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Fiorified BI Launchpad in BOE 4.2

 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:

  1.  WACS(web Application container Server).
  2. Tomcat

More info : https://blogs.sap.com/2017/12/15/bi-platform-rest-sdk-rws-in-boe-4.2/

So WACS or Tomcat must be running to use new Launchpad.

To check REST APIs, simple API

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

Above URL Response contains : product version details.

Logon Page:

Administrator configurations for new BI Launchpad (Fiorified) :

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

Home Page:

 

BI Launchpad Tool bar:

Tab

Description

My Home

When User first logs 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

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

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 by disabling Recycle Bin)

(Not user specific)

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.

My recently viewed

This filter lists all your recently viewed BI  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.

My recently run

This filter lists all your recently run BI documents in the Home page.

 BOE 4.2 SP05 features:

  • Context refresh in all the pages.
  • Uploading and editing the category image:
  • Table widget in all the pages were changed. The new Table widget provides sorting and filtering options.
  • More documents types were supported such as LUMX.
  • Landing Page and Landing filter was introduced. In account preferences, we can change the landing page:
  • GDPR(Global data protection regulation): The product was made GDPR compliant:
  • Back button was introduced in new BILaunchpad:
  • Expired and warning status was introduced in schedule. And ‘Pause’ and ‘Resume’ Caf actions were introduced.
  • The document can be marked as Favorite.
  • Web-Assistant to guide us through the Launchpad (https://blogs.sap.com/2017/12/19/fiorified-bi-launchpad-and-web-assistant-in-boe-4.2/).

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 system 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 “FioriBI.properies” .

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

Copy *.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.

 

Videos:

Related Links:

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

https://blogs.sap.com/2017/12/19/fiorified-bi-launchpad-and-web-assistant-in-boe-4.2/

https://blogs.sap.com/2017/12/15/bi-platform-rest-sdk-rws-in-boe-4.2/

 

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      Author's profile photo Ravi Pai
      Ravi Pai

      Do we have any documentation for Fiori to work with Apache as frontend and Tomcat as backend ?

       

      If we change RestFul URL to Tomcat one everything works, once we change it to Apache URL "Invalid Session" is displayed

      Author's profile photo Ravi Pai
      Ravi Pai

      Nevermind, fixed it by adding JkMount /BOE/*/FioriBI/BOETimeoutPing instead of JkMount /BOE/*/Bing/BOETimeoutPing as per SAP note 2477447

       

      Note needs to be edited for SP06

      Author's profile photo Bharath B N
      Bharath B N
      Blog Post Author

      The new BI Launchpad interface is not accessible after split deployment:

      https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2477447

      Author's profile photo Rene Brito
      Rene Brito

      I just updated from BOE4.2 SP05 Patch 500 to SP06 Patch 300 and I cannot open documents. THe error I am getting is

      Error while performing the request; server is unable to find the match for the Request-URI (RWS 00056)

      It looks like it fails on this call

      1. Request URL:
        https://server1:8443/biprws/raylight/v1/documents/5599/occurrences/0/customization/features?c=1543878023341
      2. Request Method:
        GET
      3. Status Code:

        404

      In console I have:

      flapjack4ui5.js:1 18:00:23 sap.bi.webi.action.composite.LoadDocument - Error during LoadDocument {action: "openDocument", status: "error", error: undefined}
      e.log @ flapjack4ui5.js:1
      i @ flapjack4ui5.js:1
      error @ flapjack4ui5.js:1
      (anonymous) @ LoadDocument.js?eval:1
      Promise.catch (async)
      n.do @ LoadDocument.js?eval:1
      (anonymous) @ flapjack4ui5.js:2
      setTimeout (async)
      a @ flapjack4ui5.js:2
      n.fireAction @ flapjack4ui5.js:2
      (anonymous) @ Document.controller.js?eval:1
      Promise.then (async)
      (anonymous) @ Document.controller.js?eval:1
      Promise.then (async)
      u._handleDocumentRouteMatched @ Document.controller.js?eval:1
      a.fireEvent @ EventProvider-dbg.js:228
      _routeMatched @ VM3190:1309
      (anonymous) @ VM3190:1184
      execute @ VM3190:7472
      dispatch @ VM3190:7475
      dispatch @ VM3190:7474
      parse @ VM3190:7482
      parse @ VM3190:1203
      initialize @ VM3190:1204
      u.init @ Component.js?eval:1
      (anonymous) @ ManagedObject-dbg.js:497
      constructor @ ManagedObject-dbg.js:516
      constructor @ Component-dbg.js:245
      constructor @ VM3190:619
      f @ Metadata-dbg.js:346
      e @ Component-dbg.js:1823
      sap.ui.component @ Component-dbg.js:1882
      u.createComponent @ Core-dbg.js:1831
      (anonymous) @ Interface-dbg.js:44
      (anonymous) @ index.html:50
      (anonymous) @ Core-dbg.js:1176
      u._executeInitListeners @ Core-dbg.js:1175
      u.init @ Core-dbg.js:1056
      (anonymous) @ Core-dbg.js:347
      l @ jquery.sap.global-dbg.js:2600
      S.finishTask @ jquery.sap.global-dbg.js:2595
      (anonymous) @ Core-dbg.js:355
      p @ jquery-dbg.js:3187
      fireWith @ jquery-dbg.js:3317
      ready @ jquery-dbg.js:3536
      V @ jquery-dbg.js:3552

      flapjack4ui5.js:1 18:00:23 sap/bi/webi/controller/Document.controller - {action: "loadDocument", status: "error", error: undefined}

