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SAP BOBJ Architectural Options

  1. 1. Architectural Options Presented By David Dixon SAP Research and Advisory Center INFORTE, A Business & Decision Company david.dixon@inforte.com 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM November 17, 2008
  2. 2. Overall Agenda Agenda 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM –SAP-Business Objects Integrated Roadmap for BI 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM – High Level Demo of BusinessObjects EQRA Package for SAP 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM – Intel Presentation 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Architecture Options 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Break 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Architecture Options (continued) 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Ad Hoc Reporting and Analysis 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Data Integration and Management 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Dashboards and Publishing 3:45-4:00 PM – Discussion and Wrap-Up © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 2
  3. 3. Session Agenda Agenda How Does Business Objects Change Your BI Capabilities? What Does Business Objects Mean to Your Landscape? What are the SAP Architectural Implications? © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 3
  4. 4. What You Get With SAP While doing their jobs, native SAP tools sometimes constrained business intelligence because of their SAP and engineering-centric approaches SAP BW BEx Query Designer ABAP Programming SAP Reporting Loading data Printing into BW © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 4 Source: SAP
  5. 5. What You Get with Business Objects “BI for the masses” becomes more pragmatic as ease-of-use helps reach a wider audience, and openness enables more compelling content Flexible, Traceable Pervasive Any Data Source Simple, Self- Presentation Service -Ready Reporting Information © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 5 Source: SAP
  6. 6. How Business Objects Fits With SAP BI Platform Information Enterprise Discovery & Information Delivery Management Data Reporting Analysis Publishing Data Integration Warehousing Crystal Web SAP Live Office Data Services Reports Intelligence NetWeaver BI Dashboarding Mobile Data Federator Polestar SAP MDM Business Objects is Xcelsius Voyager the new way forward for getting Dashboard Builder data in and out of SAP data BI Widgets warehousing Source: SAP
  7. 7. Ad Hoc Reporting and Analysis Session BI Platform Information Enterprise Discovery & Information Delivery Management Data Reporting Analysis Publishing Data Integration Warehousing Crystal Web SAP Live Office Data Services Reports Intelligence NetWeaver BI Dashboarding Mobile Data Federator Polestar SAP MDM Xcelsius Voyager Dashboard Builder BI Widgets Source: SAP
  8. 8. Data Integration and Management Session BI Platform Information Enterprise Discovery & Information Delivery Management Data Reporting Analysis Publishing Data Integration Warehousing Crystal Web SAP Live Office Data Services Reports Intelligence NetWeaver BI Dashboarding Mobile Data Federator Voyager SAP MDM Xcelsius Polestar Dashboard Builder BI Widgets Source: SAP
  9. 9. Dashboards and Publishing Session BI Platform Information Enterprise Discovery & Information Delivery Management Data Reporting Analysis Publishing Data Integration Warehousing Crystal Web SAP Live Office Data Services Reports Intelligence NetWeaver BI Dashboarding Mobile Data Federator Polestar SAP MDM Xcelsius Voyager Dashboard Builder BI Widgets Source: SAP
  10. 10. Session Agenda Agenda How Does Business Objects Change Your BI Capabilities? What Does Business Objects Mean to Your Landscape? What are the SAP Architectural Implications? © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 10
  11. 11. Think of Business Objects as an “Add-On” to SAP For business units and departments, this is an opportunity to own a piece of the BI landscape without SAP skills BusinessObjects Enterprise Front-End-Centric BI Platform SAP NetWeaver BI Back-End-Centric BI Platform BusinessObjects Data Services Data Integration and Data Quality SAP ERP Business Application © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 11
  12. 12. How the New Landscape Impacts You • Installation, configuration, administration, and monitoring activities are different • Business Objects has separate repositories, databases, and servers from your existing SAP environment helping to maintain its openness and independence • Opportunities for decentralizing control of Business Intelligence – While SAP is your centralized enterprise data repository, how you get data in and out of SAP is now opened up technologically and organizationally SAP Business Objects © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 12
