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Mar 03, 2015 at 09:05 PM

Web Intelligence and Analysis for OLAP/ Office

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Hello all,

We have SAP ECC on HANA and plan to have Business Objects as our enterprise reporting solution. Trying to keep our reporting & analysis tool set to the minimum which can be shared by developers and power users/ analyst to create report. Normally the tool of choice for reporting and analysis as observed has always been Web Intelligence and it claims to also be self service for power users. However, with SAP HANA and HANA Live views in the picture it changed the game and that what I need your opinion on. The user can use Analysis for OLAP/Office to directly access the available SAP HANA Live Query views whereas the Webi would require a Universe which would sit on top of a SAP HANA Live Query view. Hence this becomes a 2 step approach and users may not be savvy enough to be given access to the Universe for several reasons. SAP has touted WebI as its self service reporting and analysis tool but it seems Analysis is taking over that.

Also here is a brief comparison I did between Webi, Analysis of OLAP and Office and Webi seems to only have a mobile and publication advantage over the other 2.

Please let me know your thoughts as I would like to keep the developer and analyst reporting and analysis tool common to avoid a cluttered environment. Your help is appreciated.

Functions Webi Analysis for OLAP Analysis for Office % % % Usage of Hierarchies 50 100 100 Excel as Client 50 0 100 Internet Browser as client 100 100 0 Creating Calculations 50 100 100 Multiple source in 1 report 100 100 100 Offline Capabilities 100 0 50 Mobile Reporting 75 0 0 Distribution via Email 100 0 0 Edit Report 100 100 100 Change view of data 100 100 100 Highly Aggregated Information 100 100 100 Strong Data Visualization 50 75 50 Drill down to detailed info 100 100 100 Search & Exploration 25 0 25 Highly formatted reporting 50 50 50 Parameterized/Dynamic Layout 75 25 50 Self-service reporting/ free form layout 100 75 75 Hierarchial Capabilities 50 100 100 Product Interoperability 75 75 75 Guided Navigation 50 50 75 OLAP Datasources 100 100 100 SAP HANA 100 100 100 Relational Datasource 100 0 0 Requires Universe 100 0 0 Direct connect -100 100 100 Total 1800 1550 1650

Thanks,

Zain