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Hi BI Community,

We are extremely pleased to announce the introduction of Chat Support for BI.  Chat Support is one of our Real Time support offerings that is available to our BI customers.  Customers who use Chat Support are instantly connected with an experienced SAP BI Support Engineer.  The SAP BI Support Engineer will provide immediate assistance in order to help resolve your BI support issue during the Chat session.

This initiative has started as a pilot for BI Product Support and has been rolled out to three Topic areas:

BI Administration (Component BI-BIP-ADM)

All security issues and issues pertaining to Rights and Permissions

Issues dealing with Encyclopedia

Problems with the various servers in the Business Intelligence Platform

BW Publisher

Security Viewer

All Enterprise printing and export issues with Crystal Reports on the Server

Crystal Report Refresh issues in Enterprise

Issues with Query as a Web Service (QaaWS) consumption in a Crystal report

OpenDocument issues with Crystal reports.

BI Publications (Component BI-BIP-PUB)

General scheduling, publishing, and exporting issues with publications

Issues with publications where the source document is a Crystal Report and the report itself fails to schedule.

BI Dashboards (Components BI-RA-XL*)

All Xcelsius/Dashboard install, design and refresh issues

Issues publishing Xcelsius/Dashboard models to Infoview, .swf, .ppt, etc.

Issues related to Query as a Web Service (QaaWS), Live Office, and BW consumption in an Xcelsius/Dashboard model.

Issues with Xcelsius/Dashboard and BI Widgets

Using the Incident Wizard, you will see a new "Chat Support" button when you select one of these components (BI-BIP-ADM, BI-BIP-PUB, BI-RA-XL)

Selecting the button will connect you to an SAP BI Support Engineer via a Chat session. To keep track of your chat, the SAP BI Support Engineer will create an incident on your behalf.

This Chat Button will only appear:

·         For the BI Components areas mentioned above

·         If a SAP BI Support Engineer is ready to take your Chat.

We have SAP BI Support Engineers online globally during the working week to assist you via Chat.  For further details on how this works, reference SAP Knowledge Base 2213344 - How to start a chat with SAP Support [video] which provides a video demonstration.

I encourage you to give this a try in order to get a faster resolution to your BI Product support topics.

Any feedback you have is very welcome. The best way to provide it is via the Chat, when prompted at the end of the session. Your feedback will help us to improve the Chat Support experience for the roll-out of this service across all of the BI components.

Thanks and regards,

Mike Griffiths

Global Director, SAP BI Product Support