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Yesterday we had an ASUG webcast with SAP's srikanthr.raok covering what is new in Mobile BI 5.1 for iOS.  Mobile BI 5.1 iOS is planned for release in the third week of December this month (always subject to change).  Below is Part 1 of my notes.  The typical disclaimer applies that anything in the future is subject to change.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows the content types supported by Mobile BI

Container Enhancements


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows enhancements resulting from usability testing at ASUG events, based on that feedback

The big change is on the left side a list of categories – both corporate and personal categories

It will show downloaded icon (blue ribbon)

Enhancements are made to try to avoid confusion


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows how the offline mode works.  If the app goes to offiline it remains the same – see only the downloaded documents


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows "Search on server" will show list of documents based search criteria such as the title.

SAP said they want to make the search workflow simpler for end users


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows the download progress indicator.


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows SSO support for Mobile BI.  The BI Platform has 4 different types of authentication

Option to enable SSO shown above.  Right now active directory via Kerberos is not available.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows you can enable logs in the application – go to additional settings.  You can view the logs, email them or send to SAP support team


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows QR code integration

You can disable offline samples through a setting and they have enhanced the help.


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Figure 9 shows the ability to change the BI platform password on the mobile device, for your Mobile BI only users.  This is an interesting idea.

Part 2 to come when I have time.


If you are an ASUG member, ASUG is having a survey to "Shape the direction of ASUG BI webcasts and education sessions:" 2013 ASUG Business Intelligence Community Survey – Open until December 16.  The link to take the survey is

In return for your time, ASUG volunteers will randomly select winners to receive a copy of the just-released Integrating SAP BusinessObjects BI with SAP NetWeaver (3rd Edition) (covers BI4.1) or a copy of Mastering SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio with SAP NetWeaver BW which covers the recently released version 1.2

BI 2014 in March in Orlando has a Mobile BI Track.  See this link for a discount.

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