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Mobile BI Webcast Summary and Dashboard Migration to Design Studio

I attended this APOS webcast yesterday presented by both APOS and SAP’s Thomas B Kuruvilla

The usual SAP disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.

First, SAP has updated the documentation for the latest Mobile BI iOS release 5.1.9 – see SAP BusinessObjects Mobile for iOS – SAP Help Portal Page

The first part of the webcast covered Mobile BI.  Thomas said Mobile BI “extends the reach of analytics”, “mobilize existing investments” with the requirements of being real-time, social, secure, seamless, and personalized.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows Mobile BI 5x provides one interface for all the apps.  One that is new to me to is the EPM apps.  For SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office, to mobilize see Updated – Mobilizing your Analysis Office Workbook to Design Studio


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Customizing your Mobile BI is covered Take control of Mobile BI – how to make it YOUR app by Thomas.  Figure 2 shows these features at a high level.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows that the SDK gives flexibility and control to the organization on how the app is branded, consumed and distributed


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows embedding analytics by placing it in your 3rd party app

Users do not need to learn something new

Adoption increases in organization

Migrating from Dashboards to Design Studio – APOS

The rest of the presentation was covered by APOS.  One application they have is migrating from SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards to SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – this was covered in a webcast summary last January at Design Studio Webcast Summary – Beta SDK Program to Transition

Below is some updated information:


Figure 5: Source: APOS

As Figure 5 shows this tool would allow you to take your Dashboards “aka” XCelsius application into Design Studio.  The APOS said this would allow you to share your Dashboard “What If” and pass variables between Design Studio and XCelsius.

Question & Answer

Q: Is there any application for Windows 8 tablets?

A: Currently support iOS and Android; SAP sees Windows 8 adoption picking up and too early to say when app would be available

Browser support for HTML5 including Lumira and Design Studio

Middle of year will have browser support for Lumira and Design Studio for Windows

End of year – may have a Windows 8 app – too early to say

Q: How close will Desktop be same as Mobile world?

A: First aim is to ensure same content is available on mobile

For large dashboards and try to view in tablet – will be restricted by capacity of devices

Mobile device – ad hoc information, decision making – may need to optimize those reports for the end user experience

Depends on maturity of use cases and what experience should be


Design Studio Sessions at ASUG Annual Conference in June

Mobile BI Sessions at ASUG Annual Conference

Jump Start ASUG Annual Conference SAPPHIRE with a Pre-Conference Session – Back and Better than Ever – Mobile BI, Design Studio and more will be covered at ASUG pre-conference session June 2nd

Can’t make ASUG Annual Conference?  ASUG has the following upcoming related webcasts:

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