Utilizing Business Objects Enterprise Server for Report Automation
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by Eric Landes
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Using InfoView

For end users, InfoView is the Interface to Business Objects Portal.  This web based interface allows you to specify what reports, etc. the end users can view.  After a user logs into InfoView, they get that interface you saw in Figure 2.  This interface gives the user access to Folders and the Business Objects Inbox.  That inbox can be used as a destination in schedules as you might recall from the earlier section. 

Besides the folders set up by administrators, the person using InfoView has a favorite's option.  Using this option under My Folders to allow them to add frequently used reports or other documents to quickly get to them. 

From the main page, you can also add folders under your favorites.  This allows end users to have reports uploaded to the enterprise server.  In my experience I am not sure how many end-users would have Crystal Reports to upload to the server.  However, they can also upload spreadsheets which might be useful to schedule.  Depending on the end users rights, they might be able to create a new public folder for others to view.  This would be helpful for sharing BI documents across the enterprise.

Also, from this main view the end user can create their own dashboard using the reports available, using my InvoView button.  See Figure 4 for an example of this.  By using the simple layouts set up here, end-users can create content that is useful for them from a central repository of Business Intelligence objects.  Simply click on a frames "Define Content" link and the end user can select objects that are available to them.

Figure 4

From this page the user can also send the object to others.  This can be done via email to a file share, FTP or to the InfoView inbox.  A search box is also available.  This search box is searching on the categories that are specified when the object is initially uploaded. 

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