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Author's profile photo Merlijn Ekkel

SAP BusinessObjects BI4.2 SP04 What’s New

Dear All,

We are please to announce the release of the SAP BusinessObjects BI4.2 SP04 What’s New Deck.

The slides are available via

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2 SP04 is the culmination of core stability and capability improvements spanning key new innovations, incremental product advances from BI4.1 and and improved features for upgrading all existing XI R2 and XI3 customers to this latest version of the SAP BI Suite. Learn about the latest enhancements on DETAIL LEVEL that have been included into SAP BusinessObjects BI4.2 SP04.

The planned release date for BI4.2 SP04 is end of may 2017.

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      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks

      Thanks Merlijn, congratulations to all involved! Cheers, H

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Merlijn,

      the link for the slides seems to be broken. Could you pls have a look at it?





      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Hi Marcus - the link works for me - maybe try another browser?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Indeed, it`s the browser, who destroys 😉

      Thx, Tammy!


      Author's profile photo E. Ocula
      E. Ocula

      Hi, on page-47 of Merlijn's presentation, there is something on "Combine Installer". About :

      Ability to combine installer of Supprt Package and Patch into a single package
      Reduce installed time if there is a need to deploy Support Package + Patch

      I tried to find more info on this, but couldn't find it.

      Has anybody a link or so where more information can be found ?

      In our case, we want to upgrade from BI 4.2 SP3.2 to BI 4.2 SP4.1

      Many thanks



      Author's profile photo E. Ocula
      E. Ocula

      Hi all,

      has anybody of SAP (or others BI4.2 enthusiasts) any idea where I can find more info on the "Combine Installer" ?



      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks

      Hi Eddy,

      let me ask internally for you. I have also struggled to find this feature referenced in our online documentation .

      Thank you for your patience on this matter.

      Regards, H

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Eddy,

      The combined installer/one step patch installer is currently being delivered on demand as we have been communicating in sessions/webinars. This being only an interim mode of delivery until we provide it as a part of the regular patch builds.

      To your question of movement, you shall be able to move to BI 4.2 SP04 Patch 1 directly from BI 4.2 SP03 Patch 2 in ONE step instead of first updating to SP04 and then to Patch 1 resulting in nearly 50% savings in time.

      The process to request for the one step patching installer (combined installer) is as follows:

      1. Customers shall choose the patch version to proceed with for the update/upgrade
      2. Customers shall then raise a support incident on demand under the category "BI-BIP-INS" requesting for one step patch installer/combined installer
      3. SAP shall process the incident and request for some details about the landscape and needs of the customer in the next step of the process
      4. SAP shall deliver the One Step Patch Installer for the required patch to the customer (timeline - 2-4 weeks)

      I'll be happy to assist with any further queries that you may have.



      Author's profile photo E. Ocula
      E. Ocula

      Thanks a lot ! A colleague of me will request it, once BI4.2  SP4.2 will be released 🙂


      Author's profile photo Martin Dingeldey
      Martin Dingeldey


      Hi together,

      try to search in the Support Lauchpad in section Downloads for combined patch.