iPhone with SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

Feature Article | January 13, 2010 by Frank Völkel

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Data analysis with SAP BusinessObjects Explorer on the iPhone (photo: Frank Völkel)

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is now available for iPhones. At the same time, it is also the first SAP cell phone application designed exclusively for the iPhone. As yet, there are no plans for the BlackBerry. The decision in favor of the iPhone was down to its graphical capabilities, its good performance, and its growing acceptance in the business world. The app (link to iTunes), which is available free of charge, can be obtained exclusively from Apple’s App Store.

This small app takes up a mere 491 KB in the iPhone memory and is currently offered in version 1.0.203. It enables simple and fast searches in data records by setting up access to the database server. In this respect, the app functions just like the “big” SAP BusinessObjects Explorer: Users access a desired data record that is located in the working memory of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator (SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator).

What users get is a high-performance analysis tool for business intelligence (BI), which can provide answers to business questions and uncover correlations in company data. As our initial tests with the two demo data records show, the results displayed on the iPhone look highly promising. With a few swift finger movements, users can navigate within a data record and create a diagram. On the currently available smartphones, the picture quality remains exceptionally good.

The mobile version of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is suitable for employees at companies that use SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator in combination with average-size and large data records. Other SAP components are not essential. SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator is offered as an integrated system/blade server (based on Intel Xeon processors) by companies such as Fujitsu and HP. Depending on the size of the database, there’s the starter version with 24 GB working memory (two blades, each with 12 GB). The maximum size is 480 GB working memory (in-memory database)

Next Page: Analyzing business data on the move

Auf dem iPhone: SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

iPhone: SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

Variable Chart-Grafiken aus Datensätzen auf Fingerdruck

Variable chart graphics from data records with using your fingers

Analyzing business data on the move

The volume of business data has grown dramatically over the past few years. Nevertheless, many employees in user departments don’t have an insight into the relevant company data to make the right decisions using the existing information. Previously, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer was only available as a Web-based analysis tool, which was also aimed at employees with limited technical expertise. The mobile app is designed for sales and marketing staff who want to calculate margins and make forecasts.

With help of the two test data records (statistics from Formula One and figures from a fashion company), we gained a pretty good impression of how data analysis and graphical display work in practice. At the touch of a finger, the diagram can be displayed differently or additional selections can be made in the data record. Once the analysis is complete, users can send the selected diagram as well as the related data series by e-mail with just a few flicks.

The search function on the iPhone greatly resembles the “big” SAP BusinessObjects Explorer in the Web version: After keying in a search term – we used “BMW” in our example with the Formula One statistics – the relevant hits are shown in context.

Next Page: Database connection and SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator

Grafiken und Datenreihen lassen sich auch per Email verschicken

From left to right: Graphics forwarding via email and searching in data records

Darstellung innerhalb eines Datensatzes

Database connection and SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator

With the help of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, users can analyze databases with up to a billion entries. In theory, users can access such large volumes of data using an iPhone and the installed app. To analyze the data, InfoCubes must be defined.

Links Auswertung eines Datensatzes und rechts Anbindung an den BWA

Left side examination of data record and right connection to SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator

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4 comments

  1. Juan Tello

    We are interested in prototyping and demo it to our Navy clients.

  2. Daya Shankar

    Hi,

    We are interested in prototyping and demo it to our Telecom clients.
    Can u Send me the Details related to I Phone

    Thanks,
    Daya Shankar Jha

  3. mariangela

    hy,
    is the same app now available also for Blackberry?
    thanks a lot

  4. Joshua Duhart

    Frank, we have implemented BO Explorer for iPhone and iPad at my Company. However, since the network has a proxy and some exceptions, we haven’t been able to gain access to the Internet AND consulting BOE without alterting a configuration. That is: if we want to see BOE, we must turn off the proxy and therefore our Internet access is gone, and viceversa; if we surf the web (with the proxy on), then we’re unable to use the BOE app.

    Is there a way around this problem??

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