The Fiorified BI Launchpad is a modern version of the classic BI launchpad application introduced from BOE 4.2 SP04. It has a fiorified user experience that makes the user interface (UI) simple and intuitive.

Foirified BI Launchpad URL http://<WebServer>:<Port>/BOE/BILaunchpad

where <WebServer> is the name of the web server for BI platform and <Port> is the port number for the platform.

Before Start:

New BI launchpad has dependency on REST SDK which deployed on WACS(web Application container Server).So WACS must be running to use new Launchpad.

To check REST SDK APIs, simple API

REST SDK About URL http://<host>:<port>/biprws/v1/about

Where <port> is the port number of WACS(Web Application Container Server).

Above URL Response contains : product version details.

Logon Page:

Administrator configurations for new BI Launchpad (Fiorified) :

Name bing.properties
Location “\BOE\WEB-INF\config\default” (BOE webapp in webserver)

First View:

BI Launchpad Tool bar:

Tab

Description

My Home

When User first log in to the BI Launch Pad, this is default user interface, which user can customize for the tasks you perform there.

Schedule

In this tab user can access all schedule instances scheduled by him using calendar widget and perform client actions on those instances

Inbox

(Administrator can hide this tab for specific Users/UserGroups)

The Inbox lets you view and manage system alerts,notifications and documents as message.

Folders

(If User doesn’t have rights for both My Folders and Public Folders then this tab will be hidden)

User can organize and manage objects using public and personal folders.

Recycle Bin

(Administrator can hide this tab for specific Users/UserGroups)

Recycle Bin is an application in the BI Launch Pad. When the user deletes an item from the BOE system, it is moved to the Recycle Bin, where it is temporarily stored until the Recycle Bin is emptied. This gives the user the opportunity to recover accidentally deleted reports/folders and restore them to their original locations.

Note:  Based on the user rights Menu tabs will be rendered and User can configure to any tab as default home tab.

Filters in My Home:

Filter

Description

Show all

This filter lists all the flat list BI objects : documents, reports, categories in the Home page.

Recent

This filter lists all your recently viewed/modified BI objects: documents in the Home page.

My Documents

This filter lists all documents you created in the Home page.

All Categories

A category is an organizational alternative to a folder. Use categories to label objects. This filter lists all the categories (Corporate and Personal) in the Home page.

My Favorites

(This is new feature available only in new launchpad)

This filter lists all documents or categories that you marked as your favorites in the Home page.

License:

The BI platform supports the following types of user licenses:

  • Concurrent user
  • Named user

Note: Number of concurrent logon sessions for a named user is limited to 10. If the named user tries to log into the 11th concurrent logon session, the sytem displays an approprite error message. You need to release one of the existing sessions to be able to log in.

Session Management:

Lifetime of the web session is defined in the web.xml of web-app (BOE).

The default time-out value for each web-app is 20 minutes.

If User opens Old BI launchpad and fiorified BI launchpad in different tabs of same browser then both the launchpads uses same Enterprise Session.

Web Application Bundle:

New fiorified BI launchpad also part of BOE webapp bundle. There is no need of some extra deployment specifically to new launchpad.

But there is separate .properties file for new launchpad called “bing.properties”.

Name bing.properties
Location “\BOE\WEB-INF\config\default” (BOE webapp in webserver)

Copy Bing.properties file to “\BOE\WEB-INF\config\custom” location and change the values as per requirement.

Restart the web server and clear the cache in browser before refresh the BI launchpad.

Related Links:

https://help.sap.com/viewer/p/SAP_BUSINESSOBJECTS_BUSINESS_INTELLIGENCE_PLATFORM

https://help.sap.com/viewer/baaf5c869e824d07ab0109e7b093348e/4.2.4/en-US

Videos:

Home page:

 

Categories and Folders:

 

Recycle Bin:

 

User Settings:

 

 

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  1. Ivan Yin

    Hi,

     

    There is a link named as “Contact Administrator ” in the logon page when accessing http://<WebServer&gt;:<Port>/BOE/BILaunchpad

     

    After clicking it in IE, it will try to send a mail to “administrator@bilp.com”. But nothing happens in Chrome.

    May I know if this mail address can be changed in someplace?

    Regards,

    Ivan

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    1. Bharath B N Post author

      Hi Ivan,

      You can configure admin email “admin.user.email=********@***.com” in Bing.properties file.

      Bing.properties file located in “\BOE\WEB-INF\config\default” (BOE webapp in webserver).

      SAP recommendation : duplicate Bing.properties file to “\BOE\WEB-INF\config\custom” location and change the values.

      Restart the web server and clear the cache in browser before refresh the BI launchpad.

      Thanks,

      Bharath

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    2. Bharath B N Post author

      I have tried in Chrome and Safari  by clicking on “Contact Administrator” and worked for me.

      can you check Chrome version once and email client configured in consumers machine?

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  2. Jawahar Konduru

    Bharath, Thanks for the information. I installed SP4 today. So lauchpad now, it is only to view the reports. When will we be able to create reports from Fiori Launchpad? is it in roadmap?

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  3. Lisa Lemler

    We have the same question.  We installed SP4 yesterday and have been trying to figure out how to launch Web Intelligence from the Fiorified BI launch pad without first having to view an existing Webi doc.  Is this not possible??

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  4. Aju Daniel

    Hi Bharath,

    Good article. Had a quick question, ​we deployed BI 4.2 SP04 and see that design studio works fine with the old BI Launchpad link but somehow does not work with the new fiori based BI Launchpad. Lumira and WebI reports work fine with the new link. Any idea whats causing this issue.

     

    Cheers,

    Daniel

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