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Yesterday I attended the World Premiere of Design Studio 1.2 at TechEd.  This is part of the "share the knowledge" tour.

SAP's Eric Schemer provided this session.  The usual disclaimer applies that things discussed are subject to change.

Figure 1: Source: SAP

Figure 1 shows overall planned features for Design Studio 1.2

Figure 1 shows an added navigation panel that allows users to filter and data drilldown and export to Excel.

Planned for release 1.3 is the export to PowerPoint.

Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 covers the new SDK, planned to be released with Design Studio 1.2

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Figure 3 covers new chart types, axis scaling, and the measure picker which allows binding of certain data cells.  Additionally there is a new chart background color.

Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 covers improvements to cross tabs, including changing the column width, enabling and disabling hierarchical navigation

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Figure 5 shows the new Navigation Panel, allowing you to filter and navigate in Design Studio. The added navigation panel allows users to filter and drilldown data.

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Design Studio 1.2 will support .UNX as a data source.

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Figure 7 shows the planned roadmap (subject to change) that shows the Background Query Loading which will improve performance.

Design Studio 1.3 is planned to have offline capabilities for Mobile

Eric said the top request was BW-IP support for Design Studio.

Planned for 1.3 is the HANA deployment - use Design Studio on HANA - without a BI Platform or Netweaver

Also planned for 1.3 is the BEx: Drag & drop, context menu, and RRI features.

In terms of Lumira visualization and put in Design Studio for a more sophisticated visualizaton

Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 covers BEx tools that are in maintenance mode and conversion support is planned for Design Studio, including web template migration.

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Figure 9 shows the full picture from XCelsius perspective

BusinessObjects customers today continue to use dashboards via Universes but can consider using Design Studio 1.2 as it offers universe support.

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Eric suggested if you start doing BI projects, take a look at analysis clients & Design Studio as you are not losing any key BW capabilities

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Figure 11 shows the suggested simplified adoption steps for BEx customers.

Question and Answer

Q: EPM - does it integrate with Design Studio?

A: Working on tidying up backend - BW-IP / BPC and looking at moving into one technical platform

On HANA - building a new HANA-based planning engine

Design Studio will work on both in the future

Q: Lifecycle of XCelsius?

A: Similar to BEx - offering with next BI4.x platforms and will work

No major new development

Q: Scheduling options for Design Studio?

A: Can't schedule at the moment

Planned for 1.4 Analysis Office SP/Feature pack

Design Studio will look at offline capabilities

Q: No Java stack needed in BW?

A: Not needed for Design Studio - it is an add-on to BI4x

Q: Bookmarks are coming - with SDK - can we achieve this functionality with the SDK?

A: Can do with the SDK; want to have it in 1.3 as a standard capability

Q:  Are there performance benchmarks with DS vs XC

A: No

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