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Discover how you can provide a superior business intelligence platform for your analysts and business users, giving them immediate access to trusted business information. SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 ...

Discover how you can provide a superior business intelligence platform for your analysts and business users, giving them immediate access to trusted business information. SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 delivers a full spectrum of solutions for information discovery, delivery, management, reporting, and analysis.

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    All Information, All People, One Platform What's New in SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 All Information, All People, One Platform What's New in SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 Document Transcript

    • SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 ALL INFORMATION, ALL PEOPLE, ONE PLATFORM WHAT’S NEW IN SAP® BusinessObjects™ XI 3.1
    • NEW FUNCTIONALITIES BROADER DATA ACCESS, IMPROVED USABILITY, GREATER FLEXIBILITY SAP® BusinessObjects™ XI 3.1 solutions SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 helps you unlock and access are the next major release of business intelligence (BI) software from SAP. all corporate information, both structured and unstructured, SAP BusinessObjects XI provides a full and provides a unified view for more confident decision spectrum of BI functionality. Functions range from reporting, query and analysis, making. It includes a complete suite of BI tools required and dashboards and visualization, to for strategic, corporate BI initiatives and for more aligned intuitive discovery and advanced pre- dictive analytics capabilities, as well teams and business networks, and it brings all this function- as data quality and extract, transform, ality integrated on one flexible, unified BI platform. and load functionality. SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 delivers: This document provides a high-level • Data access and supported • A superior BI platform for hetero- overview of the new functionalities platforms geneous environments, so your offered in SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 • Native 64-bit architecture organization can provide a trusted, and covers the following product areas: • Information discovery and delivery complete view of all information • Integration with IT environments en- solutions assets abled by Microsoft software • Content life-cycle management • Improved usability for analysts and • Integration with Oracle enterprise • Platform administration business users, allowing greater self- applications sufficiency and faster, better-informed decisions • Real-world BI deployment flexibility, allowing IT to deliver and maintain BI applications to more users across your organization Figure 1: SAP® BusinessObjects™ XI 3.1 Functionalities 2
    • INDUSTRY-LEADING BI FOR ALL IT ENVIRONMENTS SUPPORT FOR MICROSOFT AND ORACLE SOFTWARE Integration with IT Environments Enabled by Microsoft Software Microsoft recently refreshed many components of its technology platform: Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0), and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 supports all the latest releases of that technology platform and offers native Microsoft .NET Framework support for SAP Business- Objects Web Intelligence® software, SAP BusinessObjects Desktop Intelli- gence™ software, and the business Integration with Oracle Enterprise format or location. Broader data access intelligence portal. For the business Applications ultimately means that users can make intelligence portal, the SAP Business- decisions more confidently, because Objects XI 3.1 release maintains existing SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 introduces they know that SAP BusinessObjects parity between Microsoft .NET Frame- direct connectivity to Oracle E-Business XI 3.1 delivers a consistent user experi- work and Java versions by supporting Suite – enabling organizations to con- ence – no matter what the data sources the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 solidate and transform vast amounts of are (see Figure 2). and 3.5. Oracle application data into reports, analyses, visualizations, and dashboards. SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 supports Single sign-on and direct access to rel- New Data Sources Microsoft SharePoint Services and evant insight also contribute to increased HP NeoView 2.3 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 end-user productivity. SAP Business- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and benefits from a number of architec- Objects software delivers connectivity Microsoft Analysis Services 2008 tural changes. SAP BusinessObjects to other Oracle applications, so users XI 3.1 is also the answer for organiza- can make the most of information stored Netezza 4.0 tions wishing to extend insight from BI in PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards Oracle 10g RAC to any Web or Microsoft .NET applica- EnterpriseOne, and Siebel applications. Oracle 11g tion. IT departments and developers Oracle 11g RAC can reuse the functionalities of the Data Access and Supported PostgreSQL BI platform, such as scheduling and Platforms security, or embed the existing content Progress OpenEdge in applications by using the updated SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 provides Teradata 12 Microsoft .NET BI platform software even more flexibility and the power development kit. to connect to all data – regardless of Figure 2: Some New Data Sources You Can Access with SAP® BusinessObjects™ XI 3.1 3
    • SAP BusinessObjects XI and technology agnosticism by expand- Information Discovery and ing the number of operating systems Delivery Solutions 3.1 gives you flexibility and supported, such as Red Hat Enterprise power to access all informa- Linux 5, Microsoft Windows Server Information discovery solutions provide 2008, and Microsoft Windows Vista analysts and business users with query, tion – regardless of format, Service Pack 1. reporting, analysis, dashboard, and shape, size, or location – user-friendly information search and Native 64-Bit Architecture navigation functionality, giving them enabling everyone in your quick access to the information they organization to make more SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 represents need to make enlightened decisions. the first time SAP BusinessObjects confident decisions based Enterprise software is offered as a 64-bit SAP BusinessObjects Voyager on trusted, reliable infor- application for high-performance BI on SAP BusinessObjects Voyager soft- HP-UX Itanium systems. All platform ware continues to build on its first two mation. It provides broad services associated with SAP Business- releases and offers a number of im- and flexible support for Objects solutions – Crystal Reports® provements that enable analysts and software, SAP BusinessObjects Web business users alike to discover data standard industry applica- Intelligence software, SAP Business- using new data visualizations and tions and solutions from Objects Voyager software, and exception highlighting. Visualization others – benefit from a native 64-bit options include box plots, scatter SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, implementation. plots, radar charts, and bubble plots, Microsoft, Siebel, JD as depicted in Figure 3. Edwards, salesforce.com, Box Plots Scatter Plots and hundreds of other environments. SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 also meets the needs of a truly heterogeneous system and business environment by Radar Charts Bubble Plots offering organizations the ability to mix operating systems and servers and to meet ever-changing business needs. SAP continues to demonstrate its commitment toward heterogeneity Figure 3: New Visualization Options for SAP® BusinessObjects™ XI 3.1 4
