SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 Service Pack 03: 3 Key Pieces of New Functionality for Web Intelligence and Xcelsius

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • September 8, 2010
Understand the improvements offered in Service Pack 03 for SAP BusinessObjects XI release 3.1. See how to use the new query stripping feature in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and the new service components with Xcelsius.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 Service Pack 03, released in the third quarter of 2010, includes new functionality for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and Xcelsius. SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence now incorporates a feature called query stripping. This new functionality allows you to create reports with a wider scope (more characteristics) without running into performance hurdles. Furthermore, Xcelsius now can use new server components as part of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise for the purpose of better performance and scalability.

SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 Service Pack 03 provides several enhancements to your SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 platform. It is available through the SAP Service Marketplace (http://service.sap.com/swdc) in the Service Packs and Patches area. Service Pack 03 includes fixes up to XI 3.1 FixPack 1.10 and XI 3.1 FixPack 2.5.

In this article, I discuss the three most important functional enhancements for your SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1 platform:

  • Query stripping with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
  • New server components for Xcelsius
  • Changes to the use of personal data providers such as CSV files in combination with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

For some important items to consider before upgrading to Service Pack 03, refer to the sidebar “Upgrade Considerations for XI 3.1 Service Pack 03.”

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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