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Updates from SAP BusinessObjects BI4.3 Webcast

This was a recent webcast.  Thanks to Eric FENOLLOSA for presenting, and thanks to Ingo Hilgefort for arranging.

 

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I will try to not repeat what has already been shown before, but offer highlights and items I learned.

Customer are using both solutions.

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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

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The legal disclaimer applies – things in the future are subject to change:

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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

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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

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New UI for the scheduler

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Gives you ability to define business hours, and schedule only during business hours

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Can schedule to multiple destinations

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Scheduling cockpit; at a glance see a status of items scheduled

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Can add a tile for SAC; configure it with your tenant’s URL

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Customization options for the BI Launchpad to make things more user friendly

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Notifications appear on the BI Launchpad

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Updates to WebI on BI4.3 SAP BusinessObjects Mobile

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Crystal Reports; an important product

64bit

Leverage new BI platform capabilities

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Summary of enterprise readiness features

Continuously improve install, including silent install

Security – SAML 3.0, and latest standards

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Not discussed during the webcast, but I do like the feature of checking for required disk space before the install

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Credential mapping – you can create data source references with credentials

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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

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New mode, credential mapping, create a mapping with the users

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Not discussed, but interesting that BI4.3 covers Git support

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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

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New types of connectivity – connect BW based on HTTP

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SAP HANA hierarchy support, http based connection

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Smart refresh for http

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New native data sources to Google BigQuery, Snowflake, big data providers, etc.

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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?

A: yes

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?

A: Yes

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

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  • Hi Tammy – Do you know if the Crystal Reports (not enterprise) selection screens will ever be overhauled?  Our users loathe having to click ok for all parameters that are not defaulted when connecting to BW , then clicking execute.

    Thanks!

    Matt

    • Hi Matt – I recommend asking this as a question at answers.sap.com – I hope SAP will reply, because I do not know…thank you for reading and commenting