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Design Studio Pow Wow at ASUG BusinessObjects Conference

This is a brief summary of today’s ASUG session with SAP.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

What if scenarios in XCelsius – is it acceptable to everyone and should SAP create in Design Studio?

Large complex dashboards became difficult to maintain in XCelsius

SAP received feedback and customers were still using WAD


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 explains why the tools are merging.  “Tool zoo” – it was not the first time we heard this term today.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Design Studio has more potential architecture to it

SAP has seen comments on SCN about Design Studio

Many are not familiar with the Eclipse based environment


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Design Studio Scripting is BIAL; it is not a dynamic language, for usability

Design Studio in Figure 4 shows an odd curve where you have to write JavaScript

Design Studio is a young growing product

For gaps, consider looking at SDK

There are barriers to SDK – first you need find it, know about it, install it – need to make consumption of SDK components simpler


Figure 5: Source: SAP

It is easier to get started with XCelsius; hit the wall quick about what you can do

Design Studio uses IDE paradigm; this is not so scary if you have used before

People who have BI skills and development skills is small

SAP could implement CSS editor with Design Studio for live editing; or is what they have enough?


Figure 6: Source: SAP

SAP is looking to cover the gap list.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

SAP said they need to fix right to left first, then the components

Script free components is on the backlog

Spreadsheet affordance is planned for data source SDK data source 1.4 SDK

Language for what-if today in Xcelsius is in Excel, parsed to action script, convert to language, run it

SAP could do this for Excel but that means translation for runtime

JavaScript is great language but not a great language for math

Design Studio 1.4 will be GA in November

  • – Fragments – last version included bookmarks
  • – Fragments a development related to Lumira Viz – allows designer to bookmark separately
  • – Users can personalize dashboards
  • – Realtime (we saw a demo during this session)
  • – Main features – drag and drop / split pane, Fiori support, simplified finance, RRI – define Design Studio app want it to be – in BIP or BW  – which Design Studio app is the target

More as we hear it here.

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      Author's profile photo Mel Calucin
      Mel Calucin

      This Fiori support looks interesting.  Wonder how it works.   I attended today the Fiori webinar.  They have integration with Lumira but they didn't give specifics.  The SAP Portal can serve as the Fiori Launchpad.  Would this integration work like the WAD publish to portal roles?  SAP Mobile Documentation is not integrated with Fiori -- I wish it had.  Also, I wish both Web Intelligence and Design Studio could publish to SAP Mobile Documentation.  SAP Portal KM can serve as SAP Mobile Documentation document repository.   This would take care of the collaboration gap between BEx and Business Objects.

      Thanks for all the good info you provide.