Q&A on SAP BI 4.2: What’s Happening with SAP’s BI Products, and What Does It Mean for You?

May 04, 2016

It has been nearly two years since Jayne Landry, Global VP and GM of Business Intelligence at SAP, published the blog, Run Simple: Convergence of the SAP BusinessObjects BI Product Portfolio, detailing SAP’s strategy for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) and the Run Simple initiative, and what it means for SAP customers. With the recent version release of SAP BI 4.2, it’s the perfect time to revisit the BI product convergence topic with Jayne and other SAP BI product experts, examine the key tool and platform enhancements included with this new version, and understand how all of this affects you.

During a recent live Q&A session, Jayne, Ty Miller, Olivier Duvelleroy, and several other key product leaders from the BI product groups at SAP, including SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, SAP Lumira, SAP Design Studio, SAP Analysis for Office, and SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports, gathered to answer readers' questions on the road ahead for SAP’s BI products, how BI 4.2 can deliver on your needs, and any questions in light of Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. Questions were asked such as:

  • What advancements does BI 4.2 bring?
  • What are the Design Studio release cycle patterns and what are some of the key product enhancement topics?
  • We are running our business on BI 4.1 SP5 and planning to upgrade to 4.2 this year. Which service pack do you suggest we go with?
  • What changes will there be in Lumira with BI 4.2?
  • What are the most interesting Lumira capabilities that have been released recently, or will be released soon?

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harish madari

5/4/2016 10:47:08 AM

In L2, there is some information about Deprecated Data sources not supported anymore. Does this mean that we need to upgrade the datasource? and can we use/export DS datasets into lumira?

Adrian E

5/4/2016 6:41:11 AM

Is it true, that Lumira and Design Studio will be merged in one Tool in the roadmap? If yes when? Thanks a lot!

Alexey Lantsman

5/4/2016 3:59:58 AM

The latest roadmap for some Design Studio clearly says that SAP recommends to deploy Design Studio dashboards on BI platform. Is BI platform also recommended as a primary platform to host all Design Studio developments connected directly on S/4 HANA system? How does it fit to the SAP Enterprise portal strategy? How good is the integration between SAP Enterprise portal and BI platform?

Alexey Lantsman

5/4/2016 3:36:16 AM

Are there any plans from SAP to create one single product from Analysis plug-in and EPM plug-in or they will always co-exist as 2 separate plug-ins (inside Analysis for Office product)?

Rajesh Baddam

5/3/2016 11:05:10 AM

Excited to know about 4.2