On June 15th, SAP announced the much anticipated release of Service Pack 4 (SP4) for BI 4.0. SP4 contains all the features of FP3 and can be installed on top of 4.0, SP1, or SP2. It is currently available only as a patch install. A full install is expected to be available in the first week of July.
The patch will provide fixes up to SP2 Patch 2.16 or FP3 and Patch 4.1 is expected to be released in the middle of July, which will bring fixes current for all three SP versions (SP2, FP3, and SP4).
I was curious as to the features and improvements offered in the new patch, so I installed this in the DMI Lab. Hopefully my experience will help you determine whether it’s worth the investment on your part. In my opinion
- The features/enhancements are well worth the download.
- If short on storage, I recommend you should remove all the patches for SP2 due to the large Install cache for revision maintenance.
- All client tools should be updated in SP4 to ensure that they work correctly, including Explorer.
- Mobile servers are removed as part of the release and no longer required as they are integrated with the Central Management Console.
- Mobile server removal eliminates concerns about mobile server configuration and database setup as mobile events are taken care of in the default audit database.
- The drill down features is user friendly and highly interactive on the mobile interface. It provides you with more detailed data, which is evident in the following snapshots.
As mentioned above, the snapshot showcases drill down as very user friendly and interactive.
The additional functionality, detail, and ease of use make the SP a definite value add.
In sum, I am pleased with the Service Pack 4.0. It has all the features of the much awaited FP3 and more. Mobile BO is now well integrated with the traditional clients and delivering up to the mark results, as well as saving a lot of time. The initial review of SP4 shows that SAP has given BI professionals a product of the year and it’s just the second quarter. It will be interesting to see how the forums continue to post, but so far, the results have been very pleasing.