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World Premiere SAP Design Studio 1.5 ASUG Annual Conference – Part 1

This was a session from this past week’s ASUG Annual Conference.  These are my notes as I heard them and do not necessarily represent SAP’s.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

On Figure 1, Eric Schemer, SAP, said there are no silos and with interoperability SAP is “one team”.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 shows the positioning slide, where SAP Design Studio fits to “build engaging application experiences”.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

On Figure 3, Eric explained you can build OLAP ad hoc applications with Design Studio, especially in version 1.5

Figure 3 is an updated convergence slide


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows the product description.  On this slide, Eric said SAP Design Studio has over 5K customers, with 150 new customers every month.


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Most feature rich now for Design Studio is the BI platform.  SAP HANA is a key platform.  SAP has invested in NetWeaver, but it is “not a going forward investment”


Figure 6: Source: SAP

New HANA connector that gives capabilities

Parallel queries being executed in Design Studio

SAP is investing in the universe, which is an ongoing journey.  In version 1.5 it will open up to all databases that UNX supports.  It will still not support multi source universes in 1.5.  Version 1.6 will allow 20K records.  Also with 1.5 SAP is shipping out more templates for self-service visualization for end users.


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Version 1.5 is not completely offline yet, but working on that for the future

You can build data bound components without scripting

Several standard apps for data exploration and self-service

  • Customers have scenarios where they want to change the UX of self-service application
  • Brought in templates that look like Lumira; you can customize them and change them to your own needs


Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 please note the side effects and session management in the backend.  This is something to discuss with your SAP Basis team before undertaking.


Figure 9: Source: SAP

On this we saw a demo of this capability.  It can use Open Street Maps “out of the box”.


Figure 10: Source: SAP

This type of application can be handed to any user

Also shown in Figure 10 is a Lumira-like chart picker

To be continued…

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      Author's profile photo Donatas Budrys
      Donatas Budrys

      Hi, Tammy,

      Thank you for your post. This version looks impressive 😉 .

      Are there any date for GA?

      Also I am very glad that SAP pays some attention for SAP Design Studio usage with UNX and in 1.6 version will allow up to 20K records per data source. Will there be any updates regarding current 5K limitation in 1.5 version? Did SAP elaborate why is this limitation at all?

      Anyway thanks for sharing with us. Keep up posting 🙂 .

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      I am not aware of any updates for the 1.5 version for the record row limit

      I don't recall what they said about reasoning for the 20K limit - my guess is performance

      1.5 GA is planned for end of May (this month)

      Author's profile photo Tanisha Gupta
      Tanisha Gupta

      Thank you Tammy!



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for this info, seems this release will be awesome!

      One question that (depending on the answer) worries me a bit.

      As per your slide, it says that on this relase we will have query parallelization but...can you please confirm if it will only be available for BW? Will it be available for HANA / or relational Universe data sources?

      I'm asking this because the title of the slide says "BW Query parallelization" but the first bullet says that it will be available for all data source types.

      Could you please confirm this?

      Thank you in advance,

      Juan Carlos

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Juan - I believe it is for BW only but I will try to clarify tomorrow as we have a follow-up ASUG webcast

      I recall there was a discussion on BW session management - so I think this is just for BW.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for your response Tammy.

      It would be really a pity if it is only for BW as all the power that HANA provides can't be used without paralle processing data sources.

      I know that deployment of Design Studio on HANA allows parallel processing but it will not be easy to force all customers to deploy Design Studio on their HANA platform (specially if it is a Suite on HANA environment).

      I look forward to your clarification based on ASUG webcast.

      Best regards,

      Juan Carlos

      Author's profile photo Ingo Hilgefort
      Ingo Hilgefort

      Hello Juan Carlos,

      the parallel processing is available for all data sources : BW, HANA, Universes.


      Ingo Hilgefort, Visual BI

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      great thank you Ingo!