What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2?

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • September 6, 2016
With the release of BusinessObjects BI 4.2, SAP introduced some major enhancements to Web Intelligence in three main areas: platform integration, end-user features, and data connectivity. All these new capabilities are focused on helping companies migrate to the latest version of Web Intelligence, as well as to strengthen the integration with SAP back ends, such as SAP BW and SAP HANA.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will:

  • Gain an overview of the new capabilities that were released with SAP Web Intelligence 4.2
  • Learn about some new key features
  • Get step-by-step instructions for how to leverage these new features
Key Concept
BusinessObjects Web Intelligence is one of SAP’s key reporting tools. It focuses not only on classic reporting scenarios, but it also provides users with a self-service environment and allows users to produce more than just tabular, print-style reports.

With the release of Web Intelligence 4.2, SAP enhanced the product’s integration with the BI platform, its data visualization capabilities, and its data access. In this article, I discuss these new features and capabilities and show how you can leverage them to empower your users to create even better reports and visualizations.

Web Intelligence 4.2 – Platform Integration

As part of the BusinessObjects BI 4.2 release of Web Intelligence (also referred to as WebI or WEBI), there are two very important new capabilities of interest for all BI administrators:

  1. Linked Universes
  2. Parallel queries

I discuss both of these new features in detail, and then explain how to use them. 

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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