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BI4.1 What is New in BusinessObjects Analysis OLAP Part 2

Part 1 is here.  Part 2 of this ASUG webcast with Ian McAlpine is shown below.  Note because this discusses future releases things are subject to change and the usual disclaimer applies.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure one shows that the Filter by Measure feature is available for non-BW sources, including Top N, bottom N.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows the expand to hierarchy level.

This feature is already in Analysis for Office.

It allows you to navigate to a specific level of a hierarchy.

Example in Figure 2 shows going from the Country level to the postal level, it will expand to that level and go the other way.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Keep members Analysis will focus on keeping those members – it is faster to keep a certain set of members.


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows an often-requested feature, resize panel


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Analysis Office 1.4 is offering waterfall charts and so is Analysis OLAP 4.1 as shown in Figure 5

It changes if you are using hierarchical axes.


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Ian said Figure 6, the integration with Design Studio, is one of the biggest features for Analysis OLAP.  It will “mobilize” your Analysis OLAP Workspace.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7, although not discussed during the webcast, shows the roadmap.   Planned Innovation covers features in BI4.1 and future direction is the next release.

Subset of Question & Answer:

Q:  When is the BI 4.1 going into Ramp-up?

A:  Mid May  


Q:  Can these work spaces consumed in Mobile?

A:  BI4.1 has the option to send workspace to design studio and the you can consume in Mobile  


Q:  Can you please compare this analyis tool with WebI? will this replace WebI?

A:  This is not replacing Web Intelligence – A-OLAP is for multi dimensional data sources – recommend you search for this on SCN at  


Q:  Custom Grouping – is that available on BW hierarchies (From ECC)? also is there something similar on Analysis for Office Excel?

A:  It is not yet available for BW or Analysis Office  


Q:  Does 4.1 Analysis for OLAP or Analysis for Office have support for Universe creates with IDT?

A:  Not yet  


Q:  Is AA for OLAP available in BOBJ XI3.1 ?

A:  It is part of the BI platform so no it is not available 3.1  


ASUG Annual Conference

Ian is presenting at ASUG Annual Conference regarding What’s New with Analysis Office & OLAP (session 305).  Below is a list of other ASUG Analysis-related sessions for the conference:

Session ID Title
301 Deep-dive into Analysis for OLAP, the next generation tool for web-based multidimensional analysis.
305 What’s new with Analysis Office & OLAP?
308 Customize the Look and Feel of BW Reports in SAP BusinessObjects Analysis (Office) by Using API Calls
4210 Influence SAP – ASUG SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Office/OLAP Influence Council
      CL32 BEx Quo Vadis – “Where is BEx Going”
312 Moving Beyond BEx: Strategies for Unlocking the Value in Your BW Data with BI 4

Meet Ian at ASUG Annual Conference soon.

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