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SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer: Search and explore your data with self-service BI tools

Combine the simplicity of online search with the analytical power of business intelligence (BI) – using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer. This self-service data exploration software gives all business users the ability to quickly search and explore vast amounts of data. Create stunning data visualisations using a point-and-click interface, and easily share findings across your organisation.

Why SAP BusinessObjects Explorer? 

Because it helps you uncover trends and connections in oceans of data – anytime, anywhere. Find instant answers to your business questions with the simplicity of a Web-based search, and get the context you need to improve decision making. 

  • Give all business users intuitive, self-service data exploration and BI tools
  • Search and explore data from any device – online or offline
  • Use geolocation features and maps to add context to your findings
  • Make sense of your data with big picture insights – and drill into the details
  • Easily create dashboard views and data visualisations, and share them with your team

Learn how SAP BusinessObjects Explorer can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff:

Functional Capabilities

Data search

  • Explore enterprise data sources including operational systems and data warehouses
  • Search with near-instant speeds by using pre-indexed data sources and metadata
  • Bypass rigid reporting workflows and query processes
  • Use familiar keyword searches to find results by data relevance
  • Navigate and explore data directly, using a simple point-and-click interface
  • Easily share dashboard views and data visualisations with peers  

Ad hoc data exploration

  • Get answers to pressing business questions as they arise
  • Explore business data online and offline – from your desktop or mobile device
  • Enjoy the same self-service BI experience from any device
  • Use hand gestures to swipe, tap, and zoom into data without
    needing to create a report
  • Sort or rank the data presented in your charts according to your preferred analysis


  • Increase your understanding of data patterns and trends by adding geolocation context, such as maps
  • Use Google Maps to quickly spot trends and get richer information context on mobile devices
  • Instantly augment your data with geolocation awareness of your exact physical location

5-Minute Demo: How to Display Data in a Map Format

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Technical Capabilities

Leverage the metadata layer of the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform – as well as its security, truth, and administration services – to minimise IT involvement in BI-related tasks.


System requirements for SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

System and software requirements vary according to specific customer scenarios – please refer to the Product Availability Matrix for the latest information on updates and releases.


System Requirements Details


  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.1
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or higher

Ready to purchase SAP BusinessObjects Explorer?

Contact an SAP representative for more information on how to buy and implement our software.  


Buy SAP software now and pay later — with our flexible payment plans and financing options


Consult Licensing SAP Software: A Guide for Buyers for general licensing information


Ensure a successful implementation and maximise your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer – from planning and installation to operation.


Plan your installation

Refer to Chapter 2 in the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Installation Guide* for information on preparing your installation.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorisation under myProfile*. To extend your authorisation, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Download the software

Visit the SAP Support Portal* to download the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software installation package.


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation

Complete the installation steps
Refer to Chapter 3 of the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Installation Guide* for a step-by-step overview of the installation process, including the required tools and associated documentation.


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Download the user guide

Consult SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Online Help for a step-by-step guide to using the application.

Read the admin guide

Review SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Administrator's Guide to learn how to get started with the software.  


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Enhance your knowledge of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

View the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer training and certification catalogue of instructor-led courses and e-courses - and train when and where it's convenient for you. 

Stay up-to-date with our learning maps

Consultants, get role-specific learning maps with SAP implementation and operation information. These online knowledge products cover our latest products and upgrades.


Need help planning your SAP education? Learn how our education consulting services from SAP can help



Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.


Identify the upgrade paths

Download the Product Availability Matrix to review upgrade paths for SAP BusinessObjects Explorer.

Download the matrix now

Identify dependencies

Use the Upgrade Dependency Analyser to determine if your upgrade will have an impact on your other systems.

Access the analyser

Plan your upgrade

The Installation Guide contains important information about SAP BusinessObjects Explorer upgrade planning.

Read the guide*

Size the implementation

Use the Web-based Quick Sizer tool to help you select an economically balanced system based on your requirements.

Open the Quick Sizer tool*

Plan landscape changes

The Landscape Planner lets you visualise your existing system landscape, simulate changes, and analyse the impact.

Use the planner*


Ask the community

Visit the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer community for the latest technology news and updates. Ask questions, post comments, and discuss issues. 

Visit the community


Need additional help with your upgrade? Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your upgrade


Get the support you need to keep SAP BusinessObjects Explorer running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximise the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

Ask the Community

Search for answers. Post your questions. Share your knowledge.

Join the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Community


*Customer Login Required (S-User) – Information marked with an asterisk is available to current SAP customers only. Your customer login (s-user) is required to access this information. Please contact your local SAP support centre for assistance.

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