This was an SAP webcast today. These are my notes as I understood the call. What is always interesting to me is the question and answer, which is below.
Now have BusinessObjects Cloud, can purchase per user per month
Built on HANA Cloud Platform
Bring applications all together
Had option to “raise” BOE to cloud; but it is completely rewritten
Over 350 developers working on this application
It is SaaS, never have to patch
Drag and drop data; figure out on its own how it looks
Offers auto-suggest for visualizations
5 layers on GeoMaps
Drag and drop pages
History of transforms in modeling
Question & Answer
Q: For live data, if data is updated in the Source does BOC show the updated values for Sources other than HANA?
A: Right now live update is specific to HANA
Looking to do this with other data sources in the future
Q: row limit to imported spreadsheets or csv?
A: Used to be 40MB – updating
Q: Is this the developer task to create stories? Or is it the user who will do it?
A: Depends on your organization; built to be as easy as possible
Q: is API something planned for BOC ? Like the possibility to develop custom extensions.
A: extension support is planned
More information late Q3 likely Q4
Q: Can you add hyperlinks to add drill capability between pages?
A: Yes; see below
Q: Whats the difference between Live and SAP HANA connection?
A: Either – live or not
Q: version control for stories kept?
A: Not have version control yet on the stories
Q: Can you add variables to your data sets?
Q: Is there a desktop client tool to go along with the web tool that one would need that has more functionality than the web tool?
A: No everything is on web
Q: migration from on premise to cloud
A: can connect to data on premise
Convert Lumira story – not a capability yet
Q: geo dataset with name instead lat/long
A: showcased name instead of lat/long – showcased at SAPPHIRENOW, don’t know when it will be available
Q: predictive looks at how much past?
A: ideally 3 years
Q: import / export stories
A: Yes; when logged in as an Admin
Can save as PDF file
Q: Can you add drop down filters, ie year or quarter that filters down the entire page based upon selection?
Q: why we can not embedded a chart in a website
A: on the roadmap
Q: If external hyperlink goes offline, what is shown?
A: 404 error
Q: Can we create reports using BOC?
A: creating reports, but call them “stories”
Q: will not show cache image if offline
A: should show image if offline
Q: is there security setup?
A: user groups, dimensions
Q: About some API to let partners create new viz, any date?
A: Coming in Q4
Q: multi lingual support? latin as well as japanese/chinese?
Q: May be a loaded question, but it seems like the prior communcation was that if you are on Prem, stay with BusinessObjects on prem. and add Lumira. Is this still generally the stance?
A: agility for the cloud; some stay on premise- complementary solution
Q: Able to format for mobile devices?
A: working on that; have mobile app based on collaboration
Q: How’s the performance with really big Data Sources?
A: uses HCP to handle big data