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Visualization and Your SAP® BusinessObjects™ Tools: Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Do This

May 11, 2016


Here’s a little BI truism: You don’t know what you can’t see. That’s why there’s been intensifying focus given to data visualizations in recent years. Accordingly, BI tools providing a wide range of charts and graphs options are increasingly seen as the go-to BI tool of choice at enterprises. But with everyone’s BI vendor scrambling to upgrade their charting and visualization engines, there’s not much left to differentiate among the BI tools with respect to charts and visualization choices.

Right Under Your Nose

Meanwhile, mature Enterprise BI tools like SAP BusinessObjects are being doubted for their ability to offer the trendy data visualizations that are so in demand. Some organizations are evaluating BI software vendors just for their data visualization capabilities. But before your company starts footing big bills for new software licensing and implementations, you should know that you might be paying (again!) for capability that you already own. It’s right under your nose, so to speak. That capability lies dormant and untapped in the very SAP BusinessObjects tools you’ve begun to doubt.

That’s why we want to show you that “all roads lead to Rome,” and that there are visualization options from SAP BusinessObjects stack you might not have not discovered. It’s a little treasure you can tap into to get the visualizations you crave, and without spending big bucks to get there.

Here’s a Quick Pop Quiz for You…

Your job is to match-up some common SAP BusinessObjects tools with the visuals generated using each tool.

A bit of background: The screenshots and data visualizations are all from Downtime Analysis related data sources which are divided into 4 quadrants:

  1. Downtime by Region (Column Chart)
  2. Downtime Monthly Trend (Line Chart)
  3. Top 5 Downtime Categories (Bar Chart)
  4. Individual Rig Reports (Table)

Now just spend a moment studying the visuals, and then match each up with the tool used to create it.

Visualization and Your SAP® BusinessObjects™ Tools: Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Do This

OK, the clock’s ticking…ticking…ticking…and…time’s up!

The tools were:

  • Analysis for OLAP
  • WEBI
  • SAP Dashboards
  • SAP Design Studio
  • SAP Lumira
  • The new Cloud for Analytics (C4A)

Get The Picture?

For a quick overview of how each tool was used in this little test, view this video.

You can see that given the same requirements, a number of the BusinessObjects tools can be used to create beautifully intuitive, informative visualizations. Even Analysis for OLAP or WEBI,  rarely considered for data visualizations, can do a good job under the hand of an experienced developer.

The lesson is clear: Instead of spending time considering what BI tools to switch to, companies should spend more time maximizing their existing SAP BusinessObjects investments first.

After all, that’s money you’ve already spent. It’s visualization capability you already own. Why not make the most of it?

Need help discovering the power of SAP BusinessObjects? Contact Visual BI today

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