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With release 1.0.3 SAP Visual Intelligence, now generally available today, it offers support for relational universes. In a webcast late June with Jason Rose and Mani Srinivasan we learned that it was planned for Visual Intelligence to support universes in Q4 so this functionality is being offered earlier than planned.


In addition to offering universe support, it also allows you to preview the data before acquisition.  Universe support includes .UNV and .UNX universes but relational only, no OLAP.

When you create a new visualization/document, you are prompted for data sources, as shown below in Figure 1.

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Figure 1

As Figure 1 shows you can create a new document from a Universe or select one of the universes from the Recent Data Sources on the right

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Figure 2


As Figure 2 shows you log on to the Universe through the BI platform

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Figure 3

As Figure 3 shows I selected the E-Fashion Universe and then I can select the desired dimensions and measures for my visualization.

I will select the lower left Preview Data checkbox to preview the data

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Figure 4

Figure 4 shows a Preview of the Data

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Figure 5

Figure 5 shows what appears on screen after the data is acquired.


Notice in the lower left screen it shows 5 semantic elements detected.  I decide to “enrich” the elements and then you see what happens in Figure 6.

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Figure 6

By selecting enrich Visual Intelligence will turn the numbers into measures and I can start developing a chart quickly by right clicking on a measure/dimension and selecting “Add to Chart”.


SAP’s Jason Rose is providing an SAP Visual Intelligence SCN webcast on September 20th that is open to all.  Register here.



Related Links:

FAQ:

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

Official Product Tutorials for SAP Visual Intelligence:

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

SAP Visual Intelligence 1.0.3: Connect to a universe data source tutorial by the @SAP_Learn_BI team

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


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