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SAP Business Objects Analysis for MS Office 1.4 Add-on for BIP

Feb 15, 2017 at 11:57 PM

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We are currently running BOBJ 4.1 SP5, which requires two BIP add-ons installations, which are:

- SAP Business Objects Analysis for MS Office 1.4 Add-on for BIP

- SAP Business Objects Design Studio 1.2 Add-on for BIP

We intend to upgrade to SAP Business Objects BI platform 4.2 SP2 FP5, and require clarification on when we upgrade:

Q1) Do the BIP Add-ons require re-installation for newer version? There is unclear information in documentation, as to whether the BIP add-ons are now built into 4.2 SP2 FP5 standard install or whether the BIP Add-Ons remain SEPARATE install packages?

Q2) Is the core functionality of the BIP Add-On for both Analysis for Office and Design Studio ONLY for scheduling? Is this required for connectivity to Business Objects/Hana in standard usage (not scheduled)?

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Nameesh Jain Feb 15, 2017 at 11:58 PM
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@alexander.peter - do you know this answer?

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Tammy Powlas
Feb 16, 2017 at 10:09 AM
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First, please note that 1.4 is out of maintenance - please look at 2.3 or 2.4

Design Studio 1.2 hasn't been available for a very long time; please look at 1.6

The add-ons (Design Studio and Analysis Office) are separate packages and you will need to install the package related to your version (e.g 4.2 for Design Studio 1.6)

This is all covered in the SAP Product Availability Matrixhttps://support.sap.com/release-upgrade-maintenance/pam.html

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Hi Tammy - Thanks for responding. Yes, we plan to go with latest versions of the tools. My question was more geared towards the following:

1) Are the BIP Add-Ons still in use with latest versions or is the functionality now included with BOBJ installs?

2) It has been difficult to locate documentation on what exactly the AO and Design Studio BIP Add-ons provide for each tool. Though Add-ons are separate installs from BOBJ BI platform, there does not seem to be a product guide for the BIP itself. Also, the standard AO or Design Studio product guides "mention" the BIP Add-On, but don't provide detail as to its full functionality.

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Sony - the add-ons provide you the ability to use the tools on the BI launchpad - for Analysis Office, this includes scheduling workbooks. The SAP Help doesn't provide this? https://help.sap.com/viewer/product/SAP_BUSINESSOBJECTS_ANALYSIS_OFFICE/2.4.1.0/en-US

You still need to install the add-ons separately - and like I said, 1.4 went out of maintenance last year, it is time to look at installing 2.3 or 2.4

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Tammy Powlas
Feb 24, 2017 at 06:49 PM
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Hi - it looks like you have updated your question

Q1: Yes, you need to install the add-ons relevant to your version, e.g. going from BI4.1 to 4.2 will require the related 4.2 Design Studio add-on

Q2: To clarify, Design Studio does not support scheduling; Analysis Office does.

The BI platform is the preferred platform for Design Studio

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