SAP BusinessObjects BI Strategy and Roadmap Call Notes, Question and Answer
Steve Lucas started the call with the SAP BI vision, going forward, where going, SAP is “working night and day – deliver best BI experience across board”
SAP Lumira has InfoGraphics, he thanked community for feedback, you “not do extra work in PowerPoint”. He also said they “obviously have work to do”.
He also said to “expect announcements at SAP TechEd”.
Analytics Solutions from SAP
SAP’s Jayne Landry said the Analytics market grows at 8 to 9 % per year
With big data you need to get access to data outside organization.
SAP sees adoption by line of business users and bring them to the organization, leading to rise of agile visualization
They need insight and foresight – advanced analytics
Back in the day we had collective insight with encyclopedias. Today we have Wikipedia
Simplifying the End-User Experience
At SAPPHIRE Bill McDermott had the “run simple” message and thus SAP wants to run fewer BI tools
It is a delicate balance as everyone wants their tools
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Existing investments are safe, said SAP, e.g. Unv to unx
With Desktop Intelligence, they never expire content
SAP is focusing on personas, use cases – developer, user, Analyst
“No forced migration”
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows the personas. Decision makers first turn to business analyst, and the Analyst will go and find information
The Analyst turns to designer to find a systematic way to solve problem
Administrator – how they need to interact
Figure 3: Survey of Persona attendees on the call
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Figure 4 shows how SAP is simplifying portfolio, with the BI clients on left – IMS means installed maintenance support
Incremental improvements coming with Crystal and Web Intelligence coming
SAP Lumira has a light bulb, gives you starting suggestions of relevance of data
SAP plans to bring BusinessObjects Explorer functionality today to Lumira using search
Design Studio & Xcelsius convergence as XCelsius is not scalable
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 – SAP is bringing “fine grained control” to SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio
Business Analysts – what if analysis –plan to move to Lumira
Bring Explorer capabilities to SAP BusinessObjects Lumira
SAP said to “Look at Lumira for next project”
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows the Interoperability story
The plan is to hand a storyboard over to designer for start point of a Design Studio app
Bring components to Lumira to iterate, prototype
Bring Live Office capabilities to Lumira (PowerPoint)
Figure 7: Source: SAP
Final step is shown in Figure 7. The first start is in 2015
Continue to use Analysis OLAP today; SAP will get to point when Lumira is right
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Figure 8 shows the licensing, with a difference between viewing and authoring – both view and author
Innovations with SAP’s Technology Stack
Innovate on existing platform
Mobile BI app includes Analysis Office/OLAP with one click of button to Design Studio – then it is a mobile app
BI in Cloud – SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, innovate while allowing you to leverage investments (universes, BEx queries)
Prepackaged content is available to get you up and running quickly
SAP wants to make it easier to deploy, maintain – “reduce TCO” with parallel patching and update without bringing it down
Figure 9: Source: SAP
Installation and patching, LCM, more simple
Create Web Intelligence docs directly against HANA views
140 data sources support
With BI4.1 Web Intelligence consumes BEx queries
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Today SAP has 4 experiences for trusted data discovery
Today need for HANA, which can be overkill for some requirements
Not everyone needs HANA for data discovery
Manage Lumira Desktop deployments with BI Platforms (like DeskI CP)
Working on an on premised based of Lumira Server – option to provide – not have to have HANA for web-based access – stated better on twitter by Cindy Jutras: “SAP is working on not requiring HANA for web based delivery Lumira desktop”
Simplifying Software Consumption
Figure 11: Source: SAP
Figure 11 reviews cloud definitions
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Figure 12 shows the future for BI in the cloud.
Figure 13: Survey responses
Figure 14: Source: SAP demo
Figure 14 shows a demo where you can edit SAP Lumira InfoGraphics in the cloud.
Question & Answer
Q: I have a question about Predictive Analysis: some clients rely heavily on having Predictive Analysis on HANA. Does this mean that Predictive Analysis on HANA will completely be replaced by Lumira? There won’t be any PA application anymore?
A: No – PA will not be replaced by Lumira. SAP will however be bringing some lightweight predictive capabilities into Lumira.
Q: There are so many features which are not available in WEBI and are available in DESKI? What about these feature support when DESKI end of life will come.
A: – First, mainstream maintenance for Deski ends Dec 31 2015 and extended support is available until 2017. Second, SAP will continue to add these few remaining Deski gap features into Webi in support packs and point releases on the BI 4.1 platform.
Q: What this means to the Explorer currently available in the BI Platform ? For how long this will be supported?
A: Individual products do not have supported lifetimes. The supported lifetime is set at the platform level – so since Explorer is part of BI 4.x, it will be supported for as long as SAP has a supported version of BI 4.x in market. SAP has no plans to end of life or deprecate any products with this convergence strategy.
Q: How many customers are in BI 4.1 platform vis-a-vis BI 4.0 and what is the recommendation to use which BI version 4.1 or 4.0? Is the backward compatability from BI 4.1 to BI 4.0 available?
A: Customers are rapidly adopting BI 4.1, and that is the version SAP recommends to adopt.
Q: How does the BI Apps development roadmap align with SAP Fiori ?
A: Integration between Lumira Server and Fiori is part of the near term roadmap
Lumira today integrates today with Fiori and UI5
Q: Will there be an easy upgrade path to this new set of tools?
A: You shouldn’t think of this as a tool migration – this is a use case migration so we have a simplified set of tools to accomplish the same use cases. All existing tools will continue to be supported.
Q: What is the replacement for live office in business objects platform 4.1?
A: Live Office continues to be part of the BI Platform 4.1, and SAP is working on enhancing it to support UNX sources.
Q: For customers that already bought the products that are being phased out by Lumira, will they now need to purchase Lumira?
A: No products are being phased out with this roadmap. SAP is transitioning use cases so the same goals can be accomplished with a simpler set of tools.
Q: Are you planning to bring the missing functionalities/objects from Xcelsius to Design Studio? What about What-If analyzes, which were available in Xcelsius?
A: Yes, see statement of direction regarding Design Studio and Dashboards: http://blogs.sap.com/analytics/2012/04/17/the-future-of-dashboards-strategy-and-direction/
Q: What is strategy behind semantic layer?
A: Not all data is in HANA or BW
Universe semantic layer is critical for success; will continue to be core semantic layer for other 138 sources
Q: Is SAP planning to make SAP HANA a requirement for the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform, similar to SAP Lumira Server?
A: No. While HANA is a great in-memory database and is used as a platform by Lumira Server, SAP will not make it a technical prerequisite for the BI Platform.
Q: Which is the best development tool for iPads in order to develop user cases for dashboarding and analytics? (connected to HANA or BW)
A: Design Studio.
Q: How compare with other data discovery tools?
A: combine with other capabilities; integration and data quality
Q: Why do we envision 2 tools for dashboarding, competitors like Tableau have 1
A: See portfolio coming together in BI Suite; reason for 2 is personas – analyst/designer
Q: Is SAP planning on making HANA a requirement for BI platform like Lumira Server?
A: can do what other tools can’t do – provides ability to do analysis in seconds instead of weeks; customers say they want this on premise
Q: Does Lumira can work with .unv Universes? or is it necesary to have .unx universes
A: Yes, it works with UNV universes
Q: Improvements to BW, BEx ?
A: BW world, convergence with HANA – time – functionality moving to HANA platform
Future – plans for additional improvements with prompting – make it consistent and strong across the product stack
Change BW password from BI Launchpad
Q: What about Explorer?
A: Continue to use today says Jayne Landry
Q: Esri integration
A: started with Lumira; – now with ArcGIS cloud – working with Esri