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BI 4 - Xcelsius Demo (BOBJ Dashboards) - Functionality and Interface

by Dr. Berg

February 23, 2012

In this second demo, of the BusinessObjects tools, we look at the tool now known simply as “dashboards”. This demo we take show an “annual invoice dashboard” with links to WebI and Crystal reports.

By Dr. Berg


Xcelsius is the premier dashboarding and cockpit tool for SAP. It replaces most of the use of Visual Composer for BW, as well as most of the functionality of basic web templates built in Web Application Designer.

However, it is important to note that there may be some advanced web templates that cannot currently be recreated in BusinessObjects Dashboards and there are also use case scenarios for composite applications (CE) that will still be using Visual Composer. So this is not a 100% replacement for those tools.

BOBJ Dashboard Demo (with WebI & Crystal Reports)

In this demo we show multiple ways of seeing invoice data, as well as basic tables with drill-down and navigation. We also show simple integration to “canned” WebI reports and links to Crystal Reports with some basic navigation.



Tool Summary

To keep things in perspective, below is a summary chart to see what each tool is intended for, who should be doing the development and the core capabilities. This is by nature subjective, but should provide som e basic comparison of the tools.


To see more BI 4.0 Dashboards demos and learn how to make your dashboards work really fast, visit my presentation at BIIT 2012 conference in Las Vegas called “Preventing, diagnosing, and resolving the 20 most common dashboard performance problems” on Wednesday, February 29, from 10:00 am - 11:15 am in room 121.

In the next blog I will demo the OLAP tool “Analysis”.

Dr. Berg

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