ASUG Kentucky Chapter Meeting

Join me at the March 22 ASUG Kentucky chapter meeting at NKU.

Going Mobile with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0On Friday, March 22, 2013, I’ll be speaking at the ASUG Kentucky chapter meeting at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).

Going Mobile with SAP BusinessObjects BI4

SAP BusinessObjects BI4 Support Pack 5 and Mobile BI 4.4 arrived late last year, adding mobile support for SAP Dashboards and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio. It also extended capabilities for mobile Crystal Reports, Explorer, and Web Intelligence. In this session, we’ll take a look at the current state of SAP Mobile BI, what’s coming in the future with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1, and how best to deploy mobile business intelligence in your organization.

SAP Explorer iPad

This presentation is an updated version of the mobility presentation given earlier this month at the St. Louis BusinessObjects User Group meeting.

Register for this event on the ASUG web site.

Number Five is Alive!

The mysterious number 5 on Apple’s event invitation.

Why let the pundits have all the phone fun? Here’s my best guess. Giving out the model number of the next iPhone is too generous for a company that prides itself on secrecy. My vote is on five product announcements:

  • Redesigned iPod Shuffle
  • Redesigned iPod Nano
  • Redesigned iPod Touch, rebranded as the iPad Nano (see my February 2012 article, The iPad Family)
  • The Amazon Fire-breathing iPad Mini tablet
  • And one more thing, the new iPhone

“Five” may also refer to the number of aspirin Andreas will be taking on September 12 to ease the headache caused by the noisy din of his coworkers talking about Apple’s latest product announcement.

On an unrelated note, is anyone else surprised that Short Circuit is actually available on Blu Ray?

I’m excited – the replacement for my trusty Apple iPhone 3GS is soon at hand. Number Five is Alive!

What do you think Apple will announce next Wednesday?

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 SP4 Released!

Microsoft Office 2010, mobile Web Intelligence, and more.

IMPORTANT: SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 5 (SP5) was released on December 8, 2011. Be sure to review the SAP BusinessObjects Maintenance Schedule and its associated Forward Fit Plan to make sure that any Service Pack or Fix Pack contains the fixes you expect it to. Also keep in mind that some of the latest features in the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile BI app only work if the latest Fix Pack is applied to the server.

Today, SAP released SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 4 (SP4). This service pack includes the Microsoft Office 2010 compatibility that was introduced in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 SP3 Fix Pack 3.4. For most customers, service packs are more palatable than fix packs, so the release of SP4 is really good news. Mobility fans should note that there is also a separate download for SAP BusinessObjects Mobile XI 3.1 Service Pack 4. Service Pack 4 is a prerequisite for the forthcoming release of BI Mobile for the Apple iPad, which was demonstrated at the recent SAP SAPPHIRE conference and is expected by the end of June 2011. As usual, there are separate SP4 downloads for apps such as Crystal Reports 2008, Lifecycle Manager, and Live Office. And as usual, expect multiple tries before getting a complete and uncorrupted download from the SAP Support Portal. As of this writing I did not see any new service packs for Xcelsius 2008 or Explorer XI 3.2 (currently on SP2).

As with any service pack, always review the release notes and deploy first to a non-critical sandbox (a virtual machine is really good for this) before upgrading a production environment. Remember that for most customers, development is really a production environment for developers. So find a non-critical sandbox. I’ll be doing the same over the next few days so I can articulate clear upgrade plans.

To all of the developers at SAP – thank you for getting this service pack out. We know you’ve been extremely busy (and stressed) getting BI4 ready for general availability (GA).

Service Pack 4 is available from the SAP Support Portal with a valid S-ID.

UPDATE: Thanks Diversified Semantic Layer host Eric Vallo for pointing out the following link to SAP Knowledge Base article 1596293 (S-ID required). It’s one-stop-shopping for SP4 with links to other SP4-related knowledge base articles. And thanks to ASUG volunteer Tammy Powlas for pointing out that release notes of all varieties can be found on the SAP Support Portal at (S-ID required).

Will your organization deploy SP4 and Web Intelligence on the Apple iPad? Or go straight to BI4? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.