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Hi everyone,

I am pleased to share with you some tips on the advanced use of Web Intelligence. These few tutorials allow you to give more value to your existing documents or to come or just to give you ideas for your future designs.

All my tricks are just a focus on some capabilities of the application, if you want more details about what you're able to do with it, share your thought with me I'll be happy to talk about it.

All entries are ranked by difficulty and by authors because I spend a lot (lot, lot, lot) of time searching on SCN great tips on Web Intelligence and some good entries are unfortunaltely it's time to raise your hands guys (and girls ).

New features in Web Intelligence 4.2

PerformanceCharts & other features

New WebI feature in BI4.2 – Parallel Queries by robert.twigg

How to build a Custom Elements service for SAP Web Intelligence 4.2 by pascal.gaulin

New features in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP3

SAP BI 4.2 SP3: What's New in Web Intelligence by  christian.ah-soon available here SAP BI 4.2 SP3: What's New in Web Intelligence




Level 1Difficulty is very low. Easy to set up and you can turn easily your existing document into value-added report effortless
Level 2Difficulty is low. Use analysis tools to interact with your report and give extra value to your operational reporting.
Level 3Difficulty is medium. Some of features used are advanced features and you've to be familiar with Web Intelligence.
Level 4Difficulty is high. Damn, your Webi document is so interactive and so cool. Restless to show and share it with others !
Level 5Difficulty is extreme. How did he do that ? I've read 8 times the document and I still understand nothing.


DifficultyAuthorLink to document


WEBI 4.0 Trick - Creating Progress Bar


BOBJ Trick To Display Table Data In Hierarchy Format
durgamadhab.mishraWebi tricks : Selecting Top N customers by Sales Percentage using a Slider

Webi tricks : Interactive selecting and viewing TOPn data

abhijit.ingaleWEBI - Dynamic Line Chart driven by Input Control
harsha.ganapathyCreating a Sparkline chart for IPad
neha.kumari4How to use formulae to change date and time formats in WebIntelligence
kaufmann.andreasalternate row colors in a break
tauseefali.mirDynamic Variables using Input Control
naga.vaibhavCustom message to replace 'No Data in the query'
victorgabriel.saizcastillo2All you need to know about #TOREFRESH
michael.thompsonWebi tricks: How to build a butterfly chart
huu.nguyenLinear & Polynomial Trend Lines in Webi
michael.thompsonWebi tricks: Bars embedded into rows
huu.nguyenWebI Trick: Line chart to show running average for each year
harshil.joshiDate Variables in Web Intelligence
huu.nguyenWebI Trick: Top N data for any integer N using Entry field Input controls
tanb.guptaHow to Add Document links (Interlink WEBI reports) in SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence 4.0
bosateesh%40gmail.comShow Trend Icon/Arrows in webi as per conditions

huu.nguyenConditional formatting based on User input
kohescoDynamic Visibility within a Webi Report
David GWebI trick: Create a SEARCH Input Control for your WebI report part!
bosateesh%40gmail.comDynamic Ageing Buckets in Webi
sujigrandhiDynamic Visibility - Input Controls with Ranking
jonathan.brownCreating a Webi doc off of an unmanaged Excel data source on a network share
rakesh.pattani2Merging Charts in WebI
rogerplankgoulart1234How to insert a Gauge chart inside a WEBI Document
selvarasan.subramanianDense Ranking in SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence
jordan.bishopHow to create a Speedometer inside of a Web Intelligence document
mhmohammedSecret Custom Format (for Date) in Webi
swapnil.bhootwalaString aggregation on WEBI report level.
rogerplankgoulart1234How to set a WEBI document to autorefresh each n seconds
kwajaHow to grant filtering functionality for viewers/end-users on 'Input Control' enabled report blocks(...
sandeepsinha327Dimensions as Input Control- Dynamic Control | SCN
rogerplankgoulart1234Merging 3 Data Providers compatible 2 by 2
rogerplankgoulart1234Implementing a calendar like filter in the body of a report
didz05Usage of mini charts in tables
didz05Sort columns using input controls in read-only access
didz05Top-Bottom ranking using input controls in read-only access
didz05Display vertical labels in tables
mhmohammedSum & Avg lines in Chart
mhmohammedAccurately positioned Custom Comments in Column Charts
didz05Display numbers in English words
niraj.parihar2Dealing with Null Values in a Chart
didz05Charts windowing
mhmohammedRelative positioning of a block w.r.t 2 (or more) blocks OR Container in Webi


This section will help you designing the structure of your Web Intelligence document. You will be able to highlight your data into a Webi document well-designed with some best practices from experts.

AuthorLink to document
william.marcyDesigning smart report with Web Intelligence
merlijn.ekkelBest Practices for Web Intelligence Report Design


Challenge accepted ! Once your document is complete and functionnal, think about performance. A well designed document is nothing for user if it opens in 10 minutes. So performance is the key to help users to understand the power of Web Intelligence. jonathan.brown made a full document containing all tips for Optimizing the Performance of Web Intelligence Documents.Others related documents can be added to this table to find easily how to optimize performance.

One of the big challenge with SAP BusinessObjects on SAP landscape is to get best performances with Web Intelligence based on SAP BW using BICS (Business Intelligence Consumer Service) connection. @Kurt.holst gave us a complete overview of best practices using Webi against SAP BW.

AuthorLink to document
jonathan.brownTips for Optimizing the Performance of Web Intelligence Documents
kurt.holstHow to Performance Optimize SAP BusinessObjects Reports Based Upon SAP BW using BICS Connectivity


AuthorLink to document
matthew.shawPerformance Tips: Getting the most out of your Web Intelligence Processing Servers


AuthorLink to document
matthew.shawWebiAdminTool - Business Intelligence (BusinessObjects) - SCN Wiki


The Web Intelligence Bulletin (this page) is a timely and regularly-updated information source providing links to hot issues, new documentation and upcoming events of interest to Web Intelligence Users and Administrators (extract from the Web Intelligence Bulletin - source : see below).

AuthorLink to document
adam.stoneted.ueda & jason.everly & michael.nevilleThe WebI Bulletin


A structured introduction and collection of hints, basic product information, best practices and links in the area of Web Intelligence. The goal is to provide end users a basic knowledge package to avoid or solve issues during the day to day business.

Special ovation to timoseufert and ALL the BI TEAM HUNGARY for their work knowing that Webi incidents can make you crazy. Good job team !

Additional ressources

You can see more things about Web Intelligence on space dedicated :

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

Creating Extensions to SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

And more official documentation on Help Portal at :

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.1 – SAP Help Portal Page

One more thing, if you want to index your entry with a "Webi trick", leave a comment and I'll add your link ASAP. I'll update this document frequently with new entries I'll find out on SCN.

Have fun !

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