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TechEd Las Vegas 2016 – Working Magic with the New M Mode for SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio



Having thoroughly enjoyed my first TechEd speaking experience in Las Vegas last year, I am very happy to be invited back to present ASUG Session ANP212 Working Magic with the New M Mode for SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Tammy Powlas for her encouragement.

By way of background, I am active in the SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio space where I enjoy writing about topics of interest in the Design Studio Innovation Series and participating in the Design Studio SDK Development Community.  For a more personal profile, feel free to review this SCN Member of the Month post.

What is my session about?

In the SAP Analytics and Business Intelligence world, there is certainly a lot of buzz around Design Studio and Lumira these days.  SAP’s commitment to the Fiori Design has been reinforced with the introduction of a new “M Mode” for developing BI applications with components based on the SAPUI5 m library (sap.m) or Main library as it is also known.  This presentation focuses on a practical approach with the inclusion of two demos in this context.

Why should you attend?

Attend my session to learn how to best take advantage of the new M Mode functionality to build polished and professional Fiori-style analytical applications with Design Studio.  Here’s what you can expect:


I’ll start with a brief review of the new M Mode for Design Studio and future direction, before moving onto the fun stuff in the more practical demos.

Demo 1 – Fiori-style M Mode Analytic App with Launchpad

The first demo highlights some of the new Fiori-style standard components, complemented by M Mode compatible components from the SDK Development Community Library.  We’ll take a look at how to take advantage of M Mode combined with bookmarking functionality to build an application that allows users to create and share visualisations through a commonly accessible catalogue, with the capability to personalise their own launchpad by pinning selections from the catalogue.

Some screenshots to give you an idea:

Personalised Launchpad


Catalogue panel for sharing, previewing and selecting visualisations


A scripted custom data browser based on the new standard Dialogue Component


Visualisation composition with configuration panel



Demo 2 – Eliminating Complexity: Wizardry at Work with Code-free Design

The second demo presents a unique SDK case study of an extension designed exclusively for M Mode, addressing a common request that comes up in discussions, which is the need for a non-technical approach to building apps with Design Studio that doesn’t relyon script or style sheet coding.  Here are two specific examples of such requests to put this into perspective:

Question: “Is there any strategy in future to build Design Studio Dashboards without writing scripts…because users like DS format and features…when it comes to self-service, it’s too complex.”

Source:  Design Studio Webcast Notes – Enterprise Ready Analytics

Idea:  “Design Studio is perceived as an IT tool but could be used from user perspective with help of wizard.”

Source:  Design Studio Idea Place

The case study presents the key challenges, design decisions and intent of the solution, the result and the journey along the way.


Hopefully I’ve piqued your interest with this summary.  I look forward to meeting you at SAP TechEd Las Vegas 2016.  I’d encourage you to attend if you can.  It’s shaping up to be a great showcase of the latest SAP innovations and entertainment.

Related Links

SAP TechEd 2016 Brochure featuring ASUG Sessions

Analytics Track @ SAP TechEd 2016

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