26 Aug SAP Business Objects User Training
BusinessObjects as an individual company has been in the forefront of Business Intelligence solutions even before its acquisition from the market leader SAP Labs. However since 2007, when the 6.78 billion dollar deal took place, its enterprise software solutions became clear market leaders almost to the extent of monopolizing the market – not due to shady shenanigans, but exclusively due its tremendous value for big corporations. We at Xadat are specialists in delivering online and in-house Business Objects trainings.
There is no other reasonable outcome of the combination of top notch corporate solutions and the lack of software specific education in universities and colleges. While some knowledge about the foundations of business intelligence and reporting can be obtained in higher educational institutions, it often leaves much to be desired and SAP software-specific courses are created to fill in the gap.
No Business objects user training can be considered exhaustive if it does not teach the trainee the very basics of business intelligence. The foundational knowledge should be easy to digest, and ideally, only after that should the course purchaser be introduced to specific SAP Business Objects software products.
Depending on the specific needs some particular software-specific courses can be postponed by the trainee, since different people’s learning paths can vary. However the word “exhaustive” does suggest that user training for every single SAP product from the Business Objects Business Intelligence solutions suite should be available. The variety of said learning paths can be overwhelming, so please take a look at the examples below to see if you can recognize one that suits you or your employees most:
Web Intelligence and InfoView training
This is one of the exceptions for the rule mentioned above. While foundational knowledge would obviously never hurt, the combination of these two pieces of software provides the necessary knowledge for entry-level employees to get going, allowing them to gain the knowledge they would need with the experience they get.
Anyway, understanding the software primitives such as classes, objects and universes and grasping concepts like layered structure (for the semantic layer), querying, reporting and data analysis can take less than a week. Additionally, studying reporting knowledge with the Java Report Panel would take no more than a week itself, and that period can be even trimmed down further, given prior knowledge in similar SAP Business Objects technologies such as Crystal Reports. That boils down Web Intelligence training to less than two weeks in the worst case scenario.
While the first glimpse at InfoView with all the navigation and workspace panel might evoke intimidation, organizing, managing and distributing documents using InfoView is as simple as it can be, and learning how to do it would add no more than another week to the professional training. So overall it really isn’t surprising that the Web Intelligence + InfoView combination is in such a high demand – the low cost in both time and financial resources can be easily justified.
Crystal Reports Training
Often times studied on its own, the Crystal Reports software is another market leader in its niche. Its seamless integration with both Java Enterprise Edition solutions and Microsoft’s very own Visual Studio makes it an easy choice for most corporations. While the recent questionable modifications to its Terms and Conditions might discourage new customers from adopting and integrating this solution, legacy software systems alone make up for the majority of the market so the demand is unlikely to fall drastically.
The Crystal Reports courses can be successfully targeted to software developers and database administrators.
Quality Crystal Reports courses would be crafted in a way that introduces even the least experienced employee to report creation in an easy to understand way. Meanwhile though, people with experience using Jasper Reports or Microstrategy should not feel like their time is being wasted.
The reporting solution by SAP provides many little tweaks and useful tools that make it unique amongst the others – so simply forgetting about the middle layer of abstraction would not make a Microstrategy specialist a Crystal reports professional – user training is a must.
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.x and Design Studio training
Professionals from various levels in the corporate hierarchy can benefit from Dashboards training. The ability to create engaging interactive dashboards can help not only business analysts do their jobs more efficiently.
Now, it is also suitable for managers and decision makers who might consider integrating the dashboards and their easily understandable and intuitive charts, graphs and widgets into their presentations for greater access to clear and understandable metrics. Not only does this make presentations more involving, it also helps testing out and predicting the outcomes of actions in future business scenarios.
SAP Dashboards has been considered as vastly superior to SAP Design Studio due to its ease of use and aesthetic appeal. However the flexibility that Design Studio provides makes it an important addition to the Dashboards software – and more often than not, user training courses are taken on both pieces of software in conjunction.
SAP Web Intelligence and Business Intelligence Information design tools and Universe design tools courses
While these tools make up a big portion of the SAP Business Objects suite, the courses on them are often times less than a week long. This once again suggests quick returns on the time, money and effort invested by trainees. A Business Intelligence specialist can help you in using web intelligence tools and be very effective at it.
Web courses on those are also available, and feedback on them has been mostly positive. Finding a good provider of such training is simple and the competition in the training niche is fierce – leading to outstanding quality.
It only makes sense for a big corporation that uses data extensively to make use of a great product suite such as SAP Business Objects. Since specific product knowledge is required with the vast majority of tools, Business Objects user training is in high demand. Suitable courses are widely available and acclaimed, and the overall small amounts of time required to take them, make them a great investment for corporate team leaders and employees alike.
Mondy Holten, SAP BI Consultant
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