SAP BusinessObjects 4.2 SP07 Released on
March 4th, 2019!
Here we go again! I’m happy to announce today the latest Service Pack aka Support Package for SAP BI 4.2.
Released just a day late from the planned Maintenance Schedule.
Source: Maintenance Schedule
What was released?
The usual suspects were released for a fresh Installation or Support Package:
- SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP07 Server
- SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP07 Client Tools
- SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP07 Live Office
- SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP07 Integration for SharePoint
- SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP07 NET SDK Runtime
- SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) 4.2 SP07
- SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.2 SP07
- SAP Crystal Server 2016 SP07
- SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP07 Crystal Reports for Enterprise
- SAP Crystal Reports 2016 SP07
Previous SAP BI 4.2 Support Pack releases:
- December 2017: SAP BI 4.2 SP05
- July 2018: SAP BI 4.2 SP06
These packages are available from Software Downloads:
- Support Package:
Installing / Upgrading – How did it go?
- Fresh Install
Installing on my Microsoft Azure Cloud VM Type: Standard B4ms (4 vcpus, 16 GB memory) took 1h 20 minutes.
After downloading couple of files over 6GB+ in size, patching from SAP BI 4.2 SP06 to SP07 on my Amazon Web Services (AWS) Type: t2.xlarge (4 vcpus, 16 GB memory) took xyz minutes (in progress).
Note: Apache Tomcat was upgraded from version 8.5.13 to 8.5.32.
Note 1: I’ll let you know soon how I did my full and automated regression testing using 360Bind.
There is a lot of very good stuff released with Support Package 7 and the usual great blogs, videos, white papers, etc have been released already.
My favorites, everything for the Fiori BILaunchpad of course!
- What’s New in Web Intelligence and Semantic Layer:
Web Intelligence Requests Released in SAP BI 4.2 SP7 (SAP Influence web site)
Semantic Layer Requests Released in SAP BI 4.2 SP7 (SAP Influence web site)
- What’s New in BIPlatform:
- Few webinars have made it out also:
- More from SAP:
- LinkedIn Community:
The usual documents have been made available on the SAP Help Portal:
- Fixed Issues
Update 05/03/2017: Fixed Issues
- SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.2 SP07 Installation Guide
- More Documents
BI Platform (SAP Help Portal)
SAP Analytics (SAP Help Portal)
Product Availability Matrix (Supported Platform)
Release to Customer (RTC):13.11.2015
General Availability (GA):08.03.2016
End of Mainstream Maintenance:31.12.2022
End of Priority One Support Phase:31.12.2024
- Main additions:
Windows Server 2019
Oracle Linux 7.5
AIX 7.2 TL2
Microsoft EdgeHTML 17.x
Mozilla Firefox ESR 60.X
CMS Repository+Audit DB:
MySQL AB 8.0
Relational Data Sources:
Postgre SQL 10
OLAP Data Sources:
Microsoft MSAS (Analysis Services) 2017
SAP BW/4 HANA 1.0 SP09
Expiry of SAP BI 4.1 (Mainstream Maintenance) on 31/12/2018 (PAM)
Also the expiry of SAP BI 4.2 SP04 in November 2018: BI 4.2 Support Pack End of Life Dates
Maintenance Schedule – What’s Next?
- SAP BI 4.2 SP06:
Week 4 (January): SAP BI 4.2 SP06 – Patch 5
Week 10 (March): SAP BI 4.2 SP06 – Patch 6
Week 16 (April): SAP BI 4.2 SP06 – Patch 7
- SAP BI 4.2 SP07:
Week XX (April? May?): SAP BI 4.2 SP07- Patch 1 (not on the maintenance schedule yet)
Source: Maintenance Schedule
What’s Next… Next!?
Since it was announced at #SAPPHIRENOW and in my blog earlier in June 2018, not much has come out regarding SAP BI 4.3.
This is what we know about the roadmap so far:
SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3:
Q4 2019: SAP BI 4.3 (RTC)
Q1 2020: SAP BI 4.2 (GA)
Well… is this going to be the last service pack for SAP BI 4.2? Maybe not. But most probably the final one in terms of new features. I hear the guys at SAP are hard working in SAP BI 4.3 obviously.
For me, I look forward to working more with the Fiori BILaunchpad enhancements. I see more and more customers using it for their “less mature” BI users where basic self-service and all is required. And visualisation improvements of course.
I’m glad to see the continuous investment in SAP BusinessObjects. And finally some clarity on the roadmap. Sure the future in the long run will be a cloud solution with SAC or else but while we’re waiting for something that is a real replacement (or alternative), BOBJ will be there to support you until at least 2026!
Which is why I’m surprised to hear time and time again statements from companies thinking about dropping BOBJ for other BI vendor(s). BOBJ may not be the shiniest thing out there but it has a solid platform, arguably the best semantic layer (Universe) and analytics solutions (Webi, CR, AO, etc) which can more than “do the job” and dare I say, still compete.
Not even talking about the fact that major acquisition investment is done, and surely an annual maintenance is less than buying something new?
Never mind rebuilding everything and training your developers and end users!
And a bit of gray hair doesn’t hurt 🙂
Anyway! My thoughts! Clearly biased as an ex BOBJ employee and been doing this for 20 years!
What do you think? What are your plans? Issues? Experience? Please do share!
Take care… A+