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SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Support Package 6 Released

The next major release of BusinessObjects BI 4.0 was made available on the Service Marketplace yesterday. This release includes all of the fixes and features from Support Package 5, as well as the fixes from Patches 5.1 – 5.5 and Patches 4.4 – 4.11.  Always be sure to check your current BusinessObjects patch level before upgrading — this release might not include all of your current patches!

In addition to over 500 fixes across the entire platform, Support Package 6 also includes a few enhancements.

Improved Support

Again, SAP extends browser support for BusinessObjects, adding full support for Internet Explorer 10. Also, Web Intelligence is now fully supported in both Chrome and Firefox ESR 17.0.x. Java JRE 7 is supported across the board for all browsers.

SP6 also adds support for all client tools on Windows 8 as well as support for Microsoft Office 2013.

Changes to Data Sources

A handful of new data sources were added in SP6, including Oracle Exadata 11 and Teradata 14 support. There’s improved support on the OLAP side too, including support for Microsoft Analytic Services 2012 and the latest releases of both SAP BW and SAP’s EPM offerings. More importantly, quite a few more data sources have been deprecated — including Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Access and Excel 2003, and Sybase SQLAnywhere 10.

Web Intelligence RESTful SDK

Finally, the latest web services based SDK is included for the management of Web Intelligence documents. This has been much awaited by developer types like myself, since the old REBean SDK was incomplete in the 4.0 release. Using this SDK, you can manage Web Intelligence documents, reports, and data providers. You can also refresh and schedule documents. The best part is that this SDK can be consumed by any language or application that can consume web services — without the need to install additional binaries. This will open the door for a lot more integration possibilities with Web Intelligence.

For More Information

With all the fixes included, Support Package 6 looks to be the most stable and reliable release of BI 4.0 yet. For more information, check out the Support Package 6 Release Documentation. Both a full installation package and a patch installer for SP6 are available now on the Service Marketplace.

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  1. Added functionality is nice, but the biggest win for this release could be stability. Organizations waiting for BI4 have been disappointed by the many bugs in various versions. The best thing SP6 can deliver is a stabile version of the product!