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Author's profile photo Iver van de Zand

SAP Statement of Direction Business Intelligence

SAP has launched a new Statement of Direction for SAP Business Intelligence


The executive summary of this document is as follows:


“The SAP Analytics portfolio includes SAP Business Objects BI Suite (including Analysis for Office), SAP Business Planning & Consolidation, as well as SAP Analytics Cloud. We provide solutions for a diverse set of customer environments including on-premise, cloud, mixed and embedded analytics deployments. This paper describes our future direction for our Business Intelligence customers.

SAP Analytics Cloud is our strategic direction and is changing the way our customers run their business to help them understand their data in context to make better and faster decisions. The integration of BI, planning and predictive analytics in a single engine allows for a smooth experience and lossless transitions from reporting to simulation to planning and back again, all augmented by machine learning. SAP Analytics Cloud gives everyone visibility on critical information by providing self-service analytics capabilities that extend to a wider audience than ever before, while delivering on the true needs for Analytics in the enterprise: scale, security, and corporate data connectivity.

Analytics without context has less value. As part of SAP’s Intelligent Enterprise strategy SAP Analytics Cloud will be embedded in SAP’s Cloud suite; not only can more users benefit from SAP Analytics Cloud, we also can better meet the precise requirements in each different domain.

As we define the future of SAP Analytics Cloud, we are committed to include a future for our existing SAP BusinessObjects customers. SAP pays great attention to BusinessObjects Suite and will continue to invest in the future of this product. The BOE maintenance extends until 2027 at a minimum, providing maintenance timelines among the longest in the industry.

We are delivering major innovations in the coming year with the BI 4.3 release, and will continue to do so through continued maintenance. As more and more customers run both solutions side by side, we are proposing more interoperability and are working on defining tools and capabilities to help our customers who want to transition their workloads to the cloud.”

The full SAP Business Intelligence statement of direction (SoD) can be found here. The SoD comes with this accompanying FAQ document where one can find answers to additional questions.

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      Author's profile photo Michael Hamm
      Michael Hamm

      Hi Iver,

      does this apply also to Lumira? Will it be extended also at least till 2027?



      Author's profile photo Patrick Zeiser
      Patrick Zeiser

      SAP Lumira 2.3 was just released, and Lumira 2.4 is
      currently planned for mid-2020. Lumira Designer is
      set for selected feature and performance enhancements that will be continued into 2024.

      2024 would be .... BAD


      Author's profile photo Patrick Zeiser
      Patrick Zeiser

      Hi Iver,

      is the new Fiorified Launchpad mobile ready?

      And is it possible to run over an iPad Lumira reports on the BI-Launchpad? This wasn't possible in 4.2. There was just a blank screen when opening a Lumira report.



      Author's profile photo Sankaranarayanan Hariharan
      Sankaranarayanan Hariharan

      Hi Iver,

      From a dataware housing standpoint, are there any recommendations. Currently what we see that customers tend to move towards S4HANA embedded analytics solutions and less adoption for BW on HANA or BW4HANA solutions. Do we have any plans for tighter integration of SAC with BW4HANA which will even enable planning functionalities from SAC to BW4HANA ADSOs (writing directly from SAC to Advanced DSOs).



      Author's profile photo Linda O'Connor
      Linda O'Connor

      Hi Sankar,

      We have 16,000 BW customers, representing over 19,000 installations presently.  From a Data Warehousing perspective, we are safe-guarding our on-premises install base, whilst positioning hybrid scenarios in conjunction with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud. SAP Data Warehouse Cloud has 5 SAC BI users embedded, in addition to HANA and a DW Services layer. Our customers can avail of the latest DW innovations in a non-disruptive manner.  SAC planning is on the roadmap for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud.

      Kind Regards, Linda