SAP BusinessObjects Connector: Install and Configure

Alation Cloud Service Applies to Alation Cloud Service instances of Alation

Customer Managed Applies to customer-managed instances of Alation

Configuration in SAP BO

Create a Service Account

STEP 1: Create User

Use the steps described below to create a service account and to grant it the required permissions.

  1. Log in into SAP BO Central Management Console (CMC) with admin credentials.

  2. Select the Users and Groups option.

  3. Click the Users List option.

  4. Right-click and select New User:

  5. Select Authentication type as Enterprise and fill in the other details.

  6. Select Access type as Guaranteed - named user. Alation recommends Guaranteed - named user so that the service account can get a token at any time to run extraction.

  7. Click Create & Close.

  8. The user can be found in the users list.

STEP 2: Create User Group

  1. Create a user group:

  2. Add the user created for Alation in Step 1 to this group.

STEP 3: Grant Permissions

The Service Account requires View permissions on folders and universes to extract metadata.

Universe Permissions
  1. Log in into CMC and select Universes in the dropdown.

  2. Click on Manage and select All Universes:

  3. Click on Add Principals:

  4. Click on the Group list and select the User Group created in Step 2. Click on Add and Assign Security:

  5. Select the View permission and click OK:

Folder Permissions
  1. Similarly, select Folders and select All Folders:

  2. Click Add Principals and select the group created in Step 2 of Universe Permissions.

  3. Click Add and Assign Security.

  4. Under the Access levels tab, select the View permission.

  5. Under the Advanced tab, click on Add/Remove Rights:

  6. Click Content:

  7. Select Web Intelligence under Content. Grant permissions to View SQL and click OK.


Configuration in Alation

STEP 1: Install the Connector

Alation On-Premise


Installation of OCF connectors requires Alation Connector Manager to be installed as a prerequisite.

To install an OCF connector:

  1. If this has not been done on your instance, install the Alation Connector Manager: Install Alation Connector Manager.

  2. Ensure that the OCF connector Zip file is available on your local machine.

  3. Install the connector on the Connectors Dashboard page using the steps in Manage Connectors.

Alation Cloud Service


On Alation Cloud Service instances, Alation Connector Manager is available by default.

Depending on your network configuration, you may need to use Alation Agent to connect to databases.

Connection via Alation Agent
  1. Ensure that Alation Agent is enabled on your Alation instance. If necessary, create a Support ticket with Alation for an Alation representative to enable the Alation Agent feature on your instance and to receive the Alation Agent installer.

  2. Install the Alation Agent.

  3. Install the OCF connector on Alation Agent.

Connection Without Agent

To install an OCF connector:

  1. Ensure that the OCF connector Zip file is available on your local machine.

  2. Install the connector on the Connectors Dashboard page using the steps in Manage Connectors.

STEP 2: Create and Configure a New BI Server Source

This configuration requires the role of the Server Admin.

Add a New BI Server Source

  1. Log in to the Alation instance and add a new BI Server source: Apps > Sources > Add > BI Server. The Register a Business Intelligence Server screen will open.

  2. From the Select a Business Intelligence Server type list, select BusinessObjects and enter a Title and a Description:

  3. Click Add. You will be navigated to your new BI Server source Settings page.

Configure the BusinessObjects BI Source

Perform the configuration on the Settings page.

  1. Configure Access:

    You can configure the visibility of a BI source and its child objects such as Folder and Report on the Access tab of the settings page. Refer to for information on how to configure the object privacy settings.

    Configure BI Source Visibility

    Applies from release 2023.3.5

    On the Access tab, follow these steps to set the BI source visibility:

    1. Select one of the following options for setting privacy level:

    • Public BI Server—The BI source will be visible to all users of the catalog.

    • Private BI Server—The BI Source will be visible to users that have been assigned the BI Server Admin or Viewer role. It will be hidden for all other users.

    1. Add one or more BI Server Admins or Viewers in the User Access section if required.

    For more information on BI Source, see Configure Access to OCF BI Sources

    Configure BI Folder and Report Visibility

    Applies from release 2024.1.4

    On the Settings under a BI Folder or Report, follow these steps to set visibility:

    1. Check the option Enable explicit permission to change access permission defined at the parent level object.

      This enables and allows permissions at the object level. By default, the access permissions are inherited from the parent level and are not editable.

