SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Office 2.1 – GA Last Week
Last week SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office 2.1 was generally available. Some key links follow:
One key item to feature from the Product Availability Matrix is the add-on to the BI platform – you need to be in BI4.1 SP5 or higher:
Also changed is what was previously called “free-form” calculation is now called “advanced calculation” – see below:
From here you are taken to a formula editor:
You can access the Formula Editor from the Context Menu, the Display panel, or the Ribbon
The above shows accessing the advanced calculation / formula editor from the Display Panel
The above shows accessing the advanced calculation / formula editor from the Ribbon.
The % Contribution Balance column shows the result of a “dynamic” calculation for percentage share of budget. The last column shows a ratio/result of the “advanced calculation” of actuals divided by budget.
There are many more features of the advanced calculation editor; it will be interesting to see more use.
What I also noticed is the context menu shows an entry for Live Office;
One issue I experienced during ramp-up was I kept getting launcher errors when trying to launch Analysis Office inside ECC. This was quickly fixed by upgrading to the latest SAP Gui 7.40 patch.
Somewhat related to Analysis Office, I just watched the Wayne Eckerson visualization webcast and now I will also be paying more attention to how I put together Analysis Office workbooks. Below are some examples:
The above shows number of tickets over time; Mr. Eckerson’s webcast mentioned following the IBCS standards and in starting to read those I should be using a column chart showing time on the horizontal axis. I also show data labels.
SAP Help: http://help.sap.com/boao
Product Availability Matrix: https://support.sap.com/content/dam/library/ssp/infopages/pam-essentials/TIP/AO_PAM_Add_Info.pdf
Subhash has an overview of the key features here Whats New In Analysis Office 2.1
I wrote about an early version from ramp-up SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Office 2.1 – a First Look
Coming up at SAP TechEd Las Vegas, there are hands-on sessions for Analysis Office. ASUG has a webcast on October 8th to re-launch the ASUG Analysis Influence Council; this is easily one of the best benefits of ASUG.
I also hope you will consider joining ASUG at TechEd on October 19th for an all-day hands-on session for Design Studio – register here.