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Enterprise BI Innovations Roadmap – askSAP Call – Part 3

This is part 3 from yesterday’s webcast.  Part 1 is askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call Notes Part 1 and Part 2 askSAP Analytics Innovations Call Notes Part 2 SAP Lumira Roadmap

Please note the usual legal disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.  What I liked particularly about this call was the time spent on question & answer (see below).


Figure 1: Source: SAP

SAP said they value customers’ feedback


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Coming for Design Studio includes increasing the number of rows that universes can bring back (today it is 5K), mobile offline support and more as shown in Figure 2


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 covers Analysis Office with a converged Excel client to include EPM, and a new formula editor for 2.1


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 covers future plans (subject to change) for Analysis Office, with improved PowerPoint integration and publishing workbooks to the HANA platform


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 covers plans for the future for Web Intelligence (past BI4.1 SP06)

Next release for Web Intelligence includes shared objects and annotations


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 covers plans for Mobile BI; SAP is seeing increasing demand for Android


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows plans for a faster installer

Report comparison tool to save time during the upgrade

Linked universes – many projects require universes

“Biggest and best partner ecosystems” to extend BI Platform

Question & Answer

Q: Universe on BEx query – will it replace anything?

A: Makes it more business friendly for end users for consumption in Web Intelligence

Q: Which versions BI Web Intelligence be available

A: SP06 – next week

Future plans – BI4.2 – late this year early next year (forward looking statement)

Q: Any future plans for commenting solution for all BI tools

A: Commenting for Web Intelligence is at the platform – WebI is the first to use, looking at other tools

Q: Is the performance on WebI on BICS universes similar to BEx queries

A: no performance numbers to verify

Q: Lumira isn’t supported on Crystal Server? What do those customers do?

A: Technologically speaking can do this but now focused on Lumira server for teams – you should be able to connect to universes from Lumira teams on Crystal Server

Licensing – you can purchase Lumira Edge – team server & BI Platform

Q: When can we view Mobile Dashboards without going through the BI app?

A: working on, no timeframe

Q: is broadcasting of Design Studio reports available?

A: not available today

Ability to schedule using the BI platform is on the to do list

Q: SAP’s UX strategy says it will converge to Fiori – how reflect in BI platform & client tools?

A: BI platform / client – looking to integrate with Fiori

Lumira & Design Studio started this with a Fiori tile into a Lumira story – working on adding OpenDoc capabilities

More adherence to Fiori design type when working on further solutions including Cloud for Planning

Q: What is the future for SAP Infinite Insight?

A: brought together InfiniteInsight with SAP Predictive into SAP Predictive Analytics

SAP also announced SAP IT Operations Analytics – see an overview in this PC World article: SAP previews new analytics tools for IT, business users | PCWorld

Additionally ASUG has a webcast on this in August – Data Center Intelligence

ASUG also has a webcast in September titled “What is coming in BI4.2” – register here

Finally, if you have questions about moving from BEx tools to Analysis and Design Studio join ASUG today  – register here

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