This week we had an ASUG webcast covering Best Practices and Additional Visualization Options for SAP Design Studio with Visual BI’s Ingo Hilgefort, who is a SAP Mentor and an ASUG Volunteer. Part 1 is Best Practices and Additional Visualization Options for SAP Design Studio ASUG Webcast Part 1
Figure 1: Source: Visual BI
Visual BI will have a suite of extensions in 4 main areas shown in Figure 1
They have 30 additional charts; the list will grow to include drill down, export, print, and open up properties to detail configure them
Right now Design Studio does not have any mapping out of the box. Some have add-on solutions. Visual BI has 2 mapping solutions: integrated maps for bubble and heat maps and a location analyzer to go to longitude and latitude
Third is a set of filters. Filters are focused on time based filtering and learning. You can define threshold values – if product has an X value and start filtering there
Figure 2: Source: Visual BI
Figure 2 shows an overall summary of the chart extensions.
Figure 3: Source: Visual BI
Figure 3 shows a chart that has a feature to create a plot band or chart. You can highlight certain items in a chart. You might want to highlight a chart or season in your chart that the user may want to question
Figure 4: Source: Visual BI
This extension includes integration with maps due to longitude and latitude
Figure 4 shows a Z-axis with the map on left, select multiple states and you will see a chart with selected values along another measure along another dimension
Figure 5: Source: Visual BI
These are the time based selectors and a grid box
You can filter on months, years, quarters and select multiple values
The most important part of selectors is they allow you to select a custom format – you can specify how it is sent to underlying source, saving you scripting
The next part of the webcast included demonstrations which you can see here:
Figure 6: Source: Visual BI
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Question & Answer
Q: Leveraging a universe prompt appears to have very limited functionality in Design Studio – am I missing something? We are on v1.4.
A: Prompts are limited right now‑
A: For a dashboard does not recommend prompts‑
Q: Is Data selectors for chart available in Design Studio 1.4
A: Data selection for charts is available in Design Studio 1.4
Q: When will Gauzes available in Design Studio
A: There are third party extensions for gauges‑
Q: Does the map extension allow us to use maps at the county level?
A: Sounds like he is addressing this now – yes‑
A: Location analyzer on their side‑
Q: is it possible to highlight forecast bars dynamically?
A: Right now have to script that‑
Q: How does using extensions impact the performance of a dashboard?
A: performance of dashboard is more based on underlying data source, number, and how loaded and overall what doing in dashboard; not because of extension‑
Q: Are the maps integrated with ESRI or other map services?
A: No, not ESRI – first example is integrated maps, second one is open source called Leaflet. Not have to buy mapping software‑
Q: Would offline mode be available in later versions?
A: A start to offline is planned for Design Studio 1.5‑
Q: Any plans to add comment functionality to DSX Suite?
A: Right now, no, good reason is DS 1.5 will have commenting out of the box (planned) ‑
Q: does period selectors allows you to select custom fiscal year (i.e. different stat and end month)
A: Right now it does not; looking to add at second release before SAPPHIRENOW
For ASUG members the webcast recording and slides are at URL: https://www.asug.com/discussions/docs/DOC-40407(ASUG logon required)
Please consider joining ASUG on Monday May 4 for a hands-on session with Design Studio, Lumira, Analysis – see ASUG Pre Conference 2015 – Analysis Office, Lumira, and Design Studio
Next ASUG SAP Design Studio Webcast is March 18: