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SAP Press – Inside SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

Are you looking to leverage SAP BusinessObjects Explorer as part of your SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio? Would you like to learn more about the product and the necessary steps for the installation and configuration?

Take a look what some of our customers are saying about my book Inside SAP BusinessObjects Explorer:



I am in the middle of an SAP BOBJ explorer implementation and this book has been of great value assisting me in providing right business context to my client. Do not miss the Chapter #5 – SAP Business Objects Explorer – Usage Scenarios.




This 400-page guide details the innovative Explorer in seven chapters, beginning with “SAP BusinessObjects Explorer – One Piece of Your Business Intelligence Puzzle”. The chapter details the lineage of Explorer, beginning with Intelligent Question that was introduced with BusinessObjects Enterprise XI R2, reimagined as Polestar, then rebranded as Explorer. As the title indicates, Explorer is just one piece of the puzzle. It’s simply not possible to have one BI tool that rules them all, but Explorer brings BI capabilities to non-traditional BI users (primarily casual and executive users), leverages the power of existing technologies such as the BusinessObjects semantic layer (universes) and the BW Accelerator, and integrates with existing tools like Web Intelligence.

This book allows organizations to quickly and confidently deploy SAP BusinessObjects Explorer.


By Dallas Marks



The author indicates the tool is for the BI Information Consumer; not the power user or business analyst. Any function can be used with a left mouse click (not a right click). It is built for question-centric BI. It offers “a large set of data in a simpler user interface”. The tool was built for those “who can’t wait for IT”.

The author encourages the reader to download trial licenses and then follow along with the book. I like all the step-by-step instructions, including installation instructions.

The predecessor to Explorer, Polestar, started in 2006. The book is so recent that it mentioned that BusinessObjects Explorer for the iPhone was a demo jam winner at SAP TechEd Vienna. He even explains how this works in an advanced topic chapter.

The author frequently describes some of the limitations – for example, you cannot use display attributes; only one structure can be used if you are using BW query designer as a source. He also spends time on authorizations (always a forgotten step child in books).

A must read for an BI Consumer of Information


By Tammy Powlas




Now, why do I post this out here even for my own book you might ask? Sometimes it is important to know that there are good source of information out there and where they are and after the feedback I felt its worthwhile sharing with others.

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      There's no "fluff" - the author tells you exactly what you need to know.  Kind of like Joe Friday on the old Dragnet series - "just the facts". 

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      How can we inplement Currency Conversion  in BOBJ Explorer, if I use Query based Universe as Datasource?

      Appreciate your help.


      Author's profile photo Ingo Hilgefort
      Ingo Hilgefort
      Blog Post Author
      you have to decide upfront which currency you would like to leverage.

      Ingo Hilgefort