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What is New in BusinessObjects Mobile 5.0 for Android – ASUG Webcast Part 1

Gowda Timma Ramu, SAP Product Manager, provided this ASUG webcast yesterday.  Karsten RUF was online to help answer questions.  Note this is only Part 1.


One App

SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Platform Enhancements

Content Specific Enhancements

                Web Intelligence

Platform Support


Figure 1: Source: SAP

BI4.1 platform and above to take advantage of dashboards support on Android


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 covers BI4.1 support for Dashboards on Mobile including offline support – you can download to the device and not be connected.

You can author using the designer tool and save it to the BI platform; you can save it both for the PC and the mobile application.

Mobile Preview is available with HTML5 inside the Dashboard Designer and the compatibility panel.

Connectivity is based on the Query Panel.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 covers the Dashboards 4.1 components supported in Mobile BI

Flash variables supported on iOS are not supported on the Android.


Figure 4: Source: SAP

You can take advantage of collaboration features including annotations, share it with colleagues, e-mail and share the dashboard with BI document link.

SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Platform Enhancements


Figure 5: Source: SAP

With 5.0 SAP supports 2 factor authentication before getting access to underlying BI service.

Ramu said this is only a 2 factor authentication and it doesn’t support SSO on BI Platform yet.


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows the steps for basic authentication.

Once the user enters required credentials, logged on to BI Platform, and the BI content would be available to them.

He also reviewed form-based authentication and X509 certification.

Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows support for page layout for 7” tablets.

Previous versions supported 7” tablets with only one report part.

Additional language is supported and onboarding with SAP BI connections.

Web Intelligence Enhancements on Mobile


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows support for BW data source via BICS connectivity and multi-source universes

Question and Answer

Q: Just to clarify, BusinessObjects Explorer is not supported on Mobile BI for Android?

A: Explorer belongs into the Self-Service area, and we’re currently planning to cover that area with Lumira in one of the future releases of Mobi Android.‑


Q: When will be BI 4.1 released/Available ?

A: BI 4.1 is currently in ramp-up, so that’s not a time-bound release, but a release based on a number of KPIs, like live customers on that new version. We’re well on our path to meet those KPIs, so the GA should be soon.‑


Q: What about the Blackberry platform?

A: SAP wants to hear more from you about this

To be continued

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