Just over a year ago, I wrote that there would not be a 4.1 edition of the SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence book from SAP Press (see related article, SAP Press Book for Web Intelligence 4.1?). But earlier this year, the inventory of second edition books dipped to a critical level. It didn’t make sense to reprint a two-year-old book based on Web Intelligence 4.0, so Jim Brogden, Heather Sinkwitz, Gabriel Orthous and I began the process of updating the book using Web Intelligence 4.1 Support Pack 3. The book has been refreshed from cover-to-cover. We have thoroughly updated the book to include the new features in Web Intelligence 4.1, but we’ve written quite a bit of new material as well. The book is currently in pre-production and should be in print for the upcoming ASUG SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects Conference in September 2014 (and be sure to read this related ASUG News article, ASUG Partners with Galileo Press to Offer Member Discounts).
I- along with co-authors Jim Brogden, Heather Sinkwitz, and Gabe Orthous- have received several inquiries asking if SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition will be updated for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 (BI 4.1). SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 was released to customers (RTC) last month, is currently in ramp-up, and will exit ramp up and into general availability (GA) later this year once the ramp-up achieves its acceptance KPIs.
In short, there will be no update of the book for BI 4.1. Its new features and improvements are significant, but most of its features and workflows from BI 4.0 remain intact. So you can buy the current book with confidence that it will be a great help whether you are using BI 4.0 or BI 4.1. The book is available in hardcover or DRM-free ebook formats for your favorite e-reader or tablet (see related article, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence from SAP Press now in eBook format).
ASUG volunteer and SAP Mentor Tammy Powlas has provided a comprehensive summary of the new features on the SAP Community Network (see SCN article, What is new with Web Intelligence BI 4.1 – Part 2, Core Capabilities). These include the ability to freeze headers, customize color palettes and color assignments, measure delegation improvements, merged object editing improvements, and new usability enhancements like a list of values (LOV) selector in the formula editor.
I’m looking forward to putting the new BI 4.1 release through its paces, particularly with the forthcoming Mobile BI 5.0 for iOS update. I hope to write more about Web Intelligence 4.1 between now and the time it goes into General Availability (GA) later this year.
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SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Reference by Jim Brogden, Mac Holden, Dallas Marks, Gabriel Orthous, and Heather Sinkwitz is now available in multiple eBook formats. Previously available in hardback and web editions, SAP Press now offers ePub (compatible with Apple iBooks), mobi (compatable with Amazon Kindle) and Adobe PDF formats from their web site.
It was a great feeling to hold the new SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0 book for the first time at last week’s ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference. I had a great time participating in Developer Wars with my co-authors Jim Brogden, Gabe Orthous, and Heather Sinkwitz (Mac Holden was unavailable off the coast of Spain). But my participation on this book didn’t just “happen”. I’ve been blessed with a lot of help from my friends along the way. Here are the acknowledgments that I included in the front of the book.
First I would like to thank my mom and dad for everything. Special thanks are due to Jerry Bedilion, my tenth grade English teacher, who endured a lot of bad grammar and patiently taught me to enjoy writing. Thanks to Jim Brogden for inviting me to participate in this book-writing adventure.
Web Intelligence received a significant rewrite as part of the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 platform and the second edition of the book received a significant rewrite as well. The book is in the final stages of production and I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands. I hope you’ll feel the same way.
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