Srikanth Rao of SAP presented this ASUG webcast yesterday.
- BusinessObjects Mobile SDK
Steps for building a customized app
Srikanth explained they released an SDK for version 4.4 a few months ago. As soon as the BusinessObjects Mobile 5.0 app is loaded in the app store the SDK will be available.
The goal is in the second half of this year is to support 3.2 and 4.0 Explorer on Mobile BI as well.
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Themes of this release of the SDK are shown in Figure 1. Customize certain features in the application such as branding, logos, quick user onboarding with connections.
Extensibility – extend the application with charts that are not available.
Integrate with third party security tools to enhance corporate policies
Distribute through enterprise for when you want to distribute.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows SAP green icon – you can customize app icon as shown above – “Caramel”.
Three places to replace the images are shown in Figure 2.
Figure 3: Source: SAP
Figure 3 shows you can customize application name
Figure 3 shows you can change it from “SAP BI” to “Caramel”.
You change the bundle display name, save, run and see the changes.
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Figure 4 shows you can customize the launch screen with your own image and branding and logo.
Figure 4 shows they have customized the screen to Caramel confectionaries.
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 shows you can customize the home screen and shows the usability improvements with 5.0
You can change the text colors and the background colors
On the left shows the default home screen and the right is a customized home screen.
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows what you can customize colors and text colors.
Figure 7: Source: SAP
Figure 7 shows the background images you can change on the home screen – change the color of texts and the images
Figure 8: Source: SAP
Figure 8 shows you can customize the getting started guide.
With the 5.0 release, you receive a set of getting start guides – on the left it shows 6 pages. On the right it shows the customization of the getting started.
You can customize the image of getting started, the help text (“Welcome to SAP BusinessObjects Mobile”), and change the customize page indicator colors.
Figure 9: Source: SAP
Figure 9 shows you can predefine connections of the application so they appear readily available on the device .
You can configure the connections with the SDK. If there is a document that you want the users to always open – you can achieve that.
Figure 10: Source: SAP
Figure 10 shows you can disable connection creation option so users do not see that option.
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Figure 11 shows you can customize the help and the video tutorial.
Today video tutorial takes you to the SAP Youtube channel; and the help takes you to SAP help portal.
With the SDK you can customize this as well.
Figure 12: Source: SAP
Figure 12 shows collaboration features, including options to annotate, collaborate or e-mail– you can disable these functions.
With version 5.0 supports SAP JAM.
The help in the secondary toolbar – you can customize as well.
You can also “recommend this app” send a link to this app – you can customize this e-mail link as well.
Figure 13: Source: SAP
Figure 13 shows customizing Web Intelligence content. You can disable report title, report element linking can be enabled (different font)
You can disable refresh (upper right)
You can customize default palette and set the default themes.
You can configure the colors to be ignored in the table and blank cells.
Figure 14: Source: AP
Customize – Protocol modifications
Figure 15: Source: SAP
Figure 15 shows you can override SUP app ID, critical for some customers.
You can enforce a data refresh – how data connectivity works for Dashboard documents .
You can change SAP URL launch – using an e-mail link, and opens MobI application with a document – you can change the name according to your choice.
Thanks to Karsten RUF for answering questions throughout this presentation.