Sneak Peak of Business Objects 4

From the bleeding edge of technology – I was working at a customer site this week and got a peek at Business Objects 4 that I wanted to share.  This is the screen shot that SAP doesn’t want you to see.

What?  Were you expecting Aurora?  I’ve been using BusinessObjects since 2003 and this week was the first time I saw anything prior to 5.1.  Long out of vendor support, but still reliably sending out mission-critical reports several times per day.  By the way, the BusinessObjects XI Import Wizard only works on BusinessObjects 5.1.4 and higher.  So we’ll be making a brief pit stop at BusinessObjects 5.1.8 before making the jump.  To BusinessObjects Enterprise XI R2 SP2.  Not exactly a jump to hyperspace, but it’s the version currently supported by a BusinessObjects OEM vendor.

Is anyone else out there still using BusinessObjects 4.1?  Or something older?  Just curious.

Author: Dallas Marks

I am a business intelligence architect, author, and trainer. I help organizations harness the power of analytics, primarily with SAP BusinessObjects products. An active blogger, SAP Mentor and co-author of the SAP Press book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, I prefer piano keyboards over computer keyboards when not blogging or tweeting about business intelligence.

7 thoughts on “Sneak Peak of Business Objects 4”

  1. Not funny dude! I was expecting aurora 😉

    BO 4.1 wow… brings back memories of Zabo and the pursuit of happiness.

  2. Actually, I’ve been thinking about this customer quite a lot. As a consultant, I love my bright new shiny tools. But here’s a customer that has something that works for them and has worked a long time (over 10 years) without a substantial investment. An ERP upgrade is finally forcing them to upgrade, followed closely behind by the OS and database folks in the IT org anxious to unplug unsupported Windows 2000 and Oracle 9i.

    Many years ago, somebody built something using the tools available to them that has stood the test of time. That’s something we should all take to heart regardless of what our BI infrastructure looks like.

  3. Interesting that 4.1 is such a “novelty item”. For those of us who used the 3.1 version way back when version 4.1 was a big upgrade at the time. That was the desktop hayday long before WEBI was worth the effort.

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