However it should be realized that VC is a tool in the development stage and has its own limitations e.g. table input for BW queries are not supported etc. Plus it definitely takes more than couple of hours to create a useful business model. Thus right now calling VC the answer to all the problems of a solution manager is an over estimate I think but I do believe that the tool is a step in the right direction. Incase of partners this tool would help them develop analytical applications for the customer faster and also add value at the scenario level. So now do we have another new UI technology to deal with apart from web dynpros, HTML/B, SAP GUI? I dont have the answer to that but I do believe that if used in the right context the tool can really speed up building scenarios spanning multiple data centers. SAPPHIRE would be the first testing ground for the initial set of analytical applications which are being built using this tool and no doubt a close eye would be kept at the response of the customers to these nice looking graphs and pictures.
Visual Composer or the successor to GUI factory is the answer to the problem of developing a fast graphical display for analytical business content apart from other things. The tool supports connections to disparate data providers like R/3 systems through BAPIs, BW content, XML content etc. and allows a platform to design time configure a scenario which spans across multiple systems. With the introduction of Flash engine now there is even an option to test the scenario by generating a flash movie. Apart from Flash the tool generates HTML/B, DHTML or webdynpro code too. Thus it is a typical example of the way we want to develop applications now – support for model driven design time activities in a tool and then code generation in the back end using engines.