Today, I would like to start a mini-series about what is new in SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2. The first article of this series is about new features of the general platform.
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2 is the culmination of core stability and capability improvements spanning key new innovations, incremental product advances from BI 4.1 and improved features for upgrading all existing XI R2 and XI3 customers to this newest version of the SAP BI Suite.
With the release of SAP BusinessObjects 4.2 (SP2 – SP4), SAP has introduced a treasure trove of new enhancements. It contains a proverbial wish list of enhancements that have been desired for years.
Much to my delight, SAP Web Intelligence has received several significant enhancements. Particularly in terms of its integration with SAP HANA. However, there were also enhancements to the platform itself. Let’s take a more detailed look at the top-list of new features.
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.2 includes:
Recycle Bin in CMC
When users delete an item from the BOE system, it’s now moved into the “Recycle Bin” and an administrator can recover the files. Items will be stored there only until the bin is emptied, which may have a time-limit or happen on set days – at which time the files are permanently deleted.
BI Commentary Service
A new CMC application that allows document users to collaborate, to comment on any of the data/statistics accessible in a given document.
Restful Web Services APIs for Publication
A whole raft of nifty new tools allow the management of:
- Users and User groups;
- Publications, files and scheduling;
- Queries, Server and Jobs statistics;
- Content and Application usage, and more.
BI Administrators’ Cockpit
Another new CMC application. Administrators can collect basic data about the BI environment. Developers can also obtain information about Servers, Scheduled Jobs, Applications and Content Usage.
Selectively retrieve objects from an LCMBIAR file
Now developers can selectively import objects contained in an LCMBIAR file within the promotion management web application. Selectively retrieve objects from an LCMBIAR file. This requires that the user has the introduction of ‘Edit LCMBIAR’ right. When developers selectively retrieve objects from an LCMBIAR file, a new job with the selected objects is created.
Using the installation command line, administrators can now prepare the system for installation without down-time. It does this by performing all of the binary caching and some of the SQL lite installation database operations before it invokes the section of the install that require down time.
Running setup.exe – cache will invoke the caching portions of the install. When ready to complete the install, running setup.exe – resume_after_cache will complete the insulation. In theory, the later portion of the installation step reduces the down-time by eliminating the dependency between the two major installation and upgrade tasks.
In a large clustered environment, this is a great addition. In all types of environments this is a great enhancement. Previously, the system down-time was subjected to the long and tedious process of caching deployment units.
New License Keys
After upgrade to 4.2 SP2, administrators will need to obtain a new license keys. The keys that once worked for 4.0 and 4.1 will not work after upgrading to 4.2 SP2. The graphical installer will also let administrator know this. Need be prepared to logon to service market place and request new keys.
In the next article, I will give you an overview on the changes of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2 – stay tuned!