SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform - What's New in Feature Pack 3


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SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform - What's New in Feature Pack 3

  1. 1. SAP BusinessObjects BI PlatformWhats New in Feature Pack 3Blair WheadonDirector of Solution ManagementTwitter: @BlairTWheadon
  2. 2. BI 4.0 Feature Pack 3 Is Here SUB POINT SAP APPLICATION MOBILE INTEGRATION BI 4.0 Feature Pack 3 BIG DATA Methods and Templates Ad-hoc Teams SOCIAL Structure to Teamwork RICHER INSIGHT©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 5
  3. 3. MobileImproved BI mobile solutions SAP BusinessObjects Mobile BI provides mobile workers direct access to critical reports and metrics using their mobile device of choice Value Mobilize targeted BI content Ÿ  Integration with Sybase Unwired Platform and Ÿ  Optimize existing investment by Sybase Afaria consuming more BI documents on Ÿ  Improved Web Intelligence support mobile devices without modifications n  Drill, filters, sections, input controls Ÿ  Annotations, geo analysis, StreamWork integration Ÿ  Support of Crystal Reports content Ÿ  Extended Security features Mobile self-service BI Ÿ  Exploration Views n  Multiple visualizations in one view Ÿ  Dual-dimension charts Ÿ  Search improvements n  Suggestions, relevancy, explanation of results Ÿ  In-app tutorial©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 6
  4. 4. Big DataHigh Performance Analytics on Petabyte Scale Data Uncover more data value and improve overall business velocity Value Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Consume data in the modern, Ÿ  Hadoop Support distributed, in-memory formats n  Access Hadoop Hive in Universes required to handle big data. n  Support single and multisource Universes n  Join with other data sources Ÿ  Apply existing BI knowledge and solutions to new big data realities. n  Supported by Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, Dashboards, Explorer Ÿ  Deeper SAP HANA Support n  Access Analytic and Calculation Views from SAP Crystal Reports and Analysis for OLAP n  Use SAP HANA as a repository and audit database n  Single signon support with Kerberos©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 7
  5. 5. Delivering Richer InsightSAP BusinessObjects Explorer Provide all users with a simple and intuitive experience for immediate, interactive access to information to answer common business questions on the fly Value Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Empower casual users to experience self- Ÿ  Casual users create their own serve data discovery on the web or on compositions of multiple Explorer device visualizations (Exploration Views) Ÿ  Improve adoption with intuitive behavior for date, time, and geographical Ÿ  Exploration views support iOS dimensions Ÿ  Time and geography awareness – new semantic types for these dimensions Ÿ  Add 2nd nested dimension to analyses – ie chart by geo > product Ÿ  Natural visualization and navigation for time and geo dimensions Ÿ  Improved search – auto-correction and ‘did you mean’ feature Ÿ  Support for Hadoop©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 8
  6. 6. Integrating Social Collaboration with BISAP StreamWork SAP StreamWork brings together people, information, and business methods to drive fast, meaningful results Value Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Make better decisions by combining Ÿ  Send BI documents to a SAP social collaboration with BI StreamWork activity to collaborate Ÿ  Add value to BI documents by with colleagues augmenting them with social insights Ÿ  Link from SAP StreamWork to BI documents Ÿ  Schedule BI documents to send to SAP StreamWork Ÿ  Follow and collaborate on BI documents within BI launch pad Ÿ  Stay up-to-date with SAP StreamWork feed in BI Workspaces Ÿ  Integrate StreamWork access with the Mobile BI solution©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 9
  7. 7. Deeper SAP Applications IntegrationImproved hierarchy support and access to SAP applications SAP BusinessObjects BI provides the most complete BI solution for SAP applications Value Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Enable operational reporting off SAP ERP, Ÿ  Unified client access to SAP NetWeaver and combining SAP ERP with other data BW using BICS with multi source Universe n  Hierarchical support in Dashboards Ÿ  Reduce TCO and complexity with n  Level based member selector support in Crystal consistent SAP NetWeaver BW access Reports, Web Intelligence, and Dashboards across all clients. n  Key figure scaling factor support in Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, and Dashboards Ÿ  Universe access to SAP ERP n  Support SAP ERP InfoSets, SAP queries, ABAP functions in single and multisource universes Ÿ  Improved Dashboards to BW integration n  Host Dashboards that access BEx queries on the BI platform Ÿ  Improved performance and scalability©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 10
  8. 8. Other improvement areas forSAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0
