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EricFenollosa
Product and Topic Expert
Product and Topic Expert

The SAP Analytics Business Intelligence Statement of Direction provides guidance to our SAP BusinessObjects customers on the product directions of SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BusinessObjects solutions. We published a new version this month with some important updates which can be found here.

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SAP Analytics Cloud

SAP Analytics Cloud is SAP’s strategic analytics & planning offering and is changing the way our customers run their business, by allowing them to analyze their data in context and to make better and faster decisions. The integration of analytics and planning augmented by AI in one native cloud solution allows to move from insight to action, brings analytics closer to the point of decision, and provides trusted insights from customers’ most valuable data.

SAP Analytics Cloud’s vision is to provide trustworthy analytics consumable by any user from any context. The closed loop from insight to action allows customers to identify challenges, analyze options and execute decisions from one place.

Our knowledge of customer data and integration to business process enable customers to rapidly deploy analytics to address their most important business problems.

Going forward, we have four main investment areas: Enterprise Analytics, eXtended Planning & Analysis, SAP Integration and Generative AI.

SAP BusinessObjects BI

With more than 30 years of innovations, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform (SAP BusinessObjects BI) equips thousands of companies which reliably manage enterprise reporting use cases at scale. With upcoming versions following 4.3, available on premise and as managed cloud, your investments are safe beyond 2030.

New maintenance strategy

In alignment with SAP standard maintenance strategy, we will switch from yearly support packages to minor releases every 2 years, with Mainstream Support for 3 years followed by Customer Specific Maintenance. This new model will address the need for more stability while keeping regular updates.

We already plan for a next release, BI 2027, which should be available in Q4 2026, and supported until at least 2029, and we will revisit our roadmap on a regular basis.

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Plan your upgrade to BI 4.3

Version 4.2 will reach end of priority one support at the end of 2024.

As many did already, we strongly recommend all customers to upgrade to version 4.3 to benefit from the latest features, up-to-date platforms, connectivity and security standards, and to enjoy a modern user experience for the BI Launchpad and Web Intelligence.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 2025 and beyond

We plan to deliver SAP BusinessObjects BI 2025 in Q4 2024. With this new release, we will continue the modernization started in version 4.3 and streamline the suite by focusing on the core components while providing alternatives for unsupported ones.

Going forward, our strategy is based on 3 pillars: reach more business users, increase power users’ productivity and reduce total cost of ownership. To maximize the value for our customers, we will focus ongoing investments on the most-widely adopted SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions: SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, single source .unx universes, SAP Crystal Reports, and the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform.

SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office and SAP Lumira Designer will be maintained and supported, but no new feature will be delivered.

We will provide alternatives

With SAP BusinessObjects BI 2025, we will not deliver SAP Lumira Discovery, SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise, SAP BusinessObjects Universe Design Tool and .unv universes, multi-source universes and associated connectivity, SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for OLAP, SAP BusinessObjects Live Office and SAP BusinessObjects Mobile, but we are recommending alternatives for all use cases.

We will stop supporting AIX and Solaris after version 4.3 and will focus on Windows and Linux.

Move your analytics to the cloud

For companies willing to move analytics workloads to the cloud, we offer 2 complementary options: SAP BusinessObjects BI operated in a private cloud and SAP Analytics Cloud.

SAP BusinessObjects, private cloud edition is an opportunity to shift from a maintenance contract to a subscription model while leveraging your existing investments in SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions.

SAP Analytics Cloud is recommended for new applications, use cases and users.

Want to learn more?

Enjoy right now the full SAP Analytics Business Intelligence Statement of Direction.

2 Comments
MKreitlein
Active Contributor

@EricFenollosa 
thank you very much for this summary 👍

One question regarding SAC:

I assume, you are aware that there are still several (important) gaps when you compare the features of the New model vs. the Classic model and the Optimized Story Experience vs the Classic Design.

Is there a dedicated roadmap to close all these gaps?

It feels like a never-ending story of "newly developed tools" which will never reflect all the capabilities the "legacy" tools offered. This is really sad. 😪

Only one small example out of hundreds: https://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/idea/301001 ... from an end user perspective we don't understand why such "small things" obviously cause so huge changes?!

I think I'm speaking for the whole SAC community: Please focus on closing the gaps inside SAC and while doing this update these Influence requests to reflect the progress of long-desired features.

BR, Martin

richard_mooney
Advisor
Advisor

Hello Martin,

Thanks for the feedback. There is a dedicated roadmap internally to close most of the gaps. We don't publish to the external roadmap until there is a dedicated developer team working on the feature and only once they have committed internally to a timeline. I am happy to set up a call with you to walk through the internal roadmap.

In terms of the two main comments:

  1. For the transitions you mention, there was a reason we needed to do it and a desired outcome. In all cases, the newer artifact is now a better option for most use cases and customers and it took us a significant amount of investment to do it. Were we to wait until it was fully done it would never have been released because of the pressure to add new features to the old artifact. We release as soon as we think it will provide value for some use cases over its alternative and then build it out as fast as we can while providing clear direction to customers.
  2. Also, although with a cloud product we always will have some transitions and we need to make these transitions while keeping all customers running which is significantly harder than doing this on premise, the transitions you mention have been identified and made, so we will not need to do it again and they provide a foundation for our development into the future. We are also getting better at this.
  3. Finally, we do spend a lot of time on influence analysis. What often looks like a small feature externally can actually take a lot of investment, especially when we have to think about the right way to future proof the product, while supporting a large number of customers. The specific "Pin to Home" feature you mention is something we are looking at right now. It is in "Accepted" state so there will be roadmap item soon.
  4. We also do have a lot of work to do on responding to influence more promptly so customers can see where things are. We have got better on the items with the most votes but there is a lot to do on items with less votes. I am actively working on this. All heavily requested items are reviewed internally on a regular basis.

Will be in touch directly on the roadmap.

BR, Richard