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Q&A Session for  Beta and Ramp-up Experience SAP BusinessObjects Analysis 2.0

This was the Q&A for today’s ASUG webcast.  Attendees asked several questions, which I share below – thanks to Joyce Butler and Alex Peter, SAP for answer questions:

Q:  I have Analysis for Office 2.0 and I’m able to run it against BW 7.0 on Oracle.  Is the HANA requirement true?

A:  You can use Analysis on top of BW or (native) HANA. For native HANA usage, you need to be on HANA SP9. The BW use case is unaffected by this …

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Q:  Can this functionality be used with universes?

A:  No. Only BW and (native) HANA sources are supported. Universe consumption is possible via Live Office.

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Q:  Does Analysis for Office 2.0 support BIP OLAP SSO HANA connections (i.e. BIP/HANA SSO via SAML)?

A:  Yes that’s possible. We now use http to HANA and this new approach also supports SSO tickets (used to be a limitation in the former approach).

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Q:  Is the ability to upload list of values for filtering available?

A:  Only via clipboard at this point in time. We are aware of the csv upload requirement and are working on this.

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Q:  When does BEx analyzer 7.x go away?

A:  No plan at this point in time.

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Q:  With SAP Fiori launchpad push as the go forward solution for launching S4/HANA applications, will SAP Analysis for Office have an interface to SAP Fiori so Analysis for Office can be launched from Fiori Launchpad?

A:  yes, this is planned. There’s no direct integration yet, but via URL you could launch Analysis content already at this point in time.

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Q:  Can you change header names ?

A:  Currently only in query design. We’re looking into this request when we extend Table Design.

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Q:  Today it is possible to create calculation with the measures. Is it possible to use calculation with the dimensions (E.g., YEARS is a dimension, and I want to compare this year and last year)Dimensions

A:  Currently only in the query design. As of the next release (2.1), we’ll be supporting this (create restrictions) on NATIVE HANA. We’re working with the BW colleagues if it’ll be possible to offer this also on BW in future.

A:  The next release 2.1  planned for Q2

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Q:  Can you have workbooks on ERP system that connect to your BW system?

A:  might work, but most probably transporting/LCM would not work.

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Q:  Any Fix of the “Ease of Deployment” of this plug-in on MANAGED DESKTOPs that have Office 2013 restructions..? We have had problems with moving this out from our desktop team (eg. conflict with other excel plug-ins like BPC, etc).

A:  Next release is combining Analysis Office and EPM client in a single installer to avoid any conflicts between these 2 clients. For other add-ins, I cannot guarantee co-existence.

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Q: What version, schedule for the combined AO and EPM client…?

A:  Planned for Analysis Office 2.1 -H2 this year

A:  Release 2.1, planned Q2 2015

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Q:  precalc palnned with 2.1 as well?

A:  Precalc there on BI platform – missing pre-calc of new workbooks due to table design

A:  there now since 1.4 on BI platform.  2.1 has pre calc 2.0 workbooks

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Q:  can you talk about the scheduling of workbooks saved on the BI platform

A:  AO into the existing frameworking on BI Platform like a WebI report

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Q:  Scheduling/Publishing coming?  With prompt support?

A:  Enhanced scheduling with prompting features – you require SP5 of BI4.1 platform, and SP11 of AO 1.4

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Q:  if we are interested in getting involved with the EPM ramp up, how do we get involved?

A:  All open ramp-ups can be found at service.sap.com/rampup

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Q:  Is “not” value filtering in the works?

A:  Prompt has not but not in filter, if that is question

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Q:  Do we still have the option of storing workbooks in either the BI platform or in BW itself?

A:  yes

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Q:  equivalent to where xxxx <> ‘A’.

A:  Not in the filter but in the prompts

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Q:  which version of the BI platform supports workbook scheduling?  4.1 SP?

A:  4.1 in general, prompts are supported as of 4.1 SP5

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Reference:

BI pre-conference session at ASUG Annual conference

Monday, May 4. (extra registration fees apply).  This includes hands-on with SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for Office 2.0

Featuring Hands-on SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 w/ SAP NetWeaver BW Powered by SAP HANA – Deep Dive

See details here: http://bit.ly/ASUGPreConBI

Focus on Analysis Office, Lumira, and Design Studio.

ASUG BI Annual Conference Schedule with Abstract Links

Also see Upcoming ASUG Business Intelligence Community W… | ASUG

At ASUG BI Annual Conference 2015 Schedule | ASUG there is an Excel version of the grid schedule – also see ASUG BI Schedule 2015.xlsx | ASUG

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