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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) and Fiori—What You Need to Know

Jun 22, 2020

During the regular course of business, your company is constantly creating information about suppliers, customers, internal activities, and more. Your company’s various departments then use that data to make business decisions, from Marketing deciding where it needs to focus its efforts to which POs Finance needs to look into. When that information isn’t stored correctly, or it’s improperly labeled, or it’s difficult to analyze, everyone’s work becomes that much harder. That’s why a rock-solid business intelligence application is so vital to the good health of any business, and why SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) shines so brightly in this space.

Let’s take a closer look at what sets SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) apart, and why SAP Fiori users might need a little expert help in getting the two to play nicely.

SAP BusinessObjects BI = Data Analysis for Non-Data Analysts

One of the many aspects of what we find so exciting about SAP BI is that it’s a powerful tool for analyzing data that’s been designed with business users who aren’t data analysts in mind. Because, sure, a robust business application that can only be used by experts is pretty neat, but one that’s useful and easily used by people of varying skill levels is even better. 

Drag-and-drop functionality allows business users to create reports, search through data from various sources, and carry out processes like predictive analytics, all without needing to get a data analyst involved. Another aspect of SAP BI that makes it so friendly to non-experts is the SAP BusinessObject Universe.

SAP BO Universe—The Core of SAP BI 

The core of SAP BI is the SAP BO Universe, which consists of layers of metadata that integrate the front-end end application layer you’re working on to the back-end data you’re working with. Why is this so important? The way SAP has set up the BO Universe means that you can work with data without having to know where the data is stored, what database it comes from, or the structure of those databases. 

As a metadata layer, the SAP BO Universe doesn’t contain data itself, but rather info about objects in a data source, which the system can use to generate SQL queries to pull the data you need. In other words, the system does most of the heavy lifting for you, which makes analyzing data a bit like a self-driving car—so long as you know your destination and everything works as it should, the system will take you where you need to go, all without your having to know how to get from A to B.

Note that we said, “when everything works as it should,” however. A tool that’s easier for non-experts to use doesn’t mean you won’t ever need an expert to help you out, especially if you’re planning on using SAP BI with SAP Fiori…

SAP Fiori + SAP BI = Time to Partner with SAP Experts

We’ve written about SAP Fiori before (and if you’ve not yet read our SAP Fiori Introduction, now’s the time), but we’ll give you a quick rundown here. SAP Fiori is a new user experience (UX) for SAP software and applications that’s incredibly flexible and powerful, all thanks to an updated programming model. Of course, for the same reasons that Fiori’s new programming model means you might need to adjust how your security roles work in SAP, you may need some assistance in making the most of SAP BI in Fiori as well. That’s where we come in.

Our senior-level SAP consulting team has the experience and knowledge you need to ensure that your SAP BI setup is operating as effectively as it can be in SAP Fiori. Just as you wouldn’t want to ride in a self-driving car with sand in its gears, you deserve an SAP Fiori BI setup that’s not hobbled by issues our experts can set right. If you want your system fine-tuned today, contact us to get started.

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