Viewing SAP BusinessObjects BI Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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SAP BusinessObjects BI FireDAC Components

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How to view SAP BusinessObjects BI data in RAD Studio Data Explorer using the CData FireDAC Components for SAP BusinessObjects BI.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for SAP BusinessObjects BI, you gain access to live SAP BusinessObjects BI data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to both retrieve SAP BusinessObjects BI data. This article will walk through connecting to SAP BusinessObjects BI using the Data Explorer.

Connecting to SAP BusinessObjects BI Data Using Data Explorer

You can create a simple application for displaying SAP BusinessObjects BI data by utilizing the CData FireDAC Components for SAP BusinessObjects BI and a new VCL Forms Application:

  1. Open the Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand FireDAC.
  2. Right-click on CData SAP BusinessObjects BI Data Source and click Add New Connection.

  3. Name the connection.
  4. Fill in the necessary connection parameters and click OK.

    To connect to your SAP Business Objects BI instance, you must set the following connection properties:

    • Url: set this to the rest API URL. After logging into the Central Management Console, choose 'Applications' from the combo box. Double-click on 'RESTful Web Service' and you'll see the access URL. By default it is, http://{Server-Name}:6405/biprws.
    • User: set this to the username of your instance.
    • Password: set this to the password of your instance.

  5. Back in the Data Explorer, expand the views for the connection.
  6. Create a new VCL Forms application and drag a view (for example: MyCustomReport) onto the form.

  7. Select the MyCustomReportView object on the form and set the Active property to true.
  8. Right-click on the object, bind visually, and link everything (*) to a new control (TStringGrid).

  9. Arrange the TStringGrid on the form and run the application to see the MyCustomReport data.