Monday, June 22, 2020

SAP BI 4.3 Official Release - Hybrid SAP BI & Analytics

It's official: SAP BI 4.3 has arrived.

BI 4.3 continues down the path of convergence outlined by SAP several years ago.

It is also a significant step toward realizing the goal of Hybrid SAP BI & Analytics.

BI 4.3 includes:
  • Newly designed Web Intelligence analysis experience
  • Streamlined HTML client user experience
  • Expanded capabilities for Hybrid deployment scenarios of SAP BusinessObjects and SAP Analytics Cloud
  • and much more…

Learn more about SAP BI 4.3's features and futures by attending our June 25, 2020, webinar:

SAP's Patrick Sims has been our go-to guy for SAP BusinessObjects releases and roadmaps for some time. You're going to want to hear what he has to say.

Do you remember your last SAP BI upgrade? As you start your planning to upgrade to SAP BI 4.3, it will be worthwhile to review some best practices:

Upgrade BI S3 Bundle - Upgrade with Confidence

APOS offers a migration bundle that combines some of our most popular technologies to streamline, speed and secure your BI upgrade process. Develop a strategy to upgrade smart, strong and safe with APOS Well Managed BI solutions:
  • Upgrade Smart - Knowledge and awareness is the first step in an effective upgrade process. It is critical that you understand your SAP BI system, with a strong emphasis on the content, structure, users, and usage patterns of the pre-upgrade system.
  • Upgrade Strong - Strength is key to an efficient upgrade process. Upgrading your SAP BI system means transitioning your system and its content to a new state. This transition process requires many direct and indirect execution and control activities, which can be very taxing to organizational resources.
  • Upgrade Safe - When the BI system and its content is in transition it brings risk – unintended system changes, mistranslations, loss of content, human errors. Methods and controls are needed to reduce risks, protect assets, and guard the integrity of the post-upgrade system.

The Hybrid Release

No two Hybrid SAP BI & Analytics deployments are alike, because every organization has different objectives and requirements. As you consider your upgrade and plan for Hybrid SAP BI & Analytics, you will need to make judgements about whether the functionality available in SAP BI 4.3 and SAP Analytics Cloud will fully meet your requirements and allow you to realize your objectives.

It is not unusual for SAP customers to turn to the SAP Partner Ecosphere to supplement the core functionality of SAP's BI & Analytics offerings to meet requirements and improve the time to value for their deployments.

APOS has many such Well Managed BI & Analytics Solutions that you should consider with regard to:
  • Data Connectivity - Consistent BI & Analytics output requires consistent data input. Are your BI and Cloud-based Analytics using the same data? The same data sources? The APOS Live Data Gateway expands the range of data sources accessible to SAP Analytics Cloud, and its Unified Semantic Layer provides the modelling that makes it usable to SAP Analytics Cloud and other SAP solutions.
  • Data Modelling - Most organizations have mature SAP BI deployments, but relatively new SAP Analytics Cloud deployments. If you expand data connectivity in Hybrid mode, the APOS UMMA solution can help you maintain a consistent view on your data by translating your SAP BusinessObjects data modelling logic, as presented in your BI Universe semantic layers and your Web Intelligence SQL statements, into HANA data modelling logic. If you use APOS UMMA and APOS Live Data Gateway together you can translate your SAP BI data modelling logic into APOS Live Data Gateway's Unified Semantic Layer and use the Gateway to connect SAP Analytics Cloud and other SAP solutions to the same data sources your Universes use.
  • Publishing - The insights you pull from your BI & Analytics platforms are only as good as your ability to communicate them to the appropriate stakeholders. APOS Publisher has been one of our most popular solutions for many years, because it greatly enhances your ability to communicate your SAP BI findings. Now, APOS Publisher for Cloud provides many of the same advantages to your SAP Analytics Cloud deployment: personalized bursting, conditional bursting, multiple formats, and multiple destinations.

What other migration and Hybrid BI & Analytics objectives and requirements do you have? We can help.

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