BI Connector v3.8 is Released, Check Out the New Features!

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BI Connector v3.8 is Released

Over at BI Connector, we continue to work towards improving our products in order to give you the best experience when it comes to visualizing OBIEE data. That is why we are happy to inform you that BI Connector v3.8 has just been released.

BI Connector v3.8 offers two new features: an easier connection from Power BI to OBIEE using DirectQuery and visualizing OBIEE subject areas with Qlik Sense.  Let’s dive into the details of the new features in BI Connector.

Connect from Power BI to OBIEE using DSN and DirectQuery

BI Connector in DirectQuery mode allows Power BI users to query live real-time data from OBIEE. Similar to Tableau’s live data connection, DirectQuery mode is a query-then-import model whereas ODBC mode is an import-then-query model.

BI Connector in DirectQuery mode allows Power BI users to query live real-time data from OBIEE. Similar to Tableau’s live data connection, DirectQuery mode is a query-then-import model whereas ODBC mode is an import-then-query model. Learn more about DirectQuery and how it compares to ODBC approach in this article.

In the previous version of BI Connector, users had to manually enter the OBIEE connection information every time for DirectQuery connection. This method was very cumbersome and time-consuming. However, the new BI Connector v3.8 has solved this problem by allowing users to connect to OBIEE using the pre-configured DSN name. Connecting to OBIEE via DirectQuery is now easy and can be done in 3 simple steps: 

    1. Install BI Connector
    2. Create DSNs for OBIEE Subject Areas and Reports
    3. Connect from Power BI to OBIEE using the DSN. View the video bellow:

QlikSense to OBIEE Subject Area Connector

In BI Connector v3.7, we launched the QlikSense to OBIEE Reports Connector. Shortly after, organizations such as Stratasys, the world leader in 3-D printing, are using this tool to integrate QlikSense to OBIEE.

We then noticed a limitation with BI Connector v3.7 was that users couldn’t create QlikSense visualizations from OBIEE subject areas. In order to visualize OBIEE data in QlikSense, users had to create a separate OBIEE report and then connect to it using BI Connector. Report creation was an inconvenient extra step that users had to go through.

BI Connector v3.8 solves this problem.  We are excited to announce that we now provide a direct connection from QlikSense to OBIEE subject areas.  With this new capability, users can now use the powerful in-memory visualization capability of Qlik Sense to visualize OBIEE data from subject areas and reports.

Learn more about this new feature in this article by my colleague Ridwan here.

You can review the BI Connector v3.8 release notes here.

Try BI Connector Free for 30 Days

Download the Power BI to OBIEE BI Connector here.

Download the Qlik Sense to OBIEE BI Connector here.

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