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#askSAP Analytics Innovations Q3 2021 Community Call:  SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 SP02 + Options on the Journey to SAP Analytics Cloud Summary

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This webcast was held last week and hosted and moderated by Timo Elliott

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Attendee webcast survey results are shown above.


Agility top reason to move analytics to the cloud

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4 trends – business visibility – sensors; falling cost of sensors allows more visibility; cloud allows for more flexibility

Information needs to be used by someone; getting it to front line workers

Business Models – use it to transform business; data is key

People enablement – people can use, and let business people do as much as possible, such as with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud

Where the webcast attendees are at with BusinessObjects

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Recap what BI4.3 is about

SAP continues to invest in on premise BI

Above shows the timeline

Entering phase to deliver SP every year

3 focus areas are above

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Themes for BI4.3 SP2

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Shared elements were in BI4.2

In 4.3 SP2 will provide an easier access to shared elements, access to them

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Moving to a unified query panel

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Overwrite icons that show property changes at a document level

Object tooltip – what was initial/new

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Toggle added to the query panel

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Huge effort on variables

More space to show formulas

Color coding (e.g. comments are in green)

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New feature called hidden reports

When design report, can hide the report as it may not be ready yet or make it conditional

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Auto refresh – change reports every 10 minutes

Choose to switch different reports to display

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More features, including a date/time picker

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Before called QwaaS

From a query, choose an Odata web service, which will create a URL for you

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Create a web service, to export data from Web Intelligence document

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Word of caution on this one; may not make SP2

Consume the results of a web service

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Google drive is a new data source repository

Offering the possibility to select Google Drive as a source for Web Intelligence

Screen shots show the sequence

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Looking ahead, plan a SP every year

Plans – not a commitment but an intention

Forward looking

Continue to improve user experience

Support more cloud storage providers

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Important messages communicated before

Over 1K customers live with BI4.3

No other versions of Lumira are planned

Investments in Web Intelligence and Platform

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BI4.3 is the last version available for on-premise; SP05 is last SP

For those moving to Private Cloud Edition will have a longer lifespan beyond 2027

Audience survey:

The rest of the webcast covered SAP BusinessObjects PCE which I wrote about already here


Subset of Q&A:

Q: Connections about SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, Big Query, Snowflake

A: See page 26 of BI4.3 Cloud

Q: When will SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) replace BusinessObjects?

A: SAP Analytics Cloud is a newer solution – can I extend BusinessObjects with SAC

SAC is modern

SAP said they would post all the Q&A this week.







Source: SAP


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