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New Face of BI: SAP Visual Intelligence – BI Innovations Webcast

I attended an SCN SAP Predictive Analysis and SAP Visual Intelligence Webcast today.  First up was SAP Visual Intelligence (#SAPVisi hashtag)

First you can register yourself for all of these BI Webinars at

The next open webcast is July 18th with Ingo Hilgefort on SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 – Integration Update.  Register here

These webcasts are open to everyone.

Today, Andreas Krause of the SAP EMEA Center of Excellence for BI presented “The new face of BI with Visual Intelligence”

The usual disclaimer about future product direction and subject to change

Andreas said that SAP Visual Intelligence is the latest addition to the BusinessObjects Explorer family.  It works on the desktop.

It is intended to provide the business user a self-service solution, acquire data on his own based on different data sources – corporate or personal.

The end user can manipulate and enrich data without coding and scripting and also analyze data with advanced visualization.  They can review things such as customer behavior, product performance.  The intent is to enable end user to get answer as fast as possible


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows that you can easily download and install product.  The first release was made for Hana

The latest version 1.0.1 allows you to acquire Excel data

You can connect to Hana views, Excel or flat files.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows you can data manipulations with raw data

It offers data enrichment to enhance data such as time based information with dates.  It can derive dates like year, month and quarterly. You can start create intuitive visualizations.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

You can create data from your needs, such as attributes and measures

You can create time-based hierarchies, geographic hierarchies – geographic views

You can use city to derive region information

You can drag and drop information


Figure 4: Source: SAP

You can create several types of different charts such as bar charts, line charts, pie charts, bubble, heat maps against massive volumes – connect with Hana

It will enable you or end user to work with massive data volumes.  It is real time as you get your data without latency


Figure 5 shows how the data looks after acquiring data in Excel sheet

Then you divide into attributes and measures – simply right click create measure


Figure 6

In Figure 6 the business use can replace James Frank with Jon Candy using data manipulation

Andreas said there is built in functionality to enrich the data


Figure 7: Source: SAP

The visualization that Andreas demonstrated was a map.

Due to some technical issues Andreas could not complete the webcast but still it was a good overall introduction to SAP Visual Intelligence.

Related Links:


Official Product Tutorials for SAP Visual Intelligence

You can also follow the discussion on Twitter using #SAPVisi hashtag.

Join SAP on July 17 at 1pm EST for the virtual launch of SAP Visual Intelligence and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 FP3. Click here ( for more information.

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