This was an ASUG webcast last month presented by Greg Sprowles, Kindred Healthcare.
Below are my notes.
Figure 1: Source: Kindred
Greg said as a BW customer, he was looking for a replacement for their BEx web applications.
Figure 2: Source: Kindred
Design Studio is a tool for building BI applications including dashboards; it is more of a BI application
At design time it is Eclipse
All of Kindred’s data sources are BEx queries and views
Their mobile experience is it is best on the iPad; does not feel that Android experience is the same
He said to use local machine for a quick prototype
They use it on the BI Platform now
Figure 3: Source: Kindred
It is not 100% replacement for BEx Web (yet) and it is not a complete dashboarding tool the same as XCelsius
There are third party tools you can purchase (he mentioned Visual BI)
It is not a development tool for business users and not a self-service solution
Figure 4: Source: Kindred
Design Studio 1.4 brought in new features reflected in red in Figure 4
Figure 4 shows some limitations but there are third party components
Figure 5: Source: Kindred
SAP is making progress, he said, and SAP is closing the gap.
Figure 6: Source: Kindred
From a customer perspective, Figure 6 shows a comparison between Design Studio and BEx Web.
Design Studio visually looks better but not a convenient print solution
Performance is comparable with BEx Web
Geo mapping is not in Design Studio; BEx Web has a dated component
Mobility is what is driving his company to Design Studio
Figure 7: Source: Kindred
Figure 7 shows what they have done – he suggests using the ad hoc template
They want to empower users for ad hoc analysis including the filter panel for navigation mode
Figure 8: Source: Kindred
Figure 8 shows the ad hoc template; he suggests starting with this as it is similar to BEx Web.
You can change display hierarchy at run time
Show and hide totals on the grid and bookmark views similar to BEx Web
Figure 9: Source: Kindred
Figure 9 shows allowing users to drill down into columns and rows similar to BEx Web
Figure 10: Source: Kindred
Figure 10 shows creating controls to allow the users to change queries / views infoproviders (and the code to do so as well)
Figure 11: Source: Kindred
They created a style sheet similar to the BEx web style sheet to make the transition easier to their users.
It is similar to the trade show theme.
To be continued…
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Also May 4th, before ASUG Annual Conference starts, ASUG will have a pre-conference hands-on session featuring Design Studio and Lumira. More information to come.