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TechEd Las Vegas – Are you up for the Business Objects Community Xcelsius Challenge

TechED in Las Vegas is coming up in a few days and BusinessObjects will setup a special Business Objects Community Xcelsius Challenge for everyone at TechEd giving you the chance to win some prizes. We will provide you with the necessary software and will hand out a task for you to build a Xcelsius dashboard.

So to increase everyone’s chance to win a prize I will provide this week each day more details about Xcelsius and how simple it is to connect Xcelsius to SAP ERP or SAP BI data.

Xcelsius is a tool focused on data visualization that allows you to build strong interactivity as part of your analytics. In terms of data connectivity Xcelsius is able to leverage the following:

  • XML data
  • Web services
  • Query as a Web Service (will explain it later on)
  • Live Office

     

 

Because Xcelsius is able to leverage Query as a WebService (which is a web service on top of a Universe) and Live Office, Xcelsius is able to leverage SAP ERP and SAP BI data.

 

The following diagram shows all the different options to connect Xcelsius to data in an SAP system.

 

 

Xcelsius is able to leverage the web service created by the tool Query as a webservice on top of a universe, which provides the connectivity to SAP BI.

 

 

Xcelsius is also able to leverage Live Office documents. Live Office is a product that is able to integrate Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence and Universes into the Microsoft Office environment. Based on that, Xcelsius is able to leverage the connectivity from Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence to connect to SAP ERP as well.

Overall here the list of available SAP sources for Xcelsius:

  • SAP ERP
    • Tables and Cluster (Open SQL).
    • ABAP Functions.
    • Classic InfoSets.
    • SAP Queries and InfoSet queries.

       

 

  • SAP BW
    • Tables and cluster (Open SQL).
    • ABAP Functions.
    • DSO / ODS objects
    • BW queries and BW cubes.

       

 

This is only the start of this week and I will provide more details every day:

  • How to leverage Live Office to provide SAP data to Xcelsius
  • How to leverage Query as a WebService to provide SAP data to Xcelsius
  • How to setup simple interactivity in combination with SAP variables from a BI query

   

 

All these items will also be part of my hands-on workshop on the Community Day in Las Vegas.

You can find the agenda here: https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/x/CICUAQ

 

On Monday at 11:15 am I will start the first part of the End-to-End scenario session which will show how to use Xcelsius in combination with SAP BI data.

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      Thanks for shedding light on the integration between SAP and BOBJ tools!  I see that Xcelsius files can be created using SAP information, but I don't see that there is an option to authenticate via SAP when exporting Xcelsius files to the BOE.  Is this an installation issue or is this not yet an option?
      Author's profile photo Ingo Hilgefort
      Ingo Hilgefort
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      Hello Robin,

      Xcelsius is able to leverage the SAP authentication. It is not offered in the Xcelsius Designer out of the box but when you use a dashboard that is leveraging data on demand you can create it in a way so that it will use the SAP authentication.

      Perhaps the material from the workshop will help. Take a look here:
      BusinessObjects Integration with SAP NetWeaver BI - Technical Material

      It provides you all the material from the 1 day workshop

      Ingo