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BI 2013 – It’s a Wrap, Part 2 , Maintaining your BI4 System


Part 1 can be found here.   For part 2, I attended “A comprehensive guide to SAP BusinessObjects BI platform maintenance and optimization” pre-conference with James Rapp and Vishal Dhir of the SAP Customer Solution Adoption team.  Below are some highlights.

First, Jim had us take a survey, asking what BI tool we mostly use, and if we knew about BI4 Elite training and the BI Pattern books.  Only a few people knew about the BI Pattern books BI4 Elite.    Overall the survey was a great idea to engage attendees.

Please note this pre-conference session was 3 hours and below I am listing only small highlights.

The pattern books can be found at this link – one book is free:


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Jim reviewed the BI Release Cycle slide shown in Figure 1


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Many of the changes in the BI4 maintenance model were to align with “one SAP”.  Also please see recent blog by SAP on New Patching Policy on BI


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Jim said we should review the Critical Patch Criteria outlined in the note 1661557 (SMP logon required).

Another reference is the BI4 Support wiki on SCN

Check the BusinessObjects Maintenance schedule at and the Forward-Fit plan at the bottom (SMP logon required)

Christopher Vozella also wrote about demystifying BI4 maintenance here

Chris also has a presentation on Demystifying BI4 Maintenance at the upcoming ASUG Annual Conference 

BI4 sizing was also reviewed – several blogs have been written on this already but check the quick link  – the overall message this week was to size your BI4 system properly for the best results.


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 discussed performance testing, a little talked about topic in BI.  For more information, check the Performance Testing Wiki:

For some fun with the conference pictures please see this Animoto video at

If you missed BI 2013 you can “catch up” and attend the BI4 Elite training or join us May 13th at ASUG’s Annual Conference Pre-Conference session,  BI4.1 hands-on tools in a day – register here.

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