There are situation where you are looking to build a dashboard in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and you do require a time based filtering scenario.

You will notice that Design Studio out of the box does not provide any component focused on such a workflow. You have the “usual” candidates for filtering data, but nothing that is focused on a time based / period based scenario.

This is where the Period Selectos as part of the Visual BI Extensions can help.

Here are two of our common used Period Selectors

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So why are they unique (and patented) ? Because they allow your business user to quickly select a month, a quarter, or a year and in case of the Multi-Select option they even allow to select across multiple years – so comparing for example your revenue  across several years in Q1 becomes something that is just a few clicks away.

In addition the period selectos also allow to specify the return format:

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In this scenario you can choose from a list of predefined formats but you can also specify your own return format using the typical abbreviations such as MM for a two digit month or YYYY for a four digit year.

If you are interested in time based filtering and want to provide your users with a easy to use and simple experience and save yourself from writing lots of scripting code – these components can be a great help.

100 Things you can do with Visual BI Extensions and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

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