Discover SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1s Upgrade Options and Enhancements

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • October 14, 2013
Ingo Hilgefort writes about the features and enhancements that are new with release 4.1 for the integration between the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence suite, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP NetWeaver BW on SAP HANA, and SAP ERP.
Key Concept

Release 4.1 of the SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite of products has several new features, such as the ability to define a relative depth for hierarchical reporting with Crystal Reports for Enterprise, the auto refresh capability of Web Intelligence, and offline dashboards with SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards.

With the release of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1, there have been several enhancements for:

  • Web Intelligence
  • Crystal Reports for Enterprise
  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP
  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

In addition, several enhancements have been made to the following products in the same time frame:

  • SAP Lumira 1.0 Service Pack 11 (SP11)
  • SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.1
  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis 1.4, edition for Microsoft Office

The products mentioned above (Lumira, Design Studio, Analysis Office) are integrated with the SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 release, but are not necessarily always released together with the SAP BusinessObjects suite. Instead they are released more frequently. The release versions mentioned above are those versions that are available in combination with the overall 4.1 suite release.

Ingo Hilgefort

Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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