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SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3: What’s New in the BI Platform #ASUG Webcast Recap, Q&A

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This was an ASUG webcast earlier this month given by Maheshwar Singh

Special thanks to Ingo Hilgefort for setting up this webcast for ASUG.

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Need new license keys for BI4.3

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SAP has released SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 in general availability. With the new release of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3, SAP supports customers with on-premise needs while enabling cloud interoperability, further enabling organizations to manage all types of analytics across their business. As per our commitment to our on-premise customers, the maintenance will be extended to at least 2027. Source: SAP

 

Beta this year; SAP thanks beta partners/customers

Tentatively BI4.3 SP1 is planned for this year

Incremental SP’s for 4.3 release

 

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Hybrid – SAC live connectivity

SSO

Did implement top enhancements voted at influence.sap.com

 

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Hybrid topics

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SAC is an application in BI platform

Link is to the trial tenant

If you are already a customer, you can change it already to the tenant you have

 

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This was formerly known as Live Data Access 3.0 for Universes (compatible with BI4.3 release)

Introduced in BI4.2

Improvements in deployment

 

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New functionality introduced in BI4.3

Leverage existing CR report as a source in SAC

Use Crystal as a source for SAC

Data has to be acquired

 

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In 4.2 and earlier, either the admin or the user had to create empty asset, enter opendoc name

It was a time consuming process

 

Automated in 4.3:

  1. Select and identify BI platform content to be pushed to automatically appear as Analytics Hub content (need to assign to a category)
  2. Remain synchronized and up to date

With BusinessObjects BI 4.3 you can now:

  1. Push content to automatically appear as Analytics Hub content from central management console or the BI Launch Pad Update and synchronize content

  2. Supports SAML configuration (source: SAP)

 

User Experience

 

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Original classic BI Launchpad is no longer shipped with BI 4.3

All content, authorizations, are there – there is no update – it works

 

Scheduling and Publication enhancements

 

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Source: https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/15/sap-bi-4.3-whats-new-in-web-intelligence-and-semantic-layer/

One application section – tiles, governed by security

Preference page with options

 

Appearance has out of the box themes

If you want to create a corporate standing, see skinning/theming – introduced Theme Designer tool (BI4.2 SP7) – updated in BI4.3

 

 

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Was in earlier release; enhanced in 4.3; a dropdown

Source: https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/30/sap-businessobjects-bi-4.3-whats-new/

 

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Changed user experience

Notification introduced in 4.3

Recurrence – new option, business hours – decide day, interval for schedule

 

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Enhanced with UI experience

It has an additional summary tab

 

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Updated user experience – can’t customize home page

 

Old workspace in 4.2 and earlier can be edited – some modules not supported, will show empty space

 

Enterprise Readiness

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Many wanted silent installer enhanced

 

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Had not been used extensively

In 4.3, enhanced – user can have multiple credentials – multiple user name password combinations

Security Enhancements include Support for SAML 3.0, simplified SAML configuration and setup, and enhanced credential mapping, supported by: OLAP, Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports 2020, Crystal Reports for Enterprise (source: SAP)

 

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Several enhancements, consolidation

New studio

Integrates BI admin cockpit with monitor app with visual difference into 1 tool

 

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Now use JDBC connectors

Removed Derby database as part of the monitoring experience

Connect to audit database to store

 

Version management – remove ClearCase support; introduced support for Git, Local and HTTP mode

 

Promotion management – rollback support for promotion management job in the command line tool

 

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4.2 SP5 – admin console, separate URL – customers complained, so in 4.3, removed BI admin console, integrated as an application in CMC

 

Enhanced workflow assistant

 

Updated templates

 

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Auditing enhanced to capture additional information

 

Integration between auditing and monitoring – e.g. who turned off auditing

 

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Connections can be based on http, Bex queries are not required

 

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New native data sources, with Snowflake being highly requested

 

Client Updates

 

 

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Client: Crystal Reports 2020 Designer (CR2020) 64 bit for client & server

Crystal Reports for Enterprise Designer (CR4E) – client 64 bit

Crystal Reports Viewer 2020

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One client for web and desktop

 

Parity with Web Intelligence Java Applet and Web Intelligence Rich Client 4.2 SP07 HTML5 (no Java), touch ready, Fiori like Light Dashboards

 

 

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OUT :

BOBJ EXPLORER

DASHBOARDS (Xcelsius)

BI Widgets

Lumira 1.x

Design studio

 

IN:

Lumira Discovery 2.x

Lumira Designer 2.x

Webi Rich Client

UDT/IDT

Live Office

Analysis Office

Crystal Reports

 

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For Cloud Extension Policy, customers can contact their SAP Account Executive.

 

Sources: https://blogs.sap.com/2019/08/29/sap-businessobjects-explorer-and-sap-businessobjects-xcelsius-end-of-life.-considerations-as-your-plan-next-steps-using-sap-analytics-cloud/

 

https://blogs.sap.com/2019/09/02/journey-to-the-cloud-for-sap-businessobjects-explorer-and-sap-businessobjects-dashboardaka-xcelsius-customers/

 

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DeskI – convert in 4.2 and move to 4.3

 

Link: https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/30/sap-businessobjects-bi-4.3-whats-new/

 

Q&A:

Can you now schedule a webi and then use the latest instance in a publication using dynamic recipients to use the latest instance so that the publication performance is approved by not having to refresh the source webi?

please see this blog which has a link to scheduling https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/15/sap-bi-4.3-whats-new-in-web-intelligence-and-semantic-layer/

Is there a limit of concurrent session numbers per BOBJ user ?

Hopefully the answer can be found in this blog from SAP: https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/30/sap-businessobjects-bi-4.3-whats-new/

Is it possible to add trending lines in charts in this 4.3 version?

Yes

For hybrid user management, do we need to purchase the SCP IPS, or is it included with SAC license ?

Check with your AE

So in Webi, can I add a trending line in 4.3?

yes

Will there be a 4.4?

TBD

is there an administrative setting that could still allow classic BI launchpad as an option?

No

How can you display a visualization in the default launchpad if BI workspaces can no longer be used as home page? Are we resigned to view a grid of tiles? And these tiles are not intelligent, we are not able to add a KPI to them?

Settings, select document open by default

Is Microsoft Sharepoint or Onedrive included as new datasources?

no

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What do you think? Have you downloaded BI4.3?  What are your impressions?

Thanks again to Maheshwar and Ingo for this session

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