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SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.2 – What’s new? Why do you need to upgrade?

Dec 1, 2016

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Let’s start with a few questions-

  • Are you a long time SAP BusinessObjects Customer?
  • When did you last upgrade your SAP BusinessObjects Landscape?
  • What tools do you use in your BI stack today?
  • Would you like to utilize toolsets like Design Studio and Lumira, if you are not doing so already?
  • What are your current pain points in your BusinessObjects landscape?
  • Are you looking to migrate to the latest version – i.e. SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.2 – now?

SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.2 delivers enhanced features and capabilities that address several challenges in the platform.

SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.2 – What’s new? Why do you need to upgrade?

Let’s take a look at some of the key new features available in SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.2:

CategoryFeatureBusiness Case

Session Management
We have an enhanced session management capability where you can keep track of sessions and terminate sessions when they become stale.
BI Administrator’s CockpitAll-in-one tool for monitoring schedules, user activity & content consumption. You can build your own queries to capture the metrics using query builder or custom SDK without administrator’s help.
EnhancementsBI on BIOne of the most sought after features by BI administrators is available now in CMC. Check out the sample reports available in BI on BI folder to learn more
Server Group ExclusivityThis feature helps Administrators to allocate system resources effectively
BI CommentaryThis feature empowers business users to collaborate and exchange comments on a particular report
Recycle BinGood old legacy BO feature that helps recovery of accidentally deleted content
Phase-wise update installation – GUI & CLI modeReduced system downtime and optimized installation duration
Bundled Tomcat 8.0 application serverProvides the opportunity to utilize the single, common resources implementation that replaces multiple resource extension features provided in earlier versions
InstallationDeploying Web Application Contents – now or laterThis helps us plan deployment – either sequentially as on when required or everything at once
SAP HANA Database using ODBC as CMS and Audit DatabaseWe can configure the ODBC for SAP HANA during the BI Platform installation itself rather than post installation & reconfiguration as in older versions
Promotion Management EnhancementsPromotion Management Enhancements (Multi Job Server Support, Overrides storage in CMS DB) – If you have a very large BI deployment with promotions happening multiple times in a day, this feature would deliver enhanced management & performance.
Promotion Management & Upgrade management ToolClustered Version Management Server SupportThis delivers stability along with the enhanced failover capability
Selective retrieval of objects from an LCMBIAR fileThis provides flexibility on selecting BI content from the complete set of BIAR file. This enables fewer number of BIAR files to be created for the backup purposes
UMT enhancementAD group auto mappingYou don’t need to reconfigure AD configuration post content migration from your BO 3.x environments

If you would like to go beyond the above platform-related enhancements and assess one or more of the following, feel free to reach out to us at solutions@visualbi.com. or

  • Specific capabilities related to Data Connectivity, Self Service & Mobile BI enablement
  • Tool related improvements for Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, SAP Lumira, SAP Design Studio, Analysis For Office, etc
  • Migration readiness & ROI
  • … and more

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