    2. Select one of the following options for setting privacy level:

    • Public—The BI folder or report will be visible to all users of the catalog.

    • Private—The BI folder or report will be visible to users that have been assigned the BI Server Admin or Viewer role. It will be hidden for all other users.

    1. Add one or more BI Server Admins or Viewers in the User Access section if required.

    For more information on how to enable the feature and configure access to a folder or report, see Configure Access to OCF BI Folders and Reports

  2. Configure General Settings:


    This section describes configuring settings for credentials and connection information stored in the Alation database. If your organization has configured Azure KeyVault or AWS Secrets Manager to hold such information, the user interface for the General Settings page will change to include the following icons to the right of most options:


    By default, the database icon is selected, as shown. In the vault case, instead of the actual credential information, you enter the ID of the secret. See Configure Secrets for OCF Connector Settings for details.

    Upto 2021.1:


    From 2021.2:


    From 2021.3:




    Disable Hard Sync

    Leave this checkbox unselected.

    Selecting it will disable synchronization of BI objects between Alation and SAP BO.


    This is not applicable from version 2021.2

    Disable Automatic Lineage Generation

    Select the Disable Automatic Lineage Generation checkbox to skip the creation of automatic Lineage after extraction. When automatic Lineage generation is disabled, during extraction Alation does not calculate Lineage data for this BI source.

    For more information, see Disable Automatic Lineage Generation.


    This is applicable from version 2021.3

    Enable Raw-metadata Dump

    Leave this checkbox unselected.

    This parameter can be used for debugging. When selected, the connector will not post extracted meta data to Alation. The data will be stored in files which can be shared with Support for debugging.

    Enable Ingestion Replay from Metadata Dump

    Leave this checkbox unselected.

    This parameter can be used for debugging. Metadata from the files created when the Enable Raw-metadata Dump checkbox is selected will be loaded into Alation.

    Disable Permission Enforcement

    Leave this checkbox selected.

    Permission enforcement is not supported between BusinessObjects and Alation.

    Disable Certification

    Leave this checkbox selected.

    Certification of BI objects in BusinessObjects from Alation is not supported.

    Server URI

    Enter the server URI used to access BusinessObjects Launch Pad URL.

  3. Click Save to save the information you have entered.

  4. Specify Connector Settings:





    Enter BO API URL. API URL should end with a slash (“/”)

    BO Username

    Enter username of BusinessObjects Service Account

    BO Password

    Enter password of Business Objects Service Account

    Universe Connection Details

    Used to populate lineage. Provide the universe name and its data source hostname as key value pairs separated by the equals (=) symbol. Multiple universes should be separated by semicolons (;).

    Example: If the Customer universe is created from and the Human Resources.unx is derived from, then the values will be Customer=;Human Resources.unx=

    Disable Server Certification

    Used to bypass certificate validation for REST APIs (Not recommended). Applicable for HTTPS.

    Server SSL Certificate

    Upload the SAP BO Server certificate.

    Log Level

    Select the log level to generate logs. The available options are INFO, DEBUG, WARN, TRACE, ERROR, FATAL, ALL.


    This field is available from SAP BO OCF Connector version 1.1.0.

    Extract child Folders

    Enable this checkbox to extract child folders of selected folders along with selected folders from folders list.

    Request timeout in seconds

    Provide time in seconds to set timeout for each API.

    Cross-System Lineage:

    Cross-System Lineage is to generate lineage between this SAP BusinessObjects BI source and any supported data source by this connector. To generate the cross-system Lineage, specify the host name and the port number of this BI source on the RDBMS connector’s General Settings > Application Settings > BI Connection Info field in the format mentioned below:





    This image is from the supported data source General Settings page.

  5. Click Save.

  6. Under Test Connection, click Test to validate network connectivity.

  7. Configure metadata extraction under Extraction Settings. Turn on Selective Extraction, if required. Selective extraction settings are used to apply a filter to include or exclude a list of Folders.

