Application Design with SAP Analytics Cloud: Overview and Road map Webcast Recap & Q&A
I wrote about this here: https://blogs.sap.com/2019/03/18/sap-application-design-biaconf-recap/ – same slides, but better notes with more detailed Q&A
If you missed it please join us for this upcoming webcast:
If you have room in your schedule join us May 6th in Orlando for a hands-on with SAP Analytics Cloud and App Design – more information can be found here. We have some ASUG sessions too at ASUG Annual Conference – check our schedule here.
First, what is SAP Application Design?
Reuse SAC table and chart
Integrate predictive functionality
Add scripting, custom widget
Enable professional designer to create professional applications and dashboards
New capability in SAC platform
Targeting professional designers
Can be accessed in SAP Analytics Hub
Will be GA Q2 this year
RTC this year
Look at SAP Analytics Cloud (aka “SAC”) first.
With app design create professional apps
Lumira Designer – selected improvement
With analytic app, developers can create enterprise dashboards
Enough flexibility, customize dashboard
Rich set of capabilities for professional designers
Reuse aspect; for enterprise usage
Application header and footer with reusable templates
Standardization, full flexibility, extend customer widgets, rich set of
Picture to understand – why need it? What is the difference
Story – go across bridge, straightforward, from authoring, creating point of view, create analytical application; no specific skills, no coding required
Analytical app – glacier climbing, no guided way, you can go your own way, absolute flexibility- theming, scripting, SDK, technical capabilities
Developers need technical and coding skills
Table chart, input control, can filter a product, no coding
What if customer wants to filter with a radio button group or dropdown – if select on product, want products belong to group – this kind of specific filtering scenario can be done with App Design
Stories cover standard scenario, for business users
Application – for custom scenarios, for developers
Artifacts share similar functionality – images
At run time, user does not know if consume story or application; provide consistent user experience
Which kind of functionality planning for app design
Professional design use case
Built interactive enterprise dashboards
Provide different widgets, checkbox, rss reader, data driven widget – table chart, filter line
Will provide container widget – tab strip, popup
Dynamic layout to help adjust screen and layout
Interactions – use scripting capabilities for interactions between different widgets
Switch visibility at run time
Script variables and functions
App Design will provide a composites concept
Developer can create their own extension
First have R widget
Go to R library and code in SAP Analytics Cloud
Scripting access to R widget; to pass parameters, calculations with R widget and API access with app design
Reuse – composite for reusable parts
Custom widgets – SDK’s API’s – create your own visualization
Odata Call to backend system
Get data from back end to analyze
Have planning, predict functionality
Take action – change from supply A to supply B, create sales order, purchase order
With app design, create Odata function on back end
End user should not notice if using app or story
App design – consume app, navigate, explore, navigate to Smart Discovery to trigger Smart Discovery
Can pass parameters
Q2 GA version
Available with standard BI license
Full flexible navigation
Export to CSV
Share data source concept
Developer decides where time should be spent
Now in beta program
GA Q2, May timeframe
Q2 – trigger Odata, translation of texts, dynamic text enhancements, see analytical application on home page
After GA go to future directions – deliver container layout, customer widget, story features, blending support, global search
Question and Answer
Q: when will product be available?
A: Q2 this year
Q: Is there a test tenant?
A: Customer or partner – PoC tenant – can enable for program to test
Prerequisite is you need a test tenant or PoC tenant
Q: Where learn app design building?
A: will provide tutorials
Provide some posts
Q: What about CSS, can we use as Design Studio?
A: will enable you to design applications, not like CSS Design Studio
More configuration – style your applications
Cover same scenario, not CSS
Theming after GA
Q: Can theme colors be changed?
A: Theme you configure color palette
Q: will app design be available for partner demo instances?
A: If partner contact SAP to enable this
Q: Excel files will be supported?
BW, Universe, live connection
Support data sources that SAC supports
Q: any limit to data sources?
A: no limit, but will add performance optimization, lazy initialization – after GA
Q: SAC license?
A: standard BI license is sufficient for creating and viewing applications when it goes GA
no additional cost
Q: Does SAC have concept of template?
A: assume it means concept; plan to composite, for GA it is not included
Q: Can I reclass my current dashboard as application or create from scratch?
A: Planning for you to copy and paste objects from story to app design; can’t fully take over – technology is different
Interactions for app design uses scripting while SAC uses input control
Q: If create custom widgets in components and SAC upgrade – guarantee support?
A: Should not crash widgets, assuming you use the APIs
Q: How sign up for beta?
A: no dedicated process for that
Q: Is this product available now?
A: not today, will be QRC release in Q2
Q: Export to Excel?
A: On the future, not started to evaluate
Not supported with GA version
Q: Export to PDF, WYSIWYG
A: Haven’t started to look at export, important part, in evaluation phase
Hope to see you online April 10 BI: What’s New with Application Design in SAP Analytics Cloud or in person on May 6