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SAP Business Objects tools for HANA - Overview

In this article, we will explore SAP BusinessObjects tools available to use with SAP HANA.

What is SAP BusinessObjects?

SAP BusinessObjects (also known as BO or BOBJ) is a collection of front-end applications that allow business users to view, sort and analyze data. It includes following key applications:
  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis
  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
  • SAP Lumira
  • SAP Business Objects Crystal Reports
  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

SAP BusinessObjects tools for HANA

History behind SAP Business Intelligence (BI) and SAP BusinessObjects (BO or BOBJ)

BusinessObjects was a French company, acquired by SAP in 2007.
Before this acquisition, SAP BI and SAP BW was same product.
Unfortunately, BusinessObjects already had a product called 'BI'. Even after the acquisition, there were two 'BI' products for a while. They were distinguished by adding 'BOBJ' or 'SAP' to the name.
  • BusinessObjects BI (BI tools coming from BusinessObjects)
  • SAP BI (Another name of SAP BW)
Later on SAP BI was renamed to SAP BW.
Currently SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Tools or SAP BusinessObjects Tools refer to the same product suite.

Let us take a look into each tool:

SAP Lumira:

SAP Lumira software is one of the fastest, most engaging ways to get answers from your data – big and small.
  • By letting you pull data directly from enterprise and ad hoc sources and bringing them together in a repeatable way without having to ask for an IT organization’s help, SAP Lumira redefines the notion of self-service information.
  • Lumira enables users to manipulate data the way they want without a single line of code or an additional modeling layer
  • Its engaging interface and beautiful visualizations allow you to analyze data quickly and easiliy.
  • With its ability to connect to the SAP HANA platform, users can get access to real-time answers buried in massive amounts of data.
SAP BusinessObjects tools for HANA


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards is data visualization software that allows you to create and export interactive dashboards. SAP dashboard software offers users personalized, drag-and-drop functionality and interactive gauges, charts, and widgets – for instant access to clear, understandable metrics.
SAP BusinessObjects tools for HANA

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio enables application designers to create analysis applications and dashboards – based on SAP BW or SAP HANA and universe data sources – for browsers and mobile devices (iPads, for example).
The product offers a design tool that allows you to create applications easily and intuitively without the need for native HTML and iPad UI programming skills. SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio can be used locally and integrated in the following platforms:
  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI platform)
  • SAP NetWeaver
  • SAP HANA
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SAP Crystal Reports

SAP Crystal Reports is used to design and generate reports from a wide range of data sources.
  • Enables you to create powerful, richly formatted, dynamic reports from virtually any data source, delivered in dozens of formats, in up to 24 languages
  • Provide the most powerful report designer for the professional report author with the lowest TCO for the entire report lifecycle (creation, maintenance and delivery)
  • Support all elements of the reporting lifecycle by integrating tightly with our BI platform and more specifically with our new semantic layer
  • Global reach with multilingual reporting
  • Support seamless access to OLAP data (OLAP Client – Crystal Reports Interoperability)
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SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office

SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office is a multi-dimensional data analysis software. It makes it easy for users to filter and manipulate data, identify trends and outliers, and share findings - without help from IT.
This tool integrates Analysis with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
SAP BusinessObjects tools for HANA

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is a data discovery application that allows you to retrieve answers to your business questions from corporate data quickly and directly. Through search, you can find relevant data that is held within consistent, meaningful datasets known as Information Spaces.
To find your answers, you can filter and drill through Information Spaces and view only the data you are interested in via advanced visualizations or charts. You are then able to perform visual analysis to attain the information you are looking for quickly in the most appropriate format.
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SAP Cloud for Analytics (SAP C4A)

SAP Cloud for Analytics combines all analytics capabilities – including planning, predictive analytics, and business intelligence (BI) – in a single SaaS solution.
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BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence is a simple to use tool for the production of reports with the help of a web browser.
Without programming, users can produce formatted reports in the web and carry out analysis as well as distributing the work results on the BI platform or exporting them into other formats such as PDF or MS-Excel.
In addition to the semantic layer of SAP BusinessObjects (universes), it is also possible to access SAP BEx Queries directly as a data source. SAP BW hierarchies are supported in the display as well as with regard to filter criteria selection. Within the scope of the introduction of the SAP BI 4.0 platform, this new interface represents one of the most important features.
Web Intelligence is closely linked to the BI platform and has interfaces to mobile end devices (Mobile BI).
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