Category Archives: SAP Business Objects Enterprise

Migrating to SAP BI4 4.2 SP5 or Crystal Server 2016 SP5? STOP! UPDATE.

It looks like there’s a definite problem.I’ve had an odd reply from SAP that talks about moving files from DEV to TEST to Production – presumably they’re talking about Promotion Management rather than Upgrade Management. After migrating, every recurring Crystal Report schedule will fail with the following error: File ~xyz123.wid not found on the File Repository Server. These… Read More »

Intel’s Meltdown and database performance

Unless you’ve been on an extended Christmas break with no TV or Internet, you’ll have heard of Intel’s recent troubles. While it’s true that most computers will not be noticeably affected, servers that read and write large amounts of data to disk will be impacted. In my world, that affects two things – databases and reports. Large queries… Read More »

SAP BI Event Server not monitoring File Events after migration

Had a strange problem with File Events after migrating reports from an existing Crystal Server 2011  (SAP BI 4.1) to Crystal Server 2013 (SAP BI 4.2). The customer was making extensive use of File Events to trigger reports. It was nice to see the feature being used well, but for some strange reason the events weren’t being triggered… Read More »

SAP BI 4.2/Edge 4.2 released

Short and sweet! If you have current maintenance for SAP BI4.2 or Edge 4.2, you will now be able to download the new release. You’ll need a new licence key, request through the normal SAP site. Our test server should be available within the next few days and we’ll be seeing how smoothly in-place upgrades go. We’re planning… Read More »

SAP BI4.2/Crystal Server 2016 – What’s New

Before you get excited, this hasn’t been released yet. SAP are promising 1st half of 2016, so somewhere between New Year and your summer holiday. It still makes an interesting read to see both specific features and general direction of the products. I’ve mentioned Crystal Server 2016 in here, but the name’s not official yet. It will be… Read More »

£3400 of software for £850! SAP Edge BI now available as a single user licence.

Changes to software licensing always make me groan – simplification normally means the price has increased. Anything else normally means it’s become more complex. Edge BI is nice and simple – named or concurrent licences. You then get the kitchen sink of software thrown at you! Crystal Reports, Crystal Reports for Enterprise, Crystal Dashboard, Web Intelligence, Lumira Desktop, Mobile access,… Read More »