Published on March 6, 2014
Web Intelligence 4.1, what’s new? Gregory Botticchio / Sylvain Riboud - SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence March, 2013
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Session highlights Web Intelligence 4.1, what’s new? : Developer Support Core Capabilities Enhancements Data Source Support Enhancements Globalization From Desktop Intelligence to Web Intelligence Wrap-Up © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 6
Web Intelligence 4.1, what’s new? Developer Support Provide RESTful Web services API and UI customization options RESTful Web services APIs Consumption workflows of Web Intelligence document Data sources and data providers workflows Document authoring workflows Scheduling workflows UI customization Personalized Web Intelligence clients Customization per user group in CMC Customization of UI elements and actions © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 8
Developer support RESTful Web services APIs New RESTful Web Services introduced in 4.0 SP5 Goal to provide same scope than previous SDK - Report Engine Java SDK in XI 3.1 Incremental delivery with next set of APIs in BI 4.1 Technology agnostic Can be used from any languages (Java, .Net, etc.) Can be used from any computer or mobile device Consistency Plugged to CYPRESS – BOE Platform REST Web Services which offers the necessary infrastructure to connect and authenticate user to BOE platform Consistent with SAP strategic directions for SDK © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 9
Developer support Consumption workflows of Web Intelligence document (1/4) Browsing and Life Cycle Management Already possible in 4.0 SP5 New in 4.1 List all Web Intelligence documents in CMS repository Get Web Intelligence Document details Open / Save / Close Web Intelligence document Access and Export Document [xls(x), pdf, xml] Access and Export Report [xls(x), pdf, xml, html] Get Page of a report in listing or paginated mode [xls(x), pdf, xml, html] Access and Export Report Element [xls(x), pdf, xml, html] Document Refresh Refresh document with support of Text, Numeric, optional/mandatory prompts Prompting and resolution of multiple contexts Refresh document with support of Date and Date-Time List of Values management (included hierarchical) in prompt workflows Manage Prompt on SAP variable (including optional/mandatory, key dates) Nested prompts support © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 10
Developer support Data sources and data providers workflows (2/4) Data provider Already possible in 4.0 SP5 New in 4.1 Get list of data providers of a Web Intelligence document Get details of a data provider of a Web Intelligence document Rename, sort or delete a data provider from a document Export data (data provider) as CSV or XML Purge document Get query statement generated by query on universes (SQL or MDX) Change data provider source workflow UNV UNV UNV UNX UNV OLAP BW BEX UNX UNX BEX BEX Data source Get list of universes stored in the CMS Get basic information about a universe Enhanced detailed information about a universe Browse list of BEx connections and BW BEx queries Get details of a Bex query Get data source query capabilities © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 11
Developer support Document authoring workflows (3/4) Query authoring Already possible in 4.0 SP5 Get the query specification associated to a data provider Update the query specification associated to a data provider New in 4.1 Document authoring Create a blank document Add a report in a document and set its report specification Delete a report from a document Get/Create/Delete/Update Track Data Change Get/Create/Delete/Update Alerters Get/Create/Delete/Update Styles Get/Create/Delete/Update Skins (background images) Get/Create/Delete/Update Variable expression Manage drill and create drill snapshot Manage document state through storage token (snapshot) Get custom format number from the document Get from server default document configuration Get font mappings, CSS styles, format numbers, default skins, supported operators © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 12
Developer support Scheduling workflows (4/4) Scheduling Properties Main recurrences (Once, Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, …) Support of server group Get details of a schedule Add new schedule Already possible in 4.0 SP5 New in 4.1 All possible destinations and format All possible options except for scheduling to FTP or file server where default server setting are used New in 4.1: Scheduling with prompts is supported © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 13
Developer support Specific restrictions in 4.1 REST APIs Following workflows are not delivered or supported in Web Intelligence 4.1 REST APIs Using Analysis Views as data source for a new data provider Using Custom Data Provider as data source for a new data provider Changing data source when based on Analysis Views and Custom Data Provider Universe detailed information describes only default perspective Retrieving & setting fold/unfold state of a document report Retrieving & setting collapse/expand state of a hierarchy displayed in a document report Management of Input Controls for a document report Text search in a document or report Management of auto save & auto recovery configuration © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 14
Developer support Graphical user interface customization IT can choose what part(s) of the graphical user interface to hide Associated to a group of users in the CMC IT can hide part of the graphical user interface elements – By selecting individual elements – By selecting one of the 5 features o Hidden feature will hide all elements linked to it in all part of the Web Intelligence interface Works for all Web Intelligence clients: desktop, applet or HTML Not a security feature but a customization feature How to: In CMC select a User Group and right click to select « Customization » to display the customization UI. © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 15
Core Capabilities Enhancements
Web Intelligence 4.1, what’s new? Core capabilities enhancements Enhanced user experience in reporting capabilities Freeze header Custom color palettes & color assignment Measure delegation Merged objects Usability enhancements © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 17
Core capabilities enhancements Freeze Table Headers when viewing reports In WebI 4.1, the user can freeze the table headers when viewing a report New menu item in Reading mode: Table header stays on top when navigating through its content: © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 18
