Business Objects Web Intelligence Client Differences

SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence has 3 different clients available:

  1. Web
  2. Java – Rich Internet Application
  3. Desktop – Desktop (Windows only)

Each of the Business Objects Web Intelligence clients have unique features that are not available in the other clients.

There isn’t a Business Objects Web Intelligence client that has all the features.

Feature Web Java Desktop
File > New Document NO YES YES
Report Element > Linking > Add Document Link YES NO NO
Report Element > Linking > Edit Document Link YES NO NO
Format > Numbers > Define Custom Number Format NO YES YES
Format > Numbers > Apply Custom Number Format NO YES YES
Data Access > Data Providers > New Data Provider NO YES YES
Data Access > Data Providers > Edit Data Provider NO YES YES
Analysis > Conditional > New Conditional Formatting Rule NO YES YES
Web Service Publisher NO YES YES
Data Mode NO YES YES
Excel Data Provider NO NO YES
Text Data Provider NO NO YES
Web Service Data Provider NO NO YES

The only difference between the Web Intelligence Rich Internet Application (Java) and the Web Intelligence Desktop client is that in the Windows Desktop client you can use excel, text, and web services as a data provider.  If you don’t need these data provider sources, the java client has all the functions you need.

The Web client does not allow you to create new documents and data providers.  However there is one significant feature of the Web Intelligence web client in that it allows you to create document links between documents.

This analysis is with Version 4.0 Support Package 2 Patch 13 of SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence.

If you know of a feature difference that I missed, please leave a comment.

4 thoughts on “Business Objects Web Intelligence Client Differences

    1. I don’t know the reason for the differences. I do appreciate that SAP is slowly moving all the functionality to the web client so that users don’t need to struggle with installing and configuring a java client. This is very important for Mac users and iPad users.

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