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See how ASUG Members Influence SAP – Featuring BusinessObjects Analysis Influence Council

The ASUG BI Analysis Special Interest Group launched an ASUG Influence Council for the BusinessObjects Analysis Suite two years ago, initially focusing on BusinessObjects Analysis, Edition for Office, as BusinessObjects Analysis, Edition for OLAP shipped with BI4 platform.

SAP’s Alexander Peter has served as our SAP Point of Contact to this council and ASUG Volunteer Joyce Butler leads the council. 

The Influence Council was promoted during an ASUG kick-off webcast two years ago. Interest was high as Analysis Office is the “premium successor” to BEx Analyzer.

How did ASUG council members influence SAP?  See below on features that are generally available that ASUG influence council members influenced:

BEx Workbook Conversions:

Analysis menu in File ribbon > Convert BEx workbook


Not just BEx 7.x workbooks but also ASUG members influenced the decision to look at converting BEx 3.5 workbooks.

BW Workspaces:

ASUG Influence Council members influenced BW workspaces as well.  What are workspaces?  SAP describes them asBW Workspace is a dedicated area in SAP BW for a specific department to upload local data and combine it with central data”


Source: SAP

For more details watch Alex’s TechEd online session at


Council members gave feedback into features such as prompting and variants, which became part of the 1.3 latest release:


Council members also influenced prompting features such cutting and pasting from the clipboard into the prompts.

Additional improvements include better PowerPoint integration for Analysis Office with SAP teams visiting council member customer sites.

Questions about ASUG Influence?  Email

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