Many times your customers may want reports that combine data
from different sources. For instance, maybe you need to get your customer data
from ERP data and that data comes from a web service. That customer data needs
to be combined with the data from your Project Management Software, stored in a
database. Another scenario may be when you want to report off of 2 different
databases, say Access and Oracle. This article focuses on something similar to
the first scenario, but there can be other scenarios this may apply to.
There are many ways to combine different data sources for
reporting. The tools to do this are varied. One could do a lot of this in the
web service itself, combining the data. I do not believe that is most
effective for most enterprise reporting.
In using these different tools I came across Business
Objects Business View Manager. This is part of the Business Objects Enterprise
software that contains many other components.
In this article we will show how to connect to a web service
and to a SQL Server database. We will use Business Objects Business Views to
combine and link the web service to the Database. In this first part we will go
over setting up the database and creating the web service used as a data