of SAP, and Chris Hickman of Decision First Technologies are taking questions from SAP customers.  Here’s a sample of what’s being discussed. 

Are there any compatibility issues migrating from Xcelsius 2008 to SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0?

There are no known compatibility issues between these two releases.  Dashboards developed in 2008 are forward compatible with 4.0.  A word of caution: Dashboards developed in 4.0 are not backward compatible with 2008. 

Can Xcelsius dashboards be published within SAP NetWeaver Portal?

Yes, if you are using SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0. However, they cannot be brought into the BOE server.  Keep an eye on release 4.1 for this capability. 

Can Universes be used as data sources for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0?

Yes, but in version 4.0, there’s a query browser that supports connection to the new semantic layer, which is not truly a Universe.  

What is the advantage of a BEx versus Universe connection?

BEx connections use BAPIs, and behind the scenes, it executes just like a BEx query. 

A large manufacturing company with high data volumes uses three star schema Universes that are tiered according to detail---granular level, mid-range, and summary level.  Is it possible to use these for analysis, as well as drill-down into granular level?

It’s possible this type of situation may require use of a third party tool, like Antivia XWIS, that has caching capabilities and makes data available for drill-down.  Another option is SAP HANA, which can run on top of Xcelsius and go through billions of records in seconds. 

What’s required to publish a dashboard within Microsoft SharePoint?

If the dashboard is connected to a SQL database, you can write data from the dashboard back to the database using XMLscript.  While this is possible, it’s important to consider potential issues with data connections, query as a web service (QaaWS), and security. 

To be continued tomorrow…

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