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Extending the SAP BusinessObjects Landscape to The Cloud Webcast Summary

Agenda summary is below

-SAP BI Portfolio key solutions
– SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3
– New BI Launch Pad – Applications
– New BI 4.3 Web Intelligence Client
– Web Intelligence data model in SAP Analytics Cloud
– Live connections to SAP universes
– Crystal reports calculations in SAP Analytics Cloud
– Extend Analytics vision
– On premise maintenance with a new cloud contract

This is another interesting ASUG webcast last week with Eric FENOLLOSA

Thanks to Ingo Hilgefort for setting this up

Figure 1 Source SAP

Figure 2 Source SAP
2 major solutions in BI portfolio

Majority of customers are using BusinessObjects

Solutions are complementary

Figure 3 Source SAP
One level down from Figure 2

SAC – one solution, several use cases

Bottom, main client is Web Intelligence; invested a lot in Web Intelligence
For self service use cases, SAP recommends SAC

Figure 4 Source SAP
BI4.3 – next release, coming in about a month, will be GA (June)
Look at timeline of the bottom of the slide

Figure 5 Source SAP
New user experience in BI4.3 starting with the BI Launchpad, tiles
One entry point with a tile to SAC

Figure 6 Source SAP
Light menu bar, contextual, what you see at design time, fully html5

Figure 7 Source SAP
What is new is Web Intelligence data models
Reuse data models from one document to another

Figure 8 Source SAP

Reuse data models from one document to another

Figure 9 Source SAP

Power users, advanced users, create queries, merge queries, etc.

Casual users will design and distribute reports; build report based on data model

Synchronization mechanism; a master document

Figure 10 Source SAP
Hybrid part of the webcast
Live data access component
SAC and BusinessObjects; build models in SAC mapped on a universe
Only metadata is exchanged between client and the cloud
WebI report is created behind the scenes; data stays on premise
BI4.3 will have version 3 of the connector

Figure 11 Source SAP
Able to query data from WebI document in SAC; can build a story based on WebI assets

Figure 12 Source SAP
Live connect is separate from BusinessObjects road map; updated quarterly
Simplify the deployment of the driver
Improving universe features
Q2 – smart insights (language generation) – today it doesn’t work on live universes

Figure 13 Source SAP
OData Connector will allow you to acquire content from Crystal Reports calculation – this is not live
If build a report in Crystal and leverage intelligence of report, you can acquire it in SAC

Figure 14 Source SAP
Overview of extend analytics
Both solutions have use cases and products
Create hybrid features to leverage investments
Move use cases to the SAC, including self service BI and Application Design

Figure 15 Source SAP
SAC can access live data from universes, BW, etc
With 4.3 live access to WebI and connectivity to Crystal Reports

SAC has stores, apps, reports, SAP knows 3rd party tools, and SAP offers Analytics Hub as a federation point

Figure 16 Source SAP
See the different use cases
Analytics Hub is the entry point
Analysis Office available in cloud/and on premise
Know that they have a gap for operational reporting in the cloud
Working on that

Figure 17 Source SAP
Coming soon; preview, SAP is targeting to release this in Q4
Left is design time experience; introduce new notions such as a page header, widgets inside of story
Left shows a table in a story
Middle shows the consuming experience; user has experience of navigating pages
Schedule report

Figure 18 Source: SAP
Cloud extension policy; contact your SAP Account Executive
Lower maintenance fees and move savings to cloud subscription
2 ways to decrease maintenance fees; new license with less tools
WebI license – if you use only WebI, renegotiate contract

Question & Answer
Q: Crystal connector – Crystal Classic or Crystal for Enterprise?
A: Both, uses BIP connector

Q: See general direction, waiting for smart features in live connections
A: Key values of SAC are the augmented features
Starting to enable smart features


What do you think of operational reporting moving to the cloud?

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