BI4.1 Overview EMEA Webcast Summary Highlights
Nick Wall of SAP provided this EMEA webcast last week.
Legal disclaimer applies that things for the future are subject to change.
While some of the content is covered in other slides, some of the slides I thought were new, so I thought I would share.
Also see SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 What’s New L2 which was recently updated by SAP today.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Figure 1 shows that ramp-up started in May, only lasted 3 months, very successful.
One customer is live with over 10,000 users
GA release is BI 4.1 SP1
Nick said it is a single suite, improved usability, improved collaboration
A single place for all of your data – Big Data like HANA, Hadoop, unstructured from Map Reduce – over 140 data sources in platform
It has enhanced migration tools to migrate tools to platform, and data sources
You can install a fresh 4.1 release or and update install if coming from 4.0
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Figure 3 shows “Lower TCO” with a new system configuration wizard that enables you to configure system in shortest time possible.
It offers command line configuration using script, upgrade management tool enhancements, and enhanced dependency checking
The multi tenancy feature allows for single installation of platform to control disparate deployments and improved auditing
SAP Jam is integrated with BI Platform
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Figure 4 covers semantic layer enhancements, including improved performance for BW, enhancements for HANA, automatic generation of universes from HANA, data federation features and new SDK’s
Figure 5: Source: SAP
With custom color palettes, the user can create their own color palettes, for consistency in reports
Freeze table headers feature is similar to Excel freeze function
Merged objects enhance the way we edit objects
Merge hierarchies feature can be used, even when they have different levels
Last 2 bullet points on Figure 4, you create and refresh reports and queries in BW
Figure 6: Source: SAP
You can select levels within nodes in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Query stripping was developed for BW; it allows us to build report with all objects, but when run the report the only objects fetched from database are the ones that are actually needed
It is dynamic and refreshed
Figure 7: Source: SAP
BusinessObjects Explorer is “simple too to use”
4.1 allows you to use both universes
Under admin, this allows you to move information spaces from one universe to another
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Figure 8 shows support for offline Dashboards
You can download to desktop with current dataset
Figure 9: Source: SAP
With BI4.1 Analysis OLAP you can share your analysis out, with a single click to Design Studio and then you have a Dashboard browser
It has prompt handling improvement
Figure 10: Source: SAP
Web Intelligence uses the RESTful web services, as shown in Figure 10
Figure 11: Source: SAP
Nick said there is no change in end of life for Desktop Intelligence
With 4.1 SAP has moved DeskI into platform and use a DeskI client (see Figure 11)
It is still end of life 2017
Figure 12: Source: SAP
Figure 12 shows what is coming to Web Intelligence
Figure 13: Source: SAP
Lumira is SP11; SP12 comes new HTML5 interface. Figure 13 is a summary of high level features.
Question & Answer:
Q: Are Dashboards available offline on BI Mobile app?
Q: Which versions of Design Studio are compatible with BI4?
A: 1.1 for sure
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