by Jacquelyn Howard, senior managing editor for BI Expert and SAP Professional Journal
After attending a day and a half of sessions at SAP TechEd Las Vegas, I can tell you that there’s been quite a bit of information to process. In a number of the sessions, I’ve learned about some up-and-coming plans for SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BusinessObjects. Here are some of the key takeaways so far:
SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3
- SAP NetWeaver 7.3 goes into Ramp-Up next month (application process still open for now).
- This release is a major step in enterprise data warehousing, offering additional SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator performance (version 7.2) and integration improvements with SAP BusinessObjects Data Services.
- The Admin Cockpit will be integrated with SAP Solution Manager.
- Semantic partitioning is a new type of modeling object, offering wizard-based creation of data models and data flows.
- Graphical data flow modeling: integrated in Data Warehouse Workbench, you can use drag-and-drop to create a graphical design of end-to-end data flow.
- You can now partition using time characteristics.
- HANA = high performance analytic appliance. It’s a solution for agile data marts based on SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver BW, and third-party data.
- SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 running on HANA 1.x planned for the future.
SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0
- Crystal Reports becomes Crystal Reports 2011 and
Crystal Reports Enterprise. All reports are by default upgraded to Crystal Reports 2011, but you might need to manually upgrade them to Crystal Reports Enterprise.
- Desktop Intelligence is discontinued. The Report Conversion Tool converts items in Desktop Intelligence format into Web Intelligence format prior to or after the upgrade.
- Xcelsius 2008 becomes Dashboards. Flash files will continue to work. Conversion to new format is optional, and it adds new features such as globalization and INX queries.
- Voyager becomes Analysis, version for OLAP. Some of workspaces will be upgrade to Analysis, the others require manual changes.
- The general BI 4.0 architecture hasn’t changed compared to XI 3.1. It still has five main components:
- Web Application Server
- Back-end servers
- Central Management System (CMS) database (InfoObjects)
- 1 File Repository (physical reports repository)
- 1 Audit Database