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Yesterday SAP’s Ian McAlpine provided this webcast to ASUG.  There are a great many new features coming to BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP in BI4.1

Ian explained that Analysis OLAP is part of the ramp up starting in May.  Please note that the usual disclaimer applies that things are subject to change.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows the prompt dialog, with lots of variables and the ability to only show the required prompts to enter


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows that BI4.1 Analysis OLAP will provide support for BW variants.

Variants are saved criteria that you can create yourself


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows that BI4.1 Analysis OLAP will offer prompt merging, a feature that is currently available in Analysis Office today.


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Figure 4 shows that Analysis OLAP BI4.1 honors BEx query conditional formatting but you can’t change it.


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Figure 5 shows that the Report to Report Interface is coming, showing that you can right click on Canada, the Goto menu appears, and it will show available receivers


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Open document support is provided.  Ian says it is easy to create – Ian will create a white paper


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Figure 7 shows BI4.1 Hana support.


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Custom grouping lets you combine hierarchies together.  Note that it is limited to the products above – plans coming later for BW to allow for this.

More features are coming to be covered in a later blog.

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:

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  1. Robert Tullius

    I am absolutely happy to see that custom grouping will be part of Analysis, as this is one of the features most requested by our users (our previous Cognos tool had this feature working since more than 10 years).

    However, I am not happy to see that BW will not be supported in the first place, although it’s a SAP tool, too. It should be the very first database to be supported…

    We are really looking forward to this feature. So please try to integrate it as soon as possible.

  2. Former Member

    Thanks for update. I’m looking forward to RRI support and context passing (e.g. Variable values) in 4.1. This will enable the use case where we drill-through from a summary report (e.g. Dashboard) to a detail report using Advanced Analysis OLAP 🙂


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