Applied SAP BI 7.0 Web Reports: Using BEx Web Analyzer and Web Application Designer

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Applied SAP BI 7.0 Web Reports: Using BEx Web Analyzer and Web Application DesignerBook Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071640266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071640268
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches

Book Description

Distribute integrated, accurate, and timely data across your enterprise using the Web-based reporting components in SAP BI. Written by an SAP insider, Applied SAP BI 7.0 Web Reports: Using BEx Web Analyzer and Web Application Designer shows you how to construct effective queries, create HTML-based reports, and combine key analytics into a dashboard-style interface. Learn how to import data from multiple providers, configure custom templates, track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and incorporate JavaScript and XHTML. Security, troubleshooting, and third-party tools are also discussed in this comprehensive guide.

Essential BI skills for business professionals:

  • Define queries and export them as links with BEx Web Analyzer
  • Create BI-specific HTML pages using Web Application Designer and Report Designer
  • Construct reusable templates, shortcuts, and Web items
  • Design high-impact BI dashboards, cockpits, and billboards
  • Integrate toolbars,drilldown capabilities, and drag-and-drop features
  • Publish reporting objects with the Broadcaster and Broadcast Wizard
  • Migrate existing systems and reports to the SAP BI 7.0 platform
  • Add BusinessObjects, Crystal Reports, and JavaScript components

About the Author

Peter Jones, MBA, is a principal/platinum business applications consultant with SAP Professional Services Consulting. He has more than 10 years of consulting and educational experience in a variety of strategic and leadership roles. Jones is the author of SAP Business Information Warehouse Reporting.

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What Readers Say

I confess I’m disappointed. I already own Peter Jones’ other book “SAP Business Information Warehouse Reporting: Building Better BI with SAP BI 7.0”. That book is mostly about the query designer and is twice as thick. I gave it 5 stars and it deserved them all.
His newest book hs only half as many pages. After listing all the web items and the descriptions for all their parameters there isn’t much space left. You can read all this in SAP’s online documentation (SAP Library). Perhaps it is presented a bit more nicely in the book but I’m not impressed.
Of course it is not just a rewrite of the original documentation. Mr Jones sprinkles (very sparsely) some comments and insights of his own.
I had been hoping for an in-depth tour of the more difficult and complex bits:
Which commands should you use to exchange information between which web items? (This does not always work the way you think it should.)
How does one use JAVA Script?
How does one use ABAP in the Custom Extension Web Item?
How does one integrate BSPs including ABAP with Web Reports?
And of course, all of this should include numerous examples.
There is almost nothing on these topics.
The only chapter I found interesting is one titled “Developing High-Impact Dashboards”. This is interesting because the examples include explanations on what looks good and what doesn’t, what helps the user to understand the report and what is confusing.
The final chapter on the new BusinessObjects tools is just a very brief overview explaining in which cases you could use them. Nobody would be able to use one of the BO tools if all he or she had were this book.
Could this book be useful to anybody? Perhaps to beginners who don’t like the SAP’s own user manuals?

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