BI Connector v5.0 is Released, Connect Excel to OBIEE and Self-service License Management

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BI Connector Release

BI Connector version 5.0 released on August 31, 2020. The release has made BI Connector better on 2 aspects:

  1. New features
  2. Ease of use

Let’s see what are the new capabilities and how we have enhanced the user convenience in using BI Connector.

New features

BI Connector now enables users to connect from new apps to OBIEE.

In BI Connector v5.0, we’ve added:

  1. Connectivity from Excel to OBIEE
  2. Support for Power BI Report Server

Connectivity from Excel to OBIEE

The users’ love for Excel hasn’t faded despite the availability of many visualization tools. The simplicity and ease of use that spreadsheets provide are in fact the reason behind the user affinity towards Excel.

So we’ve come up with the Excel to OBIEE connector in this release, v5.0. Now you can connect from Excel to OBIEE Subject Areas and Reports for your analysis.

The Power BI to OBIEE Connector now supports Excel to OBIEE connectivity also.

You can simply download and install the Power BI to OBIEE Connector, and connect Excel to OBIEE as well.

You can check out the following support articles for connecting from Excel to OBIEE Subject Areas and Reports:
Connecting Excel to OBIEE Subject Areas
Connecting Excel to OBIEE Reports

Support for Power BI Report Server

As many users are aware, the Power BI to OBIEE Connector was so far available in Desktop and Server editions for connecting Power BI Desktop and Service to OBIEE respectively.

The server edition supported scheduled refresh via the On-premise Gateway as well.

With the release of v5.0, BI Connector has just added another feather to the cap of the Power BI to OBIEE Connector by supporting connectivity from the Power BI Report Server to OBIEE.

Check out the below articles to get started with connecting Power BI Report Server to OBIEE:
Connecting Power BI Desktop (Optimized for Report Server) to OBIEE Subject Areas
Connecting Power BI Desktop (Optimized for Report Server) to OBIEE Reports
Configuring Scheduled Refresh in Power BI Report Server

Ease of use

BI Connector has also prioritized the ease of use in v5.0 and rolled out a critical enhancement to BI Connector license management.

In v5.0, the users can transfer a license key from one machine to another in DIY mode using the Deactivate button in the License Activation window.

Hence, the need to raise a license release request to BI Connector Support is eliminated!

Check out the below articles to learn how to deactivate a BI Connector license:

Deactivate BI Connector license online
Deactivate BI Connector license offline

There are many more exciting updates in the queue for the upcoming releases. Subscribe to BI Connector blogs and stay tuned!