SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx) – Maintenance and Support Policy

For all SAP Business Explorer customers that are interested in the future of BEx, here is what you need to know:

M A I N T E N A N C E

BEx 7.x

BEx 7.x continues to be supported with BW 7.50 but NOT with BW/4HANA.
SAP recommends to use SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, Lumira (as of release 2.x) and Analysis Office if customers would like to continue with on-premise BI Clients who have similar functionality as BEx 7.x

Please be aware that while those products have similar functionality as BEx they are not legal successors. There is no 100% feature parity.

 

Where to go from BEx Web / Web Application Designer 7.x?

  • Most used capabilities of BEx Web Applications, Dashboards and Analysis for OLAP are available in Design Studio / Lumira 2.x  (or planned)
  • Architecture of Design Studio / Lumira 2.x is different from any predecessor product, to overcome architectural limitations from the past. Hence, automatic migration of BEx Web Templates and Dashboards is not possible
  • SAP is planning to provide migration support from the standard BEx WAD 7.x 0ANALYSIS_PATTERN to a corresponding standard template in Lumira 2.0. This functionality is planned for a later SP of Lumira 2.0 in 2017. Prerequisite is that  0ANALYSIS_PATTERN has not been modified by the user.
  • Design Studio / Lumira 2.x require the BusinessObjects BI Platform

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Where to go from BEx Analyzer (Excel) 7.x

  • Most used capabilities of BEx Analyzer are available in Analysis Office 2.x (or planned)
  • Conversion support of BEx workbooks to Analysis Office is available
  • Consulting Service for Migration to Analysis for Office / BEx 7.0: https://blogs.sap.com/2014/05/21/migrationservice/
  • Analysis Office can run with or without SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform (some features like scheduling, however, require BI Platform)
  • You can install BEx and Analysis Office on a single PC
  • Only one add-in can be active in an Excel session (in other words, either BEx or Analysis Office can be active)
  • Opening a BEx workbook activates the BEx Add-In.

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Where to go from BEx Information Broadcasting 7.x?

In general SAP recommends to use SAP Crystal Reports for all kinds of report distribution, broadcasting and printing scenarios.

If there is a requirement to broadcast Excel-based content SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Office is a viable alternative to BEx Analyzer (Excel Add-on)

Broadcasting scenarios formerly done with BEx Web templates can be handled with Design Studio / Lumira 2.x in the future. Currently this functionality is not yet available. Please check the Design Studio / Lumira roadmap regularly for updates.

 

Where to go from BEx Query Designer 7.x?

All capabilities of BEx Query Designer are available as part of the BW Modeling Tools.
BEx Query Designer can still be used with SAP BW 7.5 but is not supported with SAP BW/4HANA.
Using the BW Modeling Tools with SAP BW 7.4 or 7.5 is optional.
In SAP BW/4HANA, all queries are created and maintained using the BW Modeling Tools.

http://help.sap.com/download/netweaver/bwmt/SAP_BW_Modeling_Tools_Installation_Guide_en.pdf

When transitioning from SAP BW to SAP BW/4HANA, all BW queries will be automatically migrated.

 

What about Business Objects Cloud as BEx Web replacement?

Business Objects Cloud is also recommended for BW/4HANA customers who want to leverage a cloud based BI Client environment instead or in addition to the on premise tools (Design Studio / Lumira 2.x / Analysis Office).

Business Objects Cloud adds significant value in the area of self-service analytics while Design Studio / Lumira 2.x / Analysis Office are better suited to cover classic BEx Web Application Designer and Excel use cases.

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BEx 3.5

Since April 2013 BEx 3.5 is in customer-specific maintenance and not available anymore with the standard SAP GUI compilation.
For more details, see SAP Note:

1410878 – Maintenance for BW 3.5 front-end add-ons.

Please note that BEx 3.5 (design-time and runtime) is not supported for use with SAP NetWeaver BW 7.4 or higher.
For more details, see SAP Note

1932461 – SAP BW 3.5 BEx Tools / BW 3.5 Frontend Add-ons are incompatible with BW7.4.

You can find a “Cookbook for Migration to BEx 7.0” in SAP Note 1807522 – BEx 3.5 Objects Migration to BEx 7.0 but SAP recommends instead of moving to BEx 7.x to move to SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, Lumira (as of release 2.0) and Analysis Office.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Donnie Burhan

    Hi Isabella,

    BEx 7.x continues to be supported with BW 7.5x but NOT with BW/4HANA.

    Please give us more clear description on this. It’s not easy to differ all of these new terms SAP has been spouting of late. It would be helpful if you give us a matrix of what will or won’t work between those two.

    SAP recommends to use SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, Lumira (as of release 2.x) and Analysis Office if customers would like to continue with on-premise BI Clients who have similar functionality as BEx 7.x

    AFAIK, seems like the support for EP for those products is dropped, and it will not receive new functionality unless using BI Platform.
    So what do you suggest for the customers who already invested heavily on EP?

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    1. Eric Schemer

      Design Studio requires BI Platform, Analysis Office not necessarily. There won’t be a Design Studio without BI Platform anymore. What EP integration exactly are you missing when running Design Studio on BIP?

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