Where Can I Find the Sizing Companion for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2?

After a three-year hiatus, the SAP BusinessObjects BI4 Sizing Guide receives some much-needed updates.

For those of you living with the previous edition of the sizing guide, last updated on February 20, 2014, you’ll be pleased to know that an update is now available.

The new version of the sizing guide is dated “June 2017” and has been updated with information about the latest release of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 support pack 4. The old Xcelsius-based BI4 Resource Usage Estimator, also known as the BI4 Sizing Estimator, has been retired in favor of the standard SAP Quick Sizer. The document also includes updated sizing guidance for Web Intelligence.

For more information on sizing SAP analytics products, visit Sizing SAP Solutions at http://www.service.sap.com/sizing on the SAP Service Marketplace (S-ID required). Go to Sizing -> Sizing Guidelines -> Analytics, as shown below.

SAP Sizing Site

But you won’t find the updated SAP BusinessObjects BI4 Sizing Guide there. At least not yet. But you can find it at a new wiki, on the Sizing and Deploying SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x Platform and Add-Ons page.

SAP Sizing Wiki for SAP BusinessObjects

This sizing document is extremely important to SAP BI professionals and we’re grateful to see it continue to receive updates. Much thanks to Sathish Rajagopal and everyone at SAP who had a hand in creating the latest iteration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI4 Sizing Guide!

Where Can I Find the Sizing Companion for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0?

Directions for finding the Sizing Companion for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0

This is information I wrote up previously, but it seemed logical to put the information in its own easy-to-find article instead of in an Adaptive Processing Server article.

For more information on sizing your SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 environment, visit Sizing SAP Solutions at http://www.service.sap.com/sizing on the SAP Service Marketplace (S-ID required). Go to Solution Life-Cycle Management -> Hardware Sizing -> Sizing Guidelines -> Solutions & Platform – New Structure -> SAP BusinessObjects, as shown below.

Sizing in the SAP Service Marketplace

There are several valuable documents here, but make sure you grab the Sizing Companion for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0.

On a related note, my friends and Diversified Semantic Layer hosts Eric Vallo and Greg Myers are writing the SAP Press title SAP BusinessObjects Administration, scheduled for publication in October 2012. You’ll want to pre-order your copy today.

Sizing Up the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Sizing Companion

Sometimes bigger really is better.

Although miniaturization is highly valued in the high-tech world, it’s not often desired in technical documentation. Sometimes bigger really is better. Consider the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 Sizing Companion.

Several months ago, I wrote an article entitled Sizing the Adaptive Processing Server in BI 4.0 describing my initial research with the Adaptive Processing Server in SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 SP2. I wrote my findings using an early copy of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Sizing Companion, available from the SAP Support Portal.

Sizing Companion for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 (SPO)
SBO_BI_4_O_Companion_V2.pdf
version 0.8 aka v2
June 2011
67 pages

Sadly, that edition of the sizing companion has been retired in favor of a much shorter version (reduced from 67 to just 19 pages) that omits many of the details that I quoted.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Sizing Companion (version 4)
SBO_BI_4_0_Companion_V4.pdf
March 8, 2012
19 pages

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Sizing Companion (version 3)
SBO_BI_4_0_Companion_V3.pdf
January 2, 2012
17 pages

Apparently I should start selling the old v2 edition on eBay as a collector’s item and pocket some cash? The most recent version lists Jason DeMelo as its author, but he no longer works at SAP. Does anyone know if a larger (and more complete) sizing companion is coming with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 Feature Pack 3 or Support Pack 4?

Many of us currently adopting BI 4.0 are looking for a “cookbook” approach to sizing and still haven’t found it. Suggestion to SAP: less Weight Watchers and more Paula Deen. Throwing a few sticks of butter into the BI 4.0 Sizing Companion would be a good start.

Have you found the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 Architecture and Sizing Cookbook? I’m still looking. In the meantime, try baking a batch of SAP Mentor Dave Rathbun’s famous Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Getting the most out of your Web Intelligence Processing Servers

Matthew Shaw helps us get the most out of our Web Intelligence Processing Servers

Matthew Shaw, a Business Intelligence Architect at SAP, has posted this tremendously helpful article entitled “Performance Tips: Getting the most out of your Web Intelligence Processing Servers” on the SAP Community Network. I frequently get into religious arguments over number of server instances vs. maximum connections per server, which he has elegantly demystified.

I’m sure to be reading it over and over, so I’m putting up this article for easy reference.

Thanks, Matthew!

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