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SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform Product Roadmap Notes

This was an SAP webcast given by Maheshwar Singh, SAP, this month.  Below are my notes.  Note that things in the future are subject to change.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows the legal disclaimer that things in the future are subject to change.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 covers self-service BI on BI Platform as defined by SAP – this was not covered in the BI Platform roadmap.  BI Launchpad includes save, share manage content and self-service on BI Platform


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Schedules are subject to change

Purpose of roadmap is to give you short term and long term goals

Figure 3 shows the roadmap in three sections – today, planned innovations in 12-18 months, future innovation – forward looking

Today is BI4.1 SP6


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Integration kits are no longer a separate add-on; key capabilities are included

LCM console is integrated in CMC as promotion and version management

Planned Innovations

Planned innovations are in 12-18 months and anything could change based priorities


Figure 5: Source: SAP

As shown in Figure 5 plans include add-on audit improvements to include all clients – Lumira, Analysis Office, Design Studio.  For audit samples see Matt Shaw’s post Unlock the Auditing database with a new Universe and Web Intelligence Documents for BI4.1/BI4.2

Admin broadcasting messages idea came from Idea Place.  For example, the admin send message to all users, some users, or certain user – downtime that IT plans.  Can also send by e-mail if e-mails are available for users.  It is also available as an alert

Recycle bin is a top-voted idea in Idea Place.  They plan to make it like Windows – CMC – admin can restore content – first focus is on public folders.  The admin defaults clean-up date; admin can change.  In first iteration it is not available for universe connections and personal documents

Admin cockpit is one central page to get information about what is happening with your system


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Migration improvements for the Upgrade Management Tool UI have an option to change log level instead of changing the INI file

Promotion management – selective retrieval from LCMBIAR – top voted idea

Performance improvements around promotion management

Manage Inbox – they are thinking – manage users’ personal space – today cannot restrict what user stores in personal space

BI Commentary – they plan to do – collaboration today with SAP Jam today

  • Context to your comment
  • Available as part of the platform so it is centrally stored
  • Plan is to start with Web Intelligence and then Design Studio / Analysis Office
  • Plan is to see the same content across all reporting tools


Figure 7 Source: SAP

Today the install takes up a lot of time; want to look at reduce install start up screen time for patches

Simplify language update support experience


Figure: 8 Source: SAP

Multitenancy was introduced in 4.1 with more improvements shown above

Promote content between tenant 1 and tenant 2


Figure 9 Source: SAP

Publications are planned for Analysis Office

Looking at scheduling to a printer as an idea


Figure: 10 Source: SAP

RESTful web services new things will be supported in BI4.2

Future Direction


Figure: 11 Source: SAP

Quick time to value with deployment and automation of software maintenance

In TCO reduction, SAP is looking at CMC has several applications; look at consolidation and making BI admin simple

Roadmaps are updated twice a year


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