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Explorer – what is really up there?

SAP recently introduced SAP BusinessObjects Explorer.  Explorer is not a new product – it was originally known as Polestar but SAP’s combination of BusinessObjects Polestar with SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA) has provided a new view of this tool which can be used against SAP BW infocubes in BWA.  The current version of Explorer can be used directly against BW (through Universes) or more effectively against Infocubes indexed within BWA.  In November 2009, SAP will introduce Explorer in an open environment which means that this tool will be expanded to allow indexes to be created in BWA for not only Infocubes in BW (the only thing available currently) but also snapshots of BW Multiproviders, BW BEx reports and data from non-SAP systems.  For non-SAP system data, the data will need to be extracted using SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator (functionality included in the new accelerated version of Explorer) and must be in a star schema format into the originating system (e.g., Oracle, Teradata databases). Expect this product out in Q1 2010.  Look for SAP recent announcements on this since this blog site won’t let me provide this information.

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      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki
      Hi Hettie. Quite a lot of details on Explorer and its different flavors was provided by Uddhav in his recent SDN webinar “SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator & Explorer Roadmap”.
      What would be interesting to read is your opinions about SBO Explorer: customer use cases, its strong and weak sides.

      Thank you,
      -Vitaliy