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SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio Deep Dive – Preview of ASUG Pre-Conference

Today Ingo Hilgefort and ASUG’s Danny Pancratz held a webcast preview of the ASUG Annual Conference pre-conference May 16.  Learn more at Agenda for 2016 SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference | SAP and ASUG

If you are an ASUG member you can watch the recording at (logon to ASUG first)

This year we wanted to go beyond the beginner topics; feedback from previous attendees was to go beyond beginner topic.


Figure 1 Source: ASUG

We start a day early before the conference.

It goes a full day

You need to bring your own laptop

This is a pure hands-on session

You will spend most of the time working on Design Studio; each person has their own environment; you are not sharing an environment

Target audience – this is not a beginner class.  The feedback has been that customers want to learn more about advanced topics.  You should have prior knowledge of Design Studio

The first exercise is you build a KPI dashboard


Figure 2 Source: ASUG

Figure 2 covers the topics

What is the BI portfolio, and where does SAP go

What role does Design Studio in your landscape?  What role does IT play?  What about self-service?  What about migration from XCelsius to Design Studio?

How will evolve over time?

We will look at deployment options, and what are the differences


Figure 3 Source: ASUG

We will cover filtering data inside your dashboard – variable in BW, prompts in Universe, data selection, differences in approaches, what is possible

You will do exercises using personalization and bookmarking and differences between, what are the options of bookmarks itself

Online composition – create an environment where the user can switch between data sources, charts, filter the information and create a gallery of charts so the user can create his own dashboard from previous parts


Figure 4 Source: ASUG

Then more data related topics – how load in parallel, how configure your dashboard, impact on your backend, sizing, background processing

How Design Studio processes information until the components have been rendered

You will learn how to load the data on demand and so it is not loaded more than once

Look at maps, what is possible, how create maps, visualization options you have and limitations you have

Scripting – use global scripts, how you can create global scripting functions, what the advantage, and how replace common scripts, repeat the code over and over again


Figure 5: Source: ASUG

Lastly, look at the Scorecard component, how create a custom table layout, how leverage this, and spend time on understanding the profiling and tracing of a dashboard.  It is helpful if you created a dashboard that runs in 10 seconds and squeeze out seconds, identify where the time is spent and where you have a performance issue overall so you can tune your dashboard.

Question and Answer

Q: Which version of Design Studio is used?

A: Using Design Studio 1.6 – version that is out since November

Q: Will you cover best practices for using Design Studio with universes?

A: We’ll talk about Design Studio and universes and limitations

Q: Which version of design studio would we be using in the conference?

A: 1.6

Q: Will Design Studio best practices for Mobile be covered? CSS best practices?

A: Stylesheets – basic skill set – mobile – clarify? Design for mobile device – no

Q: When to use Lumira vs. Design Studio? If covering self-service should our business users attend?

A: Will cover the positioning of product

Q: Will you get into connecting to HANA?

A: All exercises are designed in the way such that it doesn’t matter which data source is uses; concepts of using scorecard, online composition, background composition – doesn’t matter if talk HANA universes- main source will be BW box

Q: How do you know when to go with an SDK or not?

A: Not going on SDK level in session – simple question – if standard components not cover, then use an extension

Q: If my organization has certain UI layout guidelines, like color palettes, .css files etc. Will you cover how to incorporate my org’s look and feel into DS applicatons we build ?

A: not covered in this session;

Q: To confirm – I won’t have to share my laptop with another attendee?

A: BYOD hands-on – no sharing of devices

Q: We use WAD to display reports in i-views on our corporate intranet. Will you get into how to get a Design Studio published and displayed in an iview?

A: Not covering that; reason for not covering as putting Design Studio an in iView is easy – documented as part of installation guide

Q: Are the exercises such that I can use them back at my office?

A: All the exercises are based on common models – the data model is in every BW system. All the exercises are done in a way if you have a BW system you can repeat them at home

Q: thank you for the session

A: Thank you for attending – hope to see you in person May 16 at this session!

Register for this Pre-Conference Seminar

For more information regarding ASUG Annual Conference in May see ASUG BI Community Annual Conference Brochure | ASUG

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