by Adam Binnie, Global VP & GM, Business Intelligence, SAP

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  On Friday, June 15, 2012, feature pack 3 for the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.0 suite was released for general availability. This product release successfully progressed through ramp-up in just over two months – an unprecedented achievement at SAP!

The new innovations in this release reaffirm SAP’s position as a business intelligence market leader and we are very excited that you, our customers and business partners, recognize the value of feature pack 3 for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite.

This much anticipated release provides many improvements and enhancements for our customers, which include:

  • Exciting new exploration views with SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
  • New ways to extend BI to mobile devices
  • Support for Hadoop and further integration with SAP HANA for big data
  • Tighter integration with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW)
  • Integration with SAP StreamWork for collaborative decisions

 

The above is just a taste of what feature pack 3 has to offer.  I invite you to join us on July 17th for more of the fireworks at our virtual event, the SAP Analytics Forum. Learn more about the great innovations in this release!

For those of you that want more detail, feature pack 3 is delivered within support pack 4 for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite.  Today, you can acquire feature pack 3 by applying support pack 4 to your existing SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 landscape as an update.  In a few weeks you will be able to acquire feature pack 3 by deploying support pack 4 as a new installation.

Frequently Asked Question

Please see below for more details on feature pack 3 and support pack 4 for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite.

Q.  What is the name of the software that I should look for in SAPs Software Download Center?
A.  Today the software is available as a patch and can be found under Support Packages and Patches > Browse our Download Catalog > SAP BusinessObjects portfolio > SBOP BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE PLATFORM (SBOP ENTERPRISE) > SBOP BI PLATFORM (ENTERPRISE) > SBOP BI PLATFORM 4.0 > SBOP BI Platform Servers 4.0 SP04 (including FP03)

Q.  Does support pack 4 for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite include everything that was in feature pack 3?
A.  Yes

Q.  What versions of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite can support pack 4 be installed on top of?
A.  Support pack 4 can be installed on top of any version of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite.  See below for information on specific patch levels

Q.  Is support pack 4 available as an update install and a full install?
A.  Yes

Q. Which patches from support pack 2 are included in support pack 4?
A.  See note 1721866 for details

Q.  Which patches from feature pack 3 are included in support pack 4?
A.  See note 1721866 for details

Q.  When will new patches that are delivered for service pack 2 and feature pack 3 be forward fitted to service pack 4?
A.  See the full forward fit patch schedule

Q. Which versions of SAP Data Services and SAP Information Steward are compatible with support pack 4 for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite?
A.  Support Pack 3 for SAP Data Services 4.0 and SAP Information Steward 4.0 and Patch 2 for SAP Data Services 4.1 and SAP Information Steward 4.1 are compatible with support pack 4 for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite.

Q.  If I am an existing ramp-up customer for feature pack 3, do I have to update my system to support pack 4?
A.  It is recommended that you update over the next few months to the GA release of support pack 4 for the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 suite. Please consult the forward fit schedule above to better understand whether your current patch level is included in support pack 4 or in one of its patches.

Q.  I’m interested in the roadmap plans for the SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio, is there more information available?
A.  Yes, check out the latest SAP BusinessObjects BI Solutions Roadmap on service marketplace.

 

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