Core capabilities enhancements Freeze Table Header in few clicks © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 19
Core capabilities enhancements Custom palettes Creation, edition, deletion and use of custom color palettes in charts © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 20
Core capabilities enhancements Color assignment control New “Series Colors” sub-menu, with 2 commands “Set as Default Colors”: to “freeze” the current colors on the selected chart, like a global manual assignment on the chart “Clear Color Assignment”: to reverse to the automatic color assignment mode Benefits Avoids automatic chart colors assignment loosing chart colors after a filter was applied to the data, or after a drill or a refresh-on-open © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 21
Core capabilities enhancements Measure delegation workflow improvement Auto-Refresh option at server & document level New setting at document level To avoid the delegated measures to return #TOREFRESH when the required aggregation is not available in the query User will no longer have to click “refresh” to get the expected result (and remove #TOREFRESH) Two new settings have ben introduced: – Enable/disable by administrator from CMC – Enable/disable at document level (disable recommended in case of long query refresh) New setting in CMC Note : Activating this feature will proceed with query refresh behind the scene. In case the refresh-time becomes no longer acceptable for end-users, it is recommended to turn off the feature at document level. © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 22
Core capabilities enhancements Reduce #unavailable for delegated measure Web Intelligence returns in BI 4.1 expected calculation result instead of #unavailable when a delegated measure is given against a dimension based on a formula. Ex: hyperlink on dimension and delegated measure Before Other use cases FormatDate Blank removal on text (Trim) © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Now: If then else text concatenation 23
Core capabilities enhancements Edit merged objects User can edit merged object to add/remove an object participating to the merged object Available from the contextual menu on the “available object list” from all Web Intelligence clients. ADD workflow Select merged object & object to add “Add to Merge” REMOVE workflow Select object to remove from the merged object “Remove from Merge” © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 25
Core capabilities enhancements Allow usage of merged object with hierarchies (1/4) User can use in reports a merged object based on hierarchies © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 26
Core capabilities enhancements Allow usage of merged object with hierarchies (2/4) When merging same hierarchy, the merged object replicates the hierarchy © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 27
Core capabilities enhancements Allow usage of merged object with hierarchies (3/4) A hierarchy merged with a flat dimension gives a hierarchy as the merged object: © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 28
Core capabilities enhancements Allow usage of merged object with hierarchies (4/4) Members with different parents in different merged hierarchies are replicated for each different parent in the merged object with their descendants The measure value associated with a member value is based on this association from the originated hierarchy (no duplication) © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 29
Core capabilities enhancements Report header/footer properties re-organization New specific property panel for report header/footer including border settings Before © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Now 30
Core capabilities enhancements Fold/unfold on table in reading mode in HTML User can fold/unfold on table and break in table, in reading mode when viewing in HTML A table selection is now possible in this viewing mode © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 31
Core capabilities enhancements List of values in formula editor Easier formula writing Select first your object Double clic on “Values…” Make your choice in the list of values Clic OK and get your values inserted in your formulae © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 32
Core capabilities enhancements Additional usability enhancements New edit query button in quick access toolbar Single query execution in query panel Users can choose to execute only one query from the query panel © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 33
Data Source Support Enhancements
Web Intelligence 4.1, what’s new? Data source support enhancements Enhanced workflow for HANA, BW and others data sources BW Variable Management Member selection based on depth for BW Hierarchy Node Variable Member selection based on levels for BW Hierarchy Variable Variable selection before query panel display Enhancements for HANA support SSO support through SAML Query stripping Enhancements for other sources through universes Support ERP optional parameters with no default value OLAP Connection Overload © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 37
Data source support enhancements BW variable management Hierarchy Node Variable: member selection based on depth. Defining depth in the Query Panel: Enabling member selection based on depth New UI dialog in the Query Panel to enable user to set a depth at design time User can set different depth value for each Hierarchy Node variable © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 38
Data source support enhancements BW variable management Hierarchy Node Variable: member selection based on depth. Selecting a node at Run Time Report returns all descendents of selected node until the specified relative depth EMEA node is selected at run time © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Depth=3 Descendents down to 3 levels below EMEA node 39
Data source support enhancements BW variable management Hierarchy Variable: member selection based on levels Defining level selection in the Query Panel: Level based member selection on default hierarchy can now be defined in case of Hierarchy Variable However, the hierarchy has to be set in the variable manager, otherwise no levels are available Only levels of selected hierarchy are displayed: no merge, no max of levels from all hierarchies Same restrictions as for a defined hierarchy: Levels of hierarchy: Country Hierarchy 02 – Levels must start from the root – No level skipping © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 40