  9. 9. Convert Insight to ActionEnable Closed Loop Business Processes from BI to Transactions Invoke operational transactions in both SAP and non-SAP applications Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Supported by SAP Crystal Reports and SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Ÿ  Requires SAP BW to define an action Ÿ  Supported actions n  Generic web addresses like Google maps n  BEx and BW web applications n  Crystal Reports and Dashboards Web Services SAP Applications n  Transactions BI Documents n  ABAP reports n  BW and Infoset queries Ÿ  Can be parameterized©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 12
  10. 10. Semantic LayerAccess more data, big data, easier to extend and embed Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Broader platform support n  Support SAP ERP InfoSets, SAP queries, ABAP functions in single and multisource universes n  Essbase 11 dimensional access via MDX n  Access to Oracle EBS and updates to the supported Sybase IQ analytical functions Ÿ  Big Data: Hana and Hadoop n  Support SQL access to SAP HANA 1.0 SP03 in single and multisource universes n  Support Apache Hadoop Hive n  Hadoop supported by Crystal Reports, Dashboards, Explorer and WebIntelligence Ÿ  Extensible n  Build security filters using custom user attributes n  Support for importing custom user attributes from external directory (geography, cost center) n  APIs to publish a universe to CMS, assign connections to UNX, update connection parameters, and create row restriction profiles©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 13
  11. 11. TCO ReductionsReduce IT support effort and cost Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Hot backup and restore n  Backup repository database and files while system running n  Restore from the hot backup Ÿ  Lifecycle management integrated into the central management console n  Granular rights for promoting objects n  Create recurring promotion jobs n  Version support for LCM job and content Ÿ  Integrated and improved monitoring n  Graphical view of BI deployment topology n  Improved problem reporting and root cause drilldown n  Trending data stored in audit database Ÿ  More readable logs n  Separate customer readable logs from traces for technical support©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 14
  12. 12. SearchMore complete and higher quality results Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Deeper indexing n  Crystal Reports for Enterprise n  BI workspaces n  Users and groups Ÿ  Enhanced multilingual support n  Documents returned regardless of locale they were created in Ÿ  Improved ranking and relevance n  Based on location and number of matches Ÿ  Flexible search syntax n  Support multiple parenthesis n  Improved handling of multiple search terms©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 15
  13. 13. DevelopersFaster to Develop, Easier to Redistribute Key New CapabilitiesŸ  OEM Partners can repackage the BI Suite n  Only redistribute the components requiredŸ  Support for product customizations n  Modify branding and theme of installer, BI launch pad, OpenDocument, BI workspace, and SAP Crystal Reports n  Changes persist after patch installationŸ  Reduced TCO for multi-tenant installs n  Delegated administration n  Tool to automate tenant provisioningŸ  New RESTful Web service API n  Supports BI platform and SAP Crystal ReportsŸ  New universe management APIŸ  New Explorer API n  URL parameter support for ExplorerŸ  Flex 4.0 support in Dashboards©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 16
  14. 14. SAP HANA SupportBroad and Deep BI Integration SAP BusinessObjects Key New Capabilities BI Solutions Other query tools Ÿ  Improved Analysis support SQL BICS SQL MDX n  Analysis, edition for OLAP can directly access SAP HANA analytic and calculation SAP HANA views SAP In-Memory Computing Studio Ÿ  Improved reporting and exploration support SAP In-Memory Database n  SAP WebIntelligence, Crystal Reports Enterprise, Dashboards, Explorer can Calculation and Planning Row & Column access HANA variables Engine Storage n  SAP Crystal Reports can directly access SAP HANA analytic and calculation views SAP Real-Time Data Ÿ  Faster deployment BusinessObjects Replication Data Services n  Use SAP HANA as a repository and audit database for the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform n  Single Sign-on support with Kerberos SAP Business SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Other data sources Suite©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 17
  15. 15. SAP Crystal Reportsfor reports Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Richer data access n  Restore direct connectivity for most popular data sources, leveraging connection server n  Access SAP ERP and Essbase via UNX n  Support SAP BW Scaling Factor n  SAP HANA analytic and calculation views n  Hadoop Hive via UNX Ÿ  Extensible with next-generation API n  JavaScript API n  Restful Web services API n  Odata support for data push Ÿ  More productive report designers n  Online library of report templates n  More powerful set data source location n  New charts: tree map, tag cloud, box plot Ÿ  Support Insight to Action framework n  Invoke RRI and other targets – requires SAP NetWeaver to configure©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 18
