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 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”.

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The Future of the SAP BI Platform, Again

Are SAP BI customers ready to trade in the Porsche 911 for a Tesla?

Red Porsche 911

Yesterday I installed the latest updates from Microsoft on my Windows 8.1 laptop. Originally promised as Windows 8.1 Update 2 with a revised start menu, Microsoft stripped the release down to just a few new features, holding back the best stuff for next year’s release of what everyone expects to be Windows 9 Windows 10 (see related Computer World article, Pointless Windows 8.1 Update 2 shows Microsoft has given up on Windows 8). New features are always welcome, no matter how small. But Microsoft seems to be struggling to achieve the annual OS updates that Apple has been delivering for the past several years, including this year’s forthcoming iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite (see related article from The Verge, The 22 most important things Apple announced at WWDC 2014).

SAP has also had difficulty finding a definitive cadence with its updates to the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform. After the much-delayed BI 4.0 and nice but feature-lite BI 4.1, 2014 was supposed to be the year of the rumored BI 4.2. But instead, it’s been the year of integration of SAP Lumira and SAP Lumira Server (and therefore SAP HANA) into the existing BI 4.1 release. The integration kit between the two BI platforms was shown earlier this year at SAP SAPPHIRE in Orlando, with the SAP BI4 platform described as a classic Porsche 911 and the Lumira Server platform described as a cutting-edge Tesla. But the integration kit is still in ramp-up awaiting general availability.

Tesla Motors Black

There’s no BI 4.2 on the 2014 release calendar (see related SAP BusinessObjects Maintenance Schedule Calendar). In fact, even the year-end release of BI 4.1 SP5 has recently disappeared from the calendar, no doubt a casualty of SAP transitioning BI 4 platform development to Bangalore as all-things-Lumira takes center stage in SAP offices around the globe. So it looks like SAP BusinessObjects users will end 2014 with two versions of Crystal Reports, two semantic layer designers (the Universe Design Tool and the Information Design Tool), three versions of Web Intelligence (Java, HTML, and Rich Client), two dashboarding tools (Xcelsius/Dashboards and Design Studio), Explorer effectively marooned on an Adobe Flash desert island, and now two BI platforms- the classic SAP BI4 platform and the new HANA-based Lumira Server platform. And no point release to the BI4 platform to continue progress on shrinking functionality gaps.

Yesterday, SAP announced a new BI Strategy and Direction webcast for September 9, 2014. SAP executive Jayne Landry along with Ty Miller, Blair Wheadon, and even my friend, co-worker, and SAP Mentor Greg Myers will discuss the future of SAP’s BI initiatives. You can post questions to Twitter using the #askSAP hashtag (see Jayne Landry’s blog, Unleash Your Collective Insight, and register for the webcast). September 9 is also the rumored date for Apple to announce it’s latest iPhone and iPad models, although it’s latest iOS 8 and OS X Mavericks will continue to support a large number of Apple customers with older devices.

At least we’ll see how much gas is left in the Porsche 911 tank.

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Is your organization going to trade in its Porsche 911 for a HANA-powered Tesla? What are your thoughts on the future of the SAP BI platform?

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.

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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?