    • • Expanded Microsoft Excel export functionalities – SAP Business- With SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1, you can provide Objects Web Intelligence documents the right role-specific BI functionalities to everyone can be saved as comma-separated values (CSV) files and multiple in your organization – ranging from reporting, query Microsoft Excel sheets if they have and analysis, and dashboards and visualization, to more than 65,536 rows • Option to cancel refresh on open intuitive discovery and advanced predictive analytics. • Automatic loading of list of values All users, from the high-end analyst to the casual In this release, SAP BusinessObjects information consumer, have access to the information Web Intelligence also offers additional they need while requiring minimal dependence on IT safeguards designed to manage memory consumption by applying a number of resources and developers. measures when user demands reach certain thresholds. Other noteworthy improvements to SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence SAP BusinessObjects Voyager include: In SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1, SAP • Microsoft Analysis Services 2008 as BusinessObjects Web Intelligence a supported data source software delivers several interface • Drill-through to SAP BusinessObjects improvements that provide a more Web Intelligence or Crystal Reports, powerful analysis experience for busi- enabling context (row and column ness users and analysts. Enhancements headings) to be passed to an existing include: report or analysis • Flexible comparisons between data • Personalized favorite members, so sets – onward, backward, in blocks, users can define a group of favorite sections, breaks, and over any members from any dimension and number of dimensions then use that metadata selection to • Convenient and simple data filtering quickly get a personalized view of with new report filter bar the information 5
    • SIMPLIFIED DEPLOYMENT BROADER RANGE OF CONFIGURATION OPTIONS Content Life-Cycle Management Platform Administration authentication across multiple domains within a company’s network. Using SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 offers a SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 includes the central management console, new life-cycle management application many improvements that simplify plat- BI system administrators can set up to manage the promotions of BI content form deployment and administration Microsoft Active Directory authenti- between environments (see Figure 4). while retaining the granularity and cation with either the Kerberos or This application simplifies BI content flexibility required by complex or global NT LAN Manager (NTLM) protocols. management throughout its typical deployments. life cycle (development, testing, and Repository Diagnostic Tool production) for all organizations. Internet Protocol Version 6 The repository diagnostic tool scans SAP BusinessObjects clients and for and repairs inconsistencies that may Based on extended customer feedback, servers will support 128-bit Internet pro- occur in the metadata in your repository, the application reduces maintenance tocol version 6 (IPv6) address syntax. in addition to inconsistencies that may and maximizes platform utilization by They will be able to work in IPv4-only occur between the file repository providing: environments, IPv6-only environments, servers and the central management • Complete granular control over any or a combination of both. server database. content or objects • Dependency check and analysis Microsoft Active Directory Translation Manager • Auditing and scheduling SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise In SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1, the • Delegated administration software enables administrators to translation manager user interface is • Rollback support Microsoft Active Directory more intuitive to use while maintaining all the existing functionality. User interface enhancements include new menus and toolbars, updated wizards for importing and exporting XML Localization Interchange File Format, and streamlined views for improved translation workflow. Languages SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 supports a total of 17 languages – including three new ones: Norwegian, Danish, and Thai. Figure 4: Visual of Life-Cycle Management Application 6
    • Summary By providing one of the best platforms for heterogeneous environments, a refined user experience for analysts and business users, and real-world BI deployment flexibility, SAP Business- Objects XI 3.1 delivers insight through a single, trusted BI platform. And it rede- fines the way information empowers users. SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 delivers on the promise of a true intelli- gence platform – one that gives cus- tomers the best of execution and the best of strategy. Most important, it provides the means to align and connect strategies in a closed-loop system. To Learn More To find out more about SAP Business- Objects XI 3.1 and other SAP BusinessObjects solutions, call your SAP representative or visit SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 offers an easy-to-use www.sap.com/sapbusinessobjects. data integration environment with integrated data quality, data lineage, data auditing, and data access and movement. It helps ensure that your business data is correct, consistent, and complete and allows for better staff utilization, more effective project management, and lower cost of ownership. 7
    • 50 xxx xxx (YY/MM) 093 028 (08/12) ©2008 by SAP AG. ©20YY by SAP AG. All rights reserved. SAP, R/3, xApps, xApp, SAP NetWeaver, Duet, PartnerEdge, ByDesign, SAP Business ByDesign, and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. Business Objects and the Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, Crystal Decisions, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius, and other Business Objects products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects S.A. in the United States and in several other countries all over the world. Business Objects is an SAP company. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Data contained in this document serves informational purposes only. National product specifications may vary. These materials are subject to change without notice. These materials are provided by SAP AG and its affiliated companies (“SAP Group”) for informational purposes only, without representation or warranty of any kind, and SAP Group shall not be liable for errors or omissions with respect to the materials. The only warranties for SAP Group products and services are those that are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services, if any. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. www.sap.com /contactsap