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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook by David Lai, Xavier Hacking

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Using BI Web Services to consume a Webi report

BI Web Services is a data connection that works in basically two steps: first, a Web Intelligence (Webi) dataset report is created, similar to that of Live Office. Second, in SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards this dataset is consumed as a Query as a Web Service.

The benefit of using BI Web Services is that it combines the strengths of both Live Office and Query as a Web Service. These benefits include:

  • The ability to perform complex calculations such as crosstabs, special aggregations, advanced contexts, and so on in the Webi document
  • The ability to schedule reports so that we don't run into issues with queries that take a long time to execute
  • We do not have to load the Webi report inside SAP BusinessObjects ...

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