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Here is the presentation that Ryan and myself presented at during our Webinar on 5/13/09. Here is a link to see the actual recording as well ...

Here is the presentation that Ryan and myself presented at during our Webinar on 5/13/09. Here is a link to see the actual recording as well (https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/boc/index?rid=/webcontent/uuid/f0618d7c-7b15-2c10-bd8c-86c392f78746).

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Xcelsius Gurus: SAP Webinar Part 1 - When to Utilize SAP BOBJ Enterprise for your Dashboard? Xcelsius Gurus: SAP Webinar Part 1 - When to Utilize SAP BOBJ Enterprise for your Dashboard? Presentation Transcript

  • Xcelsius Gurus: Data Connectivity Series Part 1 When to Utilize SAP Business Objects Enterprise for your Dashboard? Presented by: Mico Yuk & Ryan Goodman Date: May 13th, 2009 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Who are We?  Mico Yuk  Founder – EverythingXcelsius.com (popular weblog)  Founder - Xcelsius Guru Network  Xcelsius Trainer / Developer / Architect / Blogger  Ryan Goodman  Founder – CentigonSolutions.com (SAP Software Solution Partner)  Xcelsius Evangelist / Blogger (ryangoodman.net/blog)  SAP BOBJ Alumni @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Xcelsius Data Manager Data Manger Houses Xcelsius 12 live data connectivity options. Users with Engage and Enterprise licenses are allowed to mix connection types in a single dashboard! Slide 3 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Xcelsius 12 Connectivity Options BOE vs. Non BO Enterprise BO Enterprise Non-BO Enterprise  Query as a Web Service  Web Service Connection  Live Office  XML Data  Crystal Report Data  Portal Data Consumer  LCDS Connection (Adobe)  Flash Variables  External Interface  FS Commands Connections  Excel XML Maps  Add on Google Spreadsheet Connector Slide 4 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Live Office vs. QaaWS  Architecture  Developer Caveats Sometimes I wish that QaaWs could connect to Reports… - Mico Yuk, Found of Xcelsius Gurus @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Live Office vs. QaaWS – Design Time Data Source BOE Client Development Published BOE Web Services Crystal Reports Live Office WebI Xcelsius SWF Universe QaaWS QaaWS Service Client Slide 6 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Live Office vs. QaaWS - Runtime Data Source BOE Published BOE Web Services Crystal Reports WebI SWF Universe QaaWS Service Slide 7 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Live Office vs. QaaWS - Caveats Developer Caveats  Use Fiddler for trouble shooting queries  During Preview Mode: Live Office requires login/pw each time | QaaWS you can hard code  Relative paths work the same  Cannot view SQL in QaaWS  Cannot use Universe Objects as operands in QaaWS Slide 8 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Ryan discusses Live Office …  Example Connecting to Webi Report  Benefits  DO’s / DONT’s (Scenarios) Sometimes I wish that QaaWs could connect to Reports… - Mico Yuk, Found of Xcelsius Gurus @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
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  • Live Office Example - Webi  RG  Screenshot of Webi Report w/ CrossTab  Multiple Slides Slide 12 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
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  • Live Office Benefits 8 Reasons to use Live Office 1. Intuitive what you see is what you get interface with Excel 2. Shows up as simple Excel toolbar (familiarity) 3. Scheduled reports (faster performance, does not hit data base) 4. Utilization of cross tabs (gain control over data formatting and layout) 5. Use sub/combined queries and multi-cubes in Universe 6. Fetch data from multiple reports and Universe within single dashboard 7. Crystal Reports can be utilized when there is no Universe 8. Crystal Reports can connect directly to SAP R3 Slide 32 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Live Office DO’s 9 Scenarios 1. DO think through queries before building to avoid redoing the connection in Xcelsius 2. DO use separate tabs for each data source 3. DO use query prompts to break up large data sets and return only what is needed 4. DO use the latest version (as of 5/14 its 12.1.5.1096) 5. DO build reports specifically for Xcelsius 6. DO disable Add-ons when using Live Office 7. DO send multiple input values