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Hi Everyone,

I am very New to BuissinessObjects. can anyone help me by giving the details of the differences between versions in BO used.

Thanks a lot,


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  • Aug 02, 2012 at 09:21 AM

    Hi Anil,

    differences between SAP Business Objects reporting tool for XIR1-R3-4.0 versions.

    BO XI R2



    Column hiding-  If there is dependency of drilling, we can add the column to report but can hide it in display.


    Input controls  (filters can be changed dynamically)


    .wid can be saved on local machine (w/o accessing CMS)using WebI Rich Client (Faster execution of report) can use personal Data Providers


    link personal/external Data Providers


    Data tracking (from previous refresh)


    Optional prompts


    Document linking  (links to other WebI,Webs or any other resource accessible using WebI report )


    Query HTML (Editable SQL,change Uni on which  a Query is based, save n close the query.)



    Send to Users

    In XIR 2, users could send Desk-I to other users only via the Info View portal.

    Now  Desk-I users can send  Desk-I documents (.rep files) to other BO users using the Desk-I Application, for review prior to publishing the report to a larger audience. The documents need not be present on the CMS.


    Publishing enhancements

    When publishing Desk-I documents, users can now publish multiple documents to multiple recipients, and in multiple output formats.

    What is the difference b/w BOXI R3 and BOXIR4?

    Differences in B0O3.1 and BO4.0

    B0 XI 3.1

    BO 4.0

    1.       create one connection at a time in the universe

    1. Create multi source universe with new extn .UNX.
    2.       create one connection at a time in the universe
    1. Create multi source universe with new extn .UNX.
    3.       migration can be done by Import Wizard or LCM
    1. no import wizard
    4.       desktop intelligence
    1. no desktop intelligence
    5.       Graphs
    1. More graphs options
    6.       Not available
    1. Direct connection between SAP BW BEx query to Webi by BICS connection
    7.       Data Federator
    1. Data Federator is replaced by Multi source universe
    8.       Column Hiding
    1. Show Hide column direct option in the  Webi

    SAP BO 4.0 new feature:-

    Previous Version

    New Version

    Sap web intelligence

    Web intelligence

    SAP voyager

    Advance Analysis Web addition

    SAP Xcelsius

    Dashboard Design

    SAP Dashboard Builder

    BI Workspace (Content Linking function has been change. Its GUI is more graphical.)

    SAP Info view

    BI Launch Pad  (can open multiple reports at the same time like tabs and facet searching)


    Information Design Tool-- multiple databases on one connection and Universe extension changes: - .UNV to .UNX.


    Upgrade Management Tool  (for up-gradation of 3.1 data into 4.0)


    Monitoring:-To monitor all server performance and KPI based view

    Crystal Reports

    Crystal Reports:- included in package and GUI has been changed.

    Connectivity in BO4.0 with BW :-

    BO 4.0 using BICS connectivity which connects to SAP other products Like BW 4 times faster than any other BI tool.

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  • Jul 16, 2012 at 07:29 AM

    Hi Anil,

    Is your question focused on BO Explorer (iPad or Web?) or more related to the BI BO platform?



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