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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Advanced Dashboards using Design Studio Extensions Webcast Notes

This was a webcast today given by Ingo Hilgefort on Visual BI’s Design Studio extensions.  These are my notes as I heard them.


Figure 1: Source: Visual BI

Figure 1 shows that things in the future are subject to change


Figure 2: Source: Visual BI

Figure 2 shows a mapping of Visual BI add-ons, showing latest Design Studio version provides mapping, basic functionality

Regional maps, US/states, Germany/District, street level details

It is not limited to marker layers

It includes a menu structure, search box, helping the developer add standard functionality without coding

Here is the link to a thirty day trial for the Visual BI extensions


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 is the roadmap for the extensions.  What is coming in the future includes trend lines, full hierarchy support (expand/collapse), assign colors to members of dashboard, includes GeoJSON / TopJSON map

Utilities include export to PPT and to Outlook

It includes responsive container for mobile

It supports Design Studio Release 1.3, 1.4, 1.5


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows that it includes multi-axis charts, combine data with maps without having to create files to build maps

It speeds up process of building dashboards, using an Excel spreadsheet as a data source


Figure 5: Source: Visual BI

Adding more than 40 charts to Design Studio – influence them in design time and run time using scripts

Standard features include print, export, drill down

Reuse same chart for multiple charts


Figure 6: Source: Visual BI

The maps go down to street level

The maps go down to the next level – can navigate from a map to Web intelligence / Crystal for a closed loop scenario


Figure 7: Source: Visual BI

Figure 7 shows the marker layer for maps, drill down, scripting behind it


Figure 8: Source: Visual BI

Figure 8 shows some of the current Design Studio Utilities one of which is Search – which I tried here Sharing my SAP Design Studio Search Utility Extension Experience



Figure 9: Source: Visual BI

Figure 9 covers the new chart types and at the bottom it includes new features for the chart types


Figure 10: Source: Visual BI

Conditional formatting

  • Can be based on measure or members of dimension
    • Bar chart showing the profit and highlight profit based on revenue
    • Color-code members –

Scaling features shown in Figure 10 can be used to prevent confusion with numbers


Figure 11: Source: Visual BI

Figure 11 shows color-coding of charts where you can “paint the chart” instead of you having to code that – deliver style sheet code need


Figure 12: Source: Visual BI

Maps are a part of your overall landscape

Map to navigate to your existing assets such as Crystal or Web Intelligence


Figure 13: Source: Visual BI

Figure 13 covers updates to period selectors, including how to send data to backend

You can freely define it instead of coding it; it also adjusts for fiscal year


Figure 14: Source: Visual BI

Figure 14 shows a custom table, with column independent sorting


Figure 15: Source: Visual BI

Figure 15 is a new KPI tile with title, sub title, integrate icons, values,  and sparkline charts in tile


Figure 16: Source: Visual BI

For quick prototyping you can use Excel or Google spreadsheets as a data source


Figure 17: Source: Visual BI

With the export to PDF you can influence the orientation, header and footer text

You can add comments before you export

You can select which components become part of the PDF; for example you may want to remove buttons from PDF to only get chart and table


Figure 18: Source: Visual BI

Figure 18 shows a true hierarchical filter


Figure 19: Source: Visual BI

Figure 19 shows the What if scenario, similar to XCelsius

If costs go down 5% how will it influence profit?  See Is a What if Scenario in Design Studio possible ? for more details

Please note this webcast was sponsored by Visual BI and these are my notes as I heard them.  Unfortunately I had to leave the webinar early so I didn’t document the question & answer.

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      Author's profile photo Mustafa Bensan
      Mustafa Bensan

      Hi Tammy,

      I have one question which perhaps Ingo could best address.  The Responsive Container component listed on the DSX Roadmap sounds interesting.  Given that the Design Studio SDK currently does not support development of container components, how will the DSX Responsive Container work?  Will it only support other DSX components as children or will it somehow support inclusion of standard Design Studio components as well?



      Author's profile photo Ingo Hilgefort
      Ingo Hilgefort

      Surprise =:)