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Discover BI4.3 #ASUG Webcast Recap

This was an ASUG webcast last week

Join us for these upcoming webcasts:

September 10 BI: SAP Analytics Cloud for SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise customers – Roadmap Update

September 11 – BI: SAP BW/4HANA Conversion

October 9 Making the Right Connections with SAP Analytics Cloud

Join ASUG at SAP TechEd for these influence sessions:

AIN307 Interactive ASUG Influence: SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
AIN305 SAP Analytics Cloud ASUG Influence Data Connectivity Agile Data Prep
AIN306 Interactive Influence: SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform


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What to expect; see live demo


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Project is is in the middle

Things might change

Everything is subject to change:

“SAP’s strategy and possible future developments, products and or platforms directions and functionality are all subject to change and may be changed by SAP at any time for any reason without notice.” (source: SAP)


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SAP’s message is above.

Continue to invest in BusinessObjects products

This is not a cloud only strategy, but a cloud first strategy


Source: SAP

Several customers use both SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BI Platform solutions


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Why use both solution? Move work loads to the cloud but on premise remains.

Several customers use both SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BI Platform solutions

Learn more at September 10 BI: SAP Analytics Cloud for SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise customers – Roadmap Update webcast


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3 innovation areas

Customers are moving applications and workloads to the cloud for cost-driven, or innovation-based reasons, but still a lot of systems remains on-premises.

On-premises BI spending will still be predominant for several years to come; protect investment


Fig 6: Source: SAP

Focusing on High Speed Innovation in Cloud

Continue to make improvements on premise

We realize customers will use both

Protect investment for existing on-premise customers

Hybrid Gives Best of Both – innovation in Cloud + Investment Protection

SAP Unique Differentiation: Don’t Move/Replicate Data – Bring Analytics to your Data!


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How the product are positioned

SAP BusinessObjects BI4.3


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Dates to keep in mind

BI4.3 beta will begin shortly

Early beta will begin mid-October

Standard beta will start mid-December – open to all if interested

Another phase of beta in 2020

GA planned for mid 2020

After GA deliver SP’s


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Focus on 3 main areas

Hybrid – interoperability

User Experience – easy to use with a Fiori like experience

Enterprise Readiness – ease of deployment



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Hybrid – Live Universe Connector 2.1 is available now – consume from SAC the on-premise relational universes

BI4.3 will have 3.0 with more innovations and enhancements

– leverage data level security

– query panel

Data remains on premise; never leaves network


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With Live Universe 3.0 you can consume the Web Intelligence documents in SAC

Data in Web Intelligence document stays on premise

“Web Intelligence data model”


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Customers who have adopted SAC can leverage existing users in CMC

New functions – hybrid user management – provision on premise users in SAC

You don’t want to recreate users from scratch


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Analytics Hub is a cloud catalog

View access, consume documents

Today you have to manually create these in Analytics Hub

With BI4.3, from BI platform, can select documents and push one button, would be made available in Analytics Hub

User Experience


Fig 14: Source: SAP

New user experience is shown above

New BI Fiori Launchpad

BI4.2 SP4 – introduced, enhanced in subsequent SP’s

In BI4.3, finalize enhancement – one BI launchpad – Fiori

Compatible with content in BI4.2


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Why a new WebI client?

Received feedback

Will be HTML5, no Java required, touch ready (work on modern tablets)

Improve workflows – one light menu


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Watch the demo in the replay


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Watch the demo in the replay


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Make sure your model can be reused

“WebI data model” – reuse what business user created


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You can create a query as a web service


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Select WebI document as a source, in the list of available objects


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Interactive analysis mode – propose interface, control scope of design interface


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New charts

Chart in cells will not be part of beta


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Update of SAP BI mobile app

Every WebI document will be consumable everywhere

Enable WebI viewer inside BI mobile app

First will work for tablet, then smart phone


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Updates for Crystal Reports are shown above

Enterprise Readiness


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Innovations in installation, security, administrator, audit, scheduling, publishing are shown above


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BusinessObjects Explorer

Dashboards (aka Xcelsius)

BI Widgets

Lumira 1.x

Design Studio


Lumira Discovery 2.x

Lumra Designer 2.x

Webi Rich Client


Live Office

Analysis Office

Crystal Reports


Fig 27: Source: SAP

Hybrid with Live Universe Connector, end user provisioning from on-premise to SAC, improvement integration with Analytics Hub

New user experience with Fiori BI Launchpad, new HTML5 WebI client, new WebI Data Model


Open questions have been sent to the speaker

Comment: We expect minimum issues while moving to 4.3

Answer: This is why SAP has a beta program to test these issues

Q:Live Universe Connector 3.0 enhancements are for both UNX and UNV?

Only relational universes? What about universes on OLAP connections?

A: Please see Analytics Cloud Support Matrix#SAPAnalyticsCloudSupportMatrix-UniverseSupportMatrix

Learn more at September 10 BI: SAP Analytics Cloud for SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise customers – Roadmap Update webcast

Q: Will there be an Activity universe for BI 4.3?

A: predefined universe for BI4.3 – will be there

Q: Will the old Bi launch Pad be available? or all functionalities are convered on the new BI Launch Pad?

A: old launchpad not available

Link to replay: Discover SAP BusinessObjects BI4.3


  • Intro: 2:30
  • SAP BI Portfolio: 3:30
  • SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3: 7:00
  • Demo: 20:00
  • Q+A: 55:00

Link to slides is here

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      Author's profile photo David Palcich
      David Palcich

      Thanks for posting the recap Tammy!

      Quick question for anyone who knows:

      Since the old BI launchpad is being retired and not part of 4.3, will users be automatically redirected to the new Fiori style launchpad if they try to access the old URL, or is that something we will have to set up on our own (or worse, make all of our users update their browser bookmarks)?


      -David Palcich

      Author's profile photo Michael Hamm
      Michael Hamm

      Good one, i hope that both links /BI /BILaunchpad will work and the user will see the same result

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

      Hi David - long time, no talk.

      I don't know the answer to your question, hopefully Gregory BOTTICCHIO sees this and will reply

      Thank you for reading