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New Features of BO 4.0 WEBI

Updated on Sep 30, 2020

BO 4.0 provides a lot of exciting new features. Here we will take a look into the important new features of Web Intelligence Reports.

Web Intelligence Reports:

  • The Infoview portal which contained WEBI reports has now been renamed to BI Launch Pad. On logging in, a screen like below is visible
BI Launch Pad
BI Launch Pad

To create a new webi report one needs to click on applications and then Web Intelligence application

Web Intelligence Application
Web Intelligence Application
  • This opens a windows, where one needs to click new to see all the options
Create New Document
Create New Document

BO 4.0 enables creation of report from Universes as well as BEx Queries and Analysis Views (both related to SAP BW)

  • On selecting any of the options a Query Panel will open. This is similar to the previous versions except that there is a Data Preview pane where the developer can see the data returned by the query without actually running the report
Query Panel
Query Panel
  • The Report Panel has a very different look and feel than the previous version with a lot of menus. There are basically three tabs- Reading, Design and Data
Report Panel
Report Panel
Report Panel
Report Panel

When a report is opened in modify mode, all the tabs are visible. However when it is opened in View mode only Reading and Design tabs are visible. The design tab in View Mode gives a user features like Interactive mode in the previous versions.

  • It has enhanced copy paste features for Report Objects. Components can be copied from one report to another. This will result in the corresponding queries getting copied. However, I have found this to be not working properly at all times. BO will probably handle this in future patches/service packs
  • Dimension Hiding feature, earlier a part of Desktop Intelligence, is now present in Web Intelligence report. For example, let us take a report table as below
Report Table
Report Table

To hide the dimension Store Name

Hide Dimension
Hide Dimension
Report Table
Report Table

Notice that the dimension is only hidden and not removed (since the measures do not roll up)

This feature is useful when one wants to apply a break on a dimension, but does not want to show it as a column

  • Components like tables/charts etc can be Hidden based on conditions.

One needs to right click and go to Format Table/Chart and enter the condition

Format chart- Hide when the following formula is true
Format chart- Hide when the following formula is true

This feature makes implementation of dynamic requirements very easy

  • Element Linking features enable linking between two components within the same report and dynamically changing the values of one component through the other.
Linking
Linking
Add Element Link
Add Element Link

The linking is done based on a dimension just like an input control. The values selected from the master component work like an input control to the dependent component. This will be covered in details in a separate article.

  • It has some added Chart types

Pie Charts with depth

Pie Chart with Depth
Pie Chart with Depth

Scatter Charts

Scatter Chart
Scatter Chart

Bubble Chart

Bubble Chart
Bubble Chart

Heat Map

Heat Map
Heat Map

Tree Map

Tree Map
Tree Map