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Is the BI KIT needed on the Consumer portal?


We are in the process of upgrading to BI 2004s SP9 from BW 3.5. Our future landscape will consist of BI 2004s ABAP instance with a separate BI 2004s EP Java instance (producer) and a 2004s EP instance (Consumer portal).

Do we need to install the BI Kit on our consumer portal (EP instance) or should we use the already installed BI KIT on the BI 2004s Java instance (Producer portal)?

Thanks for your answer in advance,


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    Posted on Jan 05, 2007 at 09:18 PM

    I try to understand you question: "consumer" is the production system? There you need the Server side components, as these help you to connect to the backend sources (e.g. BW or BI JDBC).

    But anyways: BI Kit is part of VC, it doesn't come separately.

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  • Posted on Jan 05, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Thanks for your quick response, we are going to have a federated portal scenario, one portal being the main enterprise portal (Consumer) and another will be used as a BI Java portal (Producer). From a best business scenario, since we are going to have two portals in production, which one should be used to develop and deploy BI applications, the consumer or the producer portal?

    Hope this makes more sense,



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      If I understand you correctly, you have two portals in a federated portal environment; the Producer and the Consumer. Both are, as I understand, "productive" portals (as we call them), which means: end users are working with it (and of course messing it up).

      But I assume that you also have developer portals, where your IT folks are creating iViews, building pages etc. and then transporting them to the Producer and Consumer portal?

      If yes, then you of course need the Visual Composer (designtime) in the developer portal. The connectivity (i.e. the backend connectors - server side stuff) you need in both types of portals (productive and developer).

      Hope that is the answer to your question...

  • Posted on Jan 06, 2007 at 05:01 AM

    One last question, should VC BI applications be transported to the producer or the consumer portal, I am assuming they should work from both portals if the backend connectivity is there but what is the best practice?

    Thanks again and have a good weekend,


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