Going to training.sap.com and accessing the SAP Learning Hub, I noticed SAP is offering an online course titled “SAP Business Objects Design Studio 1.4: Learning Map for Application Consultant”

What is good about this is it reminded me of the new custom data source SDK:

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Figure: 1: Source: SAP

The installation of this sample SDK is described in the SAP Help: http://help.sap.com/businessobject/product_guides/AAD14/en/ds14SP01_dev_guide_en.pdf

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Figure 2

After installing it, it is a simple right click to add the custom data source (in this case, a .CSV)

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Figure 3

For fun I installed the Visual BI trial SDK extensions (see http://www.visualbi.com/DSXTrial ) and used the .CSV file I received from Robert Russell, when trying out his Lumira extensions.  Figure 3 shows a funnel chart of Japan footy scores, with Tokyo being the highest at the top.

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Figure 4

Figure 4 shows some of the features of the Visual BI extension, including printing or downloading a PDF or image.

The limitation of the CSV data source is you can’t select data selection on measures. Of course, this is covered in the Learning Hub course as shown below:

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Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 covers some limitations of the custom data source.  In the past I have heard that developers wanted to prototype offline and this is an option.

For more information about the Learning Hub, go to Getting access & accessing SAP Learning Hub #SAPEducation

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