  13. 13. Do You Have to Upgrade? • From a BOBJ perspective, the answer is “yes” if you are not on the BO XI Platform – XI 3.0 delivers improved performance with the SAP integration • From an SAP perspective, the answer is “no” if you are on SAP BW 3.0 or above: – The BusinessObjects environment works as an add-on to the existing SAP landscape – The Business Objects integration with SAP has a history that dates back to the 3.x technology – The current release was both tested on 3.5 and 7.0 – BusinessObjects Data Services works with 3.x InfoSources instead of the new 7.0 DataSources • There are three main reasons to upgrade: 1. BI Accelerator to enable self-service 2. Enhancement Pack 1 to leverage new SAP integration such as Polestar and Data Federator 3. Data Transfer Processes to streamline data flows © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 13
  14. 14. So, What Should You Do? • The new Business Objects offering will fully leverage the SAP NetWeaver data warehouse (BW), so there’s no reason to disrupt current data warehouse projects • Don’t abandon your current SAP NetWeaver BI investments unless you have a solid business case to take advantage of new BusinessObjects functionality and features – You are not being forced down the path of “rip-and-replace”, but rather being given an opportunity to “adopt-and-adapt” • If you’re running SAP BW 3.x … – You’ll technically be able to run BusinessObjects XI 3.0, but it is strongly advisable to migrate to 7.x in order to leverage future enhancements (and BI Accelerator) © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 14
  15. 15. Session Agenda Agenda How Does Business Objects Change Your BI Capabilities? What Does Business Objects Mean to Your Landscape? What are the SAP Architectural Implications? © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 15
  16. 16. How Business Objects Tools Protect Your Work © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 16
  17. 17. What SAP’s Three-Tier Architecture Means to You • Data modeling in a three-tiered SAP NetWeaver BI system
  18. 18. How Universes Work RDBMS databases Web Intelligence Objects Universe OLAP databases Data Federator and Rapid Marts Personal Files (i.e., spreadsheets, Access databases) The figure above illustrates how a Universe directly connects to a data source. The Universe Designer uses the structures from the data source to create objects, which in turn are accessed by tool authors
  19. 19. OLAP vs. Relational Universes – Know the difference! • Relational Universes are made up of schemas – Schemas are based on tables and joins that are required to return data for analysis and reporting – Normalization and aggregate-awareness logic • OLAP Universes do not have a schemas! – Multiple sources, joins and aggregate awareness are not possible – However, WebI Queries can merge multiple universes and take and advantage of OLAP drilldown via a “query drill mode” option
  20. 20. Layer Cake or Flexible Architecture? SAP Data Connectivity Options Xcelsius Live Office WebI QaaWS OLAP Universe Universe Crystal Voyager Lines of Governance? BEx Query Virtual Provider* InfoCubes BI Accelerator Crystal DataStore Objects Crystal SAP ERP * Best Practice Design Option
  21. 21. Business Objects Universes and SAP Architectural Impacts SAP Data Connectivity Options Xcelsius Live Office WebI QaaWS Universe Universe Crystal Voyager BEx Query Relational OLAP Data Federator Virtual Provider* InfoCubes BI Accelerator Crystal DataStore Objects Crystal SAP ERP * Best Practice Design Option
  22. 22. But Which BI Tool Should I Pick? • Customize this decision tree to fit your organization • Decision tree criteria and guidelines should be focused on the job at hand • Technical interface and deployment options (i.e., Web vs. desktop) should be seen as job-at-hand criteria in disguise © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 22
  23. 23. Conclusion “The Customer Can Have Any Color He Wants So Long As It's Black” -- Henry Ford, in reference to his Model-T Car • SAP users are no longer constrained to SAP-centric reporting tools and Excel add-ins for information discovery and delivery • The BI community in SAP environments now have a lot of specialized choices within reporting and analysis – the trick is to weave them together as part of an integrated platform • There is now specialized tools for almost every job at hand within the context of where the work gets done (MS office, desktop, web, mobile, etc) • Choose from the portfolio of tools based on a decision tree that is focused on what the job at hand is trying to achieve • Recommend to upgrading Business Objects to the latest release in order to extract the most value out of the SAP Integration © 2008 Inforte Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 23

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