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This was the first education session I attended at this week’s ASUG SAP Analytics BusinessObjects User Conference in Austin.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

The typical legal disclaimer applies that plans for the future are subject to change.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Analytic solutions include lines of business, marketing and sales

Figure 2 shows the “Analytics ecosystem at SAP”


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Enterprise BI has traditionally focused on IT helping with the solutions such as Crystal, Web Intelligence

Web Intelligence was one of the first self-service but has seen IT only create documents

One of the themes for BI4.2 is to help IT to simplify platform and make it easy for business users


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows that SAP wants to “make it easier to update to BI4.2” to run more quickly including improving the language update process

If move from 3.x it is a migration to 4.2

If move from BI4.X to BI4.2 then it is an update

BI 4.2 is the platform to provide support for linked universes

With new UNX universe you could not use linked universe prior – now bring this functionality to the core universe in BI4.2

User experience around collaboration will include adding new annotation feature  – discussion on the object itself; Web Intelligence will be the first to use.  Next clients for this include Design Studio & Lumira (planned)


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Notifications planned to be part of the public API’s

Recycle bin – this is for when an IT person has deleted object from BI system, and user wants it back – same idea as Windows – bring it back

They have had an audit universe, but not an official one; in process of creating an audit universe that automates events in BI platform

Web Intelligence will have better geo-spatial support, support for InA for HANA

With the authored UNX universe, it isnot really creating a universe, it is a metadata layer – rename objects from a BEx query; allow you to organize objects from a BEx query


Figure 6: Source: SAP

New database platform support, with investment in Big Data, Hadoop, Hive, Cloudera, Hortonworks, Cassandra

Run BI on cloud partners – today support Amazon to support BI Suite, working on adding MS Azure so as IT won’t have to manage BI Platform yourself

Lumira “covers 98% of what Explorer does”


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows what is coming for SAP Design Studio – to learn more, see what’s new in latest 1.6 release of Design Studio on #askSAP September 17 webcast, open to all.  Join ASUG at SAP TechEd for a hands-on pre-conference session for SAP Design Studio

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September 15 ASUG Webcast – What is Coming in SAP BusinessObjects BI4.2

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  1. Mustafa Bensan

    Hi Tammy,

    Looking at Figure 4 gives the impression that the CMC is getting a Fiori-style makeover.  I also recall seeing an earlier BI Roadmap slide indicating that the BI Launch Pad would be redesigned to look like the Fiori Launchpad.  Was there any discussion about this?



    1. Tammy Powlas Post author

      Hi Mustafa – it wasn’t specifically discussed at this roadmap session

      If you look at the usability testing it sounds like SAP is considering this – see Influence – ASUG – SABOC

      “Simplified Business Intelligence: Central Management Console (CMC) Applications based on SAP Fiori”

      1. Mustafa Bensan

        Hi Tammy,

        Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.  The detailed breakdown of the Usability Testing at ASUG SABOC for Simplified BI CMC, Simplified BI Launchpad and SAP BusinessObjects Mobile on SAP Fiori UX suggests that the entire BI UX will eventually be transformed into the Fiori UX.



          1. Tammy Powlas Post author

            Hi Michael – you don’t have to be an ASUG member to attend the conference.

            DSAG provides the “Congress” and Technology Days too right (I’m sure I’m getting the translation wrong here)

      1. Former Member

        Hi! Tammy, Thank you for sharing the link but the pdf is password protected. I am a SAP certified BI professional, can I get access to this document.

        Many thanks


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