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What are the best tools for SAP BW data management?

Today the main interface for SAP BW is Excel; however, the data management is very poor. What other tools do you recommend for presentation and management of data extracted from BW?
There are many tools out there to use as a presentation layer. BW splits their presentation tools between Excel and a Web browser. Each of these have their own limitations. SAP seems to be directing more and more traffic to the Web, which may eliminate software installation and upgrades for your end users. I would take a look at the Web functionality, including the Web Application Designer, before considering third-party tools. However, if you believe you have exhausted SAP's tools, take a look at Cognos' ReportNet or Crystal Reports from Business Objects.
This was last published in June 2005

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