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“All kinds of Things” – SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2

With this blog I want to give you a few highlights and, more important, inform you how this release will boost your ‘analytical’ organization.

It is time to set your sights on the upcoming major release of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2 (BI 4.2), which is planned to be General Available Q1 of 2016.

Let’s elaborate and approach from a business and technology perspective.

We are all aware things are changing around us including markets & segments, business requirements, solutions & IT-landscapes (Premise-Hybrid-Cloud).

When there is serious believe and business demand, a solid landscape for Analytics is a MUST.

Getting your landscape ready and provide a good foundation will help your analytical insights and grow your business.

Analytics needs to get simpler AND we need to be able to consume more data (aka data tsunami).


Because large amounts of data can become instant information without loss of time.

It’s that simple.

Improving your landscape with this major release will give you extra benefits and toolset to enable your digital footprint throughout your organization.

In the following summary of BI 4.2, it will show you the highlights.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 theme – 3 main topics (as mentioned by SAP, SAP BO BI 4.2 What’s New)

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– Empower everyone with analytics

– Access in the cloud; pay as you go

– Partner with one vendor for all your analytics need


– Integration of your current source systems

– Reuse and expand platforms


– Reveal hidden opportunities and risks

– Anticipate and plan future outcomes

– Manage your business based on what matters

Top 5 main features/enablers


Your organziation will be able to:

– Interact with each other on analysis and figures accompanied by comments

– Get your (common) information at any location via HANA Online

– Restore files by using the Recycle Bin

– Directly get the latest data with speed of thought from your HANA landscape

– Process combination of data sources faster


Using commentary to discuss amongst peers, shared elements to reuse objects and formulas without development changes and add GEO data to pinpoint hotspots.

Enabling these new features and enhancements will make it possbile to strive for Self Service Analytics.

My advice, scan and review your current landscape and roadmap for Analytics.

If you really want to be ready and benefit form ‘All kinds of Things’, this is it!

‘Back to the the Future’, let’s preview the technical enhancements and specifications of BI 4.2.

Top 5 Features – Platform, IDT & WebIntelligence

SAP HANA Business Layer option using IDT

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SAP HANA Views for buildsing a Universe (Data Foundation & Business Layer)

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Recycle Bin option for restoring files

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BI 4.2 WebI features (some of them)

Supporting GEO-data

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Freeze panes within a report-objects

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Many thanks to Christian, Silvia and SAP WebI/Semantic Layer engineering team for their efforts and support.

Great stuff!

Thank you for your reading-time and I really look forward to see this release into play.

Are you ready to join the game?


Patrick Sandriman


As this article describes beta material please remember that this presentation and SAP’s strategy and possible future developments are subject to change and may be changed by SAP at any time for any reason without notice.

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      Have a look at these in-depth articles about What's new in BI 4.2

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      Thanks for posting this Patrick!