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You can watch this replay here. This webcast covered how these extensions can help you deploy Design Studio/Lumira Designer


Figure 1: Source: Visual BI

More than 70 visualization options and components available

From charts, to maps, to KPI tiles

Extensions speed up the delivery cycle (20% faster)

Number one rated extensions in the SAP Extension directory

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50 additional charts with different chart types; there is an overlap with Design Studio charts but adding more capabilities and features

Extensive formatting, including conditional formatting; define dynamic thresholds

Allows permanent color assignment (assign colors to measures)

Offers deep integration with the rest of your landscape

Leverage a single data source for multiple views

Use Web Intelligence reports as a data source (new feature) – could be a live report or scheduled report

Figure 3: Source: Visual BI


400 maps out of the box; double tap on iPad to drill down from Germany to its provinces

Maps support mobile, with mobile interaction

Conditional formatting is available for the maps

Map is not the end point; often it is the starting point of the analytical workflow; navigate from a Map to Crystal or Web Intelligence and the context moves with it

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They have time based filtering; user can select months/quarters/years; no need to write any scripting. You can configure calendar year vs. fiscal year

Offers Listbox, combo box; offered out of the box in Design Studio but this extension provides ability to search, cascading experience

Figure 5: Source: Visual BI

Have components not around visualization, but crucial to dashboard such as export to PDF, Word or PPT, integrated search option, menu component to break up parts of dashboard


KPI tiles, trend indicator, responsive UI to allow you to build dashboard once and configure how dashboard should behave

Figure 6: Source: Visual BI

Ability to add reference lines to a chart; indicate where target is

Ability to add trendlines to the chart is shown in Figure 6

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One data source for multiple use of charts; not picking up the data twice

Data utility

Don’t always want to see complete dataset

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No scripting is needed for drilldown

Double click to go to the next level; can use stacked dimensions or hierarchies

Expand and collapse with hierarchies with labels

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Conditional formatting based on dynamic thresholds, create rules based on a single measure (if revenue goes above $500K  or use target values – 90% of forecast, use green)

Rules can be based on any element of data source; not limited based on what is not visible

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Search within listbox or comb box – set the checkbox to search across the values

User can switch between keys / description at run time

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Ability to show an alert can be set up when filtering; a user can see an alert at point of filtering the information so the user doesn’t have to pick the product and then see something is not correct.

Highlighting so the user knows where to focus

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Similar to BusinessObjects Explorer a facet filter is offered for navigation

Component is called facet filter which is horizontal or vertical

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Time based filtering options are shown on the right

Support fiscal years, calendar years

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As Figure 14 shows, you can choose members or level based selection, search across the hierarchy

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Over 400 maps are delivered out of the box, different levels of granularity; for US, start with world, US, states, districts

Maps are hosted around the world or you can host them in your own network

They understand the common abbreviations – e.g. TX for Texas

Figure 16: Source: Visual BI

Supports map drilldown with 3 levels of drill – Europe > Germany > Bavaria

No scripting is required

Map the data to the 3 levels

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Navigate to other content in your BusinessObjects system – see more details in Crystal, Web Intelligence, Analysis

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Conditional formatting for maps as well with dynamic formatting, markers based on rules defined

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Table that has different behavior than SAP’s crosstab

This table behaves like Excel – e.g. sort column 3, interactive filtering, search, alert columns, freeze header for scrolling

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Offer export options using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, generate email inside dashboard; export can be based on templates

Can export multiple pages or views or tabs

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Ability to use Excel or Google Sheets as a data source is shown in Figure 21

For prototyping or production

Figure 22: Source: Visual BI

KPI tile is like an empty box for Lego blocks – you decide how KPI tile looks like – 5 numbers, 5 charts, etc.

You decide look and feel and highlight positive negative, conditional formatting

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Responsive UI container allows you to design the dashboard once and you configure how dashboard behaves – orientation

Design once, use multiple times

Why do you need extensions with SAP Lumira 2.0

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SAP has Lumira Designer with new features, why need extensions?

Some examples with Lumira Designer:

Conditional formatting in Charts is based on static rules (e.g. revenue more than $500K) – if rules adjust, variance, not an option; can only work with elements visible in chart in Lumira Designer

Chart responsiveness not possible in Lumira Designer, but in VBX

Conditional formatting in VBX is dynamic

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In Lumira Designer is similar to today; no standard maps provided; maps rely on GeoJSON

No drill down provided; everything has to be scripted

No conditional formatting on maps at all

No out of the box integration with the rest of the stack; map is more of an endpoint

Figure 26: Source: Visual BI

Filters do not come with a search option; if you have 500 products have to scroll

No filters for time-based scenarios

No facet navigation

Tree component in standard Design Studio but it does not provide level based filtering

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Standard export is missing ability to export complete tabstrip, pagebook,

Lumira 2.0 has adaptive layout but it does not differentiate desktop/mobile, screen sizes, hide elements

No export to PowerPoint

Adaptive Layout is available – no option to differentiate between desktop and mobile or profiles for screen sizes and cannot configure what elements are visible or hidden

Visual BI Extensions - Highlights, New Features

Figure 28: Source: Visual BI

Integrating with ESRI or Google Maps

Gives you the ability to choose either

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Offering a risk matrix chart as shown in Figure 29 and a Gantt Chart

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Facet filter supports hierarchies – choose which elements of hierarchy to select or exclude

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Add a new data source based on web service

Web Intelligence is a data source or any kind of web service – could be weather data, stock quotes

There is no data limit

Talking to the report; if the report has calculations, able to leverage those

Figure 32: Source: Visual BI

Have multiple pages of dashboard to export to PowerPoint



Question and Answer

Q: Can we create our own GeoJSON map and drill up?

A: Yes, maps do support GeoJSOn

Q: how stage data for multiple reports?

A: assume data utility; not staging like classic EDW sense; capable to take parts of a larger dataset

Just need certain dimensions and measures from a larger dataset

Q: when will 2.0 available?

A: VBX tested extensions; fully functional with their extensions

When 2.0 comes out (in ramp-up now) current release will work with 2.0

Q: Is there a row limitation from the universe?

A: WebI/Web service is not connecting to the universe for this extension

No data limit in Web service connectivity

Q: Will Design Studio run on a Mac?

A: No, no version for the Mac; this is something to ask SAP
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