SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 arrives this week, with SAP BI support not too far behind.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 is going to be a big day for Microsoft as it formally releases its latest update to its flagship Windows operating system, Windows 10. Since Windows 7 was released nearly 7 years ago on October 22, 2009, most Enterprises have viewed Windows 8 (released October 26, 2012) or Windows 8.1 (released October 17, 2013) more like Vista 2.0 rather than a worthy successor to Windows 7.

Time will tell if Windows 10 features will prompt enterprises to give up on Windows 7 or hang on until its extended support ends on January 14, 2020. Of great interest to SAP customers will be the new Microsoft Edge browser and how it supports plug-ins like Adobe Flash and Oracle Java.

Jayne Landry, SAP General Vice President and General Manager for Business Intelligence, indicates via Twitter that Windows 10 support will be added first to SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP7 then folded into BI 4.2 later.

Microsoft Windows 10 Support

last updated March 1, 2017

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 is unsupported on Microsoft Windows 10. Although Priority One Support for SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 has been extended to 12/31/2018, it has been out of Mainstream Maintenance support (no more patches) since 12/15/2015.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 is unsupported on Microsoft Windows 10.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP7 and higher support Microsoft Windows 10.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 has Windows 10 support from its initial GA to the current release.

What are your organization’s plans for Microsoft Windows 10?

SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 Running on Windows 10 Technical Preview

SAP isn’t ready for Microsoft Windows 10 but its customers already are.

On Tuesday, Microsoft provided the media with a first look at the next version of its Windows operating system, Windows 10. Windows 10 is currently available as a technical preview for those courageous enough to play with unfinished software. Steph Cowan from IT Performs in Midlands, UK was able to quickly get SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 SP4 running on the technical preview.

Of course, you won’t find Microsoft Windows 10 on the Supported Platforms/Platform Availability Matrix (PAM) just yet. And no doubt there are issues with any software running on such an early preview OS.

Microsoft has had a painful journey with its current version of Windows, version 8.1. And so have I (see related articles, First Impressions of Microsoft Windows 8 and SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8.1). But addressing the concerns of enterprise IT, which hasn’t deviated from rolling out Windows 7, has clearly been the number one priority for Microsoft. That, and the Microsoft Hair Guy seems to be giving the Apple Scarf Guy a run for his money.

 

While neither have specific delivery dates other than “sometime in 2015”, I’m confident we’ll see SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2 running on Microsoft Windows 10 next year.

What are your first impressions of Microsoft Windows 10?

SAP BusinessObjects Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft IE11 may be “fast and fluid” but first be sure your BI platform patch level provides support.

 

Today, November 12, 2013, Microsoft Windows Update tried to lure me into accepting the “Important Update” of Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) for Windows 7.

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Most organizations carefully release browser updates to the masses after internal testing. So you most likely haven’t been tempted by the PC you use at the office. But like me, you may be tempted at home. Although as of this writing IE 11 isn’t on the support list (see the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Supported Platforms/PAM), support should be forthcoming (UPDATE: see updated notes at bottom of this article).

Web Intelligence users will want to read the fine print on the BI 4.1 PAM. As of February 2013 Oracle has stopped releasing updates for Java 6. SAP will accordingly drop support for Java 6 with the release of BI 4.1 SP2, expected later this month (see the official SAP Analytics Maintenance Schedule).

I don’t have any confirmation from SAP, but I would expect BI 4.1 SP2- the final support pack of 2013- to include support for Windows 8.1 as a client operating system and Microsoft IE 11 as a supported browser for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. But for now, stick with Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or (depending on your patch level) Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7.

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1
(updated April 3, 2014)

Released on February 14, 2013, SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 6 has support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (although compatibility view display mode is required to render some pages accurately). Service Pack 6 supports Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012.

