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(Updated April 2018)

SAP Digital Boardroom pulls information across all lines of business and operations to provide a complete, real­time view of your critical business metrics in one place.

SAP Digital Boardroom is optimized to display on very large touch screens so that business leaders can visualize all the critical metrics they need. These metrics are displayed in a broad business context across the screens to maximize their impact and provide decision­ready insights. Individual business abstraction layers deliver one source of truth across all business areas to align executive decisions more quickly and easily and foster trust among business leaders.

This blog will provide instructions on how to set up the touch screens for use with SAP Digital Boardroom.

Digital Boardroom looks best on multiple large 4K touch screens from your favorite monitor vendor, connected to a single PC running Google Chrome with a great video card. Complex components like maps will display more quickly on your screens with at least 4 GB of video RAM, plus at least 8 GB of system RAM.

SAP Digital Boardroom supports both a single large screen, like a Microsoft Surface Hub, and multiple large screens connected to a single PC. You can use one touch screen or multiple – the responsive layout technology in SAP Digital Boardroom will adjust the application accordingly.

You can connect up to 10 screens in a single row – that’s only limited by the capabilities of the graphics card. A standard PC can support three to four monitors, with HDMI or DVI ports. Experience shows that three screens provide an excellent immersive experience for the users, while keeping the space requirement within an acceptable level.

Step 1: Connecting the hardware

You need to connect the video cables and the USB cables (for the touch control) to the PC.

Step 2: changing the Windows settings

On the PC, in Windows 10, open the Display Settings dialog.

You should see all your connected displays. Select each one in turn and set “Change the size of text, apps and other items” to 100%.

  1. Under “Multiple displays” select “Extend the desktop to this display”. Note: make sure you select each display in this dialog (so that it’s highlighted in blue) and change the setting for each one.
  2. Select “Identify” to match the icons shown under “Customize your displays” to the devices. Drag & drop the display icons into the correct order to ensure you can drag the mouse continuously from left to right across all screens.
  3. Make your left-most display the main display (primary).
  4. Select Apply

Note: This may require you to log off and back on to Windows again.

Step 3: Touch control

You can now set up touch control, using Windows 10 Tablet PC Settings.

  1. Go to the Windows Start menu, search for and then select “Control Panel”.
  2. Search for an then select “Tablet PC Settings”.
  3. Click the “Setup…” button.
  4. When prompted, touch the screen that shows “Touch this screen” to identify it.
  5. When prompted, press Enter to change to the next monitor.
  6. Do this for all touch screens.
  7. When prompted, save the settings and then close the Tablet PC Settings.

You should now be able to use touch across the multiple screens within Windows.

 

Step 4a: Chrome extension

To show the Chrome browser across all screens edge-to-edge (i.e. without an application frame), we can use a community-sourced extension app: “Multi Desktop Full Screen for Chrome”.

Download the app from GitHub (in the Download section, click on the link and save the .CRX file on your desktop)

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Go to the Google Chrome extensions page: chrome://extensions/
  3. Drag multi-desktop-full-screen-for-chrome.crx from your desktop into the extensions page within Google Chrome.
  4. When asked to Add “Multi Desktop Full Screen for Chrome”? select “Add app”.
  5. Select Multi Desktop Full Screen for Chrome to run the application.
  6. Delete the .CRX from your desktop

Note: The first time you run Multi Desktop Full Screen for Chrome (or if you reset the options) the options window is shown so you can type in the URL to the web page that you want to use.

Help: To get back to the options window press F10. If you want to see a list of keys you can use and some additional help press F1.

 

For the best user experience, create a Windows shortcut to open Multi Desktop Full Screen for Chrome:

  1. Within Google Chrome, go to the installed apps page: chrome://apps/
  2. Right-click on the Multi Desktop Full Screen for Chrome app and select Create shortcuts…
  3. Select “Desktop”.

Note: Now you can keep Google Chrome closed and use a shortcut to open Multi Desktop Full Screen for Chrome.

Step 4b: Ultramon

For customers that can’t use Chrome, but need to use Windows Edge (Windows IE support is currently planned for a future release), you can use third-party applications, like Ultramon.

Instructions:

  1. After installing Ultramon, set up a ‘Maximize window to desktop’ hotkey under UltraMon Options > Hotkeys.  For example, you can set “Ctrl-Alt-W” as the hotkey.
  2. Open the Edge browser to your favorite SAP Digital Boardroom
  3. Press “Shift-Windows Key-Enter” all at the same time and then press the UltraMon hotkey you just set up (“Ctrl-Alt-W”) to span multiple screens.

The single screen options

As mentioned above, the responsive layout capabilities of SAP Digital Boardroom make it possible to use a single screen. The software automatically adjusts the visible story to show previews of stories in the same topic. You can select or swipe from one to the next, or jump from one to another, using the bread crumbs, or the built-in navigation features.

One example of a popular single screen, frequently used at SAP, is the Microsoft Surface Hub.

We have released a SAP Digital Boardroom app in the Microsoft store. It has the advantage of integrating device-specific features, like camera and speakers, or Skype integration, to enhance distributed meetings.

The installation of the app is simple – just follow the store instructions on your Surface Hub device.

A second option we use at SAP is a video wall, where several individual monitors are combined into a single screen. You can see it in this video in action.

Video wall vendors supply the necessary hardware and software to split the standard screen across multiple devices.

For more information:

SAP Analytics Cloud Help page

System Requirements section

SAP Community page

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  1. Amber van Laethem

    I’ve assisted on setting up a Digital Boardroom using three CTOUCH Laser Air 55″ screens and a Dell desktop with Matrox graphics card.

    As a replacement for Samsung’s MagicIWB touch software we used the universal TimeLink MultiTouch USB driver from Touch-Base.

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    1. Karsten RUF Post author

       

      Hi Henry, I had removed that section on purpose, since the MagicIWB doesn’t work with the new BR screens. It works with the DM models, but those are now difficult to procure.

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    1. Karsten RUF Post author

       

      Hey Carlos,

      The DM models were required at the very beginning, when we had to rely on the Samsung app that split the desktop over three screens.

      With the Chrome extension we don’t have that dependency anymore, so pretty much any HD touch screen should work.

      Best,

      Karsten

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  2. Karsten RUF Post author

     

    I have updated this blog to reflect new technologies. Let us know what touch screens you use with SAP Digital Boardroom, in the comments.

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