  16. 16. SAP BusinessObjects Dashboardsfor dashboards and visualizations Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Richer data access n  Hierarchically aware n  New tree view selector and hierarchical scorecard components n  BEx queries visible within design tool n  Consistent data access across BW and 3rd party OLAP servers n  Access SAP ERP InfoSets and ABAP functions via UNX n  Hadoop Hive via UNX Ÿ  More productive n  Waterfall chart n  Alerts in combination chart with multiple series Ÿ  Support Insight to Action framework n  Invoke RRI and other targets (requires SAP NetWeaver to configure) Ÿ  Faster n  Flash optimizations©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 19
  17. 17. SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligencefor interactive reporting Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Improved BW integration [Improved OLAP support] n  Hierarchies supported in more workflows – input, navigation, and display. n  Input controls with hierarchies n  Charts with hierarchical dimensions n  Drill up, drill down, expand, collapse on charts n  Support for BEx scaling factor n  Merge on attributes n  Filter out 0 values (equivalent to BEx zero suppression) n  Member selection by level on all OLAP sources n  Prompt on hierarchy Ÿ  Richer Data Access n  Hadoop Hive via UNX Ÿ  More productive n  Customizable document style (WebI CSS file) n  Waterfall chart n  Customizable document Save as *.txt export Ÿ  Faster n  Performance improvements on opendocument and interactive workflows n  Web Intelligence rich client in system tray©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 20
  18. 18. SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAPfor analysis of BW, HANA, and SQL Server cubes over the web Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Richer data access n  SAP HANA analytic and calculation views n  Support for Planning and Consolidation v7.5 & v10 n  Support for Extended Analytics v7.5 & v10 n  Support for Profitability and Cost Management v7.5 & v10 n  Performance improvements for SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and 2008 Ÿ  Improved BW integration n  Support BEx scaling factor n  Display attributes, compact axes, filter and pivot Ÿ  More productive n  Focused Analysis: Connects grid and chart while navigating, displaying all data in a crosstab while dynamically charting a subset©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 21
  19. 19. SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Officefor analysis of BW and HANA cubes in Microsoft Excel Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Currently generally available Ÿ  Richer data access n  Improved support for SAP HANA analytic and calculation views Ÿ  Closing the Gap with SAP BEx Analyzer n  Variable unmerge n  Copy and paste prompting values Ÿ  More productive n  Improved prompting, member selector n  Cell locking for planning scenarios©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 22
  20. 20. Integration Option for Microsoft SharePointBI launch pad for a Microsoft environment Key New Capabilities Ÿ  Integration option for Microsoft SharePoint replaces InfoView (.Net version) of prior releases Ÿ  Deeper platform integration n  Support SAP authentication for SSO n  Auditing of view actions n  Support SharePoint 2010 Ÿ  More productive n  Native SharePoint look-and-feel n  Enhanced search n  Display recently viewed and recently searched documents n  Multilingual support©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 23
  21. 21. Appendix #1Positioning of Dashboards and Explorer
  22. 22. Dashboard and VisualizationSAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Conventional designer–consumer metaphor Ÿ  Query panel, direct binding, prompt selector in the design experience Ÿ  Enterprise-level dashboards and applications Ÿ  Highly customizable (Flex SDK) Ÿ  Flexible deployment options Use case Ÿ  Ideal for monitoring KPIs and performance Ÿ  Alerting, scorecards and what-if analysis Ÿ  No data manipulation required Typical users (consumers) Ÿ  Executives and CxOs Ÿ  Managers©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 25
  23. 23. Search and ExplorationSAP BusinessObjects Explorer User driven data discovery Ÿ  Google keyword search meets BI Ÿ  Free-form navigation Ÿ  Automated best chart generation Ÿ  No need to know metadata Ÿ  Secure and trustworthy access Use case Ÿ  On-the-fly, intuitive data exploration Ÿ  Personalized information views Ÿ  Mobile enabled information access – online and offline Typical users Ÿ  Executives and CxOs Ÿ  Managers©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 26
  24. 24. Appendix #2Changing Maintenance Model and Terminology
  25. 25. Maintenance Model for BI 4.0Aligning with Standard SAP TerminologyXI 3.x BI 4.x BI 4.x Contents BI 4.x FrequencyTerm Equivalent Support Pack contents + •  Selected new features Every 12-18 months for 5 •  Selected new platforms yearsService (development and validation) Minor VersionPack •  Priority 3 or more complex No new minor version after customer corrections the final release in the 5th year •  New languages •  Complex internal corrections Patch contents + •  Priority 2 issues 0-4 years: every 3-4 months •  Internal correctionsFixPack Support Package •  New platforms (validation and 5-7 years: every 6 months minor corrections) •  Small enhancements Urgent customer correctionsLAFix Patch •  Priority 1 issues Every 3 weeks •  Top Priority 2 issues See this blog for more information.©  2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 28
  26. 26. Thank You!Blair WheadonDirector of Solution ManagementTwitter: @BlairTWheadon
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