Updates from SAP BusinessObjects BI4.3 Webcast
I will try to not repeat what has already been shown before, but offer highlights and items I learned.
Customer are using both solutions.
This shows the main investment areas
Focus on this session is the bottom
SAP is investing in the products listed below
Web Intelligence for reporting; Crystal remains best option for pixel perfect reporting
Lumira: started transition of use cases to SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC)
Analysis for Office – core investment, for OLAP and planning use cases
The legal disclaimer applies – things in the future are subject to change:
What has changed – SAP is nearing end of beta program for BI4.3
200 customers + partners testing
Planning to release GA – end of Q2 in June
SP planned for end of year
Hybrid use case; I did not know that the live access for universes was package independent from BI4.3
It is “coming along” with BI4.3
New UI for the scheduler
Gives you ability to define business hours, and schedule only during business hours
Can schedule to multiple destinations
Scheduling cockpit; at a glance see a status of items scheduled
Can add a tile for SAC; configure it with your tenant’s URL
Customization options for the BI Launchpad to make things more user friendly
Notifications appear on the BI Launchpad
Updates to WebI on BI4.3 SAP BusinessObjects Mobile
Crystal Reports; an important product
Leverage new BI platform capabilities
Summary of enterprise readiness features
Continuously improve install, including silent install
Security – SAML 3.0, and latest standards
Not discussed during the webcast, but I do like the feature of checking for required disk space before the install
Credential mapping – you can create data source references with credentials
Create a new object called data source reference; will be a logical link to a database
For the users, for each reference, specify user and password to access logical database
New mode, credential mapping, create a mapping with the users
Not discussed, but interesting that BI4.3 covers Git support
New – workflow assistant, to help you script and automate a series of actions
Leverage default templates/tasks, such as a login, change source, create a workflow of different actions to be executed
Create your own templates
New types of connectivity – connect BW based on HTTP
SAP HANA hierarchy support, http based connection
Smart refresh for http
New native data sources to Google BigQuery, Snowflake, big data providers, etc.
Products shipped with BI4.3 and some that are not shipped due to end of life of Flash
Question & Answer (a subset)
Q: Is there an update for BI4.3 Mobile client for iOS and Android?
Q: SAC does not offer all features of BusinessObjects Explorer; what do we tell our end users?
A: SAC team is working on closing major gaps by end of year
Q: Are there updates for Lumira Designer in 4.3?
A: Lumira is an added and will have a compatible update after 4.3; likely will be called 2.4
Q: Browser support for BI4.3?
A: Look at Product Availability Matrix
In general support all the popular browser
Q: Will SQL Server 2019 be supported as a data source in IDT?
A: If not in the GA release, will be in an SP after
Q: In a hybrid environment with live universe connection will the WebI report and its associated data be stored in the cloud or the BI Platform?
A: Neither; every time you refresh a story in SAC there will be a query/cache; WebI report is created on the fly
no data is moving from network to SAC
Q: Is Open Document still provided in 4.3?
Q: Can we use the tiles on the BI Launchpad as smart tiles to display KPI values like standalone Fiori?
A: No, SAP knows this is a popular request
Q: Universe support
A: Both UNX and UNV will continue to be supported; both UDT and IDT will be available