What is new with BI4.1 with SAP HANA – ASUG Webcast
On Thursday this past week SAP’s Pierpaolo VEZZOSI provided this update to ASUG. He also goes by “PPaolo”.
These are my notes and please note that SAP’s usual legal disclaimer applies that things are subject to change.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Figure 1 shows a “A world without HANA”, says PPaolo
He said it is a lot of steps to get data to your users.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows that you can place “data created immediately for use” according to PPaolo
Figure 3: Source: SAP
HANA works closely to where data is sitting, and the features shown in Figure 3 reflect the customer value.
HANA is a good database for BI as it is in BI – it is fast, and it compresses the data
You don’t have to pre-aggregate models
Data is not cached outside of SAP HANA
Figure 4: Source: SAP
BI4 tools all support HANA with additional optimizations in BI4.1
With HANA you can do real-time analysis against operational data
You can connect a Universe to HANA as a relational database or you can connect to HANA Information models
You can use HANA Extended SQL to connect HANA Information Models.
You can automatically generate a universe against a HANA information model as well.
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 shows Crystal Reports can connect directly to SAP HANA using Freehand SQL and you can fine-tune the request.
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows the tools which has direct access to HANA, including Design Studio , Lumira, SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP , SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office and SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.
The direct access may use different technologies.
The end user does not have to care how it connects to HANA – no universe, just open client tool and connect directly to HANA (information models).
Figure 7: Source: SAP
No universe required in BI4.1 for Crystal Reports Enterprise; you can connect directly to a HANA model. It is a dimensional connection meaning you can use hierarchies.
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Pierpaolo demonstrated Figure 8
I can use aggregate awareness meaning it will take the best view at run-time.
Figure 9: Source: SAP
Figure 9 shows that if you have universe on Oracle or SQL Server you can migrate it to HANA along with your reports. This migration is provided in the Information Design Tool.
Figure 10: Source: SAP
Figure 10 shows that HANA trusts BI server for authentication
You have to exchange a security certificate so it is secure.
PPaolo said there is no need to do anything complex
The name of the user in HANA and BI Platform must be the same.
Question & Answer:
Q: Are there any plans to have Web Intelligence access HANA data directly?
A: Yes, working with Web Intelligence team on this
Q: Why have direct connection for Crystal reports but not for Webi?
A: Lack of team bandwidth to do Web Intelligence; working on this and planning for the future
Q: Do we have a definite GA date for BI4.1 yet ?
A: No but soon.
Q: can we have hierarchy in WEBI using SAP HANA
You can meet PPaolo in person at the ASUG BusinessObjects User Conference. His session is Advanced SQL in Universes: the Mysterious Analytic Functions