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Design Studio was covered at the end of last week's #askSAP call.  The usual legal disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.

SAP said the "overall shift in BI from centralized IT to more of an end user agile BI".  It doesn’t meant that “curated” use case has gone away.  It means now we have use cases where users can create something right now based on their needs.

Design Studio has been taking on the roles that legacy products filled for application building and dashboarding.  With 1.6, SAP has been rapidly developing the product.  It is a a rapid analytic development tool for dashboarding and analytic apps.

It is not necessarily for the developer; it is for the designer.  The designer can rapidly develop complex applications customized to the needs of the organization

Templates are included in every version – a “gallery of templates”.  Application can be completely custom.  Applications are universally consumable using HTML5.

Drag and drop in cross tabs, save parts of an application with colleagues (smart objects, social BI)

Figure 1: Source: SAP

Fast development, template oriented, designer oriented, someone professional curates the application with a fast deployment model

Development times are in weeks for a complex application; if using template can do in an afternoon

Figure 2: Source: SAP

Typical template based application

Custom app for OLAP data

Figure 3: Source: SAP

Out of the box it looks like Lumira (see the right of Figure 3)

Figure 4: Source: SAP

Data exploration is almost like Lumira and geared towards OLAP data sources

Figure 5: Source: SAP

Version 1.6 is planned for November

For this version features the scorecard

With 1.6 feel can turn attention to classic XCelsius community

Before had the cross tab, but it is not heavily formatted information

Scorecard will have a customizable table, customize conditional formatting, combine CSS formatting to the data to make it dynamic

Can put charts in columns/cells and can organize –build a butterfly table and sparkline charts

Geo includes small improvements, can now have embedded charts with shapes

Will fully support drag and drop BEX use cases


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