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I attended this AFSUG webcast this past week given by SAP’s Alexis Sarat .  It was packed full of information.  These are my rough notes.

First the usual legal disclaimer applies, everything is subject to change. 

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Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 this is the current release and the software covered / related to BI4.1.

It also describes what planned innovations and future innovations are and their associated timeframes.

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Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows the new way SAP looks at Analytics; they need to “evolve”

Look at BI on three main axes: Enterprise BI

New trend Agile Visualizaton – agile implementation  – such as Lumira fit in this category

Last part is Advanced Analytics, last step – Predictive Analytics, taking analytics to the “next step”

Investment Focus

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Figure 3: Source: SAP

Enterprise BI is the core focus

Agile means you need access to faster information.

Advanced Analytics is mostly around Predictive.

Mobile is a key area of investment as it is a way to extend usage to BI access data anytime, anywhere

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Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows similar access across clients

Alexis said you can go from Analysis to Design Studio, or Lumira to an Information Space

You can use special charts, waterfall charts

You can collaborate with SAP Jam

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Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows that SAP wants you to be “Big Data Ready” with access to HANA, Hadoop Hive, and to BW

They want something quick, regardless of size, so it is fast to deliver

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Figure 6: Source: SAP

SAP wants to focus on quality with a stable platform and they want it to be an open BI platform

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Figure 7: Source: SAP

Reporting category includes Crystal and Web Intelligence

Dashboard and apps includes Design Studio

New category is agile visualization with discovery and predictive

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Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows rapid deployments, invested in semantic layer, a new SDK  – extended SDK for RestFul service for Web Intelligence

More improvements in include visualization around Big Data and enhancements including maps

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Figure 9: Source: SAP

Figure 9 shows support for HANA Live for real time reporting and real time self service

If you do not have SAP HANA you can still use real-time reporting on SAP using the ODP

Enhanced metadata support for BW and invested in the performance aspect

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Figure 10: Source: SAP

SAP wants to focus on collaboration – if you focus on BI but cannot share, then you lose part of the value.  The product for this is SAP Jam for collaboration

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Figure 11: Source: SAP

SAP continues to invest such as in Web Intelligence – the RESTful SDK with more ways to customize the SAP experience

They increased the speed for SAP access

Crystal: Created new access to SAP HANA and improved SSO, and use Freehand SQL

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Figure 12: Source: SAP

Dashboards now has support for both online and offline dashboards

Design Studio has new charting, new filter, new enhanced scripting –more mobile support with the iPhone

You can create a Design Studio dashboard from the Analysis products

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Figure 13: Source: SAP

Figure 13 shows improved components of Explorer; Information Space

Analysis OLAP  can create a web and mobile application to Design Studio

Analysis OLAP connects to EssBase

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Figure 14: Source: SAP

Lumira is HTML5 based

SP 12 is out

You can create storyboard visualizations and you can share

Cloud version of Lumira as well

Next blog: Planned Innovations

Related Links:

Webcast Recording Learn How You Can Use SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA with SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x

Open SAP BI Course: https://open.sap.com/course/bifour1

Integrating SAP BusinessObjects BI with SAP NetWeaver (3rd Edition)

BI Planned Innovations Roadmap Webcast – What is the Future – Part 2

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