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Quick, Simple Experience with BI OnDemand

This great blog by Jelvie Grech reminded me that while I have tried BI OnDemand, I haven’t shared my experiences with it.  I have talked about it in presentations at ASUG and BI 2012. Here is something you might consider trying:

Step 1: Set up an account in BI OnDemand at

Alternatively, you can use your StreamWorks ID

Step 2: Upload a Crystal Report (that already has data saved with it)


Step 3: Add Report


Step 4: View report


So what is the benefit as you could otherwise view in this in a free Crystal viewer?  Well, you can also see the Crystal Report on the iPad or iPhone as well.

Step 5: Download BusinessObjects Explorer to iPad or iPhone

Step 6: View report on your iPad or iPhone

If you wanted someone else to view the report on their iPad or iPhone, then you could “Share” the report with them on BI On Demand.

In February, at BI2012, I was amazed that a couple of attendees did this during my session.  I am sure there are other ways of accomplishing the same thing, but this is one way I have used.


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  • Saw the link on Web intelligence on the menu, I wonder whether there is a way to download/upload Webi report to BI ondemand........If we have to do it by excel, then I assume it would be by sharing through BO Explorer

    • Hi Peter,

      It looks like you can upload Web Intelligence reports

      I currently do not use it.

      Perhaps you could post this as a question in the BI On Demand discussion space to see if anyone in the community has done this?

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.



  • There is also a misconception that being "Powered by HANA" means customers believe they could move their BI estate into the cloud(!)

    In addition, the Ipad app allows for connectivity to BIOD, but the Android App is still in development (I believe)

  • Hi Tammy

    I've recently tried the BO Explorer app in iPad with BI OnDemand and it works great.  However, with the app, I cannot access the visualizations I've created online with BI OnDemand.  Will this feature be available in the app soon?



    • Ashwin - would you please post this question in the discussion forum?  Unfortunately I don't know the answer to your question, so hopefully someone from SAP will respond via the discussion forum.  Thanks.