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New Variant Feature in Web Intelligence

SAP released SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence 4.1 Support Pack 6  and It has some cool new features. I have outlined the new variant feature for webi below.. The variant feature allows users to save frequently used prompts on a web intelligence report as variants.


Prompt selection box opens up with the “Available prompt variants” option at the top/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/1__787566.jpg

Enter your selection criteria and click on the “create prompt variant button” (Disc button with the green plus sign)

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In the dialog box that appears, enter a name for the variant you are trying to create and click OK. The variant has been created

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To use the created variant, when you open a new report, on the prompts screen, click the drop down arrow on the available prompts variant box and select the variant you created.

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The prompt become prefilled with your selection…

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You can then hit OK and run the report.

You can also alter the values in any of the prompts and hit the save button (Disc without the green + sign) and it would save your new values. You can also hit the X sign to delete a variant you no longer need.

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      Author's profile photo Neil Mitchell-Goodson
      Neil Mitchell-Goodson

      You do a good job of demonstrating the process with helpful, step by step screenshots, many thanks. 🙂

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      Former Member

      I know it is a bit offtopic, but it is the first time I see someone criticizes articles on SCN! Till today I thought the common rule here was "good or nothing". 😆

      Author's profile photo Neil Mitchell-Goodson
      Neil Mitchell-Goodson

      It's not supposed to be a criticism, it's more a piece of guidance, per:

      Are You a Rock Star Blogger?

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      Former Member

      In any case positive critic is OK.

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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for the observation Neil, it was an oversight on my part. It has been corrected.

      Author's profile photo Neil Mitchell-Goodson
      Neil Mitchell-Goodson

      No worries, initial comment edited accordingly, thanks for the post 🙂

      Author's profile photo wang zhanhui
      wang zhanhui

      good

      Author's profile photo wang zhanhui
      wang zhanhui

      BUT Cannot be used in schedule .2015-10-7 21-13-34.jpg

      Author's profile photo Cuneyt Kavaslar
      Cuneyt Kavaslar

      Good documentation !

      Is there a way to share variants among users or is it restricted to the user who creates it?

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      Former Member

      Would like to know also.  Are they global, or just for that user, user/report, user/field????

      Author's profile photo M. van Foeken
      M. van Foeken

      According to SAP documents it is restricted to:

      Only the user who created the prompt variants can view them and they only apply to the document in which they have been created on.

      With kind regards,

      Martijn van Foeken | Interdobs

      Author's profile photo Cuneyt Kavaslar
      Cuneyt Kavaslar

      One of the users reported and issue and I can confirm it.  When you save a new report variant with some selections, then clear one of the prompt selections and make selectins on a different prompt and save as a new variant.  It messes up the first saved variant.  If you clear some selections and save as a third variant, it messes up the first and second variants, etc...  We are now at 4.1 SP8.  Has anybody else observed the wrong behaviour?

      Author's profile photo Kevin Jurke
      Kevin Jurke

      Hallo,

      is it possible to deactivate this new feature?

      Author's profile photo M. van Foeken
      M. van Foeken

      Hi Kevin,

      I don't believe it's possible to disable this either via the security model nor via the UI customization of Web Intelligence.

      With kind regards,

      Martijn van Foeken | Interdobs

      Author's profile photo Donatas Budrys
      Donatas Budrys

      Hello, Kevin,

      Did you find out how to deactivate BI Variants so far?

       

      Thank you in advance,

      Donatas Budrys

       

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      Former Member

       

      I have some users that created and saved "prompt variants", but they no longer work!! what could possibly the reason why they stopped working