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Review: SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

Seventeen months ago, SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 was released to the public. And for 17 months, there was no one-stop resource covering Web Intelligence (WebI) and all of its new features. Articles covered parts, sure—but no book.

That is, until now. SAP Press recently published a comprehensive guide to 4.2, and we think you’re going to love it.

What will you learn?

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide gives a complete look at Web Intelligence, from report creation to publication. See how the solution can create vivid and beneficial reports for use in presentations. Not good at designing a report?

Learn how in these pages. Want to share with a team? See how to get it in their hands. This book is the fourth-edition of an SAP Press bestseller, and its benefits are retained while adding key sections and new chapters on all the features added to the solution since the previous edition hit shelves.

What kinds of new things are covered? Learn about the status bar, geomaps, and custom elements. Read entire new chapters on accessing SAP data sources and Web Intelligence interactive analysis. See how to create SAP BusinessObjects Live office documents with Universe, and take a detailed look at shared elements.

And that’s just some of the new material in this book. Other new content includes:

  • Drilling in reports with geomaps
  • High precision numbers
  • References and merged variables
  • BI variants
  • Parallel refresh
  • Recipient delivery rules
  • Data source options
  • HTML-5-based Web Intelligence Interactive Viewer
  • BI Launchpad

The book’s 816 pages are filled with the knowledge of five authors—four returning from the previous edition, with SAP’s Christian Ah-Soon adding his 15 years of SAP BusinessObjects experience to the table. Together, they’ve made this solid book even stronger while filling a key information gap in the business intelligence market.

Who is this book for?

Report developers. Business users. Those who write SQL. New sections and chapters on the features of 4.2 make this book beneficial to those already familiar with Web Intelligence, but the strength of the book lies in its comprehensiveness.

Those who are just starting out in the business intelligence world will have everything they need at their fingertips with this resource.

You can find the book on the SAP Press website and read a sample chapter by clicking on the “Browse the Book” button beneath the book’s cover.

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