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SAP Road Map: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 and Hybrid Analytics Recap

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This SAP Road map webcast will provide an overview of SAP BusinessObjects BI4.3 and hybrid analytics. BI4.3 introduces a number of new capabilities to enable hybrid analytics use cases with SAP Analytics Cloud Understand hybrid analytics where SAP Analytics Cloud and BI4.3 can work together.

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Where analytics fits in the overall SAP portfolio

Brings together “X + O” data

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Seeing changes in spending patterns

New IT spending is moving to the cloud, includes analytics spending

SAP innovations are moving to the cloud

Customers have made an investment in BusinessObjects


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Hybrid investments; worked with Forrester, customers anticipate landscape will be hybrid

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For analytics area, 2 large investment areas

  1. BusinessObjects Enterprise – BI4.3, reuse elements within cloud
  2. SAP Analytics Cloud

Ensure 2 worlds co-exist

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Continue invest in on-premise suite, “sweet” spot include large scale publishing

Innovation investments are SAP Analytics Cloud

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SAP Analytics Cloud element, BusinessObjects, and content can be leveraged across landscapes, such as the universes

SAP Analytics Hub/Catalog – to access all analytics content

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Can run BusinessObjects in the cloud, on 3rd party infrastructure layers or in HEC or single tenant with subscription licensing

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Protect existing investment through extend Analytics program and cloud extension policy

“Right size BusinessObjects landscape”

BusinessObjects 4.3

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Currently BI4.3 is in beta.  Launched beta at end of 2019, over 180 participants, are planning BI4.3 to make it GA in Q2/2020; going forward SP1 release end of 2020

Good feedback so far on beta, quality of performance and UX changes

Pushes out maintenance window to 2027 for BI4.3

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A single Web Intelligence client

New WebI client, HTML5, no Java, more streamlined approach, new look and feel

Full parity with Java Applet and Rich Client

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New flexibility, share and reuse Web Intelligence documents to build new documents in SAP Analytics

Web Intelligence data model can be reused


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A power user can create those queries, complex calculations

That document can be shared

End user can get data without going through query panel

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New chart types

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WebI can be consumed everywhere

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Crystal Reports updates

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Enhance live universe connection – improve performance, add support for universe metadata types

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Use WebI as a data source to SAP Analytics Cloud

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Continue to improve installation, update, and deployment process

Lower cost of deploying BI4.3

Simplify deployment to infrastructure providers (Azure, Amazon, etc.)

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Web application to put together administration workflows

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End of life for some applications

Consider joining this upcoming webcast here.

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A summary of what is coming for BI4.3

Question & Answer

Q: How can I participate as part of Beta Procedure.

Q: Can you use WebI as a data source to BEx query?

A: need to verify

Q: Will there be more releases of BusinessObjects?

A: GA in Q2, SP1 at end of year; plan to look to what is needed for further releases

Q: Analytics Hub vs Analytics Catalog  – what is the difference?

A: Analytics Hub is current product name, version, going forward, embed capabilities into SAP Analytics Cloud  – new name will be Analytics Catalog going forward; Analytics Catalog will release in a few quarters



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  • No words about Lumira Designer dashboards in BI Launchpad?

    Is it possible to run them (BI-Lauchpad) on an iPad over the Safari browser? Mobile mode, not desktop mode?



    • Hello Patrick,

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      I *think* Lumira came up in the recording (you would need to listen to be sure)

      On this:

      Is it possible to run them (BI-Launchpad) on an iPad over the Safari browser? Mobile mode, not desktop mode?

      Sounded like it would work for Web Intelligence, but Lumira didn't come up in discussion

  • Hello Tammy,

    I have a question about Analytics Catalog.

    In version 2020.5, there is a new feature 'Analytics Catalog' in SAC. Is that a full product of what used to be called Analytics Hub or just limited embedded Analytics Hub?

    Is Analytics Catalog within SAC going to fully replace Analytics Hub?


    Krzysztof Grzymala

    • Hi - thank you for reading and commenting

      I interpreted that Analytics Hub will become Analytics Catalog.

      I hope to learn more at upcoming conferences

  • On slide 14, it mentions that users can create a new webi document using the shared webi data model with out accessing the query panel. If changes done to the source of the data model, will they reflect automatically? Also, when they create the said document, will it create a new copy of the report which is used to create the data model? This would significantly alter the adhoc process for webi.

    • Hi - thank you for reading/commenting.

      The product is not yet GA; I recommend asking this as a question at

  • Hi, I have a question regarding BusinessObjects: We currently don't use it but would like to use Analysis for Office as our new front-end tool. Should we migrate to BO - taking into account the current strategy of SAP with SAC? It seems that the days of BO are numbered...

    • Hello Yvonne - BusinessObjects is a set of tools, including a platform with front end reporting tools.

      Analysis Office works as an Excel front end to BW/HANA and sometimes SAC - so it depends on your requirements

      • Currently we only need MS Excel (AO) for our analyses in BW on HANA, no other tools. Later SAC will coming... - but really later.

        Therefore I suppose that we do not need BO, don't we?

        • Hello Yvonne, Analysis Office can run standalone directly with BW on HANA, but you will lose some functionality, the biggest thing being not be able to schedule workbooks, as that only works with the BO server.