The best book on SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence is now even better.
Today is an important day for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence users. I’m proud to announce that the fourth edition of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide is now available in both hardcover and electronic formats from SAP Press.
The book has been significantly updated to include features from SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2 Support Pack 4, the latest release. You can learn more and order from my book page.
Apple iOS 11 has been out less than a week but it’s already old news for SAP’s mobile analytics team.
Yes, yes it is!
After years of wondering if SAP Mobile BI is ready for iOS 10, iOS 8, iOS 7, iOS 6 (I must have forgotten to complain about delayed iOS 9 support), I can say that SAP has surprised its analytics users by getting Mobile BI to the app store before the official release of iOS 11 and getting its companion apps, SAP Roambi Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud, into the Apple App Store just a few short days after iOS 11’s release.
Ahoy there, mates! It’s September 19, time to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with the Web Intelligence iRate PieRates. This year you can celebrate by pre-ordering a copy of the fourth edition of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Resource. In addition to welcoming Christian Ah-Soon from SAP’s Web Intelligence product group to the authoring team, the book has been fully updated for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2, including features from the latest Support Pack 4. The book officially goes on sale October 25 in both hardback and electronic editions. The iRate PieRates hope you’ll pre-order a copy today.
SAP BusinessObjects Mobile 6.6.5 for iOS includes Lumira 2.0 compatibility and is the first version to support a new iOS version before it is released.
SAP gave its mobile BI users a surprise over the weekend by releasing SAP BusinessObjects Mobile 6.6.5 for iOS. Not only does it include support for SAP Lumira 2.0 SP02 (the GA release) but also includes support for iOS 11, which will be released to the general public this Tuesday, September 19, 2017. This is the first time that SAP has provided compatibility for a new version of iOS before its release.
SAP RoamBI Analytics , SAP RoamBI Flow, and SAP Analytics Cloud don’t explicitly promise iOS 11 compatibility, so users of those apps will want to defer updating their iOS devices to iOS 11 until SAP has issued minor releases that explicitly promise iOS 11 compatibility.
SAP still keeps the stand-alone version of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer in the Apple App Store despite the fact that SAP BusinessObjects Mobile has supported Explorer content for many years and the app hasn’t been updated since 2013, which is nearly an eternity for mobile apps. It’s probably time for SAP to consider retiring the app.
SAP BusinessObjects Mobile 6.2.20 for Android was released on August 22, 2017 but lacks any Lumira compatibility at this time.
Lastly, iTunes 12.7 was released last week and no longer includes the App Store.
The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.
Apple release notes for iTunes 12.7
This means that you’ll have to use your iOS device and the updated App Store included in iOS 11 to review release history and release notes.
I recently recycled my old iPad 2 and replaced it with a new A9-powered iPad. I’ve already updated it with the latest SAP BusinessObjects Mobile app and eagerly plan install iOS 11 when it is released later this week. I intend to write soon about its new Lumira 2.0 features and delve into the growing Web Intelligence functionality gaps between the Mobile BI app and its browser-based cousins.
Good luck with your iOS 11 upgrade!
UPDATE: SAP Roambi Analytics 9.1.17 now available in Apple App Store with iOS 11 compatibility (September 22, 2017)
UPDATE: SAP Analytics Cloud 2.8.0 now available in Apple App Store with iOS 11 compatibility (September 23, 2017)
One small step for your remote control, but one giant leap for your Netflix queue.
Last month, something caught my eye in the “Recently Added” column on Netflix. It was a documentary entitled Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo. Mission Control weaves a compelling history of the NASA Apollo program by combining interviews of the still-living flight directors and controllers with archival footage and computer animation. As somebody who was not yet living when the Apollo 1 launchpad disaster occurred and still making small steps in diapers when Neil Armstrong made “one giant leap for mankind,” I find this period of history fascinating. It boggles my mind that the backdrop to the achievements of the Apollo astronauts and their support teams were events like the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy.
It’s a great story and if you’re only familiar with the Apollo 11 moon landing and Apollo 13 crisis, you’ll learn a lot about the other Apollo missions. And if you’re curious about the last moon mission, Apollo 17, you’ll want to put The Last Man On the Moon next in your Netflix queue. It’s a documentary about Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon, who died earlier this year. Created by the same team as Mission Control, I’ll write more about that film in a future article.
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Which versions of the BI platform are compatible with SAP Lumira 2.0?
I imagine that most organizations will combine SAP Lumira 2.0 SP2/GA with an upgrade to SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP4 Patch 1. However, according to the PAM, the SAP Lumira add-on to the BI platform is compatible with recent support packs of BI 4.1. Note that due to an issue with promotion management (see SAP Note 2437742), those support packs will also need to be patched.
The following versions of the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform are compatible with SAP Lumira 2.0/GA and promotion management:
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP8 Patch 10 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP9 Patch 5 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP10
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP2 Patch 12 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP3 Patch 8 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP4 Patch 1 or higher (see also SAP Note 2467541)
Multilingual organizations that rely on Translation Manager will want to consult SAP Note 2515265, which requires even higher patch levels. NOTE: not all have been released as of this writing):
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP8 Patch 11 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP9 Patch 6 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP10 Patch 1 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP2 Patch 13 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP3 Patch 10 or higher
- SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP4 Patch 3 or higher (see also SAP Note 2467541)
You’ll also want to read Matthew Shaw’s SAP Community blog, A ‘simple’ guide to Updating (Upgrading) your SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform – the rules.
What are your organization’s plans for SAP Lumira 2.0? Leave a comment below.
Stephanie Evergreen’s new book can help you create persuasive, data-driven documents that present your analysis in the best possible light.
Presenting Data Effectively by Stephanie Evergreen is now available in a full-color second edition. The 226-page book is organized into four main topics- graphics, text, color, and arrangement- and includes downloadable resources from the publisher, SAGE Publications. While many of the concepts are applicable to creating content with BI tools, the focus is packaging results using Microsoft Office tools like PowerPoint and Word. By presenting data “effectively”, Ms. Evergreen provides best practices to make our data engaging and persuasive, whether our audience is upper management or a prospective client.
I did not read the first edition of this book, but the addition of color makes the second edition very useful. My favorite feature of the book is the illustrations, as Ms. Evergreen explains several “not so great” solutions to a problem followed by a best practice, making it easy to see how her suggestions make life better for the reader.
While some attention is given specifically to data visualization and charting, readers interested that topic will want to check out Stephanie Evergreen’s other book, Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data.
As somebody who frequently creates proposals, data-filled customer documentation, and presentations for webinars and user conferences, I found the book to be loaded with tips, including several new tricks I plan to incorporate into my work as a consultant and an analyst. If your role in the organization is to be persuasive with data, quality and readability of the final deliverables are important and you’ll find a lot of good advice and practical tips here.
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