    From connector version 1.1.0:

    Extraction of nested folders is supported in selective extraction. Users can extract the sub-folders by performing selective extraction and catalog them without extracting its parent folders.

  8. Click Get List of Projects to first fetch the list of Folders from BusinessObjects.

  9. The status of the Get Projects action is logged in the Job History table at the bottom of the Settings page.

  10. After folder synchronization is complete, a drop-down list of the main Level of public folders will become enabled.

  11. Select one or more Folders:

  12. Check if you are using the desired filter option. Available filter options are described below:

    Filter Option


    Extract all Folders except

    Extract metadata from all Folders except from the workspaces selected.

    Extract only these Folders

    Extract metadata only from the selected Folders.

  13. Click Run Extraction Now to extract metadata. The status of the extraction action is also logged in the Job History table at the bottom of the page.

  14. If you wish to automatically update the metadata extracted into the Catalog, under Automated and Manual Extraction, turn on the Enable Automated Extraction switch and select the day and time when metadata must be extracted. The metadata extraction will be automatically scheduled to run on the selected schedule.


  • Incremental MDE is not supported.

  • Metadata extraction can take more time if the number of objects selected for MDE is large.

  • The SAP BO queries should not have SAP BO specific template objects, as it does not show the lineage for the tables used in that query.

  • The SAP BO queries should be fully qualified for their datasources. For example, the query represented below is not fully qualified for MySQL as the schema is missing:

    SELECT  TEST5.TEST2_COL1,  customer_details_new_1.col FROM  TEST5,  customer_details_new_1

    For the above query the lineage will be shown as a temp object for TEST5 and customer_details_new_1.

  • In SAP BO, a context is a set of joins in the universe that provides a valid join path between tables and Web UI for generating SQL. For more information, see In SAP BO, you can use contexts when creating universes. When you use such a universe while creating a document without selecting a context, report creation within the document fails as the query plan API for fetching the data provider query returns an error response. Hence, connection objects will be missing for such data providers. To resolve this issue, get to the corresponding document in the SAP BO instance and provide a context for properly creating the report.

  • For SAP version 4.2, the query plan API returns a 404 error response for data providers associated with specific documents on the first try. However, SAP version 4.2 will reach the end of support (EOL) by 2025 ( This issue has been resolved since SAP version 4.3. If connections are missing in your instance, which is still in version 4.2, Alation recommends upgrading the SAP instance to version 4.3.

  • If you trigger multiple metadata extractions in a single SAP BO instance using the same credentials, metadata will be missing because SAP BO APIs return 404, which is likely due to simultaneous API calls.


Test Connection

If test connection fails, make sure the API URL and Service Account credentials are entered correctly.

If Lineage from data provider to underlying data sources table is not generated:

  • Lineage details for reports created from the universe and the universe should be created from a single data source.

  • Check whether the connection objects are populated with the queries under the data provider. If connection objects are missing, it is a permission issue. Check STEP 3: Grant Permissions.

  • Make sure the Universe Name and the Host Name details are provided in the Connector Settings.

  • Check if the tables used in queries in the connection object are cataloged in Alation by searching.

  • Lineage will be generated by parsing queries. Query parsing will be done by Alation QLI and not by the Connector. Check if there are any query parsing errors.

Logs to be collected

  • NGINX logs: /opt/hydra/agent/logs

  • Alation Connector Manager logs:

    • To tail:

      docker logs -f agent
    • Write to a file:

      docker logs agent >& agent.logs 2>&1
  • Connector logs


    alation_ypireti commands should be run from the Alation shell as user alation.

    • To get Connector ID:

      alation_ypireti list --fields id name
    • To tail:

      alation_ypireti kratos --subcommand tail <connector_id>
    • Write logs to a file:

      alation_ypireti kratos --subcomand tail <conector_id> > connector.log 2>&1
    • Write logs from specific date to a file:

      alation_ypireti kratos --subcommand logs --since 2020-08-15 <connector_id> > connector.log 2>&1
  • Ingestion logs:

    Ingestion logs are available in the celery-default_error.log file.