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Advanced Visualizations for SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio using Visual BI Extensions Webinar Recap

This was a Visual BI webcast given yesterday by Ingo Hilgefort, SAP Mentor

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The legal disclaimer applies

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Certified by SAP

Certification is renewed every year

Ensures nothing is breaking in your system

50 additional chart types

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Figure 3 covers “Why is this interesting for you?”  Extensive mapping capabilities, create a responsive dashboard (not possible today out of the box)

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50+ charts

Overlap with SAP

Comes down to details – how detailed can you control the chart, in terms of properties, style sheets

Data utility – reuse a single data source for multiple charts to help with performance

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As Figure 5 shows, gauges, risk matrix, added functionality to charts are part of the 1.5 features

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Figure 6 shows the linear horizontal gauge and a gauge up to 2 scales on the right and trend indicators

Added conditional formatting

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Extended tree map for drill down capabilities

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Figure 8 shows a calendar heat map – assign values to calendar map

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Figure 9 shows a risk matrix for project management – to show business impact

Based on where X and Y crossing

Third measure is significance to assign money value to risk

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Waffle chart, 10 by 10 matrix – see this in Infographic style charts

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Master-details, shown in Figure 11, limit which part of the chart you want to see

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Differs from SAP Chart Picker – you decide which charts to offer

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Today Design Studio does not provide out of the box maps

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As Figure 14 shows, conditional formatting for maps has been added

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Enhanced filtering with conditional formatting

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Search in hierarchical filter

List box – compounded characteristics

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Figure 17 shows the slider with conditional formatting

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List and combo box come with a search

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Figure 19 covers the utilities; exporting to e-mail and the What-if analyzer are highlighted

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KPI tile with templates, can choose header, footer, alert icon, Spark Line chart, and decide how many elements to have

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With the KPI tile you can create trends

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With the Pictogram component, shown in Figure 22,  you can choose how many of visuals you want to show

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Define how dashboard should appear based on screen resolution and device type

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With the BI Explorer, shown in Figure 24, you can have self-service on any device

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Figure 25 shows the roadmap (subject to change, of course, per Figure 1)

Looking at geo fencing

Question and Answer

Q: How do you reverse geo code

A: Address reverse geo code is done from Google API

Q: Is everything available on mobile?

A: Yes, works on Mobile BI or open on mobile browser

Q: Lumira 2.x, new options, ESRI integration

A: Lumira 2.0 is some time away, next year, SAP has announced ESRI integration, Lumira ESRI integration is based on the basemap; you can’t hook up own ESRI server

Q: If use chart with a timeline – is it possible to change format?

A: yes

Q: components work with universe?

A: Yes, supports what Design Studio supports

Also offer data connectivity to Excel and Google Sheets

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      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for detailed sharing.

      I also listened to this webinar yesterday. It was really nice, but feels too short to contain so much information. IMO ofc.

      One question remained controversial for me. It’s about featured VBX double click event supporting in bo mobile enviroment.
      I asked Ingo about this thing at the end and he clearly said that VBX fully supports this feature in mobile client.

      Honestly, i’ve been a little bit confused because there is known issue\bug with “double tap zooming” in BI Mobile client. Is it possible to “defeat” this core thing of the native app with extensions?

      I’ve tried trial version of VBX and got no luck. Still zooming.
      Hope that i did something wrong…

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Thank you for reading and commenting.  As for the double tap, I'll have to go back and listen to the recording when it is available.