Category Archives: Web Intelligence

Using Webi 4.1 SDK to get Report SQL

When SAP introduced BusinessObjects 4.0, clients who were invested in the Webi REBEAN SDK got worried. The Webi SDK had been mostly deprecated and it was not clear what is going to be the direction for those seeking programmatic ways … Continue reading

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Oscars dashboard

  I LOVE movies. I am fascinated by the craft of creating movies. It’s a field that combines technology and imagination in very unique ways and where science and art interact to create an amazing product (well, not always, but … Continue reading

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Tableau On BO – Setting up live connection from SAP Webi report to Tableau

I recently received several questions about connecting Tableau to SAP BI (Business Objects) as a data source. Tableau already has direct connectivity to HANA, however many users out there are looking for ways to connect their existing webi (web intelligence) … Continue reading

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Infographic style webi

Web Intelligence reports are often thought of as boxy, ad-hoc’ish, somewhat sloppy collections of tables and charts. Of course, when creating quick ad-hoc analysis queries, that is completely appropriate, but when designing corporate reports for disseminating information in a way … Continue reading

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Webi Refresh on open in 4.0

I never quite understood why webi reports save with data by default. Since almost all usage scenarios of webi i have ever encountered involve either viewing reports on demand, or viewing the last scheduled instance, leaving data saved on reports … Continue reading

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Integrate BusinessObjects BI Services 4.0 with PHP

BusinessObjects 4.0 web services provide a access to BI content for any application that can invoke and consume web services. Xcelsius is probably the best known example of this notion in the BO applications space. Xcelsius (SAP Dashboards) leverages the … Continue reading

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Google maps in webi 4.0 mashup

I recently received several questions about a google maps in webi mashup post i published some time ago. So, i decided to redo the example, using SAP Business Intelligence Platform 4.0 and the latest version of webi.  In the original … Continue reading

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BI Services Run Time Configuration Explained

SAP BusinessObjects BI Services are a class of web services that can be easily created by converting web intelligence (webi) report blocks into web services. A simple GUI wizard guides the report developer through a few simple steps that publish … Continue reading

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Webi enhancements in 4.0: dynamic chart titles and formula wildcard name searching

Web Intelligence has a lot of new features and capabilities that make life a lot easier for report developers. A couple that i ran across and thought were very useful are the ability to use a formula as a chart … Continue reading

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Using webi ForEach function to solve complex aggregation problems

When you create variables in web intelligence, they must be assigned a qualification. This qualification assigns a “strong” type of either a measure, or a dimension (or a detail) kind of object to your variable. This strong tying has a … Continue reading

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