SAP BO Design Studio

SAP BO Design Studio

 By Gert van de Vreede


With the new version of SAP BO Design Studio 1.1 the connection with SAP BW has been added. You are now able to create a Design Studio application directly on the BW system and publish these with the SAP Portal.
Design Studio delivers standard templates you can use to start with, a web version, an Ipad version and a separate template for the Iphone.

Here is an example of an Ipad Design Studio application.

SAP BO Design studio ipad application Gaan

 The functionality delivered in this version enables you to use BW queries as a DataSource, and drop these onto a report grid or graph.  A nice component is the Dimension filter, where when executed you can now filter on part of the text without wildcards. something we were missing with the Bex tooling.

The first attempt to create a good looking and interactive dashboard is not easy, but do not let this stop you. The end-result can still be great.
But there are major differences and missing options we took for granted with previous tools. For example, we miss the option to fill a list box automatically with master data. In addition, everything must be connected using script,  not a big issue as there  is a good working script wizard, but still..

The layout changes are more complex as in SAP dashboard designer (Xcelsius).
a simple box can be drawn as background, but only using code in a text item. Here is some oppertunity for improvement.
Connecting to a BW system is extremely simple and has great options. You can use a query or an entire cube as DataSource. These DataSources can be changed in layout, or even filters can be applied. They can be copied to use the same data in different forms.

 Summery, it looks to be a great new tool that still needs some developments.




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