Contributed by Sue Waite

The following information is related to recent updates to the SAP BusinessObjects Data Services and Information Steward release plan.

What’s new in the Data Services and Information Steward release plan?
With the recent decision to deliver an SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Feature Pack 3 release Business Analytics blog post, Data Services and Information Steward’s release plans have also been revised.

Which EIM products are included in this updated release plan?

The products included are:

  • SAP BusinessObjects Data Services 4.1
    • SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator 4.1
    • SAP BusinessObjects Data Quality Management 4.1
    • SAP BusinessObjects Data Quality Management SDK 4.1
  • SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward 4.1

 

Note that the “SAP BusinessObjects Data Quality Management, version for SAP Solutions” product and the “SAP BusinessObjects Rapid Marts for SAP” are not included in this 4.1 release plan.

What are the new product features in SAP BusinessObjects Data Services (DS) 4.1 and SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward (IS) 4.1?

There are many new product features in DS and IS. The highlights include:

  • New simplified user interface for Data Services loads into HANA and other systems
  • Expanded regions and languages support for global data quality and text analytics coverage
  • Enhanced support of multi source BI universe metadata

 

Why was this change made?

Data Services 4.1 and Information Steward 4.1 both leverage the Business Intelligence Platform (or IPS) for common services such as security and administrative capabilities.  With the adjustment of the BI 4.0 Feature Pack 3 release timeframe, the release of Data Services and Information Steward must also be adjusted.

You can deploy the 4.1 releases on your existing DS 4.0 and IS 4.0 deployments without waiting for the availability of other support package releases.  Additionally, the installation of the new product features will be a straightforward install that does not require a major upgrade.

So why are these called Data Services 4.1 and Information Steward 4.1 instead of 4.0 Feature Pack 3?

A minor release typically includes significant changes and fixes based upon feedback after the GA of a major release.   Due to the new content that will be included in these Data Services and Information Steward releases, we continue with the 4.1 release nomenclature.

Data Services 4.1 and Information Steward 4.1 will be compatible with BI 4.0 Feature Pack 3 and greater releases.

Should I wait for Data Services 4.1 and/or Information Steward 4.1 to release before upgrading to DS 4.0 and/or IS 4.0?

No. The best path forward is to deploy Data Services 4.0 and Information Steward 4.0 today to get your system ready for production. Then install the appropriate 4.1 release as soon as it becomes available. DS 4.1 & IS 4.1 will be released with an update installer. The content of DS 4.1 and IS 4.1 can simply be added on top of your existing 4.0 deployment.

How can customers deploy Data Services 4.1 and Information Steward 4.1?

The installation process for Data Services 4.1 and Information Steward 4.1 will support both new installs, as well as updates to an existing 4.0 install. New customers will be able to install the 4.1 releases using the new installer mode without requiring a pre-deployment of the 4.0 builds. Existing customers will be able to upgrade your DS 4.0 and IS 4.0 environments by applying the DS 4.1 and/or IS 4.1 updates.

Will there be fixes or continued support packages for Data Services 4.0 or Information Steward 4.0, prior to the release of DS 4.1 and IS 4.1?

Yes.  We will continue to deliver support packages, and fix patches as needed, for the Data Services and Information Steward 4.0 line (e.g., Support Pack 1, Fix patch 1, 2 , etc.) to support customers currently on DS/IS 4.0.

Data Services 4.0 SP2 will release in 4Q 2011 in conjunction with the HANA 1.0 SP3 release. This SP2 will also include updated certifications for 2012 Global Addressing support.

Will Data Services 4.1 and Information Steward 4.1 include a ramp-up process?
Yes. Since these 4.1 releases include new features, they will have a ramp-up.

How can I get involved in the ramp-up?
Please contact your account manager. We are excited about the 4.1 releases for Data Services and Information Steward and will start accepting pre-nominations in 1Q 2012

 

 

For additional questions to these changes to the release plan, please contact your account representative or feel free to add a comment, question to this blog post.