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ASUG BI4 BW Hands-on TechEd Pre-Conference – Sharing the Knowledge

On Monday SAP’s Ingo Hilgefort conducted this sold-out session for TechEd.

I took these notes on Web Intelligence with Business Warehouse:

Web Intelligence is a self-service environment to your business user, versus Crystal which IT typically develops.

It does not replace BEx

Web Intelligence has no notion of putting totals on top or below

Use input controls can be used with hierarchies which offer a different way of prompting the user such as with a listbox, tree control, different UI for asking users the values.

New features include style sheet, fonts and colors chairs

Mobile BI supports Web Intelligence

4.1 Highlights

  • 4.0 didn’t have all the Web Intelligence SDKs – available as a RESTful API
  • You can customize the UI, change the report, take away button in report
  • Freeze header – typical for customers who use spreadsheets
  • Node variable for relative depth

Question & Answer

Q: Do you still set hierarchy and node variable in the BEx Query?

A: Yes

Q: How many hierarchies can you use in WebI?

A: One

Q: What do you do when you want to switch to another hierarchy? 

A: You need to change the definition of the report so the user can’t switch between hierarchies

My notes are short, as the lectures are typically short so you have time to do the hands-on exercises.

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