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This past week SAP’s Ya-Chi Lu provided an ASUG webcast regarding Design Studio, providing information about the next release 1.1 and a demo.  Please note the usual disclaimer applies that information about new functionality is subject to change.

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Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows highlights of what is new in release 1.1

More capabilities than what is listed in Figure 1 will be in 1.1

Combination charts are part of enhanced charting

Custom style sheets influence the look of the application

iPhone support will be available in 1.1

Customers do not need BI platform with an optional NetWeaver deployment.

NW deployment cannot use BI Mobile

Partner SDK beta will be after 1.1 is GA

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Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows enhanced charting capabilities including combination charts and waterfall charts, coming in version 1.1

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Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows the ability to align, distribute components in the layout, a new feature in 1.1

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Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows filter panel enhancements including range enhancements

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Figure 5: Source: SAP

Mandatory variable prompts will be supported in version 1.1 (a common question)

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Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows custom style sheet support (CSS) in the next version.  The custom style sheet helps define the look and feel of the application.

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Figure 7: Source: SAP

Global parameters can be passed from one application to another.

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Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows additional calculation possibilities in the next version.

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Figure 9: Source: SAP

Figure 9 shows you can export an Analysis OLAP workspace to Design Studio in the upcoming  version

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Figure 10: Source: SAP

New in 1.1 is the ability to deploy to Netweaver BW – notice the prerequisites and no BI Platform is needed.

More to come in the next blog.

If you would like hands-on experience with Design Studio, consider joining ASUG’s pre-conference BI4.1 hands-on session for Monday, May 13 – space is limited, so register today.

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  1. Faisal Mehmood

    Honestly , i did not expect tha t Design studio will be able to delive all this so quickly.. really proud of the way it is getting mature…  can’t wait for navigational componenet in Design studio đŸ™‚   by the way Tammy very nice blog.

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  2. Michael Starostecki

    I am really surprised. I have been using Design Studio now for around 3 months and I do like. There are still a lot of features that I am missing.

    – An easier way ( instead of additional DS or analysis views ) to get the min() and max() values from the DS

    – To use any type of maps / layers ( google , bing … )

    – CSS issues

    – more CSS features

    – List boxes with multiple selection

    – Check boxes with multiple selection

    these are the major points that should be addressed as otherwise the development takes too much time. It is nice to know that at least the speed will get better and that some new charts are finally being added also the variables ( thank you ) but these are nice to have features not the major points. We know it is a new tool but the deployment cycles should still be increased with the issue that users ( not developers but the ones who consume the data ) want.

    I still have hope that DS will be a good product in the future, in the meantime the majority of our 40k+ users is actually still preferring Dashboards even though the backend technology is way outdated…

    still looking forward to 1.1 and thanks for the great summary.

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