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 7 was released on March 28, 2014 and its updated Product Availability Matrix indicates that both IE 10 and IE 11 are supported, although “compatibility view display mode is required to render some pages accurately”. SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 7 also adds support for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0
(updated April 3, 2014)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is supported in SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 Support Pack 9 and higher on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Note that Support Pack 9 is the first to support Microsoft Windows 8.1 (see related article, SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8.1and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. A footnote indicates that “IE 11 is not supported with Analysis, edition for OLAP”.  SAP HANA users should note that SAP BI 4.1 SP2 is required for SAP HANA SPS07.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1
(updated April 3, 2014)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is partially supported in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Support Pack 2 and fully supported in Support Pack 3 and higher. Both support packs provide support for Microsoft Windows 8.1 (see related article, SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8.1and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. But because IE11 is not yet supported by Support Pack 2, users of these operating systems are encouraged to use a supported version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. SAP HANA users should also note that SAP BI 4.1 SP2 or higher is required for SAP HANA SPS07.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2
(updated March 1, 2017)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is supported by all versions of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2.

Conclusion

SAP has come a long way from 2011 when getting support for the then-current Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 was a challenge (see Courtney Bjorlin‘s ASUG News article, Waiting on SAP, User Communities Fix SAP BusinessObjects Browser Woes). My hunch is that most customers are still using IE 9 as their standard, but it’s great to see that SAP is prepared for their customers who want to use the latest browser technology.

Download the Product Availability Matrix (PAM)

Additional Resources

  • SAP Note 2043598 – “View in PDF Format, please wait” dialog box appears in IE 11 and never closes (fixed in XI 3.1 SP6, XI 3.1 SP7, BI 4.0 and BI 4.1, but check the note for required patch level)

SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8.1

Will Windows 8.1 charms finally charm the enterprise?

At Microsoft TechEd this week, Microsoft officially announced that the next version of Windows, codenamed Blue, will be a “free” upgrade named Windows 8.1. A summary of what’s new can be found on their web site (see Microsoft article, What’s New in Windows 8.1). Faced with anemic response from corporate IT over Windows 8 and its controversial new interface (see related article, First Impressions of Microsoft Windows 8), Microsoft is pushing hard that Windows 8.1 is ready for business (see Microsoft article, Modern Business in Mind: Windows 8.1 at TechEd).

While Windows 8.1 does have some compelling features missing from Windows 8, it is unclear that restoring the missing Start button will stimulate enterprise adoption of Windows 8 by organizations that are content with Microsoft Windows 7. I remain skeptical and assume that assigning the “Windows 8.1” brand to Windows Blue is Microsoft’s subtle way of acknowledging that enterprise customers may not be satisfied until Microsoft delivers “Windows 9” in 2014 Windows 10 in 2015.

SAP BusinessObjects customers should note that Windows 8.1 will ship with Internet Explorer 11 (IE11):

Internet Explorer 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, enhanced pinned site notifications, and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs. Internet Explorer 11 now includes capability that enables an anti-malware solution to scan the input for a binary extension before it’s passed onto the extension for execution.

From What’s New in Windows 8.1

Billed as the “first browser for touch” (a claim that is clearly news to iPad users), Microsoft so far has only committed to delivering IE 11 to Windows 8.1 (see Computerworld article, IE11 on Windows 7? Mum’s the word from Microsoft).  Its predecessor, Internet Explorer 10, debuted on Windows 8 but was shortly added to Windows 7 as a critical upgrade to encourage adoption.

After heavy criticism of its slow embrace of Internet Explorer 9 (see related ASUG News article, Waiting on SAP, User Communities Fix SAP BusinessObjects Browser Woes), SAP has swiftly delivered Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 compatibility for the latest service packs of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0, and even SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 which was released to customers— and into ramp-up— last month (see related article, SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8).

But if I’m wrong and corporate IT is ready to receive Microsoft Windows 8.1 with open arms, I hope that SAP will include Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 in its regression testing for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 Support Pack 2, which is likely to be the version that goes into general availability (GA) around the time that Windows 8.1 debuts to the public.

Download the Product Availability Matrix (PAM)

UPDATE (10/03/2014): Updated with Windows 10, the version of Windows that will follow Windows 8.1.

UPDATE (09/04/2014): Added link to Microsoft Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

UPDATE (03/30/2014): SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 SP9 adds support for Windows 8.1,Windows Server 2012 R2, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (see related article, Microsoft Internet Explorer 11)

UPDATE (11/24/2013): BI 4.1 SP2 does include Windows 8.1 support but does not support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). Windows 8.1 users (are there any out there?) should use supported versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead of IE11. 

