Business Objects Web Intelligence

Business Objects Web Intelligence is one of the components of the SAP BusinessObjects XI suite. At a high-level, this tool is part of the ad-hoc reporting capability within their BI suite.

Ad-hoc reporting is one of the more critical aspects of BI, and this is SAP’s main module for it. They also consider this part of their “self-service” BI product and is a major front-end ad-hoc query tool used in the system. Officially, it’s listed under their Reporting and Analysis grouping on the company website, along with Crystal Reports, Analysis, and the Predictive Workbench. Its roughly comparable to Cognos’ Query Studio or the web developer area within Microstrategy.

It was originally part of the BOBJ products line and has been maintained through the merger as a main part of the business intelligence offering. Its use has been widespread throughout the various versions. They are currently at Service Pack 4 on this product and have had fairly constant updates through the years.

Not surprisingly, it’s an internet based product, and was developed to replace much of the desktop functionality within the legacy Desktop Intelligence tool. We dig deep to see what’s available there vs. the old PC client, and how it compares to the other functionality available on the market.

We provide a full review of Web intelligence as part of our SAP BusinessObjects XI review. You’ll get a hands-on look as we evaluate it using an objective approach. We use detailed commentary and videos to go deep into the Web Intelligence toolset and full evaluate all of its capabilities. We also discuss the role of the tool within the greater SAP BI resource list and the future and interactivity with other products in the lineup. You’ll find out how it works with Polestar, Voyager, Crystal Reports and the rest of the SAP BI suite.

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