SAP BusinessObjects – Evolution of BI Solutions

Data Analytics and BI Solutions are areas where there is innovation and fierce competition going on. The traditional solutions depended much on IT to develop, deploy and customize the visualizations and reports. However the new BI trends demand easy, quick and ‘self service’ BI solutions where executives can generate the data visualizations and dashboards without needing developer support.

Today we look into the evolution of the BI solutions from SAP BusinessObjects. We discussed about some of the SAP BI tools in my previous posts. Amid the evolution of various solutions under its BI suite, it is often confusing for many to differentiate and determine which is most appropriate for your requirements. I will try to help on that in the sections below:


  • SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
  • SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

These products enable you to build formatted reports from any data source that you have.  The strength lies in the simplicity of creating printable reports which can be distributed across various ways. We discussed about this in detail in previous articles which has additional insights into the pros and cons and how these suit your business requirements.

Ad Hoc analysis and Visualization

  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis OLAP
  • SAP Lumira

The OLAP edition of SAP BusinessObjects Analysis helps you to gain insights into your business data and discover trends. SAP Lumira powers development of self service visualizations to create analytic story board.

Interactive BI Dashboards

  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard Design (Xcelsius)
  • SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

These provide you the power to develop powerful interactive dashboards for analysis and presentation. Dashboard Design is for simple requirement where you need to have the summary data available in excel as data source. Design Studio is latest visualization tool that has design IDE with large set of controls to develop powerful and interactive dashboards from various data sources. I will add more future articles to cover some of the Design Studio features in detail.

If you have questions on the selection of the BI solution suitable for your business requirements, post your questions here or write to my email


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