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Author's profile photo Niranjan Deshpande

SAP BusinessObjects is Not Dead

SAP recently announced GA for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3(SAP BI 4.3). This has end to the speculation that SAP is making BusinessObjects redundant. On the contrary SAP announced SAP BI 4.3 and this is supported till 2027.There are lot of new features and functionalities which are introduced by SAP as part of SAP BI 4.3  and this release is actually compliment with SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC).

Key Takeway of this release

  • Hybrid
    • Access on premise data via Universe
    • Reuse existing  Web Intelligence document as data source
    • Consume Crystal Reports Calculations into SAC
    • On board existing on premise user to using API
    • Publish BI  content into Analytics Hub from CMC /LaunchPad
  • Redesigned  User Interface
    • New Fiorified BI LaunchPad – its compatible with existing content and authorization
  • Scheduling and Notification
    • Schedule reports to multiple destinations
    • Failed instance to be rerun and how many times
    • Schedule report multiple time during business hour window
  • Platform Level Changes
    • Installation Enhancements – Support for Tomcat 9 ,SAP JVM and pre-requisites check for disk space
    • Security Enhancement –Support for SAML 3.0 and multiple set of DB credentials
    • Admin Tools –Enhanced security for Admin Studio, improvement in promotion management and workflow assistant to perform routine admin task
    • Improvement in Audit functionality-  Included Authentication type,Failed Logins,#  named user and concurrent user sessions at Landscape level inAudit log
  • Semantic Layer
    • Data source reference for multiple database credentials
    • Access to SAP BW connection based on HTTP for SAP BW Info Providers and other Info Provider Types
    • Access to SAP HANA HTTP Access (INA-based)
    • Support for  new  Data Sources – Google BigQuery ,IBM DB2 Warehouse,Denodo,Snowflake,BigData: Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR
  • Web Intelligence Improvements
    • One Webi  client for web and desktop
    • Parity with Web Intelligence Java Applet and Web Intelligence Rich Client 4.2 SP07
    • HTML5 (no Java), touch ready
    • Reading window to view ,refresh and schedule reports
  • Crystal Reports Enhancements
    • Page based XLSX exporting which has overcome limitation of 65000 rows
    • Row and Column headers are now frozen, use scroll bar to navigate and compare report contents. . This is Similar to Excel & its helpful for long or wide reports
  • Application not supported with SAP BI 4.3  : BOBJ EXPLORER,DASHBOARDS (Xcelsius),BI Widgets,Lumira 1.x,Design studio
  • Application Supported with SAP BI 4.3 : Lumira Dics 2.x,Lumra Designer 2.x ,WebI Java Applet Viewer ,UDT/IDT,Live Office,Analysis Office ,Crystal Reports
  • Licensing
    • Its named user ,concurrent session based , CPU based as well as subscription based
    • SAP offers a conversion program called the Cloud Extension Policy to allow for a partial termination of on-premise maintenance when replaced with a new cloud contract.
    • However the Final call on agreement is between SAP AE and customer
  • Customer who are on XI 3.1/4.1 should migrate to SAP BI 4.3 immediately and leverage the benefits


As per SAP Roadmap customer should start their journey with SAP BI 4.3 as well as SAC.  Every customer will have its own priorities however everyone is moving towards Cloud these days. So while upgrading to BI to 4.3, customer should start focusing on SAP Analytics cloud and build new use case  in SAC. They can also consume data from existing universe as well as use  existing Webi Report as data model in SAC. Moving towards SAC does not need any additional investment initially. They can work with SAP and convert the unused license into SAC license .

Customers can also leverage use cases in a hybrid  landscape. To begin with they can use data discovery in SAP Analytics Cloud and  operational reporting using Webi/Crystal. With Live connection to on premise data sources will allow customers  to use  existing data, queries, and security without moving the data to the cloud.

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      Author's profile photo Srinivas Perumandla
      Srinivas Perumandla

      Hi Niranjan,

      Good to see summarized points about 4.3

      In the ending of the blog : " Moving towards SAC does not need any additional investment initially.  They can work with SAP and convert the unused license into SAC license ."

      For example , if we have 10000 named users license  and if we use 6K licences, do you mean that we can request for SAC licenses for the remaining  unused 4K licenses ?




      Author's profile photo Niranjan Deshpande
      Niranjan Deshpande
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Srinivas


      Thats correct. You can trade off the unused licenses with SAC. However the exact $ savings will be determined by having discussion of SAP AE with Customer representative



      Author's profile photo Venkateswara Y Guptha
      Venkateswara Y Guptha

      This wonderful summary, here is my blog on the same SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 : What’s New

      With more details on each feature, and also links to all important blogs of BI 4.3.


      Regards, Venkat.


      Author's profile photo Niranjan Deshpande
      Niranjan Deshpande
      Blog Post Author

      Venkat Really good insights in your blog