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Effective Data Visualization with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio Webcast

This was a Visual BI webcast this week.  You can watch the replay here

How go beyond basic items that SAP delivers; what options you have using extensions.

The legal disclaimer applies; things in the future are subject to change.


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Why use extensions?  Additional alerting capabilities, supports Excel as a data source to be used for prototyping


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Don’t have to worry about scripting with features, including a feature of responsive UI – device sizes, orientation

Bar Charts
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Box plots, donut charts, permanent color assignment


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Lasso feature, reverse lasso, waffle charts


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Trend indication, where end up, conditional formatting


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Tree map feature


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Calendar heat map


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Risk matrix for project management – which tasks of project are at risk


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Waffle chart, custom logos, access to standard logos


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Master-detail chart


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Conditional formatting with maps – dynamic, based on cell selections

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Search against hierarchical filters

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KPI tiles, spark lines, set up conditional formatting

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Pictogram chart

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alert column, advanced table, freezing headers

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Pre-built “BusinessObjects Explorer” like functionality

What’s next?


Source: Visual BI – roadmaps are always subject to change

Full style sheet for charts, custom tooltips, adding geofencing capabilities are planned

Question and Answer

Q: Can we use Design Studio with Web Intelligence as a data source?

A: no out of the box solution from SAP

Technically it is possible

Q: Are charts mobile compatible?

A: Yes, charts work on Mobile BI app

Q: Can you go to an ECC screen with drill down capability?

A: does not come “out of the box”

Design Studio does support RRI; need to configure in backend

Q: Which basemaps are supported?

A: Maps integrate with Leaflet

Several base maps are supported

Q: How to examples

A: on the website


A: ESRI does integrate with Leaflet; is there interest? Not a simple topic

Q: Can you pass data from one chart to another?

A: Yes

Q: Are the components supported in UI5 mode?

A: yes

Q: Charts / tables support running sum feature?

A: Recommend do in underlying data source

Q: Lumira merging?

A: One product with 2 clients; read SAP’s roadmap; one product means brand

Lumira Discovery – desktop, Lumira Studio, which is Design Studio

Q: Can use stored proc universes?

A: See SAP’s universal note on universes

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