SP3 is out with some good features

Recently SAP launched SP3 of their BusinessObjects Enterprise Suite 4.2. These service packs are coming every 6 month and often are full of interesting and valuable features. It is the same this time. BI Sets The early Set Analysis tool is now being replaced BI Sets. Sets allow you to define complex selections and custom groupings of customers, products or other individual items in a database. Sets allow you to identify and target groups of clients based on criteria that source data allow you to specify. For instance, you may want to select all clients living in a particular geographic area who own homes, are below a certain age, and have children. Sets help you understand how groups and seg

Let Me Guide you series: respecting conditional formatting while drilling down or though

".. Iver, can your SAP BusinessObjects components do drill-down and drill-through while still respecting the conditional formatting applied? ... oh yes, and does the cascading filtering still work in those situations? .." I get these questions all the time, so a good moment to share the things that can be done in this respect using BusinessObjects Enterprise Suite. This time I focus on Lummira when explaining the above. You might think this is a no-brainer functionality, but bare with me and try it in a number of tools, and conclude like me that ..... hmmmmm ... a lot of them can't. Before we start, let's have a closer look at the question itself. We want to apply conditional formatting. In

Winning your end users: Design Studio or Lumira ........ or .......

Being part of one of the leading software companies is great and brings advantages and sometimes disadvantages. A key element I like so much in my work, is that with my company I can be part of large – or even huge – scaled analytics journeys. Customers and BI competence centers who need to serve thousands and thousands of users. And in today’s digital economy they all struggle similar challenges. Let us focus on the business users and reflect their biggest requirements for analytics, and how this often brings us into the self-service dilemma Enterprise end users require at least Self-service capabilities: business users require a great autonomy in their analytics work. They want to easily c

can we have a chat Mr. and Mrs. "Analytics Extensions Directory"?

Well good morning Mr. and Mrs "analytics extension directory", I just visited your brand new website, and am absolutely impressed with it. Can we have a chat about it? The leading, most used enterprise business intelligence suites have something in common: they all serve extremely large user communities with often very pro-active users all trying to get the most out of the components. This drives a second very important eco-system of technology partners who pick up on specific requirements of customers and create software extensions on the enterprise business intelligence components. Those requirements can be either on data or visualization extensions and cover functionality that is maybe no

SAP Lumira: remarkable GEO extension with Visual Crossing

The success of the enterprise business intelligence suites also means the eco-system of technical partners starts working very well. These partners often create extensions (data or visual extensions) that meet a very specific purpose. Most of these extensions are now beautifully categorized in the Extensions Directory. Once in a while I come across extensions that just have that little bit extra. They are remarkable and do things we often see. The GEO extension of Visual Crossing is exactly that. Visual Crossing is an SAP Lumira extension focussing on GEO spatial analytics. It has tremendous amount of formatting options, but to me the filtering options are second to none. One can make multip

SAP BI running embedded into SalesForce

I come across a lot of situations where customers run SalesForce and ask me whether they can combine their SalesForce data with other corporate data. A most recent request was to combine SAP BW Copa data (profitability analysis) with SalesForce data on clients with payment risks. Today this can easily be done using data blending techniques of the SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite. More in particular, I used the SAP Lumira salesforce JDBC connector to connect to the customer’s SalesForce data and blend it with their SAP BW data. But customers these days require more than just combining their SalesForce data with other data. They require to have the full SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite running embedde

Cloud Business Analytics: we get closer to pervasive adoption

Business analytics and business intelligence evolve, and this is mainly driven by Digital Transformation. Enterprises requiring more agility towards their market space: customers, competitors and suppliers act more agile, and as a result business decision takers need to be able to respond at least as quick. To do so, they require decision making support systems to follow on this and be as equally agile. Is Cloud the ideal architecture for them? It often seems, but are users yet fully adopting Cloud and especially Cloud Analytics? The Digital Boardroom To my stance the Digital Boardroom is one of THE best appropriate cloud based analytics solutions enterprises may want to use to monitor, stee

Streaming analytics: How to be prepared for analytics driven IoT architectures?

Next week I will publish my experience using IoT devices as streaming sources for enterprise dashboards on my website. As part of my dashboarding journey, I want to understand how enterprise dashboards perform being fed by real-time and online iot sources. Stay tuned since the results are quite impressive and I was especially surprised by the relative easy set-up of “streaming dashboards”. The value of enterprise dashboards driven by streaming IoT devices, is for me a no-brainer: I have explained in a previous post how analytics will safeguard 90% of the succes of the Internet of Things. It is crystal clear today that streaming analytics is a necessity for IoT to become a success. And IoT wi

the best user interface is NO user interface at all - meet Alexa

User interfaces are evolving with lightning speed. The reason for that is in the word "simplicity". With software solutions getting more powerfull every time - bringing more and complex features and functionality -, the accompanying user interfaces tend to follow this, and get overloaded with buttons, whistles and bells to allow the user to access all the capabilities. Software vendors recognized this issue, and started to simplify their user interfaces. The best knwon example here is of course Google: One button and One search field does it all. ​ Also SAP is a trend-setter in this and their Run Simple program is a great example of how user interface are made simpler for users. Simple user

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