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SAP BI Strategy and Roadmap Webcast Summary

This was SAP’s public BI Strategy and Roadmap webinar, titled “SAP BI Strategy and Roadmap: Latest Functionality and Future Direction”.  It was a SAP Community webcast given last week given by Blair Wheadon.

The legal disclaimer applies:

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Things will change in the future

The purpose was to give everyone an overview, the state of current releases, and what the key investment drivers are going forward

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Innovate in the core, and lead to cloud, aware of transition to cloud

Expect hybrid approach for foreseeable future

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Enterprise – scalability, multiple users

Want agility

Smart pillar – not just look at preformatted reports, integrating with simple predictive capabilities

Big data – HANA Vora

Cloud – investing in “all in data” in the cloud

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Focus on interop for hybrid scenarios

Bridge products together; even if different technically

BOBJ Cloud can access data in on premise universe, BW, and HANA data

BPC models can be accessed from BusinessObjects Cloud

BusinessObjects Cloud – BI, planning, and predictive – all products in cloud

BusinessObjects Cloud

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Public cloud hosting service

Future plan for API’s

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See an on premise core of solutions (BI, predictive), and SBOC is complementary; good for integrating with extranet use cases

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4 levels – BI only, BI+ predictive, BI+predictive plus planning; on top is Digital Boardroom for executive meeting support

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Create an analytics solution optimized for the cloud

Wanted to integrate solutions into a single solution

ESRI based maps, sharing securely

Guided machine learning helps uncover insights not apparent in data

What are key influencers, outliers

Digital Boardroom is available on large screen touch screens

On-Premise Convergence Strategy

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Following convergence principles for a few years now

Converging, respect 4 principles

Focus on converging use cases

“All existing content is safe”

All BI4.x clients supported

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5 main products innovating

SAP Lumira 2.0

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Converge Lumira & Design Studio

Two desktop clients (Lumira Discovery) and Lumira Designer and one combined server-side add-on

Not have to switch tools

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Result is 4 products

Plan is for late Q2 next year

Guided beta Q1

Ramp-up in Q2

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Fiori style look and feel

Improved input control and filtering

Adding fine grained control

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Single canvas

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Lumira 2.x Designer

Introduction of composites – ability for Dashboard Designers to create their complex components

Decompose complex applications into smaller parts

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Smart bookmarks, that make Lumira bookmarks more robust even if the application changes

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As Figure 17 shows, there is no change to license entitlements

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Lumira 1.x features not in 2.x – predictive features disappear temporarily, will be planned for 2.1

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ODBC driver to query CMS database is available

H12017 – new Fiori like BI Launchpad, it is optional, using the tile paradigm

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Get to BI4.2, look at maintenance timeframes

Commentary is on the platform

Improve installer to reduce downtime, faster to install

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Commentary is not a Web Intelligence-only feature; look to add to other products such as Lumira 2.1

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Planned for SP4, same as new Launchpad

Question & Answer

Q: Is SBOC mandatory for Digital Boardroom?

A: yes, Digital Board Room is a feature of SBOC

Q: can Roambi get data from BoC?

A: currently not

Q: We currently license Dashboards, but we like the Lumira story look and feel much better. Should we purchase Lumira now, or wait until 1H 2017 when potentially our Dashboards license will be converted to a Lumira license?

A: Lumira 2.0 covers XCelsius use case; no benefit to waiting

Q: I don’t think Design Studio (or Lumira 2.0 based on what’s being said) is yet able to completely replace Dashboards/Xcelsius

A: Lumira 2.x is creating a foundation – use cases may require 2.1 release to get done

Velocity engine to accelerate universe data engine access for traditional dashboard use cases

Q: from where can i get the updated audit universe released for BI 4.2 SP3?

A: see wiki here:

Q: Will the Fiori UI be customizable?

A: initial release, SP4, no, but plan to add in a future release


Q: Lumira desktop version for IOS when will supported?

A: Strategy/goal is to move to server; then you can access that from any device/operating system

From SAP:

Plenty of Lumira webinars planned! check the wiki page for events:;will also be added to new events page soon:

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      Author's profile photo Andreas J A Schneider
      Andreas J A Schneider

      Great Info, Tammy : )

      Let me emphasize one important outlook at the end of the slides you posted, targeted for H1 2017:
      The planned FIORIzation of the BI launchpad and the re-vamp of Web Intelligence to make it not only touch friendly, but to beautify its GUI and thereby really increasing the UX

      See here why Web Inteligence will steal the Show…! 

      Author's profile photo Joe Peters
      Joe Peters

      Tammy, this is a nice summary - thank you.

      Question on Dashboards/Xcelsius: I understand that it's being rolled into Design Studio, which is then being rolled into Lumira 2.0.  In which BI product version will Dashboards no longer be present?  And will any automated conversion of Dashboards/Xcelsius content  to Lumira be provided?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Joe - I don't have those details - as far as I know, Dashboards/XCelsius will be shipped with the BI4x software.

      The software on the right in those figures (e.g. Lumira) is where SAP is investing...I hope that makes sense.

      Author's profile photo Joe Peters
      Joe Peters

      Thank you, Tammy.  We have been using Xcelsius for a while and need to determine if it's worthwhile continuing to use it, or switch to Design Studio or Lumira.

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      Former Member

      Can anyone provide any insight as to when MS SQL Server 2016 will be supported as a datasource on the BI Platform?  I heard SP04 was a possibility. 

      Author's profile photo Srinivas Reddy
      Srinivas Reddy

      Yes, I got the confirmation from SAP Support. from BI 4.2 SP4 will support MS SQL 2016.

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Dan - I don't know - you may want to post this as a question instead of a comment on this blog - I do not work for SAP

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Anyone have Idea on  BI4.3 release date ?

      We are on BI4.1 SP05 what is the good idea to upgrade to which vesrion of BI4.2 or BI4.3

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi - if you are on 4.1 I recommend updating to 4.2

      There's no announcement on 4.3 - my guess is sometime in 2018 ( I don't work for SAP)

      See the roadmap: - S-user is required