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Slipstream – Live Dashboarding for SAP NetWeaver BPM (“Galaxy”)

Slipstream is a research prototype by SAP Research in Brisbane, Australia that enables dashboards with live information from SAP NetWeaver BPM (“Galaxy”). A slipstream (dt. Windschatten) is a region behind a moving object in which a wake moves at velocities comparable to the moving object. Similarly, process information resides in the wake of the current process state. We make it available in real-time for visualization and further analytics and alerting.

When analyzing the possibilities of getting data out of NetWeaver BPM 7.20, we identified the business log as the appropriate data source as it contains all time relevant process data and can be enriched with data from reporting activities. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to push the data out just yet, so we had to modify the business logger to add a listener that is capable of pushing the events to our Slipstream Core where they are transformed into events that are consumable in real-time by SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius.

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In the demo, we see how Slipstream can be used to facilitate the development of live dashboards for Centre Calls, a fictional service support call centre. Centre Calls came under cost pressure and needed current process data visualized on the spot and not the next day. Also, they needed to be consumable for end users and not for administrators. We explain the steps to extract data from the business log and set up a live dashboard. Slipstream dashboards can be used in a browser, as a widget, in presentation slides, and even in Web apps such as Google Wave.

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In addition, Slipstream can also be used with Live Enterprise, SAP’s vision for collecting, filtering, managing, aggregating, propagating, and publishing business events in a consistent, contextual way in an open and comprehensive framework, across multiple servers, locations, and companies. We demonstrate how SAP NetWeaver BPM events, as generated by Slipstream, can also be used to populate dashboards with Live Enterprise and also highlight Live Enterprise’s additional capabilities in this context. We will explore this connection in greater detail in future posts.

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If you have questions or application scenarios you would like to discuss, don’t hesitate to contact me. We are looking for that kind of feedback all the time.

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      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Yep, slipstream might be just what we were looking to develop these past weeks.  From an analytic/dashboard perspective a team of BPXers created a demand response exercise for a utilities company looking to create a "virtual power plant process".  Look in the wiki for Process Design Slam.
      Some of your colleagues gave our team access to Google Wave Gravity in order to collaboratively model.  Another group of folks worked in SAP Netweaver BPM to replicate the models that were created.
      Now it looks like those models could be used to generate Xcelcius reports.

      So let's collaborate on taking the models that the BPX Process Design Slam folks have been working on the past few months and enable near realtime reports of power usage.

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      Former Member
      I'm on this Netwever BPM topic since a few month. i tried to get as much information as possible about all the developement around. i really like slipstream, it's just great ! In my role as a BW consultant I'm really looking forward to use this toolset hopefully in the near future within one of my projects!

      I think you did a great job !

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      Former Member
      Dear Christian,
      I really appreciate your great work on Live dashboarding. This is a very useful concept. I have posted a similar thought/idea around real time process visualization on the iCOIN.
      Instead of BP, it could be any process followed across any industry. If we are able to represent/visualize the movement/progress/status from one stage to another and also record a trend of progress for future reference it will be great.
      Adding a predictive engine on top of this data, would also generate us a future trend, which could be used to manage/plan ahead. This is some how linked to the lean as well.
      It will be great to connect with you on this subject and share my ideas with you.
      Best regards,
      Jayesh