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Roadmap Discussion: What is next for SAP BusinessObjects BI – Notes

SAP’s Jayne Landry provided this SAP Insider Webcast today.  I am not duplicating what was already presented in September – see SAP BusinessObjects BI Strategy and Roadmap Call Notes, Question and Answer

Her slides from today’s session can be found here

She said SAP wants to converge use cases, not features and functions.  “The content you have today will be there going forward”.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Lumira will have Exploration capabilities

SAP expects you will go from Story to an Exploration experience with natural language search

Lumira will support OLAP use cases


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Lumira is for the business analyst to create dashboards


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows Step 2 of the convergence plan which includes – interoperability for Design Studio, Lumira, Analysis

Use Lumira as prototyping environment, hand that over to designer for production ready dashboard

You will be able to take the Lumira Story to Excel and PPT


Figure 4: Source: SAP

SAP will add OLAP capabilities to Lumira

The timeframe is 2015

It will take a few years to get simplification done


Figure 5: Source: SAP

In the past, SAP had named licenses for authoring – worked well with Crystal Reports

With solutions like Lumira, licenses change with looking at what is authoring and viewing


Figure 6: Source: SAP

BI4.2 is coming in 2015 with the theme of “Simplify, enhance and extend”


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Lumira Edge can publish and share documents on premise (no HANA) uses new in-memory engine on Linux/Windows

In 2015, will be able to integrate Edge into BI Platform


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows you can control where users publish

With Information Steward look at lineage, where it came from

You can schedule refreshes for universes

Simplify software consumption


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Enterprise BI license, and SAP will manage as a service as part of HEC or HANA Enterprise Cloud

Bring your own license aka “BYOL” or turn into subscription license


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows custom apps that integrates with backend with HCP; PaaS Lumira Cloud on HCP is coming in 2015


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Figure 11 is the future, withe embedded BI content in SAP Cloud applications

Question & Answer

Q: When is the next version of BI and when will it be available?

A: Encourage you to move to 4.1

Move from 4.1 to 4.2 is an update, not a migration

Q: GA for BI4.2?

A: sometime in 2015; need to meet metrics of ramp-up program

Q: Will upgrades to BI platform be easier?

A: Fresh install – recommend in some situations

BI4.x to BI4.2 will be a simple upgrade

Q: When will Design Studio 1.4 be GA?

A: Imminent

Q: When are cloud solutions available?

A: Multi tenancy in BI4.1 is available today

BI4x on AWS available today

Lumira Cloud is available today

BI on HCP – will be Lumira, and then Crystal Reports on HCP next year

Q: Just upgraded to BI4.1 – when can I use Design Studio

A: Can start using today

Q: Is Lumira BIP add on released?

A: Yes, with Lumira 1.19, now on 1.20

Q: Can we upgrade from 3.1 to 4.2?

A: Yes but 4.2 won’t be available until 2015


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      Author's profile photo Hendra Mahadina
      Hendra Mahadina


      So for Lumira will be part of SAP Business Objects Client tools?

      I mean no need to buy Lumira license.



      Author's profile photo Walter Muellner
      Walter Muellner


      Lumira (Desktop) has been part of the BI client tools since a while now - from a licensing point of view, as well as "Lumira Server" (which is NOT included in the "BI Edge" package, at least at the moment. But there will be a HANA-free version of Lumira Server for BI Edge in the near future).

      "Lumira Server" is a native HANA application and both "Lumira Server" as well as the required HANA runtime licenses are included in the full "BI Suite"...

      hth, Walter

      Author's profile photo Donatas Budrys
      Donatas Budrys

      Hi, Tammy,

      Thank you for posting. It looks like very bright year awaits us in 2015 🙂 .

      Best regards,

      Donatas Budrys

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy,

      thanks for sharing the information.

      They are necessary for planning the new year 🙂



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy,

      screenshots don't appear 😐 , I tried with IE and Chrome it's the same.

      Could you do something or relay to the webmaster ?

      Thank you.



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      You're right - I will report this in the SCN reporting space.  I know SCN was down this morning  - I wonder if this could be related?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      I republished the blog and now the pictures appeared.  Thank you for reading and thank you for telling me. I am not sure what happened.