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Discover SAP BusinessObjects [Paperback]

Chris Dinkel , T. Audas , J.C. Raveneau
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Table of Contents

# 1 ... Preface ... 17 # PART I ... SAP and Business Objects ... 21 # 1 ... Why Business Intelligence Matters ... 23 # ... The Business Intelligence Fact Gap ... 24 # ... A Business Intelligence Definition ... 27 # ... How BI Can Help Your Organization ... 29 # ... Better Transparency of the Organization ... 29 # ... Running the Organization by the Numbers ... 29 # ... Helping You Hold on to Your Customers ... 30 # ... A Solution with Immediate Impact ... 30 # ... Increasing the Value of Your Business Process Automation Systems ... 31 # ... Key BI Functionality in the Market Today ... 32 # ... Database Management Systems ... 32 # ... Database Integration and Data Quality Management ... 33 # ... Reporting ... 33 # ... Query and Analysis ... 35 # ... Predictive Analysis ... 36 # ... Dashboarding and Visualization ... 36 # ... Performance Management Applications ... 37 # ... Information Infrastructure ... 39 # ... BI User Profiles ... 39 # ... Executives and Managers ... 40 # ... Business Analysts ... 40 # ... Information Consumers ... 40 # ... The Future of Business Intelligence ... 40 # ... Enterprise BI Deployments ... 41 # ... BI Standardization ... 41 # ... Convergence of BI and Performance Management ... 41 # ... Search-Based BI ... 42 # ... Collaborative BI ... 42 # ... BI Mash-Ups ... 42 # ... BI on Unstructured Data ... 44 # ... In-Memory BI ... 44 # ... OnDemand BI ... 44 # ... Summary ... 45 # 2 ... Business Objects: A Historical Perspective ... 47 # ... A Good Idea Can Go a Long Way ... 47 # ... Examining the Growth of Business Objects ... 50 # ... The Early Days ... 50 # ... A Story of Innovation ... 53 # ... Successful Merger and Acquisitions ... 54 # ... Business Objects in 2007 ... 55 # ... Summary ... 56 # 3 ... SAP and Business Objects: The Perfect Match ... 57 # ... Complementary Products ... 57 # ... SAP ERP ... 58 # ... SAP NetWeaver Platform ... 65 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management ... 67 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence ... 69 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Information Management ... 70 # ... Long-Time Product Integration ... 72 # ... Crystal Enterprise/mySAP Integration Kit ... 72 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise/SAP Integration Kit ... 72 # ... A Clear Market Leader ... 73 # ... Summary ... 74 # PART II ... SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio Solutions ... 75 # 4 ... Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution ... 77 # ... Your Organization s Performance: The Humbling Statistics ... 77 # ... How Organizations Close the Gap Between Strategy and Execution ... 79 # ... The SAP Advantage ... 80 # ... Case Study ... 83 # ... Summary ... 84 # 5 ... Business Intelligence and On Demand Solutions ... 85 # ... The Need for a Business Intelligence Platform ... 85 # ... Security ... 88 # ... Storage, Publishing, and Distribution ... 89 # ... Auditing and Monitoring ... 89 # ... High Availability and Performances ... 90 # ... General Administration ... 92 # ... Lifecycle Management ... 93 # ... Upgrade and Migration ... 94 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Solutions ... 95 # ... The Semantic Layer ... 96 # ... Enterprise Reporting ... 100 # ... Ad Hoc Reporting and Analysis ... 106 # ... Advanced Analytics ... 109 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Analysis ... 113 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Workbench ... 115 # ... SAP BusinessObjects SET Analysis ... 116 # ... Dashboards and Visualization ... 117 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise ... 118 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard Builder and BI Workspace ... 122 # ... Search and Exploration ... 123 # ... SAP StreamWork and SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand ... 125 # ... SAP StreamWork ... 126 # ... SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand ... 130 # ... Summary ... 139 # 6 ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Information Management Solutions ... 141 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Data Services ... 141 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator ... 143 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Data Quality Management ... 147 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Universal Data Cleanse ... 152 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Text Analysis ... 156 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Data Federator ... 163 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Metadata Management ... 166 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts Packages for PeopleSoft ... 170 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts for Siebel ... 172 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts for Oracle ... 174 # ... Case Study ... 179 # ... Summary ... 181 # 7 ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management Solutions ... 183 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation ... 183 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management ... 187 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation ... 191 # ... SAP BusinessObjects XBRL Publishing ... 195 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Financial Information Management ... 200 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Intercompany ... 206 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost Management ... 208 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Spend Performance Management ... 215 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management ... 219 # ... Case Studies ... 223 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation ... 223 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Profitability and Cost Management ... 224 # ... Summary ... 225 # 8 ... SAP BusinessObjects Governance, Risk, and Compliance Solutions ... 227 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management ... 228 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Access Control ... 236 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Process Control ... 241 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services ... 247 # ... SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management ... 251 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management ... 256 # ... Case Studies ... 259 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Access Control ... 259 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services ... 260 # ... Summary ... 262 # 9 ... Solutions for Small Businesses and Midsize Companies ... 263 # ... Unique BI Needs of Small Businesses and Midsize Companies ... 263 # ... SAP Crystal Reports ... 264 # ... SAP Crystal Dashboard Design ... 268 # ... SAP Crystal Reports Dashboard Design Package ... 270 # ... SAP Crystal Reports Server ... 271 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Edge Business Intelligence (BI) ... 274 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI Standard Package ... 275 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI with Data Integration ... 277 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI with Data Management ... 279 # ... Conclusion on SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI ... 279 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts ... 280 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Edge Planning and Consolidation ... 281 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Edge Strategy Management ... 283 # ... SAP BusinessObjects OnDemand ... 285 # ... Case Studies ... 286 # ... SAP Crystal Reports and SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise ... 286 # ... SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI with Data Management ... 287 # ... Summary ... 289 # PART III ... SAP BusinessObjects Solutions for Non-SAP Customers ... 291 # 10 ... Customers with Previous Investments in SAP BusinessObjects ... 293 # ... Investment Protection ... 293 # ... Upgrade Considerations ... 295 # ... Access to a Complete Portfolio of Solutions ... 299 # ... Get More Value from SAP Enterprise-Ready Standards ... 302 # ... Case Study ... 305 # ... Summary ... 307 # 11 ... Customers New to SAP BusinessObjects Solutions ... 309 # ... The Safe Choice ... 309 # ... Blueprint for Adopting SAP BusinessObjects Solutions ... 313 # ... Where You Should Start ... 314 # ... How to Start ... 314 # ... Implementing BI ... 316 # ... Summary ... 317 # PART IV ... The Future of SAP BusinessObjects Solutions ... 319 # 12 ... SAP BusinessObjects Product Directions and Roadmap ... 321 # ... In Memory ... 321 # ... Extend the Reach ... 323 # ... Software as a Service and Cloud ... 326 # ... Social BI and Collaboration ... 327 # ... Summary ... 330 # 13 ... SAP BusinessObjects Innovation Center ... 331 # ... Customer-Driven Innovation ... 331 # ... Get Involved ... 333 # ... Summary ... 334 # ... Appendices ... 337 # A ... Glossary ... 339 # B ... Technical Landscapes ... 349 # C ... References ... 367 # ... Index ... 369

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