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SAP BI Roadmap Future Direction – ASUG Webcast Part 3

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.

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Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows the 5 pillars of innovation for BI

Enterprise BI is BI4

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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

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Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows “Unleash your creativity” with SAP BusinessObjects Lumira

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Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows the vision for SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics

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Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows the cloud vision to “Simplify BI landscape”

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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?

A: no

Q: Provide more specifics universes to access universes in Excel

A: Microsoft Power BI – see Microsoft Adds Connectivity for SAP BusinessObjects to Power BI for Office 365 – PowerBI – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

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

Q: What are the differences between SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and XCelsius / SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards ?

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

Related:

Want some BI with your ASUG Annual Conference 2014/Sapphire?

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.

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