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ISBN:
978-1-59229-274-5
Author(s):
Ingo Hilgefort
Type:
Hardcopy, 256 pages
Year:
2009

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This book is your implementation guide for BusinessObjects XI 3.1 Tools within SAP NetWeaver 7.0. After introducing you to the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise platform and important SAP BusinessObjects BI client tools, you’ll work through easy-to-use but still technically detailed information on how to set up these tools. In addition, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and a chapter on troubleshooting issues to round off this convenient guide.

Readers will quickly uncover the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise components and the purpose of each of the SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions client tools. Then, learn how best to install and configure the SAP BusinessObjects server and client components, and create your first report, ad-hoc analysis, or dashboard on top of your SAP data. You'll understand how the metadata from the underlying SAP system is being mapped to Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, Query as a Web Service, Live Office, Xcelsius, or InfoView and benefit from proven troubleshooting techniques as well as tips to help improve the performance of your solutions. With highly-detailed, step-by-step tutorials featuring numerous screenshots, and best practices to guide you through integrating BusinessObjects with SAP NetWeaver, this book is guaranteed to be an invaluable resource.

Highlights

  • BusinessObjects BI Products Overview
  • Installation and Configuration on the server and client side
  • Combining SAP with Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, Query as a Web Service, and Xcelsius
  • Integration of BusinessObjects BI into SAP NetWeaver Portal
  • Security and Troubleshooting

About the Author(s)

Ingo Hilgefort started with Crystal Decisions in Frankfurt, Germany in 1999 as a Trainer and Consultant for Crystal Reports and Crystal Enterprise. With the acquisition of Crystal Decisions by BusinessObjects, he moved into the Product Management role for the integration between the BusinessObjects product portfolio and SAP.

Table of Contents

... Introduction ... 9
1 ... SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 and SAP NetWeaver ... 13
... 1.1 ... SAP BusinessObjects BI Client Tools ... 17
... ... 1.1.1 ... Crystal Reports ... 17
... ... 1.1.2 ... Web Intelligence ... 19
... ... 1.1.3 ... Universe Designer ... 20
... ... 1.1.4 ... Xcelsius ... 20
... ... 1.1.5 ... Other BI Client Tools ... 22
... 1.2 ... SAP BusinessObjects Integration for SAP Solutions ... 22

2 ... Installation and Configuration ... 25
... 2.1 ... SAP BusinessObjects – Server-Side Installation ... 26
... ... 2.1.1 ... Installation of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise ... 26
... ... 2.1.2 ... SAP BusinessObjects Integration for SAP Solutions – Server-Side Installation ... 32
... 2.2 ... SAP BusinessObjects – Client-Side Installation ... 41
... ... 2.2.1 ... Installation of SAP BusinessObjects BI Client Tools ... 41
... ... 2.2.2 ... SAP BusinessObjects Integration for SAP Solutions – Client-Side Installation ... 47
... 2.3 ... SAP NetWeaver – Server-Side Configuration ... 49
... ... 2.3.1 ... Server Patch Level ... 50
... ... 2.3.2 ... Supported Platforms ... 51
... ... 2.3.3 ... ABAP Transports ... 51
... ... 2.3.4 ... Single Sign-On ... 52
... ... 2.3.5 ... User Authorizations ... 53
... 2.4 ... Integrating SAP BusinessObjects and SAP NetWeaver ... 53
... ... 2.4.1 ... Configuration of SAP Authentication ... 53
... ... 2.4.2 ... Setting up the Publishing Process for Crystal Reports ... 60
... ... 2.4.3 ... Viewing Reports within the SAP System Frontend ... 84
... ... 2.4.4 ... Publishing Summary ... 86

3 ... Crystal Reports and SAP NetWeaver ... 87
... 3.1 ... Crystal Reports and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse ... 87
... ... 3.1.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 87
... ... 3.1.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Elements ... 88
... ... 3.1.3 ... Creating Your First Crystal Report with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse ... 93
... 3.2 ... Crystal Reports and SAP ERP ... 99
... ... 3.2.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 99
... ... 3.2.2 ... Data-Level Security Editor ... 103
... ... 3.2.3 ... Creating Your First Crystal Report with SAP ERP ... 106

4 ... SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse ... 109
... 4.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 109
... 4.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Elements ... 110
... 4.3 ... Creating Your First SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Report ... 114
... 4.4 ... OLAP Universe Change Management ... 121

