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In a previous blog I posted some initial experiences – here is more about what I’ve learned.  Note this is on the newest version of Visual Intelligence 1.0.1 released earlier this week.

Similar to other software products, you can set up Visual Intelligence to check for software updates:

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Figure 1

Note this relies on an Service Marketplace (SMP) connection; as we heard in last week’s webcast future versions will have a non-SMP update.

I also kept seeing this message every time I left Visual Intelligence or closed a document (see Figure 2 below):

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Figure 2

I kept thinking…where do I save?  I tried the menu, and I couldn’t find an option.  I tried right-clicking, that didn’t work either…finally, in lower right hand space of the visualization I saw “Reset” “Save” buttons…by clicking SAVE I finally was good to go.

To share the visualizations, I tried this and ran into this message:

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Figure 3

Figure 3 says

“When emailing SAP Visual Intelligence artifacts, only a static version of the visualizations will be included.  Datasets and SAP Visual Intelligence Documents are not permitted for the time being as we are still figuring out the size limit when sending such big items. To share your datasets or SAP Visual Intelligence document, publish them to HANA, or share them via a shared file server”

Unclicking the Dataset option allows you to send the Visualization e-mail.

Merge

At first I kept thinking the “merge” option was to append but it acts more as a lookup where you have a field to look up (such as a code with its description) with two different files.

First you have to add both datasets to your Visual Intelligence document.  Then you can click Merge:

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Figure 4

After clicking Merge (in Figure 4) you will see how Visual Intelligence proposes the field to link on for you:

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Figure 5

I click Merge and now the table has the fields of the look up table.  For example, now I have the country of the company code in the dataset.

Now I can do visualizations with the country of the company code

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Figure 6

What is nice as shown in Figure 6 is when you right click on a dimension or measure and add it to a chart.  Visual Intelligence knows whether it belongs on the X axis or the Y axis – as a user I don’t have to make that decision.

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Figure 7

Figure 7 shows a visualization with durations by country code, which was available as a result of the Merge feature.

Related Links:

FAQ:

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-29031

Official Product Tutorials for SAP Visual Intelligence

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-26507

You can also follow the discussion on Twitter using #SAPVisi hashtag.

Join SAP on July 17 at 1pm EST for the virtual launch of SAP Visual Intelligence and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 FP3. Click here (http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-29411) for more information.

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