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BusinessObjects Design Studio: The Next Episode Part 1

This week Jie Deng of SAP showed us  via an ASUG webcast how to build a simple design studio applications with Design Studio 1.1, the next release.  This is Part 1.  Because future functionality is being discussed, the usual legal disclaimer applies that things discussed are subject to change.

In a prior blog I discussed the 1.1 sneak-peak provided in a previous ASUG webcast.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows that Design studio is the premium alternative to BEx WAD, providing mobile support to deploy applications to iPad, using SAP BW and Hana data sources.  You can use it to build analytic and dashboards.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

At design time Design Studio is WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get

In new version 1.1 panels are offered to provide more components to build more complex applications

The scripting language is a subset of JavaScript

You do not need to know program language to use it and you can use the Wizard mode with CTRL-space to walk you through the commands

It is based on the BI platform and you can leverage monitoring capabilities of BI Platform

You can have different themes and customizing options

Version 1.0 focused on supporting iPad with HTML5 technologies to any mobile device

iPad template to design an application for iPad purpose

It uses the BICS interface to read data from Hana & BW

Hana calc/analytic views can be a data source for Design Studio

DEMO of 1.1


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows new views including Advanced Properties and Script Problems


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows that you have different deployment modes

You can run the application locally on computer

You can deploy to BI platform – BI platform run-time

What is new in release 1.1 is deploy application to BW and run the application using SAP BW Java run-time

No difference between feature/function just a matter of where you save


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows a sample application with an image component in background

On the left is a cross tab, and the data is from BW


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows the New Bar Combination chart (column with line), new with 1.1


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows the new Column combination chart possible in Release 1.1


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows a Design Studio application on the BI Platform.


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Via the browser, you can simulate swiping to third page


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 Jie shows how to set up a column combination chart in design time


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Figure 11 shows a new feature of Design Studio 1.1, called Advanced Properties

Jie showed how to update the background fill area


Figure 12: Source: SAP

Figure 12 shows you can select a group of items and arrange them together – vertically or horizontally; another new feature


Figure 13: Source: SAP

Figure 13 shows a panel, which is a grouping of components together.  Why is it useful?  You can move a group of components together, define a background color, and more.


Figure 14: Source: SAP

Figure 14 shows the impacts of changing to a Mobile iPad theme.  As you can see the dimension filter is bigger, with a larger cross tab too

To be continued…

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Can we integrate third-party open source js libaries with JSON data in  BusinessObjects Design Studio



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      I recommend asking this in the discussion forum - as an SAP customer I do not have this information.



      Author's profile photo Lars Schubert
      Lars Schubert

      Yes, this will be possible with the coming SDK as long as I understood their approach

      Author's profile photo Michele Donna
      Michele Donna

      will the sap bi mobile app support also docs created with Design Studio ?



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hello - please see this document

      Seeing Design Studio on BI Mobile 4.4 Apps for iOS