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In the first part of this blog series we took a look at some of the key differences between SAP Dashboards and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio. In this second part we will take a closer look a the available components and compare those listing between SAP Dashboards and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio.


Figure 1: Charts

In Figure 1 you can see the first part of the available charts and in the columns you can see which of the products – SAP Dashboards, Lumira Desktop, Design Studio 1.5 (DS 1.5), and Design Studio 1.6 (DS 1.6) provide these chart types. In the far right column you see which chart types / component types are available as part of our Visual BI Extensions for SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio.

You can see that there are two chart types that SAP Dashboards provides and which are not available so far for Design Studio : OHLC and Candlestick.

On the other hand Design Studio does provide chart types such as a Bar / Column % Stacked, which is not available in SAP Dashboards.


Figure 2: Charts

Figure 2 shows the next set of chart types and you can see that Design Studio does provide – using partner extensions – chart types such as a Multi Axis Chart, Box Plot, Funnel, … that are not available in SAP Dashboards.


Figure 3: Charts

Figure 3 shows the last set of charts, and you can see that something like a Gauge is so far only available via partner extensions.


Figure 4: Chart capabilities

Figure 4 shows some of the key capabilities provided by the charts and you can see that most of the functionalities are covered by SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, but some of the basic functionalities such as adding a Trendline to the chart or a Drill Down capability or a hierarchical drill down is only available using partner extensions.


Figure 5

Figure 5 shows the comparison for the selector components. You will notice that the basic selector components such as a listbox, combo box, check boxes, … are covered by Design Studio. Also the table and the scorecard table is covered in Design Studio 1.6. The List View and List Builder are highlighted as those could easily be reproduced with the existing components and a few lines of scripting.


Figure 6: Selectors

Figure 6 shows the second part of the Selector components and here you will notice that something like a single slider or a dual slider or a horizontal / vertical progress bar is only available via partner extensions.


Figure 7 : Maps

In Figure 7 you can see the functionality around the Maps offered in SAP Dashboards compared to SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and you can see that the main difference here is the fact, that SAP Dashboards offered several out of the box maps and in Design Studio you always have to use a GeoJSON file so far for regional type of maps. Standard maps for Design Studio are available as partner extensions.


Figure 8: Additional Functionality

Figure 8 shows a set of additional functionality, such as a What If Scenario, Trend Icon, Export to Excel, Powerpoint, eMail, … and so on. You can see in Figure 8 that most of those features are not coming with Design Studio out of the box and require a partner extension for the migration to Design Studio.

In the second part we took a look at the available components in SAP Dashboards and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio. In the next part we will take a look at some of the reasons for migrating to Design Studio, we will make a final recommendation based on different type of customers, and discuss a migration approach for moving from SAP Dashboards to SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio.

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