Data source support enhancements BW variable management Hierarchy Variable: member selection based on levels Returned results of a level selection with hierarchy variable: If user selects a different hierarchy at refresh time, the level selection still applies on the new hierarchy and returns nodes/values of the new hierarchy, down to the selected level End user changes value of variable to: Country Hierarchy 01 © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Nodes/members of Country Hierarchy 02 until Level 3 Nodes/members of Country Hierarchy 01 until Level 3 41
Data source support enhancements BW variable management Variable selection before query panel display In BI 4.1, the variable manager shows up before the query panel if there is at least one mandatory variable that does not have a predefined default value © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 42
Data source support enhancements Enhancements for HANA support Query stripping option indicates if objects included in the query, but not used in the report, should be removed from the query Query stripping option is now available for OLAP-based universes (UNX) Relational universes including HANA – Requires “Allow query stripping” option to be set in the universe for relational universes Note : Removing objects from a relational query may change results depending on the data source model and data quality. See example in the documentation. © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 43
Data source support enhancements Enhancements for HANA support Query stripping option has to be activated at document level and per query Note : Those settings are activated by default by require for relational data sources to be allowed at universe level (see previous slide). © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 44
Data source support enhancements Enhancements for other sources through universes ERP support enhancements in universes In BI 4.1, ERP parameters can be consumed within Web Intelligence reports as optional prompts OLAP Connection Overload in universes In BI 4.1, OLAP UNX universes can have their connection overloaded by Business Security Profile. Web Intelligence reports created on this kind of universe takes into account this overload Example User A has a connection to cube A and User B has a connection to cube B. Refreshing the report using User A will then get the data from the cube A and refreshing the report using User B will then get the data from the cube B © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 45
Globalization Bidi language enabled: RTL support RTL support for UI and document Bidirectional language enabled: RTL support for Arabic language User Interface: RTL reading and logic when product locale is Arabic Document: RTL reading and logic for document created with Arabic locale. New language support Arabic support Slovene support (Rich client and applet interface only) Product locale © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 47
Bidi language enabled: RTL support RTL User Interface reading and logic Text alignment © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. icons UI controls 48
Bidi language enabled: RTL support RTL User Interface reading and logic © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 49
Bidi language enabled: RTL support RTL Document reading and logic RTL reading and logic for document created with Arabic locale. Text alignment RTL Report structure RTL logic for report interaction © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 50
Bidi language enabled: RTL support Preferences in BILaunchPad BI launch pad, RTL Web Intelligence specific: User preferences © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 51
Bidi language enabled: RTL support Scheduling BI launch pad, RTL Web Intelligence specific: Scheduling © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 52
Bidi language enabled: RTL support Publishing BI launch pad, RTL Web Intelligence specific: Publishing © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 53
From Desktop Intelligence to Web Intelligence
Desktop Intelligence Catch Up Features Planned for (i.e subject to change): Free-Hand SQL; End of 2014 Custom GROUPING; End of 2013 EXCEL DP for Web Intelligence Applets; End of 2013 Export to HTML; End of 2013 via REST API Schedule with Export To HTML; End of 2013 via REST API Schedule with Export to TXT; End of 2013 © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 55
Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Pack DESKI IS NOT BACK © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 56
Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Pack XI R2 DeskI documents can now be moved to BI 4.1 using Upgrade Management Tool (UMT) XI 3.x 4.1 RCT will now also be able to connect to a BI Upgrade Manager 4.1 4.1 CMS as source for .rep document for conversion BI 4.1 DeskI documents will be listed in the Central Management Console (CMC) for administrative purposes ONLY Users can view DeskI report output in the BI Launchpad and CMC which are in agnostic output format (.pdf/.xls/.txt/.rtf) Report Conversion Tool 4.1 © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 57
Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Pack Desktop Intelligence Compatibility Pack (DCP) DeskI XI 3.1 SP6 Fix Pack 6.1 (with DCP) Client Server BI 4.1 © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. Will be delivered in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise 3.1 Fix Pack 6.1 and later Fix Packs and Service Pack The DeskI Client can now connect to a SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 CMS, in both 2-tier and 3-tier DeskI documents will be listed ONLY in the Central Management Console (CMC) for administrative purposes ONLY Only Client side consumption of .rep content Minimum deprecation of DeskI Client functionality Introduce a Light Schedule functionality which will use the windows scheduling functionality 58
Sum-Up Web Intelligence 4.1, what’s new? : Developer Support Core Capabilities Enhancements Data Source Support Enhancements Globalization From Desktop Intelligence to Web Intelligence © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 62
Next Steps Planned timelines BI4.1 SP1 (GA) BI4.1 RU x •x > 1 • Planned Q2 2013 • End Ramp-Up • Planned Q3 2013 • KPIs dependent BI4.1 (RTC) • Start Ramp-Up • 10th May 2013 Ramp-up © 2012 SAP AG. All rights reserved. 66
Thank you Contact information: Gregory BOTTICCHIO SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Solution Manager Gregory.firstname.lastname@example.org Sylvain RIBOUD SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Area Product Owner Sylvain.email@example.com
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