The subject at hand: what would make a perfect semantic layer for any SAP landscape? We’ve already spoken in great detail about our likes, dislikes, understandings, misunderstandings, and all around personal fanboy-ism of our own semantic layers. We push all of that aside to talk about what would make a perfect semantic layer, universe, or whatever you want to call it.
While you listen, follow along in the show notes.
1:05 – Community news: SAPPHIRE is right around the corner. Will you be there?
1:29 – Tweetup? What tweetup? Not our proudest night.
2:13 – BI2013 Amsterdam will follow not far behind.
2:30 – The conversation begins – we regroup on the blog posts and tweets that brought us here today.
3:40 – What would we love to see in the ultimate semantic layer?
4:10 – Better federated queries, even beyond the enhancements coming in BI 4.1. Federated query performance might all be Jamie’s fault.
5:25 – Fear the Derby.
6:30 – Sybase IQ for federation? Yes, please.
9:15 – Ooooh…virtual data warehouse. The system is smart enough when to suck in the data, materialize it, or not.
11:00 – Was the new universe in BI4 hit and fizzle?
12:35 – Can SAP HANA as a platform for federation become synonymous in the way we think of a CMS database and Auditor database? Or how long with price be a limiter?
14:30 – A cloud based semantic layer thrown in the ring? Tell me more.
16:00 – Data federation in BI4’s semantic layer needs to be able to be treated like a database, not a black box, since it needs maintenance.
17:25 – Confusion around the application of BEx vs. a BOBJ universe is abound. Tool choice isn’t always good.
18:50 – A universe needs to be…you know…universal, in order to be able to traverse either relational or OLAP based data sources.
20:15 – Die Deski
20:30 – Old universes (.unv) have a conversion mechanism. Why can’t we see a push to close the gaps in functionality in the UNX and have a conversion mechanism for BEx to a universe?
22:25 – BW is ugly. Heh.
26:00 – But, what was Business Objects bought by SAP for?
27:40 – I want to see the universe develop as a part of the same platform as SAP HANA. Let anything consume it in the same way, any time, any where.
29:00 – If it’s going to be SAP HANA in the future, let’s take the best of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects and make it the platform of the future.
31:45 – Where does the Real Time Data Platform stop?
35:45 – The end of layers thanks to SAP HANA is a good thing or a bad thing? Depends on the use case, Ethan says.
38:10 – Currency formatting would be nice again.
38:20 – Bringing BEx query functionality in the universe itself would be a great convergence.
39:40 – Zombie Deski?
41:15 – Commonality in the way that the BI tools access the data? Novel idea. See the universe like 8 years ago. Common interfaces FTW.
44:40 – And officially, we are done with this topic…finally.