If you are a veteran of Business Objects then you probably have heard of a PAR document. If you are a stickler for details then you may know that PAR stands for “Product Availability Report”. But the rest of us are scratching our heads now, and maybe you guys are too, when we ask ask ourselves “What is a Business Objects PAR document exactly?”.
PAR = Supported Platforms ?
I really am not sure if PAR is the deprecated Business Objects term for the documents that SAP now wants to call “Supported Platforms”. If this is true, “Amen”, I love the name change, PAR never meant anything to me. It is a strange acronym representing three words that really don’t precisely mean anything as clear as “Supported Platforms”. The SAP Support Portal puts these two document names in the same heading and they call it “Supported Platforms/PARs”. Other than that I am not sure we have anything else backing up the claim that “PAR = Support Platforms”.
PAR != Supported Platforms ?
The most recent Supported Platforms document at the time this article was written was “Business Objects Enterprise XI 3.1 SP2 for ???? – Supported Platforms”. The Linux one says on page 8 “Unless otherwise specified in the PAR”, so if we are taking this literally we are to understand that there is some other document still called a PAR that is not the Supported Platforms document. Or perhaps this was a mistake; it would not be the first time.
I have read on the BOB forum in at least one posting (link) that some of their resident experts (a.k.a. Forum Fanatics) confirm that “PAR” and “Support Platforms” are synonymous. However, the documents themselves seem to confound this belief. I still ask myself, what exactly is a PAR document in 2010 and where can I get one?