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
New features were available last week
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Figure 3 shows the ability drill and use drill
Figure above shows the flow from quarter, year, month.
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Figure 4 shows the input controls – user friendly way of filters in Web Intelligence
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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.
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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.
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Figure 7 shows multiple dimensions in charts (lines, year, state)
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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.
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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.
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Figure 10 shows the mobile category to trigger
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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.
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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
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URL will link to a specific report, element
Other option is StreamWork
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Move report into a StreamWork activity and start collaboration at that point
Each option can be tied to a “Discussion” in StreamWork
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Search ties into the platform search, looking at the metadata of the report
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Taking Google Maps and overlaying WebI data over GoogleMaps
Data has to have latitude, longitude information
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Figure 17 shows ability to change measures and dimensions.
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
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Figure 10 shows adding a Sybase layer for communication of the client and the backend
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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
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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:
SAP Mobile BI tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLADF9EBB441E26950
Mobile OnDemand: http://www.ondemand.com/mobilebi
SAP BusinessObjects Edge: http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/sme/edgeseries/edge-bi
Free Edge trial version: http://www.sap.com/campaign/2011_CROSS_EDGE_BI_FREE_TRIAL