What is new in the Semantic Layer and the Information Design Tool BI4.1 – Part 1
Pierpaolo Vezzosi provided this ASUG webcast earlier this month. Note this is only part 1.
BI4.1 is not available yet so anything presented is subject to change
- BI4.1 Release
- What is new in Semantic Layer and Information Design Tool
- Question & Answer
The safe harbor statement applies, that anything forward looking is subject to change and the usual legal disclaimer applies.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Figure 1 shows the high level time line.
BI4.1 is scheduled for ramp-up in May 2013.
Ramp-up is for selected customers who put it in production and SAP works on fixes.
Final GA is based on quality of the product.
SAP projects by end of July/August it might be GA (TBD)
SP1 with 4.1 is also expected by July/August
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows the BI4.1 install packages.
BI 4.1 is available as a full install and update install.
What is new in Semantic Layer and Information Design Tool
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Pierpaolo says there is a lot of new functionality in BI4.1 and cannot cover everything in this release. Figure 3 shows new features.
He said they will have a “What’s New” document available on SCN.
Agnostic data sources support
SAP data sources support (next blog)
SDK (next blog)
Figure 4: Source: SAP
New concept is federation layer. Figure 4 shows there is a new Federation Layer editor in IDT
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 shows a data foundation with HANA table in blue (Resort) and a Teradata table in green.
This is a multi-source data foundation
Figure 5 at the bottom shows a new data federation layer tab.
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows the result of opening the Federation Layer tab. When you open the Federation Layer tab you are able to build new federated tables, which are virtual tables.
Figure 7: Source: SAP
After creating the federated table, you can insert into the Data Foundation and use it like any other table.
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Figure 8 shows the BI4.1 support for new relational data sources. This includes support for Hadoop Hive on the Amazon cloud.
Figure 9: Source: SAP
Figure 9 shows you can connect to an OData provider by supplying an http link.
Figure 10: Source: SAP
Figure 10 shows BI4.1 is able to expose OData as a relational data source and then you can build universes on it.
Figure 11: Source: SAP
Figure 11 shows query stripping for Web Intelligence in 4.1 against any kind of data source – it helps performance to bring back only the data you need.
To be continued