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SAP BusinessObjects BI Universe

All of the current Ideas that mention SAP BusinessObjects BI Universe integration are marked as completed as this feature was offered pre June/July release. This is nearly a critical requirement for adoption in my organization.

I had previously heard that this was removed due to licencing restrictions, can we get an official response on that? Is there any possibility of this being re-integrated?

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely needed, the level of ease this will provide is significant enough to request a connector.

      • katie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We essentially only use Business Objects and Power BI - but still have to pick a favorite when it comes to projects. Please integrate so we can use the query capacity of Business Objects and the visualization strength of Power BI.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        MS and SAP really need to work this out. This would be a major win for both companies as it would give developers the best of both worlds. The universe layer eliminates the need to manage database views and provides a level of security. The visualizations in Power BI far surpass WebI

      • Doug Newton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Jerome, not quite true. (1) SAP BO has a web API that MS could talk to, and (2) MS already had a BO universe integration in the past, with Power Query or Power Pivot, I forget. It was removed in Office 2016.

      • jerome commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think you have to contact SAP / BO for this first.
        they have to support MDX or DAX query languages first.
        so they have to implement an OLEDB for OLAP driver for example.
        because the BO system is proprietary and do not use any standard we can see in other products (like SAP HANA, Hyperion, SSAS....)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The only thing that is keeping us away from using Power BI is the connectivity with BO Universe. We are using BO as our reporting tool and really want to introduce Power BI as our dashboard tool.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Definitely needed this option, otherwise have to do all of the ETL again and maintain two versions, which is not a viable solution

      • Beth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yeah... so we have many SAP universes. We're looking to connect to Power BI, but don't want to have to build an entire SQL Server Data Warehouse JUST to connect to Power BI. Is there any solution in sight?

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