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SAP released SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence 4.1 Support Pack 6  and It has some cool new features. I have outlined the new variant feature for webi below.. The variant feature allows users to save frequently used prompts on a web intelligence report as variants.

Prompt selection box opens up with the “Available prompt variants” option at the top/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/1__787566.jpg

Enter your selection criteria and click on the “create prompt variant button” (Disc button with the green plus sign)


In the dialog box that appears, enter a name for the variant you are trying to create and click OK. The variant has been created


To use the created variant, when you open a new report, on the prompts screen, click the drop down arrow on the available prompts variant box and select the variant you created.


The prompt become prefilled with your selection…


You can then hit OK and run the report.

You can also alter the values in any of the prompts and hit the save button (Disc without the green + sign) and it would save your new values. You can also hit the X sign to delete a variant you no longer need.


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      1. M. van Foeken

        According to SAP documents it is restricted to:

        Only the user who created the prompt variants can view them and they only apply to the document in which they have been created on.

        With kind regards,

        Martijn van Foeken | Interdobs

  1. Cuneyt Kavaslar

    One of the users reported and issue and I can confirm it.  When you save a new report variant with some selections, then clear one of the prompt selections and make selectins on a different prompt and save as a new variant.  It messes up the first saved variant.  If you clear some selections and save as a third variant, it messes up the first and second variants, etc…  We are now at 4.1 SP8.  Has anybody else observed the wrong behaviour?

    1. M. van Foeken

      Hi Kevin,

      I don’t believe it’s possible to disable this either via the security model nor via the UI customization of Web Intelligence.

      With kind regards,

      Martijn van Foeken | Interdobs


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