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SAP BusinessObjects SDK Features BI Platform Services

Compare the key developer features in versions 3.1 and 4.0

Last Updated February 2012
Compiled by Terry Penner, Geoff Bazira

BI Platform Services

Core Services - Java, .NET and Web Services SDK in 3.1 and 4.0

  • Session Management
  • User Authentication (Enterprise, LDAP, Active Directory, SAP)
  • Browse Enterprise folders
  • Schedule report for offline viewing
  • Set runtime report parameters
  • OpenDocument – Viewing content
    • 4.0 - Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports 2011, Crystal Reports for Enterprise, Analysis for OLAP, Explorer, Dashboards
    • 3.1 – Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports 2008, Desktop Intelligence, Xcelsius, Voyager, Explorer

Content Management – Java and .NET SDK in 3.1 and 4.0

  • BI Launch pad / Infoview Features
    • Add, Edit, Remove content from repository
    • Burst/Publish (Sending documents to external users, groups)
    • Set runtime parameters
    • Manage instances - find instances, schedule refresh, etc.
    • Create/modify schedule calendars
    • Manage user permissions
    • Multilingual content support
  • Search – Java in 4.0
    • Search repository for Universe objects, WebI docs, Crystal Reports documents, and unstructured documents such as Word, Excel, PDF.

Platform Administration – Java in 4.0

  • Central Management Console Features
  • Object Security
  • Events and alerting
  • Server administration
  • Federation
  • Monitoring - Create probes, alerts, watch lists, metrics
  • Auditing
  • Localization and language packs
  • Cryptographic key management

Custom Product Branding and Theming

  • Planned innovation for a future release
  • No coding required
  • Key branding and theming focus areas are:
    • Installer
    • BI launch pad
    • OpenDocument
    • BI Workspace
    • SAP Crystal Reports
    • Other products planned for future releases

Documentation and Samples
Official Product Tutorials – SAP BO BI Suite SAP BusinessObjects BI Code and Samples
SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x Developer SDK Library

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