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SAP Analytics Business Intelligence Statement of Direction – April 2023 update

The SAP Analytics Business Intelligence Statement of Direction provides guidance to our SAP BusinessObjects customers on the product directions of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BusinessObjects solutions. We published a new version this month with some important updates which can be found here.

SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s strategic analytics & planning offering and is changing the way our customers run their business, by allowing them to analyze their data in context and to make better and faster decisions. The integration of BI, planning and predictive in one native cloud solution allows to move from insight to action, brings analytics closer to the point of decision, and provides trusted insights from customers’ most valuable data.

SAP Analytics Cloud’s vision is to provide trustworthy analytics consumable by any user from any context. Our superior knowledge of customer data and integration with core business processes will allow customers to deploy analytics faster and to solve their most important business problems. At a high level, we have three main investments areas: Enterprise Analytics, One solution for BI, Planning and Predictive, and SAP Integration.

SAP BusinessObjects BI

We don’t want to leave any customer behind, and thousands of you trust SAP BusinessObjects BI suite to reliably manage enterprise reporting use cases at scale. Proud of this heritage, we are committed to support every customer, and with version 2025, your investments are safe beyond 2030.

Plan your upgrade to BI 4.3

Version 4.2 will reach end of priority one support at the end of 2024.

As many did already, we strongly recommend all customers to upgrade to version 4.3 to benefit from the latest features, up-to-date platforms, connectivity and security standards, and to enjoy a modern user experience for the BI Launchpad and Web Intelligence.

Maximize your value with BI 2025

We plan to release the first version of SAP BusinessObjects BI 2025 in Q4 2024, followed by Support Packages every year. As per our standard maintenance policy, it will be supported until at least end of 2029 for mainstream maintenance, and 2031 for priority 1 support. To maximize the value for our customers, we will focus ongoing investments on the most-widely adopted SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions: SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, single source .unx universes, SAP Crystal Reports, SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office and the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform.

We will continue to enhance SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence’s visualizations, interactivity, dashboarding, data manipulation and ad hoc query capabilities. We will enhance SAP Crystal Reports and add the support for .unx universes in order to ease the migration from Crystal Reports for Enterprise. We will simplify version upgrades for SAP BusinessObjects BI platform and improve the BI Launchpad.

We will provide alternatives

We plan to remove SAP Lumira, SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise, SAP BusinessObjects Universe Design Tool and .unv universes, multi-source universes and associated connectivity, SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for OLAP, SAP BusinessObjects Live Office and SAP BusinessObjects Mobile from SAP BusinessObjects BI 2025, and we are recommending alternatives for unsupported use cases.

We plan to stop supporting AIX and Solaris after version 4.3 and will focus on Windows and Linux.

Want to learn more?

Enjoy right now the full SAP Analytics Business Intelligence Statement of Direction.

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