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What is new in Mobile BI 5.1 – ASUG Webcast Part 2

Last week we had an ASUG webcast with SAP’s Srikanth R Rao K  covering what is new in Mobile BI 5.1 for iOS.  Mobile BI 5.1 iOS is planned for release in the third week of December this month (always subject to change).  Below is Part 2 of my notes.  The typical disclaimer applies that anything in the future is subject to change.  Part 1 is here What is new in BusinessObjects Mobile BI 5.1 ASUG Webcast Part 1

Web Intelligence


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows improved support for hierarchical selections

You are able navigate within the hierarchy and select the value


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows the personal views functionality and these are stored on device only.

The user is able to personalize the view.

This has enhanced offline capability

You can always see the latest data


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows support for Dual Axis with Web Intelligence on MobI 5.1


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows geo analysis enhancements with the red heart in Geo Map view and the radius feature



Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows Lumira enhancements for MobI 5.1 – some are coming to Lumira Server which is not out yet. You can view on the mobile device

Once Lumira Server is GA you can access via mobile

SAML and X509 is supported for Lumira Server

What is new in 5.1 SDK


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows the improvements in 5.1 SDK to customize the left hand panel


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows the ability to set the sort defaults with the SDK in 5.1


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Figure 8 shows the ability to include your own help on 5.1 SDK


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Figure 9 shows you can customize application icons with the 5.1 SDK

What is new for Mobile 5.1 Android


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows what is coming with Mobile BI 5.1 on Android


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Please see the prerequisites – for BI4.1 you need to be on SP2 and iOS 6 or higher.

Question & Answer

Q:  Common question on SCN – when will Mobile BI Android have support for Design Studio?

  A:  Planned for next year 


Q:  How is embedded analytics delivered?…

  A:  Custom application outside MobI 


Q:  Does it Require SMP..Is it a ObjectiveC or JS library for inclusion in open 3rd party solution

  A:  does not require SMP – need XCode on the Mac – download SDK from Service Marketplace 


Q:  Can you “push” Personal Views out to specific users, or put another way, can you burst custom sales territory reports using the same report, different parameters?

  A:  I am gathering the personal view is on device only in 5.1 – so you probably can’t do that. 


Q:  Is chart type parity for Webi (BI Launchpad vs ios vs Android) on the roadmap for 2014? For example, tag cloud, heat map, tree map?

  A:  No support for treemap – planned to introduce in next year 


Q:  Are there any plans for supporting Windows 8 mobile?

  A:  Actively looking at Windows 8 market – no timelines to public


If you are an ASUG member, ASUG is having a survey to “Shape the direction of ASUG BI webcasts and education sessions:” 2013 ASUG Business Intelligence Community Survey – Open until December 16.  The link to take the survey is

In return for your time, ASUG volunteers will randomly select winners to receive a copy of the just-released Integrating SAP BusinessObjects BI with SAP NetWeaver (3rd Edition) (covers BI4.1) or a copy of Mastering SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio with SAP NetWeaver BW which covers the recently released version 1.2

BI 2014 in March in Orlando has a Mobile BI Track.  See this link for a discount.

I thank Srikanth for this webcast and Karsten Ruf  for supporting ASUG for this webcast.  Lastly, thanks to Ingo Hilgefort  for his help with arranging this ASUG webcast as a SAP point of contact to ASUG.  He has listed more upcoming ASUG webcasts Upcoming ASUG BI Webinars – December 09, 2013 and he has a blog-it-forward to get to know him better – Blog It Forward – Ingo Hilgefort  – support his charity and click on the last image.

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      I really wanted to take the survey for ASUG members. 🙁
      Also, I have to say that one of my favourite items in this update is the Geo Analysis Enhancements (and of course Lumira... ha).

      I'm an Android Mobile user, where would you recommend I turn for the best road maps and features for BI?

      As always, thanks for the great review~


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
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      FIxed - thank you for reading and catching that

      Author's profile photo Karsten RUF
      Karsten RUF

      Great summary! Thank you, Tammy!

      Author's profile photo Karsten RUF
      Karsten RUF

      The recording is now available on the ASUG site - for ASUG members and all those who get access via their user groups:

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      it is very informative. Thanks for sharing good information.

      Most of the users are currently using Android 4.3 version and it is not compatible with SAP BO Mobile 5.0 Version.

      Do you have any information on Mobile 5.1 version Availability Date? Where can we find the same information from SMP?

      Thanks in Advance

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
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      i don't have any visibility into that - I recommend posting this as a new discussion question and hopefully SAP will respond