to prompts using a “,” 8. DO use Excel 2007 vs.. 2003 9. DO bind relative paths to make migration easy Slide 33 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Live Office DON’Ts 7 Scenarios X DO NOT fetch all report data at once X DO NOT trigger all queries to “Refresh on Load” X DO NOT use reports as a data source when the report structure constantly changes X DO NOT connect to queries that take a long time to refresh X DO NOT bind Live Office parameters to cells with formulas X DO NOT leave Live Office enabled in Xcelsius when using Bex Queries X DO NOT never Run Excel when running Xcelsius Slide 34 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Mico discusses QaaWS …  Example – Connecting to eFashion Universe  Benefits  DO’s / DONT’s (Scenarios) Sometimes I wish that QaaWs could connect to Reports… - Mico Yuk, Found of Xcelsius Gurus @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
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  • Query as a Web Service Benefits 5 Reasons to use Query as a Web Service … 1. Connect to multiple Universe(s) 2. Universe contains ALL Logic 3. Document & manage queries 4. Filter data to display ONLY what is needed 5. Better for Universe developers vs. Business Analyst Slide 61 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Query as a Web Service DO’s 9 Scenarios … 1. DO place all Logic in Universe 2. DO write out queries before building 3. DO use well named folders & queries 4. DO document queries in QaaWS client 5. DO refresh queries after updating the Universe(s) 6. DO implement sorting for individual queries 7. DO use separate Excel tabs for each data source 8. DO filters data to break up large data sets 9. DO utilize relative paths for seamless environment migrations Slide 62 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Query as a Web Service DON’Ts 7 Scenarios … 1. DO NOT use Universe SubQueries or Combined Queries 2. DO NOT use Universe Multicubes 3. DO NOT create an excessive amount of queries 4. DO NOT trigger all queries to “Refresh on Load” 5. DO NOT place formulas in data output cells 6. DO NOT return more than 1,000 rows of data at a time Slide 63 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • SAP BO Enterprise Integration  SAP BO Enterprise Integration  Antivia XWIS Sometimes I wish that QaaWs could connect to Reports… - Mico Yuk, Found of Xcelsius Gurus @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Important Integration Points Additional Features to take advantage of… 1. SSO - Row Level Security Remains the same 2. Use of Infoview / Dashboard Builder (SSO) and home 3. Link to reports from Xcelsius (OpenDoc) 4. SAP Integration kit allows use of SAP security for Login 5. Storing global variables- Flash Variables 6. Dashboard Manager Integration 1. Xcelsius-WebI portlet communication- FS Command “queryparams” 2. Xcelsius-Xcelsius portal communication- portal connectors Dashboard (SWF) OpenDoc.jsp WebI/ Crystal /SWF Slide 65 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Xcelsius Web Intelligence Integration Suite What is it?  Interactive components build with Xcelisus 2008 SDK  Access information from your extensive Web Intelligence library  Deliver drill capabilities from your Universe layer directly to your dashboard  Data Connections direct to your reports Xcelsius 2008 antivia.com Antivia Xcelsius Web Intelligence Integration Suite SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Slide 66 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
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  • Xcelsius Web Intelligence Integration Suite Benefits  XWIS predominantly works against cached Webi data with no limitations to data volume  Point and click integration  No building Xcelsius specific reports  Full support for report instances and prompts and also handles refresh on demand and drill off the cube antivia.com Slide 68 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009
  • Stay connected… For more Guru tips, tricks, news, videos, etc. Visit: http://EverythingXcelsius.com Mico Yuk  Email: mico@everythingxcelsius.com  Company: Everything Xcelsius Ryan Goodman  Email: ryan@centigonsolutions.com  Company: Centigon Solutions  http://www.centigonsolutions.com Join our popular Xcelsius Guru social communities… http://www.twitter.com/XcelsiusGurus http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=18 47619&trk=hb_side_g http://www.youtube.com/XcelsiusGurus Slide 69 @ Everything Xcelsius.com 2009