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SAP BI Roadmap for BusinessObjects Solutions – Planned Innovations – Part 2

Last month SAP provided an ASUG webcast on the BI Roadmap planned innovations.  You can find part I of the blog here

This blog focuses on planned innovations around the BI clients.

Note that the usual disclaimer applies, that planned things are subject to change.


Figure 1 Source: SAP

Predictive Analysis is in rampup.  It will consume .UNX universes in BI4 as shown in Figure 1

It will access to BW data

Its algorithms will leverage work in HANA SP4

R language will be natively integrated with Hana engine to take advantage of open source 

It will provide PAL algorithms support

It will offer new visualizations to deal with big data


Figure 2 Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows that future BusinessObjects Explorer will be able to re-map Infospaces to a different data source

Users will be able refresh underlying spreadsheets

It will add support for OLAP universes

Exploration Views – customizing of look and feel, edit the titles, undo and redo manipulations

Multi-source exploration views will be available

Future BusinessObjects Explorer will integrate better with SAP Visual Intelligence, meaning the exploration views that you create in desktop Visual Intelligence will be available as an exploration view on the Explorer server


Figure 3 Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows the new desktop tool that debuted at SAPPHIRE;  Visual Intelligence is the latest addition to Explorer family

It offers new features for business analyst/ data artisan

It allows the user to acquire data from variety of data sources to manipulate data without scripting

Users can combine data as they want and publish the data in existing platform

The user can publish data set and view it in Explorer Web and mobile solutions


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows that Web Intelligence will have more improvements with BW

The refresh report times will improve

Improve use of BEx variables as the prompts will follow same sequence as BEx query

They will enable variable dependencies in WebI

They will offer merge and unmerge BEx variables support

SDK – WebI .net SDK is not part of current code line; the plan is to provide REST and JavaScript API for key scenarios to support .net SDKs and to support all sorts of languages


Figure 5: Source SAP

Figure 5 shows that the main feature will to allow dashboards to be published in HTML5 output and then be made available in SAP Mobile BI application.  This will allow you to leverage existing dashboards

In the future it will have better access to Hana and multi-dimensional data


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows that for Crystal they plan to improve viewing content on Mobile Devices – today in mobile you only get PDF of report; next version will have experience of a desktop browser in terms of interactivity

They will enhance RESTFul and JavaScript API to allow programmatic report generation

They will offer greater customization of viewer UI to help embed integration of reports of applications building


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows Analysis Office will have expanded HANA support of hierarchies and variables

It will offer conversion of BEx Analyzer Workbooks, report to report interface, and BW Variants

BW Workspaces will allow users to cover scenarios with BW and external data into BW Workspace


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows that Analysis OLAP (Analysis for the Web) HANA support for hierarchies & variables

It will offer Essbase as a data source.  It will support Report to Report Interface  and variants support.


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Zen is now BusinessObjects Design Studio and is still part of the Analysis family.  It is now in Beta.

It is the premium successor to BEx Web Application Designer.  You can publish into HTML5 and works on web and mobile

It is built on BW/HANA data sources


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 is a recap of enhancements for BW Customers and the integration with BW.

It will offer performance improvements for design and refreshing reports

They are looking to enhance integration with BW by enriching metadata

They want to standardize data type support across all clients

They want to allow BI clients to leverage compound characteristics

Leverage more end user functionality from BW – example is variable variants – allows user to create a set of prompt values and reuse

SAP NW Identity management for central user provisioning


Figure 11: Source: SAP

For embedded analytics they will offer better integration by providing  several Operational Data Providers that will allow you to access data from operational system

It will allow you to leverage BI solution for operational report

It will use Crystal or Analysis for real time information access

Leverage more end user functionality from BW – example is variable variants – allows user to create a set of prompt values and reuse

They plan to use SAP NW Identity management for central user provisioning

For more details on SAP Integration with BI4, BW and ERP join Ingo Hilgefort on July 18th for this webcast, open to everyone, on SAP BI4 Integration Update.  Register here.

Join SAP on July 17 at 1pm EST for the virtual launch of SAP Visual Intelligence and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 FP3. Click here ( for more information.

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      Make sure to watch the webcast if you get a chance - helps to tie the above information together

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      Hope BI will be more stable, especially integration with BW.

      Now too mouch buggs.