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View or View Lastest Instance

February 4th, 2011 9 comments

To View or View Latest Instance, that is the question.

An Instance

Helpful Tips is also known simply as a Scheduled Instance or Report Instance.

If you are new to BusinessObjects, an instance is what we call a report which contains both a report template and data in a single file.  In the case of a scheduled report, once the report has been run, both the report template and the report layout are combined together and saved back the Repository.  This is called an instance or more specifically a report instance.

On Demand Reports

When a developer publishes a Crystal Report, typically only the report template is saved to the repository.  When the end user clicks on the report, the BusinessObjects platform will connect to the underlying data source and apply the report template to the data coming from the data source and produce a report layout which is then rendered in your browser.

Scheduled Reports

Scheduled Instances are extremely important because they are able to be rendered to the user in a few seconds as opposed to a live retrieval of the data which might take up to a minute (or more depending on your environment).  Users today do not want to wait.  As much as possible, I recommend organizations use report instances to improve the user experience and maximize scalability.

BEST PRACTICE:  Reports which take longer than 45 seconds to retrieve data
from the database should be scheduled.  Many long running "view on demand"
reports can cause an excess consumption of system resources.

View Latest Instance

In XIR2, the user was able to either click on the links, View or View Latest Instance, depending on what actions where available.  In XI 3.1  this was simplified.

In XI 3.1, the user may either click on the report and choose an Action from the menu or they may double-click and open the report.

When the user double-clicks on the report, a default action is taken.  The default action when clicking on reports is to View the report on demand.  This action will run the report retrieving the most current data for this report.

In many cases it is preferable to have the system run the Latest Instance of the report instead of running the report on demand.

This option can be changed globally for your SAP BusinessObjects environment via the CMC.

To change this option in XI 3.1, go into the CMC and Select Applications

From the CMC, InfoView Application Settings

Next Right-Click on InfoView and choose Properties.

Set the Default Viewing Option

When you scroll to the bottom you will see the option: Default Viewing Action on Listing Page.  Here you may choose either:

  • View the object (default behavior)
  • View the latest successful instance of the object

BI Launchpad v4.0

In BusinessObjects v4.0, this option is no longer available.

The default behavior is: View the latest successful instance of the object.  This is the opposite of the default behavior in XI 3.0.

Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.

«Good BI»

Where is Query Builder?

June 16th, 2010 1 comment

Last week I watched Forrest Gump with my kids and when talking with a customer today was reminded of his phrase, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”  Sometimes it’s the same with a new release and the sample content… you never know what you are going to get.  The customer was at XI 3.1 and asked:  What happened to the old Launchpad and Query Builder from XIR2?

Forrest Gump, Chocolates

Good-Bye Launchpad

The Launchpad was a default landing page that would allow an administrator to access the CMC, ePortfolio/InfoView and other sample SDK applications in one place.  This landing page was an HTML page that was part of Crystal Enterprise and was included in the XI release.  In XI 3.0, this Launchpad was discontinued.  Instead, users and administrator are provided up to three direct URL links:

  1. BusinessObjects Enterprise Central Management Console, http://boserver:8080/CmcApp
  2. BusinessObjects Enterprise Java InfoView, http://boserver:8080/InfoViewApp
  3. BusinessObjects Enterprise .NET InfoView, http://boserver/InfoViewApp/logon.aspx
NOTE:  The URL's are CaSE SEnSITivE on Java.

I’ve also been told that unlike in the past where the default URL changed for every release, this won’t be done in the future.  I chuckle to myself when I remember: enterprise10, enterprise11, enterprise115… if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re probably better off. 😉

Hello, Sample Applications

So what about the sample applications.  Where are they today?

The Query Builder application is the only sample application that continued forward with XI 3.0.  You can access this application if you are using a Java Application Server.  The URL is:

  • Query Builder, http//boserver:8080/AdminTools/
Query Builder Screenshot

Query Builder Interface

Once you log in via the interface, you will see the familiar Query Builder application interface.  It’s a great little sample application.

You can also find other sample applications published on SDK library on SDN.

Bring On XI 4.0

XI 4.0 will go into ramp-up (limited release) later this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing what new things we’ll discover in the samples that are provided there.  🙂

«Good BI»

The Next Major Release of BusinessObjects Goes RTM!

February 29th, 2008 No comments

BusinessObjects XI 3.0 box shotPush, Push, Push

We are close… oh, so close. The baby is coming. It should be any day now. No, my wife’s not pregnant. It’s the arrival of BusinessObjects XI 3.0. That’s “three dot-o”. Let me guess. You want to know why it’s not called, “BusinessObjects XIR3”. Search me. I guess marketing did some extensive research which showed the customers were more likely to find software labeled at 3.0 to be superior in quality, performance and usability of a “third revision”. I suppose the “R” in revision probably doesn’t do a release like this justice either. It deserves a new introduction.

Being involved in the beta testing process was a real treat. It’s so hard not to be able to talk about all the cool stuff in the next release. Now that it’s finally going RTM, I’ll tell you what I think about it – and I promise it won’t just be the marketing fluff.

I have to say. Now that BusinessObjects is an SAP company, I decided it was time to reorganized my 1542 powerpoints. Since I’ve been with BusinessObjects so long, I’m managed to accumulate a few and it was time for some housecleaning. I promise that I will begin to write a lot more information more frequently. A colleague of mine reminded me of the blogs associated with the BusinessObjects Diamond Developer Site, so I might begin crossposting.

Get Your SAP Roadmaps

Although everything is business as usual with regards to BusinessObjects, an SAP Company… (they make us say that now) … we are all curious to see what the roadmaps will look like. My biggest surprise was that some of the roadmaps were published out on the SAP Developer site before I had even seen them internally. Wow. Now that’s what I call hot off the presses. Although not all the roadmaps are complete (e.g. what about where BusinessObjects Performance Manager and SAP’s Strategy Management overlap? How exactly are all the Performance Manager engines going to evolve in the next version? There’s SPC, Predictive and Sets.

SAP RoadmapIt’s interesting to learn more about the SAP product offering and find that not everything from SAP requires the “Netweaver Stack”. SAP’s MDM and Strategy Management(Pilot) and Financial Performance Management (Outlooksoft) are three examples. All recently acquired and not necessarily SAP-only.

If you have some SAP BI technology and want to see the SAP BI Roadmap, I recommend you download it here. It’s a great read and pretty clearly explains how the products will move forward. The only downside is there is no mention of WebIntelligence and Visual Composer on the Integration Roadmap slide. The upside is that it is pretty clear that BusinessObjects is the face of BI for SAP moving forward. Netweaver will continue to have some core BI components, but all premium capabilities will be handled by BusinessObjects (or should I say BusinessObjects, an SAP company).

Let me know your thoughts.