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Two BI questions

1) Would taking a course and getting certified in 'SAP Netweaver 2004 - Application Development Focus ABAP' help towards a career in Business Intelligence?

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2) What is the difference between BusinessObjects BI and Netweaver Business Warehouse Business Intelligence (BW 7.3 & BI 4.0)?

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    Posted on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Hi Dev,

    Thomas is correct when he suggested the certification on BI which is more focused on the reporting side. Similarly you can check out the BW part of SAP in this certification (SAP Certified Application Associate- Business Intelligence with SAP NetWeaver 7.0) if you are also interested in the Data Warehousing side of things. Business Intelligence is actually quite a broad subject. It consists of finding out what data is required (a business analyst role), getting the right data available for reporting (the DataWarehouse developer role), preparing the reports and dashboards (report analyst role), analysing the data and painting a story (Data Analyst role) and last consuming the reports (the end user) . This article explains it very well.

    Basically I'm like you, starting out in my BI career and SAP BW/BI are essentially the tools of the trade in terms of SAP, I would also suggest getting to know the overall concepts of BI which have been around since before SAP. You can check out the two Gurus of BI - Ralph Kimball, who was a pioneer in the development lifecycle of DataWarehouses in which the basic concepts of SAP BI/BW is fundamentally built upon. It's called the Kimball's DataWarehouse Lifecycle. Also check out Bill Inmon, another father of DataWarehouse development.

    The difference between BusinessObjects and Netweaver BI/BW is this: Netweaver 7.x is the platform for BI/BW and other SAP applications, much like Windows 7 is a platform where you run MS Word. Other applications like Process Integration (PI), Master Data Management (MDM) and Enterprise Portal (EP) run on Netweaver platform.

    SAP BI/BW 4.0 is the latest version of the Business Warehouse (DataWarehouse) and Business Explorer (Reporting) tools that does the process of cleaning and loading data and creating useful reports.

    Instead of using SAP BI/BW 4.0 built-in Business Explorer to create reports, you can use BusinessObjects to interface with the DataWarehouse in SAP BI/BW to create reports. The reason I think why companies do so is because either (a) they already were using BO before it was acquired by SAP (b) BO is so much more user-friendlier to use. And may I also suggest a third reason (c) - BO is able to connect to other non-SAP DataWarehouses thus making it flexible in terms of integration with other systems. Check out help.sap.com and the data warehousing community area for more info.

    Hope this gives you a good starting point and all the best in your BI career. 😊

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      Terry,

      Thanks for your well structured response, it's precisely what I was looking all over the internet for. Although I do have a few follow up questions, I think Google will be able to help me out 😊. Should I again be in a situation where I'm lost, I know just the person to contact!

      Cheers!
      - Dev

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    Posted on Jun 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM

    1) Traditional BI would be better served by C_TBI30_73 SAP Certified Application Associate - Business Intelligence with SAP BW 7.3 and SAP BI 4.0. A traditional BI Applications consultant deals with infocubes and such. While a programming background helps because many of the same analytical skills used to decipher requirements and convert them into code are used to design infocubes and queries. You *can* specialize in ABAP and BI, but in that case you're going to want to spend a few years as a programmer to really solidify your programming skills before you approach BI as a subspecialty of your programming.

    2) Hopefully someone who is a current BI specialist will chime in. They're different products. Once was "born and raised" within SAP and the other was acquired when SAP bought Business Objects. I don't know how severely they overlap or what SAP's going forward strategy is for the two products. Sorry I can't be of much help on this one, but you should be able to get some of that information at the data warehousing community area.

    Hope this helps!

    Best regards,

    --Tom

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      Thank you Thomas. Reading through your articles, especially the one directed towards freshers, along with your reply is exactly what I needed. I'll present my further curiosities to the appropriate fora.


      On another note, I must admit that finding information on a career in BI at an infant stage is probably turning out to be as tough as my undergrad dissertation! I'm looking for someone experienced who might be able to advise me in this aspect via email correspondences. If you happen to know someone who may be willing to mentor, I'd much appreciate an introduction!

      Thanks and cheers!

      - Dev