Business Objects 
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 Business Objects
Hello All,
I have a question, and I apologize if this isn't the best place
to post it:
Has anyone done any work with Business Objects?  My understanding of
it is that it is an object oriented tool that sits on top of multiple
databases (Sybase, Oracle, etc.) and allows end users to generate
ad hoc reports fairly easily.  A number of people I know on Wall St.
are looking at the product but we'd all like more feedback.  Any input
would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Tue, 17 Dec 1996 23:40:27 GMT
 Business Objects

        Buisness Objects is a very good tool used ONLY for reporting at Fannie Mae.
Its not very good for complex queries.
Kiran Jain                                     Fannie Mae
Software Consultant                            (W)  : (202) 752-1417

Mon, 23 Dec 1996 04:48:36 GMT
 Business Objects

>    Buisness Objects is a very good tool used ONLY for reporting at Fannie Mae.
>Its not very good for complex queries.
>Kiran Jain                                     Fannie Mae
>Software Consultant                            (W)  : (202) 752-1417

We have BO in production here.  We've found that you have to be
very careful about what kinds of the queries the users run.  

BO will gladly generate SQL that will table scan three tables
and bring your server to its knees (so to speak).  Heck,
the full time consultant that we have writing canned queries
in BO has done it, and he's supposed to know what's going on!

If you can afford it the disk/cpu, start a second server and
replicated your data onto it via transaction log dumps or replication
server.  Run your queries from there.  


``But as I said, it's speculation on my part, not "the truth".''
   -- David Sternlight  : Kill an {*filter*} protester, save an MD.

Tue, 24 Dec 1996 06:35:48 GMT
 Business Objects
Business Objects is an ad hoc querying and reporting tool for
relational DBMSs.  Business Objects does not generate generic ANSI 89 SQL
and requires purchase of  a "driver" which enables it to generate SQL in the
dialect of the targeted DBMS (i.e., you will need to purchase separate
drivers for Sybase and Oracle for each client workstation).  

Business Objects is NOT object oriented.  In Business Objects classes
correspond roughly to database views and tables and objects correspond to
database attributes and derived attributes.  Business Objects allows
data to be grouped and renamed to make sense to the end user.  The
report writer is easy to use and includes nice break and roll-up features.
The query editor is very good for simple queries, but a user almost
needs to know SQL (at least understands the concepts behind SQL)
to write complicated queries which include functions or are nested.

Be aware that a DBA or data analyst has to do a lot of behind the scenes
work to set up Business Objects universes before the end user can
generate queries and reports.

Tue, 24 Dec 1996 04:52:47 GMT
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