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How the ASUG BusinessObjects Analysis Influence Council Influenced SAP – Feedback Report

Over two and half years ago the ASUG Analysis Influence Council kicked off with Alexander Peter, Ian McAlpine and Joyce Butler

What are ASUG Influence Councils? 

“Influence Councils are interactive forums where members can communicate ideas and concerns about product plans and SAP services directly to SAP development and product managers.”

Source: ASUG

The council continues today and continues to provide feedback to SAP on the products.  This blog covers where ASUG influenced the latest BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Office 1.4 release.

The council first ranked and prioritized features.  At the top of the list was “Capability to Create/Edit Bex Query within Analysis Office.  From Bex analyzer you don’t have to leave the tool to add a field.  With Office you have to leave the tool, go to query designer, add the field and then get back into Office. “

This is now available in the current 1.4 release.  See the steps below:

Under Settings, select Advanced Settings, and select the checkbox Show “Call Query Designer”…


The Query Designer button/ribbon is then shown:


Select the Launch Query Designer and the Query Designer is then launched.


You can make changes to your query and then return to your Analysis Office application.  In my example above I’ve added WBS to the rows of the Query.

Then when returning to Analysis Office cross tab you reset the data source and the cross tab is then updated.


For questions or more information feel free to e-mail ASUG influence at

Consider joining the team and meet face to face at SAP TechEd Las Vegas.

ASUG also has a pre-conference SAP TechEd session that includes Analysis Office in the BI4.1 on October 21st:

ALL DAY | HANDS-ON: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 with SAP BW and SAP ERP – Everything You Need in One Day

Related Links:

See how ASUG Members Influence SAP – Featuring BusinessObjects Analysis Influence Council

ASUG Annual Conference – ASUG Influence and BEx Quo Vadis

Can ASUG Members influence SAP? ASUG Influence Council Success Story, SAP Best Practices for Business Warehouse with BusinessObjects

Interested in Influencing SAP?  Join ASUG for the SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Influence Council Kick-off Webcast

We’re listening! Please give product feedback by Ina Felsheim

For more information about Influence Councils see Karin Tillotson‘s Why I believe in the power of ASUG Influence Councils Part 1 and Why I believe in the power of ASUG Influence Councils Part 2 – The ASUG UI Influence Council

For more information about ASUG see Ingo Hilgefort‘s Whats the value of a ASUG membership for you as customer ?

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      Author's profile photo Ingo Hilgefort
      Ingo Hilgefort

      thanks a lot for taking the time and helping with the Influence Councils


      Author's profile photo Ina Felsheim
      Ina Felsheim

      We love our Influence Councils. And, as you can see by Tammy's blog, we really do roll the feedback into our releases. Thanks for posting this, Tammy!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great info - thanks!!!