Tool selection

Deploying Design studio on a server can be done on two platforms. Integrated with SAP Netweaver BW and integrated with the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform.  When the BI applications have been mainly build on the Netweaver BW BEX environment, and Design Studio is planned to replace the Netweaver BEX WAD reports, both options are possible […]

SAP BO Design Studio – time to move on?

by Arwold Koelewijn on April 29, 2013

For a long time SAP BW customers have been waiting for a tool that was able to replace the Web Application Designer (WAD). Of course, there are several tools available in the BO portfolio that do parts of the WAD. Mostly with a better front-end as a result. But on the downside, not better integrated […]

BI user documentation: why not build a WIKI?

by Arwold Koelewijn on February 20, 2011

As for every application, relevant and up to date user documentation is essential to support the users. For a Business intelligence application it is even more important, since a lot of user, i.e. management users, are not using this daily. And proper user documentation helps to prevent discussions about the definition of Key Performance Indicators, […]

Extracting data from SAP ECC: what are the options?

by Arwold Koelewijn on January 5, 2011

Extracting data from SAP ECC for analyses and reporting purposes is usually done using BI ETL tools, for example SAP Business Warehouse. However, when data is needed for a regular robust maintainable process, and there are no ETL tools available, what options are there? In general, there are four options available that all have a […]

SAP Financial Consolidation: which tool to choose?

by Arwold Koelewijn on August 4, 2010

For the Financial Consolidation process SAP offers several tools. Since the acquisition of Outlooksoft, two of them are BW-based. In this blog I would like to discuss what the considerations are to be able to make a choice between them. In 2003, SAP presented SEM-BCS as the SAP BW based financial consolidation solution. The benefits […]

SAP Business Warehouse; when to use it?

by Arwold Koelewijn on June 6, 2010

In the days before the acquisition of Business Objects, the SAP answer to Business Intelligence was simple: SAP Business Warehouse, later known as SAP Business Intelligence. ETL, Datawarehouse, Datamart and BI tooling, all in one integrated environment. Implementing SAP BW was therefore always a complex task. Nowadays SAP has several tools available, including options where […]