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Business Objects Cloud Roadmap Webcast Updates

This was a public SAP webcast from last week.

Upcoming BusinessObjects Cloud webinars, workshops and previous webinar recordings can be found at:

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Best estimate, subject to change

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The product is 1 year old, launched at SAP TechEd last year

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Built on HCP

Can connect to HANA live, so data can stay on premise

Data wrangling

Data modeling for planning

API’s are planned to allow 3rd party apps to embed BOC in and later extensions

Predictive is basic, outlier detection

Digital Boardroom is built on top with big screen experience

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Plan data center for China/Japan

Considering Russia, Canada

Generally want the location closest to you for latency

It uses Chrome

Will support IE11 and Edge soon

It supports a wide variety of planning scenarios

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Still in basic stage

Guided analysis for business users; not for statisticians

Key Product Updates/Highlights

Since August

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Idea Place, a place to enter suggestions for the product and vote on existing ideas

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Improving size of data uploads

Can also append to an existing dataset and make it larger

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For CDS views exposed as OData

For OData v2

Required HCP connector

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Live and acquired

Flow layer – traffic between two different sites

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Better understanding of factors impacting data

Larger dataset the better

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Challenge was finding screen/hardware

Supporting MS Surface Hub

Single screen experience

3 screens or single screen

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Layout for financial reporting

Roadmap Updates and Changes

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Fundamental for BI scenarios

Ariba, Fieldglass

S4/LIVE on premise – later in 2017

BW Live – within next quarter or two for initial; will not cover everything but will be iteratively developed

Repoint data – if on test data source, and repoint data

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Context sensitive data wrangling

Data is rarely clean when you see it

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Today only use small percentage of what is available in HANA

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Create predefined layouts and preferences

Applies to Digital Boardroom

Release industry templates

IE11 planned this quarter

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Focus is on Q1 and Q2

Plan for native app due to memory requirements

First iteration will require iPad Pro (Digital Boardroom)

Working with RoamBI team past Q2 work on phones based on RoamBI

First focus – stories on iPad Pro

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Work done on input process for large groups to update a plan

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Dates are subject to change

Within a quarter or 2 support 2 screen by 4 screen, massive video walls via Agenda Builder

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Wanting to add partner content and in 2017 will add more industries

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Can buy through SAP Store

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“Stay tuned”

Question and Answer

Q: if i have an ECC6 can i use BOC to do my financial reports? BPC is a bit costly for me so i am looking at BOC if it can help me.


A: for planning, just need to acquire the data into the system for planning.    Most of the delivered connectors will allow data acquisition


Q: When is the connection to S/4HANA planned for?

A: S/4HANA – cloud and on premise edition

Cloud edition is first

On premise is later in 2017


Q: Can you briefly expand on Chart Enhancements: Internal and external hyperlinks based on data context

Q: is that, for example, passing parameters based on selection in stories


A: Create a visualization, and click on a chart, can have as a link to another location to pass the context of filters currently using



Q: any plans to support visualization extensions (add-on) ?

A: goes to APIs – embed API’s; in long-term roadmap – not expect for 6 months



Q:  when will be the explorer mode available on BOC (as already available in Digital Boardroom)


A: explorer mode is available within BOC story

called data view in story


Q: Live connection to SAP BW, which BW version?

A: initially will be BW 7.5, SP02.  Still discussing if work with BW 7.4



Q:  Integration with Excel? Integration with Google Sheets and Google Docs was mentioned in previous road map sessions.  Any planned integration with Microsoft Office?

A: import Excel files, and export to CSV.  Can use CTRL-C/V with planning

Q: so end users can pass values to HANA input params in story?

A: Follow up; Wave 19


Q: Is it planned to have variables based on dimensions and measures?

A: been discussed, first round is to allow asymmetrical reporting and next look at variables


Q: does live connection mean real time?

A: live connection means non-replicated


Q: will there be Interoperability with Lumira Studio? Or we take it as separate product all together?

A: under discussion, nothing to announce

This webinar is also being recorded and the recording will be available on our event calendar page in a few days’ time:


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      Former Member

      Dear Tammy,


      Thank you for writing the detailed blog, this is awesome.

      I have couple of queries if you could kindly answer them pl, will be highly appreciated. Since there will be one single platform and no more traditional BI suite, below queries raised in my mind. What if Client has on-Premise BO and wish to switch to SAP BOC:

      1 - Can we/client continue to leverage existing objects/reports & Dashboards on Cloud platform?

      2 - Is Excel integration still there in BOC ? for Analysis for Office (AFO) specifically? There's an import functionality available & export to Excel isn't.

      3 - Can we still continue to build SAP Design Studio Dashboards & SAP Lumira documents and publish them on SAP BOC?

      4 - Can we have Fiori integration with BOC docs? My understanding - If we can publish SAP Design Studio Dashboards, AFO reports – we can integrate them with Fiori LaunchPad.


      Hope I am not asking too much of info.




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

      Hi - please ask these questions at - the community can better assist you

      You can still use the on-premise tools but not on this SAP Analytics Cloud platform.

      Thank you