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With SAP BI 4.0 one can customize the landing page of BI launch pad by creating a custom BI workspace, this can be done by a user himself or an administrator can customize the homepage for a particular user group.

A BI workspace allows you to organize and display different BI platform data sources, such as CR or WebI reports, hyperlinks, BI launch pad modules such as inbox or alerts, or external web pages, in a single view. With the ability to set any BI workspace as custom homepage, you can bring the most relevant information to the attention of a particular user group when they logging into BI launch pad.

You can also set the landing page to a particular folder.

In this tutorial learn how to change the BI launch pad home page for a user group.

Create a BI workspace

  1. Login on to BI launch pad as Administrator
    1. Note that you are seeing the default BI launch pad homepage
  2. Open the BI workspace application
  3. Create a new BI workspace document. For this tutorial you may create any BI workspace you like or follow the steps a to e below for a very basic BI workspace.
    1. Remove one of the column of the default BI workspaceBI workspace.png

    2. Navigate to the BI launch pad modules
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    3. Drag the My Recently Viewed Documents, My Recently Run Documents and My Alerts into the first column of the BI workspace
    4. Navigate to the Document Explorer modules
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    5. Drag the Inbox module into the second column of the BI workspace. Resize the Inbox analytic to fit into the entire column
  4. If you also want to change the banding of BI launch pad, then follow this step otherwise you can move on to the next step. In order for the custom homepage to inherit the BI launch pad branding styles, you need to match the style of a BI workspace to the style of BI launch pad
    1. From the first tab of the workspace, click Properties.
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    2. In the Properties dialog select the icon of the option immediately before the (last) Default style option and close the Properties dialog.
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  5. Save the BI workspace in any public folder. Remember where you save the BI workspace.
  6. Logout of BI launch pad

Change the BI launch pad preferences for the Everyone user group

  1. Login to CMC as Administrator
  2. Navigate to the User and Groups page
  3. Open the BI launch pad Preferences page for the Everyone group via the right click menu
  4. Deselect the No Preferences Defined checkbox
  5. Select home tab and browse to the folder where you saved the BI workspace that you created previously 
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  6. Save & Close the BI launch pad Preferences page
  7. Logout of CMC

Verify the custom homepage

  1. Login on to BI launch pad as Administrator
    1. Note that you are seeing the BI workspace that you have created as home page
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Additional comments

Via the BI launch pad Preferences page you are also able to change other preferences such as the default folder that a user will be navigated to when they login to  BI launch pad. You can also change which columns will be displayed in the Document Tab and how many documents will be displayed per page.

As administrator you cannot define preferences for users, only for groups. When preferences have not been defined for a group they are inherited from its closest parent. The closest parent is defined as the group(s) that the group is a direct descendant of.

Default preferences out of the box are set on the Everyone group. Changing these  preferences updates the default preferences for all groups that do not have preferences defined for them or their parent groups.

Other related tutorials:
Tutorial: Customizing BI launch pad name
Tutorial: Branding and Theming of BI launch pad

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  1. Dilip Agarwal

    Ms Obry,

    The steps that you described above, do they work for 4.1 SP2. The steps looks pretty straight forward but for some reason they will not work on 4.1 SP2.  Users are not seeing the custom Launchpad. They are seeing the default.

    Please advice.

    Thanks

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    1. Suman Kollipara

      Hi Orby and Dilip,

      I am running to the same issue in BOBJ 4.1 SP2. We are unable to see the changes even after clearing browser cache.

      It works if the user is in Administrators group, even though I changed the BI Launchpad preferences for ‘Everyone’ group pointing the home page to custom ‘BI work space’ that I created.

      Not sure why it expects that the user need to be in Administrators group?

      Any ideas how to resolve this.

      Thank you

      Suman

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  2. Larry Jones

    Question:  Now we can setup different preferences/workspaaces for different groups – Great!  But what happens when a user is a member of multiple groups – each with a different workspace?

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    1. Dinesh Kumar Agarwal

      Hi Larry,

      Did you get any solution for this issue?

      We are also facing same issue, user is having access to 2 homepages. I want to know which homepage is selected at runtime when user logs in and how can we control it.

      Thanks in advance.

      Regards,

      Dinesh

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  3. Larry Jones

    Another Question:  When I add Document Explorer to a BI Workspace (which I really would like to do) it ignores the number of objects per page preference and only displays 10 entries at a time.  Can this be corrected?

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  4. Suman Kollipara

    Hi Orby and Dilip,

    I am running to the same issue in BOBJ 4.1 SP2. We are unable to see the changes even after clearing browser cache.

    It works if the user is in Administrators group, even though I changed the BI Launchpad preferences for ‘Everyone’ group pointing the home page to custom ‘BI work space’ that I created.

    Not sure why it expects that the user need to be in Administrators group?

    Any ideas how to resolve this.

    Thank you

    Suman

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    1. Reddy Narahari

      Suman,

      May be you resolved it by now but in case if you have not then …. make sure the group (in your case Everyone Group) has access to Custom BI WorkSpace you created. If the Custom BI work space with custom BI Launchpad is store in Admin Favouratie folder or under any System Folder, make sure the respective groups have atleast view access on it in order for the changes to reflect.

      If users don’t have access to where the Custom BI Work space , users cannot inherit the changes.

      This is working when user is added to Admin group, as now user will have access to the location where custom BI work space is saved.

      Hope this helps

      .

      Thanks

      Bharath Reddy Narahari

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  5. Christina Obry Post author

    Hi,

    I have moved to new responsibilities within SAP a year ago. I am blocking new comments to this thread, please post questions to the BI Platform forum to allow the community to help further.

    Thanks,

      Christina

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