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Getting an Update on the Visual Intelligence Roadmap – What is Coming

On Tuesday, SAP’s Mani Srinivasan provided a webcast update on Visual Intelligence, reviewing the roadmap.  All roadmaps are available for download at Service Marketplace (  Please note that the usual disclaimer applies – what is discussed below is subject to change.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Under planned innovations in Figure 1, Mani says XP support is coming soon.  The other interesting feature is the ability to edit query for universes, something Andrew Fox has asked about on twitter. 

Mani said you will also be able to do a Union.

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Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows planned innovations.  This includes introducing Hana SSO support with Visual Intelligence.

Mani said it will support SAP Hana live views.

Edit query enhancements for universes is being improved, with an one option is to add and remove columns from the dataset.

Mani showed us a demo connectivity to OData.

Formula features are shown in the upper right of Figure 2.

Planned innovations are planned for SP11.

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Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 covers future directions, which would be after SP11.  Mani discussed the possibility of connecting to ECC, creating concatenating keys on the fly, segmentation analysis, the ability to create custom hierarchies.  He also said they plan to improve the formula editor, the ability to have your own color palette, conditional formatting.

The upper right of Figure 3 shows the sharing – ability to share datasets and visualizations, including deploying to the BI platform.

Mani said they plan to open up a visualization library for partners.

Question & Answer:

Q: Can we build an OLAP universe on BW for Visual intelligence ?

A: For BW, work with BW on Hana

For non-Hana BW customers, looking into the feasibility

Q: When will Visi be available on iPad?

A: Publish to Explorer then you can see it on Mobi on the iPad

Q: Mapping capabilities?

A: Plan to open up visualization library to create your own mapping visualizations

Thanks to SAP’s Stephanie Redivo for setting up this webcast and thanks to Mani.

Related Sessions at ASUG Annual Conference:

# Title Date Start Time
506 Super Charged iPad Exploration on SAP NetWeaver BW 15/05/2013 12:30 p.m.
309 SAP HANA Data Discovery – Beta Release & Beyond with Native In-Memory BI Suite on SAP HANA – Overview, Key Innovations, and Roadmap 15/05/2013 04:15 p.m.
411 Self Service BI Delivered with SAP Visual Intelligence and Business Explorer 16/05/2013 12:30 p.m.
4214 Influence Council Update and Working Meeting: SAP BusinessObjects Casual Users -Including Explorer & Visual Intelligence 16/05/2013 04:15 p.m.

Meet Mani in person next week.

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  • THanks to Tammy, Mani and Stephanie.

    BI 4.1 roadmap was also discussed at BODevs meet up yesterday. It was so interesting.

    WIth second question, if I am not mistaken then there will be option to share visi to sap lumira cloud and without an app it can be shared on mobile devices (https). It was shown in BI webinar yesterday.



  • Interesting.  I was just talking with someone on my team - who complained the Visual Intelligence was only available to customers with BW-Accelerator or running on HANA.  And since we are neither of those, it's frustrating.

    Not being a VI/BW person myself, is that what was meant by:

    Q: Can we build an OLAP universe on BW for Visual intelligence ?

    A: For BW, work with BW on Hana

    For non-Hana BW customers, looking into the feasibility

    • Sue: I believe you have it correct....thank you for reading and commenting (as always)

      Right now there is no native BW connection available for Visual Intelligence.



        • Yes.  I totally agree that Lumira (formerly Visual Intelligence) should have a direct connection to BW.  The competing products like Qlikview have this.  With so many BW installations that don't use Business Objects or HANA (since HANA has been priced out of range for mid market customers), Lumira's competitors can get a foothold resulting in a lost opportunity for SAP.  Also, Lumira has a lot of catching up to do against Qlikview.


  • Visi works on BW Accelerator? If so, does it has to be installed on the Accelerator Blade or it can run on the BOBJ server and then point to the Accelerator Blade?

  • Good news Tammy.

    I hope Videvs don't forget about two things:

    1. Sybase IQ 16 (add support, and  update internal vi iq - now it's based on IQ 15.4)

    2. Add write back to db ability