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Why Zen? Dashboard Designer is not enough?

Why Zen?

SAP is ramping up a new product SAP Zen, which you can use to create dashboards on top of BW and HANA sources. SAP Zen gives the output in HTML5 so you can view it on your iPad device, iPhone or Desktops.

Dashboard Designer(Xcelsius) New version which they’re talking about will come soon and Support HTML5 also, you can create dashboards and export it as HTML5 and it will give almost the same options as Zen plus the current nice design option and usability we have.

I wonder, Why Zen?

if SAP has invested the effort developing something like Zen into the Dashboard Designer (Xcelsius) and added both Connection HANA and BW, wouldn’t it be enough?

although, i think that Xcelsius will keep developing and one day it will support direct HANA Sources for creating Dashboards

so i’d like to know your comments, What Zen would give that Xcelsius doesnt or wont give in the future after the HTML5 version?

SAP Business Analytics now has many Products, i know that each product meant to be used by some group of users, but do you think all are fully utilized? and do we need more products or we need to focus on the features and the enhancements of the current ones?


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      The issue with Dashboard Designer / Xcelsius is going to be that it will output to HTML5 that is only accessible to the Mobi app where you can currently access mobile Webi reports.

      To be able to build BI applications that utilize the BO infrastructure, and can also leverage leading web technologies and capabilities, you are going to need a much more robust platform, and that is where Zen looks like it fits in.

      Unfortunately Zen is still a long way from being production ready, so we are working on HTML5 compliant solutions now.

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      if Xcelsius HTML5 will be only accessible to the Mobile App, why SAP didnt spend the effort they spent in Zen to make the Xcelsius HTML5 both Mobile and Desktop?

      i've seen your blog and i liked your HTML5 stuff, Good Job Josh