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BI Mobile Updates: an ASUG Webcast – Part 1

Karsten Ruf, SAP, provided this webcast last month to ASUG.  For more information on the last release, see Donnie McMillan’s post Biggest Release of BI Mobile is Here from last week

Where does BI Mobile fit?


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows there are two mobile applications are complementary to each other


Figure 2: Source, SAP

Figure 2 shows Mobile BI on the left – Web Intelligence and Crystal on iPad and BB; the right side is Explorer

Focus of this session is on the left to leverage existing BI content on the BI Platform

Functional Enhancements

New features were available last week


Figure 3: Source, SAP

Figure 3 shows the ability drill and use drill

Figure above shows the flow from quarter, year, month.


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows the input controls – user friendly way of filters in Web Intelligence


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows Sections

See the panel on the left hand side of the screen from year, quarter, month.  It is not the same look and feel as WebI on PC.


Figure 6: Source SAP

Figure 6 shows Report Element Linking.  As an example, select year 2004, and the underlying chart of table shows 2004 information.

Use elements of the report to drive other elements of the report.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows multiple dimensions in charts (lines, year, state)


Figure 8, Source:SAP

Use URL linking to provide users with connection information

There are two ways of sharing information – 1) browser 2) iPad; it is like document linking.

Links can be created manually as well.


Figure 9: Source, SAP

Feedback was the way the mobile app transforms report but there was a limited amount of control

Left side report –table on top, line chart – automatic will show on the layout with a … to show more (automatic layout in the middle).

Using the flexible layout you can add report object to another category to translate as shown on the right.


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows the mobile category to trigger

Crystal Reports


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Karsten said they moving away from just supporting Web Intelligence

A page in Crystal is one page in Mobile

Quick Access vs Full Report – if report is large – you can control how many pages get downloaded to speed up the viewing of the documents.


Figure 12: Source: SAP

Annotation shows a snapshot of document at a certain stage

Annotate screen shot – use free hand draw tool to highlight data points

Use post-it / sticky note feature

Use the crop mechanism to send only a portion as shown on the right of Figure 12


Figure 13: Source: SAP

URL will link to a specific report, element

Other option is StreamWork


Figure 14: Source: SAP

Move report into a StreamWork activity and start collaboration at that point

Each option can be tied to a “Discussion” in StreamWork


Figure 15: Source: SAP

Search ties into the platform search, looking at the metadata of the report


Figure 16: Source: SAP

Taking Google Maps and overlaying WebI data over GoogleMaps

Data has to have latitude, longitude information


Figure 17: Source: SAP

Figure 17 shows ability to change measures and dimensions.

Sybase Integration

With Sybase, they are looking to integrate Mobile 4.1 with the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) to help with client-backend communication and Sybase Afaria for importing connections to the client.


Figure 18: Source: SAP

SUP has 2 components. One is the create mobile application and control application

Look at integration with the controlling part; connecting the device with the SAP BusinessObjects back end


Figure 19: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows adding a Sybase layer for communication of the client and the backend


Figure 20: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows planned SUP integration steps.  In the first step, a more secure communication channel and simple onboarding for end users

Next release will look at single sign-on for Siteminder, and push notifications

Then the next step is integration with Sybase Afaria

Deployment Enhancements


Figure 21: Source: SAP

Figure 21 shows importing connections with one tap

Note that I ran into a limitation with images, so I will continue the security side in another blog.

Related Links provided by Karsten Ruf:

Idea Place:


SAP Mobile BI tutorials:

Explorer OnDemand:

Mobile OnDemand:


SAP BusinessObjects Edge:

Free Edge trial version:

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  • Thank you for the valuble information, is it possible to pass parameters to the OpenDoc URL  for example:  ASAELUvI02GtFlqwKtFINQ/Report 1/Block 2?Country=US

    In the case of Geomaps when user clicks on the Image, the  open doc passes the  corresponding dimenction value as a prompt  to the the open doc url report so that the values are filtered in the open doc  url  report Block ??