      I also opened a ticket with SAP support but they asked me to split deploy all over again, which didn't fix the issue.

      Any help or feedback is greatly appreciated.

      Thanks,

      Rene

      Author's profile photo Bharath B N
      Bharath B N
      Blog Post Author

      Is this for all the users ?

      Please log SAP Incident on Web-Intelligence component.

       

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      There are a lot of Pop Up information when opening a webi Report in Fiori:

      Like

      The resource of type “Service” with identifier “Comments” is not available

      or  telling us that some dataprovidres are empty

      or that we have partial results…

      Some of this warnings are of interest  some are not…

      how can we manage what we want and what should not pop up?

       

      • Wobi
      Author's profile photo Denis Konovalov
      Denis Konovalov

      those depend on your report/universe design and data source and health of your system.
      they indicate you have a problem(s) and needs to be addressed.
      And they are not inclusive to fiorifyed launchpad.

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      Here  are samples of Warnings and Alerts presented very prominent in FIORI

       

       

       

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      It would be helpfull to be able to Control this Messages...

       

      Wobi

      Author's profile photo Denis Konovalov
      Denis Konovalov

      and again, they are specific to the reports/dashboards you use and refer to specific problems they have.

      You will receive similar messages when you view same content in regular bilaunchpad.

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      In regular Webi reports they are not so "prominent" thats why it is much more needed to controll these warnings - the support would be flooded with questions when we give Fiori Reports to the ordinary users when every time such a warning pops up.

      • Wobi
      Author's profile photo Denis Konovalov
      Denis Konovalov

      let's compare apples to apples then - run same report in both, capture the messages.

      Don't you want your users to report issues, so they can be addressed and not hide them ?

      "partial content loaded" for example - that means the end result will not be true data. who would want that.

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      I have do deal with different types of users. Some would get insecure when a lot of warnings pop up. It depends on the Report if some of this messages are a problem or not. So let us within administration decide which we want to pop up into your face - and which we can neglect because of the report structure. And if there are buggy errors like the one with the not configured comments - so the better we can hide the errors.

       

      Wobi

       

      Author's profile photo Denis Konovalov
      Denis Konovalov

      you can raise this as an idea in the influence site : https://www.sap.com/about/customer-involvement/influence-adopt.html

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      already done

      https://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#campaign/895

       

      Wobi

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      Anyone on FIORI Version SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2 Support Pack 7 Patch 4 Version : 14.2.7.3200.4

      ?

      I try to work with a Fiori Report and want to use the design mode – but the url is not resolvlng properly.

      I have two testsystems of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2 Support Pack 7 Patch 4 Version : 14.2.7.3200.4 with the same behavior:

      sp6 opens correct!

       

      Any Helpful tips?

       

      • Wobi

      PS: Officially it still reads:

      To edit a report

      You can switch to Web Intelligence Design mode to benefit from its full set of report design features.

      Switch to Web Intelligence Design mode when you want to add a report element, new filters, or element links, and much more.

      1. Click the .. menu.
      2. Click Open in Designer...

       

      Author's profile photo Wolfgang Bidner
      Wolfgang Bidner

      Well, it is a BUG:

      2808342 - Blank page appears when using Open In designer from within a Web Intelligence report in Fiori Launchpad

      Solution scheduled for SP5 -1rst Week of September 2019

       

      • wobi
      Author's profile photo Erich Schilling
      Erich Schilling

      We had the same issue in 4.2 SP07 Patch 3, but it´s fixed with Hotfix 301.

      Author's profile photo Tom Nather
      Tom Nather

      I you want to see the browse report in Fiori?  Use the new Edge Chrome browser.

      We are on SP7 FP500 and does load the Fiori browser.

      Using%20New%20Edge%20Browser.%20Offically%20supported%20in%20SP8.

      Using New Edge Browser. Offically supported in SP8.

      Author's profile photo Bharath B N
      Bharath B N
      Blog Post Author

      Please check PAM document.

      you will get link in this blog:

      https://blogs.sap.com/2020/02/24/sap-businessobjects-bi-4.2-sp08-sap-bi-4.2-sp8-released/

      Author's profile photo Tom Nather
      Tom Nather

      I was just making a point. Really not having an issue with using the new edge browser and SP7 patch 500.

      I know that the PAM document says SP8.