As a long time Webi user, and provider of maps integrations, I have always wished there were a proper SDK for integrating custom visualizations in Webi. My first exploration was through Xcelsius which I soon hope to release as a freeware component called “SAP Dashboard Viewer.”
Now, I am thrilled that I can offer to the BusinessObjects ecosystem a new premium extension for Webi.
With that said, I had two goals to consider when creating a maps extension for Webi:
1. Ensure that someone with skills to create a Webi report, could just as easily enable a map.
Here is the process for building a simple map in BI4 SP04 for the every day Webi Designer.
In the next couple of weeks, we are pulling together all all of the lessons learned developing custom extensions. Webi Extension points is a great step forward but it is not perfect, so my hope is that as customer’s reliance grow on this technology we can see new exciting ways for interacting with Webi.
Want to get the Extension
We do have the extension available as a test drive for BI4.1, though you will need to check for service pack availability. I would love to hear your feedback first hand so don’t hesitate to contact me direct. CMaps Analytics for Webi