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Dear SCN User,

Currently I am working on an Pilot / Prototype to connect the SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x platform against Google BigQuery. In collaboration with our Developer teams, Google BigQuery Teams and Simba teams we have been able to connect the BI4.x clients against Google BigQuery.

We reached the state that we are looking for a pilot environment/customer whom is interested in validating the connectivity.

Although the pilot is build against BI4.x clients, this would not limit the prototype if you are currently using the XI3.x platform.

Currently we have been able to connect the following BI clients to run against a Google BigQuery datasource:

– Universe Design Tool

– Information Design Tool

– Explorer

– Web Intelligence

– Crystal Reports 2011

– Dashboards 4.0

– Lumira 1.x (via Universe)

To put the cards open on the table, this is a prototype and connection to BigQuery is not yet fully supported. However, if we recieve enough requests for access to BigQuery and have a successfull Pilot project, SAP is planning to further investigate the addition of Google BigQuery support to it’s portfolio.

If you are interested in piloting the Google Big Query access, please drop me a line by responding to the blog or direct email.



BI Solution Architect @ SAP Solution Management

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  1. Gill Ridgway

    Hi Merkel,

    Has there been any update on this? We are in test stage on BI4.2 SP3 and would like to start using Google BigQuery with Business Objects. I have installed Simba ODBC driver and it is connecting ok, but the unx won’t parse and I am getting some random error about the table owner name not being recognised. If I run the SQL the universe generates it run fine directly in Google BigQuery.



    1. Kedar Patwardhan

      Hi Gill,


      Any luck resolving the issue? I am facing the same issue currently. The objects do not parse in the universe with the same error.


      best regards,



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