5 ... Query as a Web Service and OLAP Universes ... 123
... 5.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 123
... 5.2 ... Creating Your First Query as a Web Service ... 124

6 ... SAP BusinessObjects Live Office ... 133
... 6.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 133
... 6.2 ... SAP BusinessObjects Live Office Combined with Crystal Reports ... 135
... 6.3 ... SAP BusinessObjects Live Office Combined with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and Universes ... 141

7 ... Xcelsius and SAP NetWeaver ... 145
... 7.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 145
... 7.2 ... Xcelsius Combined with SAP BusinessObjects Live Office ... 146
... 7.3 ... Xcelsius combined with Query as a Web Service ... 150

8 ... Publications with SAP Security ... 159
... 8.1 ... What Is Server-Side Trust? ... 159
... 8.2 ... Configuring Your SAP Server ... 162
... ... 8.2.1 ... SAP Cryptographic Library ... 162
... ... 8.2.2 ... Profile Parameters ... 163
... ... 8.2.3 ... Trust Manager ... 164
... ... 8.2.4 ... Profile Parameters ... 166
... 8.3 ... Configuring Your SAP BusinessObjects System ... 166
... ... 8.3.1 ... SAP Cryptographic Library ... 167
... ... 8.3.2 ... Generating PSE Files ... 168
... ... 8.3.3 ... Trust Manager ... 169
... ... 8.3.4 ... SNC Access Control List ... 172
... ... 8.3.5 ... Importing SAP Server PSE Files ... 174
... ... 8.3.6 ... Granting Access to the PSE File ... 174
... ... 8.3.7 ... SAP BusinessObjects Services ... 175
... ... 8.3.8 ... SNC Options in the Central Management Console ... 182
... 8.4 ... Creating Publications with Crystal Reports and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence ... 184

9 ... Integrating with the SAP NetWeaver Portal ... 191
... 9.1 ... BI Content with SAP NetWeaver Portal iViews ... 191
... ... 9.1.1 ... Technical Prerequisites ... 191
... ... 9.1.2 ... SAP NetWeaver Portal – Configuration Steps ... 192
... ... 9.1.3 ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise – Configuration Steps ... 202
... ... 9.1.4 ... Create Your First iView ... 204
... 9.2 ... BI Content with Knowledge Management ... 207
... ... 9.2.1 ... Technical Prerequisites ... 208
... ... 9.2.2 ... SAP NetWeaver Portal – Configuration Steps ... 208
... ... 9.2.3 ... SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise – Configuration Steps ... 211
... ... 9.2.4 ... Setting Up Your Repository ... 211
... ... 9.2.5 ... Using the Repository Manager ... 217

10 ... Troubleshooting and Tips ... 221
... 10.1 ... Data Connectivity ... 221
... ... 10.1.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 221
... ... 10.1.2 ... Tracing ... 222
... ... 10.1.3 ... Validating Metadata ... 224
... ... 10.1.4 ... Validating the Results ... 225
... 10.2 ... Single Sign-On and Authentication ... 225
... ... 10.2.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 225
... ... 10.2.2 ... Tracing ... 226
... 10.3 ... Publishing Crystal Reports ... 227
... ... 10.3.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 227
... ... 10.3.2 ... Tracing ... 227
... 10.4 ... Publications ... 228
... ... 10.4.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 228
... ... 10.4.2 ... Tracing ... 229
... 10.5 ... Performance ... 230
... ... 10.5.1 ... General Performance Considerations ... 230
... ... 10.5.2 ... BW Query Design ... 231
... ... 10.5.3 ... Universes ... 231
... ... 10.5.4 ... Report Documents and Data Retrieval ... 232
... ... 10.5.5 ... Caching, Scheduling, and Publication ... 233

11 ... Integration Outlook ... 235

A ... Using SNC for Authentication ... 239

B ... Important Correction Notes from SAP ... 247

C ... The Author ... 249




Product Reviews


  1. Praise for Ingo Hilgefort's First Book - I still use it today

    Posted by Tammy Powlas on Apr 1st, 2011

    This book is a huge help for those starting on the BusinessObjects/BW/SAP ECC integration journey. The book includes actionable detailed steps. I for sure wish all SAP Press books were like Ingo Hilgefort's - they are among the best, in my opinion.


  2. Good resume Book

    Posted by Jeysi Ascanio on Jun 21st, 2010

    Is a good book for have all vision and more about all the business object suite and him sap bi integration.


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