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SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP08 (SAP BI 4.2 SP8) Released!

Source: Webi4Me

SAP BusinessObjects 4.2 SP08 Released

February 24th, 2020

Oh well I had this all planned for a Feb 14th release and ready to wish you all a Happy Valentines’s Day ūüėä but that wasn’t meant to be.

Nearly a year after the release of SAP BI 4.2 SP07, I’m happy to announce today the latest Service Pack aka Support Package for SAP BI 4.2 – version 14.2.8.3426.

Released few days late according to the Q1 2020 Maintenance Schedule:

10/02/2020:

19/02/2020:

Source: Maintenance Schedule

Previous SAP BI 4.2 Support Pack releases:

  • December 2017: SAP BI 4.2 SP05

What was released?

The usual suspects were released for a fresh Installation or Support Package:

  • SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP08 Server
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP08 Client Tools
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP08 Live Office
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP08 Integration for SharePoint
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP08 NET SDK Runtime
  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) 4.2 SP08
  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.2 SP08
  • SAP Crystal Server 2016 SP08
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.2 SP08 Crystal Reports for Enterprise
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2016 SP08

What’s New?

This is hopefully not coming as a surprise as it has been mentioned several times over the last few months but this Service Pack is not including new features.  We are now in SAP BI 4.3 territory!

This update is about keeping the BI 4.2 lights on a bit longer by fixing bugs and adding few extra things to the PAM.

  • More from SAP:

What’s New

  • LinkedIn Community:

Webi4Me

Download Location

These packages are available from Software Downloads

Also see SAP Note 2896442

In my case, that’s a good old 12.5 GB download!

 

Installing / Upgrading РHow did it go?

My test environment is running on an AWS EC2 t2.xlarge.¬† That’s 4 Cores and 16GB RAM.

I have the following installed in SAP BI 4.2 SP07 with 3x Languages: English, French and Finnish.

  • Installation: Well it took probably more time as always to unzip everything but all in all (without testing) it took about half day to patch everything.¬† It well smoothly except for this .NET error but everything I have tested so far works.

  • Results:

Documentation

The usual documents have been made available on the SAP Help Portal:

  • SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.2 SP08 Installation Guide

Windows

Unix

  • More Documents

BI Platform (SAP Help Portal)

SAP Analytics (SAP Help Portal)

Product Availability Matrix (PAM)

(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

  • URLs:

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 Supported Platforms (PAM)

Product Availability Matrix | SAP Support Portal

  • Important:

Expiry of SAP BI 4.1 (Priority One Maintenance) on 31/12/2020 (PAM)

Expiry of SAP BI 4.2 SP06 in February 2020: BI 4.2 Support Pack End of Life Dates

Additions to the Relational Data Sources:

Amazon EMR 5.20 Hive (Hive2) 2.3.4
Amazon EMR 5.20 Hive (Hive2) 2.3.4
HP Vertica 9.2
HP Vertica 9.2
Microsoft Excel * 2019
Microsoft Access * 2019
Microsoft SQL Server 2017
Oracle Oracle Database 19c
Oracle Oracle Database 19c
Oracle Oracle Database 19c
Oracle Oracle Exadata Database Machine * 19c
Oracle Oracle Exadata Database Machine * 19c
Pivotal Greenplum* 6.0
Pivotal Greenplum* 6.0
PostgreSQL PostgreSQL 11
PostgreSQL PostgreSQL 11
SAP NW BW * 7.5 SP15
SAP NW BW * 7.5 SP15
Snowflake Snowflake N/A
Snowflake Snowflake N/A

Maintenance Schedule – What’s Next?

  • SAP BI 4.2 SP07:

Week 11 (March): SAP BI 4.2 SP07 Patch 9

Week 17 (April): SAP BI 4.2 SP07 Patch 10

Week 24 (June): SAP BI 4.2 SP07 Patch 11

Week 31 (July): SAP BI 4.2 SP07 Patch 12

Week 39 (September): SAP BI 4.2 SP07 Patch 13 (last one)

  • SAP BI 4.2 SP08:

Week 14 (April): SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 1

Week 20 (May): SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 2

Week 26 (June): SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 3

Week 32 (August): SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 4

Week 38 (September): SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 5

Week 44 (October): SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 6

Week 50 (December): SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 7

Source: Maintenance Schedule

What’s Next… Next!?

Since it was announced at #SAPPHIRENOW 2018 and in my blog back in June 2018, a lot has happened with SAP BI 4.3.

“Early” BETA has come and gone back in late 2019.

“Standard” BETA is still ongoing and scheduled to close at the end of February 2020.

This is what we know about the roadmap so far:

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3:

Q4 2019: SAP BI 4.3 (RTC) – “Early” and “Standard” BETA

Q2 2020: SAP BI 4.3 (GA)

Q4 2020: SAP BI 4.3 SP01

Source: Webi4Me

Source: SAP

Conclusion

As planned, not a significant release.  Just bug fixes and minor updates to the PAM.

Except… It took me couple of weeks to notice that Snowflake is now supported!¬† I thought we’d have to wait for SAP BI 4.3.¬† Great #geeky news!

I have written a blog on how to make it work: https://blogs.sap.com/2020/03/12/snowflake-for-sap-businessobjects-4.2-sp08/

Looking forward to SAP BI 4.3 General Availability (GA) hopefully in Q2 2020!

Take care… A+

 

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