This is the future direction for SAP BI – future direction means after 6-18 months with no definite time frame given.
Part 1 is here SAP BI Roadmap Planned Innovations – ASUG Webcast Part 1
Part 2 is here BI Roadmap Planned Innovations Part 2 ASUG Webcast
The usual disclaimer applies that things are subject to change.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Figure 1 shows the 5 pillars of innovation for BI
Enterprise BI is BI4
Figure 2: Source: SAP
30% of users are using BI today
In 5 years – 70% of users will use BI so it needs scalability as shown in Figure 2
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Figure 3 shows “Unleash your creativity” with SAP BusinessObjects Lumira
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Figure 4 shows the vision for SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 shows the cloud vision to “Simplify BI landscape”
Figure 6: Source: SAP
More data is unstructured
Data is doubling over 18 months
The Big Data vision includes SAP HANA as Figure 6 shows
Question & Answer
Q: With direct to folder, can you go direct to category?
Q: Provide more specifics universes to access universes in Excel
Q: Any plans to support alerts in Mobile dashboards?
A: No plans to add to XCelsius
Focus is on Design Studio & Lumira
Q: What is expected timeline to have a BI content validation tool (bi on bi tool?)
A: 6 to 12 months
Q: Which BI 4.1 Lumira to run Lumira on the BI launchpad?
A: 4.1 SP3 at a minimum
Q: Is Redshift supported as a data source?
A: Yes using generic ODBC capability
Q: When have UNX universe connectivity – Live Office
A: next to 6 to 12 months
Connect Excel to UNX with Microsoft Power BI – see Microsoft Adds Connectivity for SAP BusinessObjects to Power BI for Office 365 – PowerBI – Site Home – MSDN Blogs
Q: Is Universe going away?
A: No, when you connect data outside of BW/HANA you still use the Universe
A: Difference in technology and platform (XCelsius is based on Flash/Flex – technology that is going away)
Design Studio has an embedded query engine whereas XCelsius data is done client-side – download data to Flash – Design Studio has query based server engine; robustness of Design Studio
Design Studio has a multidimensional engine – hierarchies
XCelsius is a relational tool
Q: Any plans to release 64 bit of Live Office?
A: not at this time; can use a 32 bit live office on 64 bit
Q: If BI4 SP7, can I connect to universe with Design Studio?
A: No; need BI4.1
Q: Any geospatial plans with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence?
A: Yes, plan to partner with ESRI plans
Q: There are way too many service packs coming
A: Yes, goal is to release innovation without disruption – do it through support packs
See a gradual extension of time period when SP’s are released
Q: BI4.1 SP3 work with Data Services on Edge?
A: Recommend run on separate platform
See SAP’s Ty Miller present an update of the BI roadmap in person at ASUG Annual Conference
Submit your ASUG proposal at d-code – see Sharing is Caring – Submit your ASUG d-code (former SAP TechEd) Proposal – Enterprise Analytics is a track.