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 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)

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)

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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    1. Bharath B N Post author

      Please share the error message / Exceptions in new BI Launchpad (when user click on Design Studio Report)

      -Bharath

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  5. Ivan Yin

    Hi Bharath,

    By default, it will show  “Show All” in My Home. Is it possible to change it to show “All Categories” in My Home by default?

    Regards,
    Ivan

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    1. Bharath B N Post author

      No.

      In BOE 4.2 SP04 – This option is not available for Filters inside the Tab.

      User can set any Menu Tab as default landing page like Folders, Schedules , Inbox…..

      Left Top User Icon-> User Settings -> Account Preference ->Page Preferences

      Video is also available for steps in this blog.

      -Bharath

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        1. Bharath B N Post author

          This feature is targeted in BOE 4.2 SP05 :

          User can set the variant filter which he wants to view from next login on My Home page.

          -Bharath

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          1. Aju Daniel

            Hi Bharath,

            Quite a good post on the new Fiori styled BI Launchpad!

            The default “My Home” landing page brings in all the documents including css as well as image files that have been uploaded to the platform. This kind of behavior does not give a good user experience when you want to rollout the new BI Launchpad at an Enterprise level. The first question being asked as to why it can’t be defaulted to Category View as this view provides more of a professional view to business users. We were under the impression that the new BI Launchpad will have all the existing functionalities of the old Launchpad in addition to better user experience. However it seems, its not and there are many missing links with the new Launchpad. Waiting for SP05 that is only going to be available in 6 months time does not help to manage user expectations to have basic functionality working. I was wondering if there is a workaround to get the default view to be category, by creating BI Workspace or changing any of the config files on the server?

            Regards,

            Daniel

             

             

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  6. Jürgen Möller

    In the moment for the categories there is only one level possible. The hierarchy of the categories from the CMC is ignored by the fiorified Lauchpad. Is it planned to have subcategories where the subcategories are not shown on the top Level?

    Is it possible to change the both pictures for the categories with own pictures?

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    1. Bharath B N Post author

      List all categories as flat list in “Categories” filter under “My Home” Menu In 4.2 SP04.

      User can’t change the picture of any categories (picture is fixed for both Corporate and Personal categories).

      -Bharath

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  7. Chris McIntosh

    So, how is the fiorified Launchpad any use besides looking pretty and to the future (it’s in the roadmap)?  Doesn’t make sense to maintain two url’s and having to access web intelligence from another location.  Thanks and your info is good!

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  8. Ivan Yin

    Hi Bharath,

     

    In the What’s guide, there is a screenshot as below. May I know what are the functions of these three buttons in the red box? Are they available now? If no, is there any roadmap for them?

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    1. Bharath B N Post author

      Hi Ivan,

      This 3 buttons indicates : Search, Applications, Notifications

      1. Search functionality is available ( BOE 4.2 SP04 +).
      2. Notifications – user can see under Inbox menu – separate sub menu ( BOE 4.2 SP04 + ).
      3. Applications launch from Fiorified Launchpad is Not available in BOE 4.2 SP04 (It is in Roadmap).

      Note: This screenshot is visual design and not from Product (BOE 4.2 SP04).

      -Bharath

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  9. Wagner do Carmos Gomes
    Hi Bharath,
    We just updated our environment from BI 4.1 SP7 to the new BI 4.2 SP4 today, but when I call the new Launchpad link, an Error is showed after the logon.
    The error is: “Resource not found: 19955 (RWS 00009)”..  Our deploy use PT-BR language
    Can you give us some hint about this issue?
    Thanks,
    Wagner

     

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    1. Bharath B N Post author

      Hi Wagner,

      Is Launchpad working fine after closing this error popup?

      Please share the network trace.Press F12 and navigate to Network menu then refresh the page.

      you will see one API returning with 500/404 response code.

      -Bharath

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      1. Wagner do Carmos Gomes

        Hi Bharath,

        Thanks for answer me.

        This is the network trace that you requested.

        The ocurrence that looks more related to the error is:

          1. Request URL:
          2. Request Method:
            GET
          3. Status Code:

            404 Not Found
          4. Remote Address:
            10.7.0.58:6405
          5. Referrer Policy:
            no-referrer-when-downgrade
        1. Response Headersview source
          1. Access-Control-Allow-Credentials:
            true
          2. Access-Control-Allow-Origin:
          3. Access-Control-Expose-Headers:
            X-SAP-LogonToken, X-SAP-PVL, WWW-Authenticate
          4. Content-Length:
            81
          5. Content-Type:
            application/json
          6. Date:
            Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:03:10 GMT
          7. Server:
            Apache-Coyote/1.1
        2. Request Headersview source
          1. Accept:
            application/json
          2. Accept-Encoding:
            gzip, deflate, sdch
          3. Accept-Language:
            pt-BR,pt;q=0.8,en-US;q=0.6,en;q=0.4
          4. Connection:
            keep-alive
          5. Content-Type:
            application/json;odata=verbose
          6. Host:
            boe4des.sep.sp.gov.br:6405
          7. Origin:
          8. Referer:
          9. User-Agent:
            Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/58.0.3029.110 Safari/537.36
          10. x-SAP-logonToken:
            BOE4DES.sep.sp.gov.br:6400@{3&2=458701,U3&2v=BOE4DES.sep.sp.gov.br:6400,UP&66=40,U3&68=secEnterprise:dcio_dti_wgomes,UP&S9=14588,U3&qe=100,U3&vz=3GILXnq0lQgKWxI6PdJ_Vd_gvTHhbKoD5BcreVvhOSo,UP}
          11. X-SAP-PVL:
            pt_BR

         

        After closing the message error we are abble to navigate and run reports, but another message error is showed when we try to run some reports with prompts.

         

        Regards

        Wagner

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  10. Christoph Bornhauser

    Hi Bharath

    How can I customize the fiorified BI Launchpad in the design (logo, background, font,…)? This can also be done using the Fiori color theme (e.g. SAP Belize).

    Thank you for your answer.

    Regard,
    Christoph

     

     

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    1. Bharath B N Post author

      Hi Christoph,

      In BOE 4.2 SP04 – 2 Themes supported and User can change the theme in Fiorified BILaunchpad.

      Navigate to User settings- Click on button top left side.

      In 4.2 SP04 – Fiorified BI Launchpad customization for Logo and Font is not available (This is in Roadmap).

      – Bharath

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  11. Veeraraghavan Vijayarajan

    Whether SAP planning to maintain 2 separate URLs ? It would be challenging to communicate to the users since we have separate user groups such as – Viewers, Super/Power Users who would need to do ad-hoc. What is the possible solution ?

    Is there any option to maintain single URL and switch, if required rather that separate URL?

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  12. Zakaria El Gharbaoui

    Hi Bharath,

    We upgraded our BI Platform from BI4.1 SP7.1 to BI4.2 SP04, we are getting the following error:

                 Erreurs (WSR 00400)

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

    When vieweing any webi document.

    Thank you for your help ?

    Zakaria

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  13. Sudhakar Kotha

    Thanks Bharath,

     

    Is this going to be planned with SP05 too (in the roadmap)? It will be great to have the Fiori look and feel with ability to do element linking and commentary from the same interface.

     

    Cheers

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