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Hello, my name is Amit Nagar and I work as Program Manager  on SAP BusinessObjects products integration with Microsoft SharePoint

 

In this post, let meintroduce you to a new product known as “IntegrationOption for Microsoft SharePoint software 1.0”.

 

The need

WithXI3.1 release, SAP BusinessObjects provided SharePointintegration kits as add-ons to BusinessObjects Enterprise,  for Microsoft SharePoint 2007 and MicrosoftSharePoint 2003. These product found acceptance but had limited capabilitiesand fewer webparts.

 

Theintension and the need was to have a product which provides all the your .NETInfoview capabilities from within Sharepoint interface.

Integration Option for Microsoft SharePoint software1.0  let’s you do all that andmore.

 

Whatstarted out as a “good idea” , has actually turned into a NECESSITY because of…

  1. Microsoft SharePoint is a billion dollar baby with $1b+     market size, 2008 growth was 75% and rapidly becoming a de-facto portal     for Mid-Market, and the lower end of Large Enterprises.
  2. Huge     Market Opportunity for 3rd Party BI Vendors. i.e Adoption for Microsoft BI     is not at par with adoption for Sharepoint.

 

 

 

The Product

 

Integration Option for Microsoft SharePoint software or IOMS enables the user toperform Business Intelligence activities on the Sharepoint portal through themultiple feature specific web parts. This solution provides the functionalitieslike Schedule, Analyze, Object Management, Publication etc. on the BusinessObjectscontents (like Crystal Report, Web Intelligence, Desktop Intelligence,Xcelcius, Voyager etc) through Sharepoint 2007 for the BusinessObjectsEnterprise users, and is in-line with existing .NET Infoview application.

Iteven provides the functionality of searching the content from BusinessObjectsrepository and Sharepoint content simultaneously.

 

Moreover IOMS enables the end-user to perform multiple actions simultaneouslyfor e.g. while viewing the report in one webpart the user can also schedule thereport in another webpart. This solution can seamlessly be a part of theexisting Sharepoint corporate portal of the customers and provides BI interfacefor the Enterprise users.

 

 

Platform Support

 

IOMSis a new product and is not a migration option from SharePoint PIKs. In factXI3.1 SharePoint PIKS and IOMS can exist together .

IOMSsupports the following

  1.  SharePoint 2007     and WSS3.0. This release supports only 32 bit versions of SharePoint.
  2. Apart from supporting Level 1 browsers, Firefox is also supported

 

Formore information you can refer the platformsupport document

 

Note: You would need BusinessObjects web-tier installed on the machine where youinstall IOMS.

 

Comparisons

 

Comparison chartwith SAP BusinessObjects SharePoint 2007 Portal Integration Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature

 

 

SharePoint  2007 PIK

 

 

IOMS  1.0

 

 

Login  as BOE user

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

SSO-AD

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

SSO-Siteminder

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

User  Actions

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Document  listing

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

Opendoc  viewer

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

Crystal  Viewer

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

Webi  Viewer

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Xcelsius  Viewer

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Voyager  Viewer

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Webi  Create

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Deski  Create

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Advanced  Search

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Search  Results

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Simple  search

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

Integrated  Search

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Application  template

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

Language  Pack Selection

 

 

No

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

Comparing to .NETInfoview , Encyclopedia andDiscussion are not supported in IOMS 1.0.

 

Release

 

  1. The Integration Option for Microsoft SharePoint     is a free download from the SAP Market Place.
  2. It is     released as a separate product, but will require the user to have BOE     installed. However the release cycles are now synced with SAP     BusinessObjects Enterprise XI3.1
  3. Sales     Consultants and our Partners will typically be the first points of contact     for our customers in educating them about this option.
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    1. Amit Nagar Post author
      Hi,
      The size of IOMS installer exceeded the upload capacity of SDN, hence I had to point it to SMP.

      In SMP for the RTM of IOMS you follow the path below

      ->SAP Market Place
      ->Downloads
      ->Installations and Upgrades
      ->Entry by Application Group
      ->SAP BusinessObjects packages and products
      ->SBOP INTGR MICR SHAREPOINT
      ->BOBJ INTGR MICR SHAREPOINT 1.0

      For the documentation related to install/admin/user please check http://help.sap.com

      Hope this helps !!

      Regards
      -amit-

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      1. simranjit singh
        Hi,

        I followed the above specified path to download IOMS but after the following link
        ->Entry by Application Group
        There is no link with name as:
        ->SAP BusinessObjects packages and products
        Instead of that following link is coming up:
        SAP BusinessObjects portfolio
        and on clicking this there is no link with name
        ->SBOP INTGR MICR SHAREPOINT
        ->BOBJ INTGR MICR SHAREPOINT 1.0

        Please provide URL to download Integration Option for Microsoft SharePoint software 1.0

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      2. Community User
        Hi,

        I followed the above specified path to download IOMS but after the following link
        ->Entry by Application Group
        There is no link with name as:
        ->SAP BusinessObjects packages and products
        Instead of that following link is coming up:
        SAP BusinessObjects portfolio
        and on clicking this there is no link with name
        ->SBOP INTGR MICR SHAREPOINT
        ->BOBJ INTGR MICR SHAREPOINT 1.0

        Please provide URL to download Integration Option for Microsoft SharePoint software 1.0

        (0) 
    1. Amit Nagar Post author
      Hi Vitaliy,

      There is no webpart for BOMM Explorer. There is a webpart for document explorer similar to the one we had in .NET Infoview.

      thanks
      -amit-

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  1. Jay Riddle
    In the table you list AD-SSO as not being supported in the smaller SP2007 PIK, however when integrated with .NET InfoView — NTLM SSO appears to work fine in my lab testing.
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  2. Vamsi Krishna
    Hello Amit,

    Are IOMS and PIK serving the same purpose.
    If Yes, a.why two kits ?
            b.Will PIK be decommissioned ?
    If No, what are the different uses of implementing them ?

    – Vamsi Ch

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    1. Amit Nagar Post author
      Hi Vamsi,
      SharePoint 2007 PIK and and IOMS are 2 different products, both are integration kits.
      the difference lies in the capabilities and scope.
      The former is only view, where as IOMS will let you do all actions which was possible in .NET Infoview.

      The SharePoint 2007 PIK will NOT be decommissioned for XI3.1.

      I would recommend you go with IOMS now as the focus will NOT be on Sharepoint 2007 PIK.

      Let me know your requirement.

      Regards
      -Amit-

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      1. Mark Richardson
        Amit :

        OK, thanks for the update.

        When it’s ready – maybe you could contact Greg Myers at the ASUG “BusinessObjects Security & Administration” SIG to set-up an ASUG webinar.

        Thanks,
        Mark
        ASUG Ottawa
        ____________

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        1. Sarang Deshpande
          Mark – if Greg and Amit haven’t spoken already about this, we will definitely look to include this as a potential BOBJ S&A SIG webinar! I know Greg has a vested interest in this topic as well 😉
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