SAP Business Intelligence delivers insight into every aspect of your organization by distributing information on premise, on device, and via the cloud. With native integration to SAP HANA, users have the ability to model business scenarios in real-time, adding tremendous value to your business. In this course, you will gain hands-on experience in deploying business intelligence (BI) on SAP HANA, leveraging it both as a data source and as a platform. Learn how SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 is optimized for SAP HANA, and explore new features that take advantage of the speed and agility offered by SAP HANA. Benefit from best practices for design, development, and troubleshooting of BI. Simplify your SAP BusinessObjects BI toolkit with scenarios that help you select the right client for a particular business need. You will have the opportunity to experience SAP Lumira in the Desktop, Cloud, and Server releases, to create amazing visualizations that can be consumed anywhere. Take full advantage of the functionality offered in the latest release to update your business intelligence strategy and change the way your organization thinks about BI.
Self-paced
Language: English

Course information


Course Summary

SAP Business Intelligence delivers insight into every aspect of your organization by distributing information on premise, on device, and via the cloud. With native integration to SAP HANA, users have the ability to model business scenarios in real-time, adding tremendous value to your business.

In this course, you will gain hands-on experience in deploying business intelligence (BI) on SAP HANA, leveraging it both as a data source and as a platform. Learn how SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 is optimized for SAP HANA, and explore new features that take advantage of the speed and agility offered by SAP HANA. Benefit from best practices around design, development, and troubleshooting of BI content from SAP’s Strategic Customer Engagements (SCE) team. Simplify your SAP BusinessObjects BI toolkit with scenarios that help you select the right client for a particular business need.

You will also have the opportunity to experience SAP Lumira in the Desktop, Cloud, and Server releases, to create amazing visualizations that can be consumed anywhere. Take full advantage of the functionality offered in the latest release to update your business intelligence strategy and change the way your organization thinks about BI.

The registration, learning content, and final exam are free of charge. As an optional add-on, you will be able to leverage a series of hands-on exercises to reinforce your learning on a trial image for a very reasonable cost, if desired. However, you can complete the course successfully without taking part in the hands-on exercises.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

  • Week 1: SAP HANA as an Analytics Platform
  • Week 2: Self-Service
  • Week 3: Dashboards and Applications
  • Week 4: Semantic Layer and Reporting
  • Week 5: Mobility and Cloud
  • Week 6: User Experience Tools and Features
  • Week 7: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Business intelligence developers
  • Business/data analysts

Course Requirements

  • Experience using SAP BI products and client tools
  • Understanding of core database concepts such as SQL, joins, and functions
  • Knowledge of Web development concepts such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS is an advantage, but not essential.

About the Instructors

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James Rapp

James Rapp is a Technical Specialist within the SAP Products & Innovation group. He helps customers implement Analytics based solutions, including BI 4, Design Studio, and Lumira.

He is also an active contributor on SCN, authoring various papers on performance testing and improving the user experience in the BI Platform.

James' profile on SCN.

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Foroohar Rafiei

Foroohar Rafiei brings 15 years of Software Development expertise to SAP. He has been employed at SAP for over 11 years.

Foroohar has worked in SAP’s Business Intelligence Analytics group in Product Group (Development and Testing), now as a Technical Specialist within the SAP Products & Innovation Group (SCE).

He is also an expert in installing and configuring Analytics Solutions.

Foroohar's profile on SCN.

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Harjeet Judge

Harjeet Judge has been with SAP for over 11 years.  He is currently a Senior Specialist with the Customer Experience Group focusing on BI Suite and Lumira. 

Prior to his current role,  Harjeet held roles in Active Global Support(AGS) as a Senior Support Consultant and as an Escalation Manager.

About Further Content Experts

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Henry Banks

Henry Banks is a senior analytics specialist within the SAP Products & Innovation group.

Henry implemented SAP BW, APO, & CRM modules in the early 2000s, and more recently has been championing SAP Lumira and Predictive solutions for strategic customer engagements.

Henry's profile on SCN.

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Kenneth Li

Kenneth Li is a Senior Product Manager within the SAP Products & Innovations Analytics group, with 15 years of experience in the development of SAP Crystal Reports, and its integrations with SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP Netweaver BW, SAP ERP/ECC, and SAP HANA.

Currently Kenneth manages product requirements for the data analyst in SAP Lumira and specializes in the area of data acquisition, data manipulation, big data, and trusted data discovery.

Course contents


  • Week 1:

    SAP HANA as an Analytics Platform
  • Week 2:

    Self-Service
  • Week 3:

    Dashboards and Applications
  • Week 4:

    Semantic Layer and Reporting
  • Week 5:

    Mobility and Cloud
  • Week 6:

    User Experience Tools and Features
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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If you would like to enroll for this course, there are no formal prerequisites or limitations. The course is free and open for everyone. Just register for an account on openSAP and go for the course!

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This course was held from Oct 29, 2014 through Dec 17, 2014.

18094 learners enrolled.

Certificate Requirements


  • A record of achievement is issued to those who have earned more than 50% of the maximum number of points for the sum of all graded assignments. Find out more in the certificate guidelines.
  • A confirmation of participation is issued to those who have completed at least 50% of the course material. Find out more in the certificate guidelines.
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