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What is New in BusinessObjects – a SAP Public Sector Webcast Summary

This was hosted by the SAP Public Sector group, geared toward US Federal customers.  I use the public sector solution (for financials) where I work, so I thought I would attend.  I joined this webcast late, so I missed the speaker names.  What is new here is SAP shares their ramp-up statistics and go-live customers, and certain situations unique to the public sector.

At the introduction of the webcast SAP said Lumira Cloud is the path to mobile.  The speakers also said “Lumira does not replace Explorer”.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

The speakers said that BI4.1 went generally available 2 months earlier than expected.  They said that 2-3 customers were live in first week of ramp-up.  Large customers such as 3M and FedEx are live with BI4.1


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 covers release themes.

SAP is listening while moving out of BI4 to BI4.1 making this the “quality” release.

They also said “This is the migration release”


Figure 3: Source: SAP

They said this slide was from the L2 presentation

At the top of “clock” of Figure 3 is the single Mobile BI app – “mobilize dashboards”

The old version Dashboards generated Shockwave file; now export to HTML5 and can render on iOS

HANA  is the “real-time data platform

SAP moved to SAP JAM for collaboration

The developer can take advantage of RESTful web services, and SDK’s

SAP said you can call 4.1 “the developer’s release” as comes with more SDK’s

The speaker said “the Federal world still clings to Desktop Intelligence” – Web Intelligence is the go-forward.  BI 4.1 has the option to use Desktop Intelligence – turned a way to temporary way for Desktop Intelligence

This is also the re-debut of “off-line dashboarding”

This is “the happy release” for Oracle he said with more access, and Hadoop, Teradata capabilities


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows that an XI 3.1 SP6 client can connect to BI4.1 CMS

The speaker said that end of life timelines still apply but this allows you to store Desktop Intelligence documents in 4.1


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows integration with JAM, StreamWork, and use voice to collaborate

Mobile BI 5 also has an SDK.


Figure 6: Source: SAP

On this slide, SAP said “Several customers are using Direct Upgrade with no problems” during this webcast.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

You have two options to move to 4.1 from 4.0 – overwrite – or use the separate server.

Links Provided in Webcast:

They suggested going to which takes you to

Official Product Tutorials – SAP BO BI Suite

Question & Answer:

Q: Is Dashboarding part of the 4.1 license?

A: Kind of; depends on how you license the tool-set; pushing for more of a concurrent based license. Can still purchase still a-la carte; if purchase BI Suite, Dashboarding comes with that

Q: Licensing implication for exposing a web service?

A: Once web service exists, it can live by itself without license implications

Related Links:

Save the Date: Sept. 16 for SAP Mentor Monday Webcast – User Group Survey Results for SAP Certification

On Monday September 16, we have a SAP Mentor Monday webcast on both SAP Certification and a BI Customer SAP Mentor Story.  See attached calendar invite and add it to your calendar.

Webcast: Transform Your Future with #SAP Advanced #Analytics – 9/24 – register here – it is open to everyone.

October 4 SAP Inside Track Newtown Square – join in -person or remotely; some sessions are BI-related.

ASUG TechEd Pre-Conference Seminar ALL DAY | HANDS-ON: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 with SAP BW and SAP ERP – Everything You Need in One Day covers SAP Design Studio

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      Former Member

      Thank you.

      Is there any news about BI 4.1 SP2  -  When it will be in GA and whats new?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Thank you for reading

      I thought I saw the planned maintenance schedule was for SP2 to be out November-December; I don't know what is included. 

      Also see Scheduling of Workbooks from Analysis for Office | SCN