 

Is your organization adopting Microsoft Windows 8, waiting for Windows 8.1, or waiting even longer for Windows 10?

SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8

Curious about SAP BusinessObjects support for Microsoft Windows 8?

Curious about Microsoft Windows 8 support for SAP BusinessObjects? SAP has released updates to SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 that provide support. And you can expect SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 to support Windows 8 when it is released later this year.

After spending some time with Windows 8 (see related article First Impressions of Microsoft Windows 8), I doubt that many organizations are looking to adopt it. They still have their hands full replacing aging Windows XP desktops with Windows 7. Windows 7 was a breath of fresh air after Windows Vista failed to capture the hearts and minds of CIOs (see related article SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 7).

My hunch is that SAP BusinessObjects administrators will be asked to support Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (IE10)- already on Windows 8 and recently released for Windows 7- before they are asked to support Windows 8 desktops. Or perhaps Microsoft Office 2013, which started shipping today. SAP BusinessObjects customers waited a long time for Internet Explorer 9 support (see ASUG News article Waiting on SAP, User Communities Fix SAP BusinessObjects Browser Woes). So I hope to see SAP add Microsoft IE 10, Office 2013 and Windows 8 to the supported platforms for BI 4.1.

I’ll be curious to learn how Windows 8 support is defined by SAP.  Will support only cover existing desktop applications like Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence Rich Client? Will legacy applications like Universe Design Tool and Business View Manager not get the Windows 8 investment? Will SAP introduce a touch-enabled Mobile BI app for Windows 8 that complements its iOS and Android offerings? And what are SAP’s plans for Windows RT?

Tomorrow, ASUG kicks off a series of BI 4.1 webcasts where SAP’s Ty Miller will peel back the curtain on the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 roadmap. I’m registered and hope that you are too.

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1

Released on February 14, 2013, SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 6 has support for:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 32-bit desktop tools
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (although compatibility view display mode is required to render some pages accurately)
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Microsoft Windows 2012 for server platform
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (as both data source and CMS/Audit DB, but not for Voyager)
  • Microsoft Active Directory 2012
  • Apache Tomcat 7, which is now the default web application server

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0

Microsoft Windows 8 support has been added to Support Pack 6, which was released on April 30, 2013.  Read more in an article I wrote for the EVtechnologies blog, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 SP6). Support for Microsoft technologies includes:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 32-bit desktop tools
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008)
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (as both data source and CMS/Audit DB)

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 RTC went into ramp-up on May 10, 2013 and is expected to be generally available (GA) in Q3 2013. Support for Microsoft technologies includes:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 32-bit desktop tools
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Active Directory 2012
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008)
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (as both data source and CMS/Audit DB)

Download the Product Availability Matrix (PAM)

Update History
  • September 4, 2014 – Added link to Microsoft Windows lifecycle fact sheet
  • June 4, 2013 – Added information about BI 4.1 RTC, which was released into ramp-up on May 10, 2013
  • May 2, 2013 – Added information about BI 4.0 SP6, which was released on April 30, 2013
  • February 26, 2013 –  Added information about XI 3.1 SP6, which was released on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013

What are your organization’s plans for Microsoft Windows 8 and SAP BusinessObjects?

The Future of Web Intelligence and Java

Some important changes regarding Java are in the works for SAP BusinessObjects BI customers.

Some important changes regarding Java are in the works for SAP BusinessObjects BI customers. Java 6 will officially reach its end of life in February 2013 but SAP is already removing it from the latest editions SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0. Java 7 support is coming to the BI platform, but not here just yet. I have detailed these changes on the EV Technologies blog.

Read The Future of Web Intelligence and Java, courtesy of EV Technologies.

Browser Envy, Revisited

Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is a key priority for many SAP BusinessObjects customers.

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At last week’s ASUG SAP BusinessObjects Influencer Summit, support for Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 9 was one of the top priorities of SAP BusinessObjects influencers.  I’ve shared my thoughts on the SAP Community Network (see article here).

How is delayed support of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 affecting your organization?