Hi Everyone,

Yet another topic, which was discussed many a times, however i myself was a lil confused about the same

The story goes something like this

Pre requistes: You are familiar with  connecting mobile client device with SAP Business objects server. If any refresher needed, click on the link below

How to connect mobile to SAP BO servers

Now, moving ahead we know that, we have Mobile and MobileDesigned as default categories avaialble with us.

We have to create those two categories under CMC>Categories and list our reports accordingly.

However, you feel the need to add multiple other categories, like Finance, Marketing, Sales etc

Its easy…

  1. Go to Categories under CMC, create a category called Finance.
  2. Stop Tomcat
  3. Add the same under the mobi.properties file present under Tomcat/webapps/MobileBIService/WEB-INF/config/default
  4. Start Tomcat

EXAMPLE:

The mobi.properties file

#default

  1. default.corporateCategory=Mobile,Finance
  2. default.personalCategory=MobileDesigned
  3. default.category.mobileDesigned=MobileDesigned
  4. default.category.secure=Confidential
  5. default.category.featured=Featured

#iphone

  1. iphone.corporateCategory=Mobile,Finance
  2. iphone.personalCategory=MobileDesigned

Please note from BI 4.1 onwards, the mobi.properties file will not be present under Mobile14 folder. To configure the above required, go to CMC>applications> SAP Business Objects Mobile>properties

The above listed categories should then be valid to assign reports to them.

Now, log back to CMC , go to concerned category and assign reports to the same

Once done, login to the ipad and see that the reports are seen, however the list of categories are not!!!

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and this happens because…………

For IPAD / IPHONE

‘Finance’ acts as technical category. i.e. only those documents assigned to this category will be listed in MOBI iPAD.

the actual Cateogry name is a technical name, hence it wont be listed. Instead all reports under the Finance category will be placed under All, as seen above.

I hope this clears some misconceptions regarding Mobile Categories.

If you want to show Categories that you created in CMC on your IPAD, then you will have to do the following:

  1. Login to CMC
  2. Go to Categories
  3. Create a Category, for example TEST
  4. Assign a report to that category
  5. Do not make any changes in the mobi.properties file. As in , do not add TEST category under the default.corporatecategory
  6. Login to ipad and Voila,,, Category can be seen on the left panel

Why did the above happen??

This happened because, when you do not add the category name under mobi.properties, it does not become a technical name, hence it is viewed on ipad or iphone.

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CATEGORIES

Available on the Mobile Device

The Categories section available is to create categories which are specific to the device only and are neither replicas nor do they sync from the Server ( i.e CMC> Categories)

To Create Category on Ipad, click on the settings gear and select Edit Categories

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Create Category Sales

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Categories can be deleted as and when required. They do not sync with your BO server, hence even if a same Sales cateogry exists under CMC>Categories, it wont be affected.

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Now, assign any report to this Category

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Now you can select the particular category that you would like it to be in

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There you go, your report is under the Sales Category

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Now you can choose to work offline to view this report, when you are not logged in

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The above was just to show that, the Category behaviour is different on the SERVER and on the MOBILE device

Please leave your feedback or raise posts, in case of any concerns

Till then…

Regards,

Atul B

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  1. Palida Panna

    Hi Atul,

    Thank you for your clearly explanation, but I have some question.

         I am using BO 4.1 SP01 and iOS SAP BO Mobile 5.1.12.4 ,I would like to classify categories in iPad and follow by this post. I’ve got the problem that I can’t see categories that I have created on CMC. These are my step

         1. create a category on CMC

         2. assign a Webi to category

         3. logon to iPad

    Only ‘All Report’ Category appear in iPad and I can’t see the report I’ve assigned, What am I doing wrong? or Any configuration require?

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    1. Atul Bhagwat Post author

      HI Palida,

      if you have not added anything under the mobi.properties file or anything under CMC>applications> SAP BI Mobile apart from the default values, then you should be able to see the category on your ipad.

      Can you attach a screenshot

      Regards,

      Atul B

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      1. Palida Panna

        Thank you Atul. These are screenshot,

        1. I created 2 categoires (Sales,Inventory)

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        2. I didn’t do anything with mobi.properties

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        3. Logon to app  , on ly ‘All Report’ Categories appear

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        4. However, when I selected ‘Edit Categories’ in Mobile App, I can see categories that I’ve created , but they’re grayed out and can’t do any thing with them

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        I do everything with ‘Administrator’ User , please guide

        Thank you very much.

        Palida,

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        1. Atul Bhagwat Post author

          Hi Palida,

          the settings seem to be correct.

          Make sure you have a report assigned to that cateogory, otherwise it wont display.

          Also, the same report should be added to Mobile category also ( remember, if you do not add report to this category, no matter how many categories exist, it wont be displayed on ipad )

          Regards,

          Atul B

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          1. Palida Panna

            Success ! , Thank you very much Atul. I didn’t add report to ‘Mobile’ categoires, now I can see those categories. Thank you again.

            Regards,

            Palida P.

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  2. Puskar Ghosal

    Hello Atul,

    I am also facing the same problem like Palida was facing that I could not be able to see reports that are assigned to other categories. I have added the Report in one category and also added the same report under “Mobile” Category. All the settings are exactly matching with Palida. But still the Category is greyed.

    Could you please help me in this regards.

    Thanks and Best Regards,

    Puskar Ghosal

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    1. Javi Puig Diaz

      Hi Puskar,

      Can you check if the users you are using have rights on the Category as well?

      Please test with Administrator / Enterprise first to exclude rights issues.

      If it works with Administrator, then there are some rights missing.

      Kind Regards,

      Javier Puig

      SAP Product Support

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