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BI 4.3 - publish a chart or table as a web service - Deprecated?

Hi,

We are testing new 4.3 release on a sandbox environment to validate that previous 4.2 SPX features does work fine.

We are trying to publish a chart as a Web Service as described on SAP documentation

https://help.sap.com/viewer/9f1a7582950c4d9fb505fc92dbb422c3/4.3/en-US/4733b8366e041014910aba7db0e91070.html

Reading the guide It looks like this feature is now only available in the Rich Client (removed from WebI HTML Fiori)

Select the table or chart that you want to publish, right-click and select Publish as Web Service to display the Publish Content wizard.

But we have tried it and when righ-clicking the option "Publish as Web Service" does not appear.

What is more we don't see the Web Service Publisher icon mentioned on the guide.

Has been feature deprecated and documentation is not updated?

Regards,

Alfons

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  • Posted on Sep 02 at 09:40 AM

    as mention in the "SAP Business Intelligence Suite Release Restrictions" Guide:

    https://help.sap.com/viewer/53bc7eda3cf7470199ce18aa970117cf/4.3/en-US/01c6817b897246449799160d8afa0412.html

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    Query as a Web Service & Document as a Web Service

    Query as a Web Service & Document as a Web Service have been replaced with the new Document as a source feature that allows to build queries on existing SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence documents. Please refer to Building queries on Web intelligence documents for more information.

    ● Query as a Web Service Designer is no longer delivered in SAP BusinessObjects BI client tools install

    ● Document as a Web Service feature has been removed from SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Rich Client

    ● Both are no longer available as data sources to build queries in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

    If you want to use existing Query as a Web Service & Document as a Web Service, you can leverage SAP BusinessObjects RESTful Web Service SDK, please refer to the SAP BusinessObjects RESTful Web Service SDK User Guide for Web Intelligence and the BI Semantic Layer.

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  • Posted on Sep 03 at 07:35 AM

    Hi Ayman,

    Thanks for the reference. Yes, it sounds quite obvious that the feature does not longer exist by now. But before to go ahead to replace all our existing investment on WS by REST SDK developments we would like to be sure that this is a definitely "deprecation".

    The same document you mentioned says following

    "The features in the list below will be added in future support packages:

    Shared Elements

    SAP HANA Online Mode UI Customization

    Extension Points

    Freeze Header

    Send to FTP

    Query/ Document as a Web Service"

    So it looks lilke that the feature was not currently available but will reappear on future SP.

    It's quite annoying because it might be SP01 (December) or who know when.

    Under these circumstances it's quite difficult to plan when to move towards 4.3 when your current SAP BI 4.2 platform is using some of these missing features.

    Alfons

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