The Quick and Dirty Guide to SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 Training
Finally, SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 courses are available! Well, many are. I’ll update this blog as more courses become available.And don’t worry if you haven’t upgraded to 4.1 yet. The 3.1 classes are still available.
In this blog, I’ll list the courses by application name and provide an overview of the course content and duration. Please note that some version 4.1 courses have a different duration than their version 3.1 or 4.0 counterparts. The following version 4.1 courses are longer than previous versions:
- BOID10 – 5 days (no BOID20)
- BOW320 – 2 days
- BOX310 – 3 days
- SAPBI – 3 days
Also, if you don’t see a course you need, it’s only because the 4.1 version is not available yet. However, the 4.0 version should suffice until the 4.1 version comes out.
Web Intelligence: Report Design I (BOW310) 2 days, instructor led
This course teaches the comprehensive skills and in-depth knowledge needed to access, analyze and share data using SAP BusinessObjects BI launch pad and SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. You will learn how to create Web Intelligence documents for your reporting needs, to retrieve data by building queries using SAP BusinessObjects universes and to use Web Intelligence to enhance documents for easier analysis. You’ll also learn how to organize, manage and distribute documents using the BI launch pad.
Web Intelligence: Advanced Report Design (BOW320) 2 days, instructor led
This course provides the comprehensive skills needed to apply alternative query and reporting techniques when creating complex Web Intelligence documents. After completing this course, you will know how create combined queries and use sub-queries. You will also be able to use character and date string functions, create variables using “If” logic, redefine calculation contexts, and create hyperlinks in your documents
using Web Intelligence dialog boxes.
View the entire Web Intelligence 4.1 curriculum map here.
There are two “flavors” of Crystal Reports: Crystal Reports 2013 and Crystal Reports for Enterprise. The major differences between the two are the product interfaces and the systems, SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) and SAP BusinessObjects, to which the finished documents can be uploaded.
Crystal Reports 2013
SAP Crystal Reports: Fundamentals of Report Design (BOC310) 2 days, instructor led
By attending this course, you will understand how to design, explore, visualize and deliver reports via the web or embedded in enterprise application. You will also gain comprehensive skills and in-depth knowledge to plan and create reports that will help you analyze and interpret data.
SAP Crystal Reports – Business Reporting and Report Processing Strategies (BOC320) 3 days, instructor led
This course is designed to give you comprehensive skills and in-depth knowledge to create advanced reports that will help you analyze and interpret data. As a business benefit, you will be able to increase your understanding of formulas, variables, arrays, templates, parameters, summaries and sections, which will help you to make more effective report design decisions and create more efficient reports.
Crystal Reports for Enterprise
SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise: Fundamentals of Report Design (BOCE10) 2 days, instructor led
SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise is a powerful, dynamic, actionable reporting solution that helps you design, explore, visualize, and deliver reports via the web or embedded in enterprise applications. This course will give you comprehensive skills and in-depth knowledge to plan and create reports that will help you analyze and interpret data. This course is an in-depth approach to the entire report creation cycle from planning a report prototype to distributing a report.
SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise: Advanced Report Design (BOCE20) 3 days, instructor led
This course provides the comprehensive skills and in-depth knowledge needed to create advanced reports that will help you analyze and interpret data. You will be able to increase your understanding of formulas, variables, arrays, parameters, summaries and sections, which will help you to make more effective report design decisions and create more efficient reports.
View the entire Crystal Reports for Enterprise curriculum map here.
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 (formerly Xcelsius )
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1, Core (BOX310) 3 days, instructor led
This course provides an understanding of how to create interactive visualizations based on Microsoft Excel workbooks and live data sources using BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1. A series of interactive content, demonstrations, examples and exercises will help you create engaging and interactive dashboards in order to make business decisions based on up-to-the minute data.
View the entire Dashboards 4.1 curriculum map here.
Universe Design Using the Information Design Tool
Information Design Tool (BOID10) 5 days, instructor led
This course will give you the comprehensive skills needed to design, build and maintain Business Objects universes. In addition, you will explore more advanced data foundation and business layer functionality in order to provide robust reporting capabilities to business users. You will create universes on non-relational data sources such as an OLAP cube as well as a multi-source universe, and learn about new features and functions introduced in version 4.1. You should attend this course to understand universe design concepts and terminology, as well as the role of universes in relation to the SAP BusinessObjects reporting tools.
View the entire Universe Designer curriculum map here.
Wait a minute! You listed BOID10, but what about BOID20?
You spoke, and we heard you. The topics in both courses, BOID10 and BOID20, were so critical to understanding the full functionality of the Information Design Tool that many customers took them in tandem. For this reason, SAP decided to combine the two courses into one. The combination helps with the flow of content in the course as well as knowledge transfer. In five short days, you’ll learn what you need to know about the Information Design Tool and its capabilities for creating robust universes for your end users. In other words, the 5-day course is not simply the “old” BOID10 and BOID20 courses combined into one but rather a thorough introduction to the features and functions of the tool. In fact, the 4.1 BOID10 course includes very valuable information that is not covered in either of the 4.0 BOID courses.
Wait a minute again! What about Designer?
Well, if you are a new customer to the SAP BusinessObjects tools, you should not be using Designer. You should be creating your universes using the Information Design Tool. If you are upgrading to the 4.1 tools, you still should be creating all your new universes using the Information Design Tool and using the old Designer (called Universe Design Tool in 4.1) only to maintain your old universes. Oh, and you should use the Information Design Tool to convert those old universes to the new universe format. (Tip: That’s a great job for interns!)
SAP BusinessObjects Data Services
Um, where is Data Services?
Don’t worry! Data Services is still around and quite popular. So popular, in fact, that it now is its own product category: SAP Data Services. It is no longer associated with SAP BusinessObjects products simply because it can be used with virtually any data source and, therefore, any business intelligence tool. The Data Services class is now called DS10, previously called BODS10. The Data Quality course is still BODS30. The new course, DS30 should be out in Q3 2014. The best news of all? The new courses have brand new course codes, so you don’t have to worry about what Collection number they are!
If you’d like to sample the different SAP BusinessObjects reporting and dashboarding tools, there are two overview courses to choose from:
Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects BI Solutions for SAP NetWeaver (BO100) focuses exclusively on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform tools and the SAP NetWeaver BW system.
Introduction to SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions (SAPBI) focuses on the key differences among the different reporting and dashboarding tools.
Both courses help you make informed decisions about the tools to use in your organization to best leverage your existing SAP BW or SAP BI resources. Following are course descriptions.
Reporting with SAP BusinessObjects BI Solutions for SAP NetWeaver BW (BO100) 5 days, instructor led
The SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform provides many different reporting and dashboarding tools designed to work with any data source. In this course, you will gain hands-on experience with many of the SAP BusinessObjects tools emphasizing using SAP BW as the data source. The tools covered in this course include Information Design Tool; Analysis, Edition for Microsoft Office; Analysis, Edition for OLAP; Crystal Reports; Crystal Reports for Enterprise; Web Intelligence; Design Studio; Dashboards; and Explorer.
Introduction to SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions (SAPBI) 3 days, instructor led
In this course, you will gain hands-on experience with many of the SAP BusinessObjects tools, primarily using relational data sources. The tools covered in this course include Information Design Tool; Analysis, Edition for Microsoft Office; Analysis, Edition for OLAP; Crystal Reports; Crystal Reports for Enterprise; Web Intelligence; Design Studio; Dashboards; Explorer, Lumira, and Predictive Analysis.