Getting the most value out of your SAP BusinessObjects data #askSAP Summary
This was the last askSAP call of the year, held last week. Below is a small recap along with question and answer, which I always find interesting.
The webcast kicked off with several poll questions.
Results from first poll are shown above; most are business analysts who attended
A bridge between these platforms
Search for content
Inside SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) or outside SAC
Can use non SAP content
Request authorization to content
Tags and search on a mobile device is in Q4
The results of 3rd poll; the last 2 responses are concerning
Summary of the options
Overview of the architecture for SAP Analytics Cloud, built on SAP Business Technology Platform, powered by SAP HANA
Conversational analytics by asking questions
SAC has simple reporting now
Released bursting in SAC
SAC automates as much as possible with machine learning
In 2021, delivered features above in SAP Analytics Cloud
I wrote about PCE before; please see this blog for more information.
Question & Answer
Q: How long will BO PCE be supported?
A: Not planning to deliver another on premise version after 4.3, supported through 2027, and after that support PCE
How long PCE is supported after 2027 depends on the adoption
Q: What is 4.3 SP2 is releasing?
A: Any coming day – starting tomorrow; official Wednesday
According to Gregory BOTTICCHIO it is available now: https://blogs.sap.com/2021/12/10/sap-businessobjects-bi-4.3-sp2-is-now-available/
Will update PCE to SP – will be done in a couple of months from now
Q: Where can I find information on the reporting capabilities and the SAC Road map?
A: Road map explorer at roadmaps.sap.com
Link to Roadmap Explorer – View upcoming SAP Analytics Cloud features
Q: Is Crystal Reports part of the BOE Private Cloud Edition (PCE)?
A: Crystal for Enterprise, Lumira, client tools, design tools are part of PCE
Announcing intention to stop delivering some client tools at end of 2027
Q: Any improvements in BI4.3 SP2 to support the hybrid option more functionalities supported with the live connective)?
A: Not on the live connection itself
Live connector is an independent module
Christian’s blog: https://blogs.sap.com/2021/12/08/sap-bi-4.3-sp2-whats-new-in-web-intelligence-and-semantic-layer/
Venkat’s blog: https://blogs.sap.com/2021/12/10/sap-businessobjects-bi-4.3-sp02-whats-new/
Q: What is the road map for SAP BI Mobile? For a BusinessObjects customer that started to use WebI. Should we even consider SAP Mobile BI as a business tool going forward?
A: BI Mobile is part of Enterprise solution and part of PCE
Q: When will analytics cloud support live connection to SuccessFactors and Concur?
A: Google SF and SAC – complete in Q1/2022 (subject to change)
Concur -in the plans, no definite timeframe
Q: Is Reporting in SAC different than what I can do in SAP BusinessObjects?
A: Depends on use cases
Will not try to replicate on prem in SAC – would take too long, and BusinessObjects tools are still here
Q: What version of SAP BusinessObjects platform do I have to be on to work with WebI models?
A: 4.2 SP7
Q: Can I use live data connectivity with universes?
Q: Will there be any migration options from SAP BusinessObjects to SAC? For WebI or even Lumira Analytics Designer?
A: No, because not delivering all the features
Working on accelerators, working with partners
Browse Webi reports, create a shell, and some components – a work in progress
Link to the webcast slides is here.
Link to watch the replay is here
I almost forgot to include the SAP Legal disclaimer slide:
Everything in the future is subject to change.
Thanks to the speakers above Eric FENOLLOSA Katryn Cheng Nick Verhoeven and Heather Hill