Below are my notes from today’s ASUG webcast. The usual disclaimer applies that what is planned for the future is subject to change.
Design Studio is not a 1:1 replacement for either SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards or Web Application Designer (WAD) yet
Design Studio is What You See Is What You Get
Microsoft & Sybase are data sources for UNX; this will change in the future
Design Studio 1.2 brought the Design Studio SDK
Coming with Design Studio 1.3:
- BW IP and BPC unified model with BW 740
- Native HANA deployment, which does not use BICS
- SDK in 1.2 wasonly deployable on BI Platform. – in 1.3 – deploy anywhere – BW or HANA
- Share charts with SAP BusinessObjects Lumira – 1.3 extended
- Bookmarking – save navigation state of application
- Not in DS 1.3 – coming in SP – support Lumira SDK
- Advanced table formatting – those familiar with BEx, WAD, take for granted – setting scaling factors, turn on/off hierarchy display, turn on/off totals – available in the properties pane or scripted and connected to events and dynamic at runtime
- Scripting language improved – support for loops and arrays as well as sorting for arrays
- Printing: whatever you see is what you get – maybe in future a printable flag in the properties
- Conditional formatting
- Install Lumira Visualizations (coming in a later support pack)
- Prompt enhancements
- Bookmarking/personalization will work on BIP (BI Platform) and locally too
Planning Support in 1.3:
Planning supports for input-ready measures, add new lines, execute planning functions & sequences
It does not yet support cell locking – coming in future
BPC Unified Model in BW740 is supported
We’ve seen this slide before, but today I learned that you can select booked values or master data values
This is helpful if the end user is on a slow connection and does not wait for round trip to the server.
In the future, SAP plans to round off gap list with WAD – context menu, RRI, drag & drop
Offline is not likely in 1.4
Geomaps are coming in the future; delay right now due to licensing issues
InfoGraphics support for Infographics similar to Lumira infographics coming in 1.16
Long-term includes migration support for BEx Web & XCelsius. SAP said they will need communication with the communities to determine what are the most important scenarios to transport
Lumira Integration is coming further down the line
SAP plans to continue to close the gap list between Design Studio and XCelsius
The above shows a Fiori-style dashboard with tool tips
Click on one of the charts and the following appears:
The screen above shows set scaling and setting decimal places
The above shows recalculate the planning after entering the overall measure, trigger planning function and distribute it by raising the price
Question and Answer
Q: Is it possible to receive an advanced (beta) version of 1.3?
A: Unfortunately the answer is no.
Q: My understanding is if we have Xcelsius license then we are free to use design studio. can you please confirm if this true?
A: Yes, for most licenses this is true, please contact your account executive if you do not see it on SMP
Q: Will SAP offer migration options to Xcelsius and not just through the APOS add-on?
A: This is something they are investigating – they have had some proof of concepts – similar to way Analysis Office approaches problem.
Q: Will Design Studio 1.3 support displaying Medium Text from a Bex Query? Currently it only allows Text and Value.
A: Don’t think this has changed – this is BICS
Q: Are hierarchy node variables supported?
A: Those are supported today – see SAP BusinessObjects BI4 – Supported BEx Query Elements
Q: Is there a language reference with examples for the Design Studio scripting language?
Q: Is Printing in DS 1.3 browser based or PDF based? Is there an option to download the dashboard output to Excel or PDF?
A: It is WYSIWYG – browser based
Q: Ok, what about PDF or Excel download? Will this functionality be available? Not the dataset the visualizations.
A: Design Studio today supports an export to Excel. PDF support is not there – will be WYSIWYG in 1.3
A: Most end users have option to print to PDF
Q: What is the lower BOE version compatible with Design studio 1.3?
A: BI4 SP5 or any version BI4.1
Q: Advance Scripting,, like if i want to get top 10 records from result of 100 records which came when i called DS_1. i should not go back and create a new view or bw query to achieve this
A: Open query in Analysis Office, top 10 – Smart copy
Q: Will we have the ability to create custom columns in script
A: Not yet
Q: Will there be any additional enhancements to DS SDK in Design Studio 1.3(other than netweaver deployment)?
A: Not in 1.3 – coming further down road yes
Design Studio will be part of the ASUG Annual pre-conference on June 2nd:
SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1, SAP BW, and SAP BW on HANA – All in One Day Hands on Full Day