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NTT DATA Business Solutions | March 18, 2024

Advanced Data Management: SAP Web Intelligence

In the dynamic landscape of business analysis, choosing between Web Intelligence and Excel is an important decision. Let’s explore the intricacies of these two data management giants, exploring their strengths, weaknesses, and unique capabilities.

Advanced Data Management
SAP Web Intelligence

What Is SAP Web Intelligence?

SAP Web Intelligence is an SAP business intelligence (BI) product. It is a component of the SAP BusinessObjects suite, and it is intended to allow ad hoc querying, reporting, and data analysis in a web-based environment. It connects directly to business data sources, assuring real-time access, and it has extensive analytics capabilities for full data analysis and reporting.

This application enables users to generate interactive reports from a variety of data sources such as databases, spreadsheets, and so on.

What are the Advantages of SAP Web Intelligence?

  • It provides easy data exploration with drag-and-drop features, simply presenting diverse viewpoints.
  • The drill down tool enables in-depth analysis, giving key insights for strategic decision-making.
  • Data manipulation becomes more efficient and accurate with capabilities such as report merging, formula construction, and sorting.
  • It provides a variety of display options and formats, enabling accessibility and adaptation to a wide range of demands.
  • Its search features make it easier to identify certain objects inside the tool, saving time during data research.
  • SAP Web Intelligence’s scheduling features automate report delivery, assuring timely dissemination of critical information.
  • Its organized folders optimize data management, allowing easy access to reports and searches and increasing productivity.
SAP Web Intelligence Reporting Objects

What are SAP Web Intelligence Reporting Objects?

Dimensions: These define the categories or classifications of your data such as product category, customer area, or time period.

Attributes: These are further characteristics about a dimension, such as the product name, customer city, or fiscal year.

Measures: These are numerical figures that you want to evaluate, such as sales statistics, profit margins, or inventory levels.

Hierarchies: These organize dimensions into levels, allowing you to drill down from broader categories to specific details.

What are the Types of SAP Web Intelligence Reporting Objects?

1. Adding and Removing Objects

Query Panel:

This is where you drag and drop universe items to generate your report. Filtering, sorting, and grouping items can help you better your analysis.

Calculated Measures:

Create unique formula to create new metrics based on existing ones, allowing for more in-depth data analysis.

Ranking Functions:

Assign ranks to data points based on specific criteria, allowing you to quickly identify top performers or areas for improvement. It can be using in report filter tab, prompt tab, formulas.

2. Styling and Formatting

Conditional Formatting:

To increase readability and visual impact, highlight essential data points based on specified standards.

Formatting Options:

Customize fonts, colors, and object orientation to ensure a clear and professional presentation.

Charts and graphs:

Select from several chart formats to effectively depict data trends and correlations.

3. Advanced Methods

Drill-Down and Drill-Through:

To give context and deeper insights, navigate from high-level summaries to tiny details inside your data.

Variables and prompts:

Allow users to filter and customize reports according to their requirements.

Subtotals and Grand Totals:

Summarize data at several levels of your hierarchy for simple examination.

4. Interactive Elements

Filters and selectors:

Allow users to interact with data by selecting certain dimensions or features.

Drill-Down Link:

Jump directly to relevant reports or dashboards for greater information based on user activity.

Annotations and Tooltips:

Enhance understanding by adding text annotations and contextual information to charts and graphs.

What is Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a popular spreadsheet program that allows for simple to somewhat complicated data processing and visualization. It runs as a separate program, although it may struggle when dealing with massive datasets at an enterprise scale.

What are the Differences Between SAP Web Intelligence and Microsoft Excel?

SAP Web Intelligence Microsoft Excel
Data Handling and Capacity Efficiently handles extensive datasets and complex analytics without
performance degradation.
Suitable for basic to moderate datasets; might struggle with larger volumes or
complex data.
Data Sources and Connectivity Provides direct connectivity to enterprise data sources, ensuring real-
time data access without manual interventions.
Requires manual import and export, potentially leading to data discrepancies and may have data latency issues.
Analytics and Reporting Offers advanced analytics with complex calculations, interactive dashboards and
robust charting tools.
Limited to basic moderately complex calculations and charts.
Collaboration and Sharing Facilitates centralized sharing,
simultaneous access and collaboration among multiple users.
Limited real-time collaboration, potential
versioning issues in multi-users environments.
Security and Access Integrates enterprise-level security, ensuring data integrity and access
Limited security features, unauthorized access and modifications.
Integration and
Seamlessly integrates within SAP tools
and other enterprise systems.
Work as a standalone tool, limited
integration with enterprise systems.
Complexity Moderate to high complexity, requires training for optimal utilization due to its
extensive capabilities.
Lower complexity, suitable for users with varying skill levels.

Determining whether SAP Web Intelligence or Microsoft Excel is better depends on the specific requirements, context, and user’s needs. Each tool serves different purposes and have distinct advantages depending on the requirements of the task at hand.

The following factors can be considered to determine which one is more suitable for your business:

  • Scope and scale
  • User Familiarity and Needs
  • Data Sources and Integration
  • Collaboration Requirements

In conclusion Sap Web Intelligence demonstrates superior capabilities in handling larger datasets, advanced analytics, collaboration, security, integration, although with higher complexity, compared to Excel. Excel, while simpler may face limitations in enterprise- level analytics and reporting.

Çağla Çöpürkaya

BI Consultant


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