What is New with Web Intelligence BI4.1 – Part 4 with Question & Answer
Part 1 is here. Part 2 covers core capabilities
Part 3 covers data source enhancements
Gregory Botticchio and Sylvain Riboud provided this ASUG webcast
The usual legal disclaimer applies that planned improvements are subject to change.
Part 4 covers from Desktop Intelligence to Web Intelligence, stability improvements and some question & answer.
Core Capabilities Enhancements
Data Source Support Enhancements
Desktop Intelligence to Web Intelligence
Gregory said Desktop Intelligence is not back.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
On the left of Figure 1 shows the current Desktop Intelligence features missing in Web Intelligence and reflects the current state of planning.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Pack (DCP) will provide a way to move content into BI4.1 CMC using the Upgrade Management Tool 4.1
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Figure 3 reviews how the DCP will work.
Web Intelligence Stability Improvements
First objective was to provide quality, Gregory said.
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Figure 4 shows the forward fit content plan for BI4.1
SAP worked on improving the quality.
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Ramp up is planned for May. During the ramp-up SP1 will be delivered. Figure 5 is subject to change.
Question & Answer
Q: So does it mean any C# API we have now in XI 3.1 works in RESTFul?
A: RESTful Web services API provided by WebI in 4.1 can be used from any languages compatible with web services. This includes C# or other language. However those APIs are new and doesn’t correspond to the previous one which were limited to WebI on unv.‑
Q: some properties of a DP based on BW queries are not available in XI 3.1 SDK. Is this fixed in BI 4.1?
A: Info available in new restful API info re: data providers – need more specifics‑
Q: Can we hide the webi application toolbar altogether through customization ?
A: Yes, you can hide toolbars, status bar and many other parts of the GUI.‑
Q: is Windows 7 OS a supported platform for Webi 4.1 ?
A: Windows 7 SP1 will be supported for BI 4.1.‑
Q: can we still edit the SQL in Webi manually, when required ?
A: Yes, this is still possible‑
Q: Does 100 rows per page limit still exist?
A: configuration inside CMC per page – yes still exists but can configure‑
Q: What is the GA for Webi 4.1?
A: Planned ramp up for 4.1 is May and then GA depends if SAP meets their ramp-up targets.‑
Q: Is MDX being used for HANA?
A: To access HANA, WebI 4.1 will use an authored relational universe (UNX). Accessing Hana through OLAP universe is planned for a future release.‑
Q: At Q&A – please recommend upgrade path from XI 3.1 (SP5) — is it a new install and migration? or upgrade in place?
A: You have a choice to do a migration/upgrade in place‑
Q: Will Free-Hand SQL be available even for BW DataProviders?
A: No, it won’t. WebI can access BW through OLAP UNV (BAPI access) or BICS. None are SQL.‑
Q: Is IE9 supported?
A: Yes, BI 4.1 will support IE9‑
Q: Does Webi 4.1 support Java 7?
A: BI4.1 supports Java 7‑
Our thanks to SAP for this webcast.
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