SAP Lumira and the Mobile Web

Mobile First battlecry for SAP analytics has become Lumira First.

SAP has added touch support to the latest releases of Lumira Server and Lumira Cloud via Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1 (see related SAP Community Network article, SAP Lumira 1.18 – Windows 8.1 Tablet Support via IE11). This is an interesting departure from SAP’s app-centric approach to mobile analytics with iOS or Android. It’s also SAP’s first attempt at adding mobile analytics to Windows 8.1, an operating system that hasn’t received the warmest of welcomes from enterprise IT (see related article, First Impressions of Microsoft Windows 8).

I find it curious— but by no means not surprising— that SAP delivered this capability to Lumira first rather than more widely adopted BI applications such as Crystal Reports or Web Intelligence. No doubt one of the outcomes of SAP’s strengthened ties with Microsoft (see related TechCrunch article, Microsoft, SAP Strengthen Ties With Mobile, Data, Cloud Partnership), the effort seems aimed at helping both vendors boost adoption their most recent but certainly not most popular offerings.

With SAP unveiling its future analytics strategy on September 9 (see my recent article, The Future of the SAP BI Platform, Again) and Microsoft reportedly ready to unveil Windows 9 Windows 10 (see related Verge article, Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th), we’ll soon be getting a sharper picture of what to expect from both vendors in 2015.

But it’s clear that SAP’s “Mobile First” battle cry for SAP analytics has now become “Lumira First”.

For Further Reading

Will your organization rush to adopt the new touch capabilities in Lumira Server and Lumira Cloud?

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)

Browser Envy, Revisited

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

Microsoft IE 9 Logo

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?

Browser Envy

SAP BusinessObjects professionals must check the Supported Platforms document before committing to a browser upgrade.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.  Mozilla Firefox 4.  Google Chrome.  Apple Safari.

There’s been a flurry of new browsers to hit the streets this month.  But SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence professionals must always check the Supported Platforms document before committing their organizations to a browser upgrade.

Read more on my first-ever SAP Community Network blog post on SCN.