BusinessObjects and the Beautiful Game

Feature Article | April 21, 2011 by Daniel Hardt


Football, soccer, whatever you call it: BusinessObjects Explorer has the data (photo: Fotolia)

Introduced in late February (see also “BusinessObjects 4: Real-Time, Mobile, Social”), version 4.0 of the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence suite is integrated into SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and contains tools for tasks such as reporting, data visualization, and enterprise performance management.

Those who might like to check out these solutions without chewing through the usual heavy fare of business data will be pleased to hear about SAP Football Experience. This consolidated information package is based on SAP BusinessObjects Explorer and contains nearly every detail on some of the greatest moments in the history of the Beautiful Game. With it, you can familiarize yourself with the functions and performance of the software – and impress your friends with encyclopedic knowledge of World Cups past.

How many yellow cards were handed out in each tournament? When and where were the most goals scored? What do the statistics say about the age-old rivalry between Germany and England? How many challenges did German legend Lothar Matthäus win in his career, and how does he compare to Italian icon Paolo Maldini? With SAP Football Experience, the answers to these and many other questions are just a few clicks away.

Next page: Kickoff: the dashboard and its functions

The initial screen ranks past World Cups by the total number of goals scored (screenshot: SAP AG)

The initial screen ranks past World Cups by the total number of goals scored (screenshot: SAP)

Goals, free kicks, and corners, broken down by tournament (screenshot: SAP AG)

Goals, free kicks, and corners, broken down by tournament (screenshot: SAP)

Kickoff: the dashboard and its functions

The layout is complex, and may seem confusing at first glance. Before long, however, you’ll figure out where to find certain information and be ready to take full advantage of the dashboard. The upper half of the interface contains the data upon which the analyses are based, while a tutorial helps clarify any questions you might have.

You can select specific tournaments, teams, matches, and individual players and compare them in terms of up to three “measures,” or parameters. These can include goals, yellow and red cards, challenges, fouls, free kicks, and even peculiarities like throw-in fouls.

The evolution of three measures over time

The evolution of three measures over time (screenshot: SAP)

The values you choose are displayed on a menu bar in the middle of the screen, where you can delete them and replace them with new parameters. The dashboard itself appears below, illustrating the variables and the relationships among them using bar graphs, pie charts based on percentage distributions, correlations, and trends. You can also switch to a table of more in-depth results with just a click.

For the example shown here, we selected five-time World Cup participant Lothar Matthäus and free kicks (red), corners (turquoise), and goals (blue) as the parameters.

No stalling!

We should note that you’ll have to reload the page if you stay idle for an extended period of time; otherwise, you won’t be able to perform further analyses. An export function, however, does make it possible to save the dashboard results you see as image files.

Percentage distributions by tournament

Percentage distributions by tournament (screenshot: SAP)

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