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SAP preps 'huge' BI upgrade

Chris Kanaracus | Feb. 8, 2011
SAP is gearing up to launch Business Objects 4.0, its biggest business intelligence release in roughly three years, later this month at an event in New York.

Web Intelligence was released more than 10 years ago and was always intended to someday supplant DeskI, of which usage has waned, SAP said in a statement.

WebI "now covers the vast majority of Desktop Intelligence features, and has a wealth of features (such as mobility, interoperability with other clients, and multidimensional semantic layer support) that DeskI does not have," it added.

One Business Objects Board poster echoed those statements: "I've been using WebI now pretty much full-time for the last four years and honestly, I don't like going back to DeskI. I have missed some of the features, but they are now mostly all available in the latest version of WebI."

DeskI users won't be completely abandoned, as the product will retain mainstream support on Business Objects XI 3.1 until 2015 and Priority One support until 2017, according to SAP.

 

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