It appears that SAP Business Objects Enterprise XI 3.1 has been quietly released. Yes? No? Maybe? Where’s the fanfare? The official press release? And my free T-shirt and bumper sticker?
I was able to download the ISO image from the old Business Objects ESD site, although it appears to also be available from the SAP Support Portal. I assume that the ESD site will be sunsetted after the bitter taste of last July’s support migration disappears, although I find it easier to navigate than SAP’s alternative. The documentation for XI 3.1 is available from the SAP Help Portal.
I’ll try to build a virtual machine over the next few days and report my findings. It’s been a bit hectic between my executive dashboard project and upcoming user conference presentation in Dallas, Texas. Assuming that the build is error-free, a reasonable concern given Business Objects’ track record, my client will also be installing XI 3.1 on a test server.
According to this BusinessObjects Board (BOB) thread, it doesn’t seem like anyone has performed a successful install yet. Have you installed XI 3.1? Your results to this blog post are welcome.