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Design Studio Roadmap September EMEA Webcast

This was an EMEA webcast I attended this morning.  Please note, the title of the webcast was roadmap, but the roadmap wasn’t covered until the last few minutes.  I will highlight some new things I learned.

Of course SAP’s legal disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.

The SAP speaker said that in 1.6, designer mode will include a CSV file will allow you develop offline, not connected to an online data source.


This was one of the first times I remember SAP referencing personas in relation to Design Studio.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Data Analyst is a key business user, awareness of data, Excel/Access skills, and SQL knowledge

They understand the types of data, visualizations that organization needs


Figure 2: Source: SAP

The information consumer is a decision maker, awareness of data, knowledge of analytics

They are the end users for dashboard


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Application designer has simple scripting knowledge, data modeling, knows XCelsius / Web Application Designer, and web design.  The application designer is between business & IT departments


Figure 4: Source: SAP

The developer has hard development skills, know Web 2.0 technologies, HTLM5, analytics, problem-solving

The administrator is one who ensures environment is up and running, authorization governance is in place

Lumira is more for the end user

Design Studio is for enterprise dashboards and is scalable and robust


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows limitations on NetWeaver

The speaker said mobile for NetWeaver is only for the portal and only has iOS support


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Platform for HANA is “coming together” and currently has limited support, check PAM’s and what’s new guides


Edit > Initial View is only for small tweaks; major changes should happen in BEx query

Design Studio will be supported BI4.2


Figure 7: Source: SAP

The plan is to remove restrictions on universe 1.6

Customers are seeing 1.5 as a launch point to go live

Version 1.6 is a “consolidation release” – improve geo maps, charts, export to PDF enhancements

Enhanced universe connectivity, enhanced cross tab features, visualization components, new table, new score cards

Future (after 1.6 release) includes scheduling & broadcasting next year – export to documents or creation/distribution and bookmarks

Annotations and comments are in the coming year

Offline is a journey; it started, continue to invest next year

Scorecard is in 1.6 release

Continue to invest in Mobile; in 1.6 ensure components are mobile-ready

New components will be built for mobile first capacity

More advanced mobile support including intro of responsive design

Design time tool to more development views – iOS, Android, tablet, phone

Extend admin capabilities, improve RTL, accessibility

Local calculations and projections are planned for the new year


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      Author's profile photo Vi Tran
      Vi Tran

      Thanks for the information. Very informative. Glad to see them start to implement a responsive design so you nut need multiple templates for multiple platforms.