Integration Between BI 4.0, SAP NetWeaver, and SAP ERP
Discover SP04 Enhancements for BusinessObjects Dashboards, Crystal Reports for Enterprise, and Web Intelligence

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • September 26, 2012
Learn about the features and enhancements that are new for the integration between the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence suite of products, SAP NetWeaver BW, and SAP ERP with the release of Feature Pack 03 and Service Pack 04 — with a focus on BusinessObjects Dashboards, Crystal Reports for Enterprise, and Web Intelligence.
Key Concept

Service Pack 04 (SP04) includes the functionality of Feature Pack 03 (FP03) so that you do not have to apply FP03 first and then apply SP04 to your landscape. Note that SP04 does not include all the fixes that are available for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 SP04 and FP03.

With SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 Feature Pack 03 (FP03) and Service Pack 04 (SP04), the integration between the BI suite of products and SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP has been enhanced in several key areas. I’ll look at the enhancements in these products:

  • SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise
  • SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (also known as WebI)
  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly known as Xcelsius)

I’m focusing on the integration of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 with SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP, and, therefore, only cover those enhancements that are relevant for this area of the BI suite. The product has additional enhancements that I do not discuss in this article.

Changes to BusinessObjects Explorer and Analysis

Ingo Hilgefort writes about SP04's enhancements to SAP BusinessObjects Explorer and BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP, in his article, "Dig Into SP04 Features for BusinessObjects Explorer and Analysis."

FP03 and SP04 – Which is the Right One?

FP03 is a minor release on top of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite release and delivers additional and new functionality. SP04 is a service pack for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite. It delivers bug fixes. SP04 is available as a patch installation for those companies that already have an existing SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 deployment. SP04 is also available as a full new installation option for those companies that are starting with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0.

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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