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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
SAP Crystal Dashboard Design
SAP Crystal Server 2011
SAP BusinessObjects Edge Business Intelligence (BI)
SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions

Welcome to this course on SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards.


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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards: Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:


Describe SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards including:
Key capabilities
Top differentiators
Benefits
Effectively demonstrate sample dashboards

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After completing this course, you will be able to:

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Describe SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards including:
Key capabilities
Top differentiators
Benefits

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And, Effectively demonstrate sample dashboards
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SAP Dashboard Solutions

This course applies to:


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
SAP Crystal Dashboards, departmental edition

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Please note that this course applies to both SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, and the SAP Crystal
Dashboards, departmental edition.
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Why Do Customers Need Dashboards?

Issue Solution

Spreadsheets are static Create simple and engaging


and arent compelling interactive models

Need a comprehensive Dashboards provide a comprehensive


view of your data view of business performance

Discussions take place in real Do on-the-fly analysis with visual


time : static data isnt conducive components like gauges, sliders and dials

Anyone who can use Excel can create


Limited IT resources stunning visualizations with little training

Numerous, disparate SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards connect


data sources to any ODBC or XML data source

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Here are some common issues that can be addressed with a dashboard solution.

Data in spreadsheets and other tabular formats are static and not visually compelling or
engaging. Dashboards present this data in a simple, visually compelling and intuitive
format. Dashboards are more engaging, and help consumers extract the meaning in
the data by visualizing data comparisons and trends.

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Business users often need a comprehensive view of their data, which might be in
different data sources and reports. Dashboards can provide a comprehensive view of
business performance, displaying key performance metrics.

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Business discussions occur in real time, and static data in spreadsheets are not
conducive to answering questions like What if our energy costs increased? What if our
margins decreased? What if our interest rates change? Interactive dashboards allow
consumers analyze data on the fly, with visual components like dials and sliders to
adjust inputs, and display the impact in components charts and gauges.

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Companies of all sizes have limited resources. The information needs of business
users cant always be met in a timely manner by IT. With SAP BusinessObjects
Dashboards, anyone who can use Excel, can create stunning visualizations with little or
no training.
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Performance and other relevant data may be stored in multiple, disparate data sources.
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards can connect to any ODBC or XML data source. In
addition, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 and SAP Crystal Dashboard Design,
can leverage the new semantic layer.
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BI Market Needs

Organizations need to extend the use of BI


Aberdeen Group CIO report that top pressure on BI solutions is to improve BI ease-of-use and to deliver to BI
more users
Unisphere Research cites lack of training as the biggest obstacle to making better use of BI

Customers find dashboards removes end-user BI adoption barriers


Visual, intuitive, requires no training, flexible design to match business requirements
2008 TDWI Survey: Respondents cited many factors that accelerate BI usage, including delivering data
through a dashboard (46%)

Customers find dashboards increase operational efficiency


Removes silos, aligns organizations on common KPIs
Day to day decision making of front-line employees
Improve customer, partner, supplier ecosystem

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Industry experts consistently state that organizations should extend the reach of
Business Intelligence to a wider user group, and that ease-of-use is a key factor in
gaining wider user adoption.

Customers find that dashboards are key to removing end-user adoption barriers.
Dashboards are flexible and visually appealing, and because they present information in
a highly intuitive format, training is not required.

Properly designed dashboards help decision makers drive their organizations and
increase operational efficiently. Dashboards help to remove silos and align the
organization to common key performance indicators (or KPIs). According to analysts
including the Aberdeen group, front-line employees with access to relevant reports and
dashboards can make better informed fact-driven decisions, improving customer,
partner, and supplier ecosystems, and intimately driving performance enhancements.
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Product Investments
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

Dashboards flash based front-end removes adoption hurdles for casual, operational
users

Dashboards 4.0 completes the solution by providing


IT the features required to roll-out large scale
dashboard solution

Costs
Scalability 4.0 Investments
Monitoring

Easy to use
Visual
Interactive

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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly named Xcelsius) removes adoption


hurdles for casual, operational users because the user interface (e.g. the Dashboard) is
so intuitive that no technical skills are required. Dashboards are easy to use, highly
visual, and interactive.

In fact, dashboards can provide users with more than just an intuitive visualization of
relevant data, they can also empower users to perform what-if analysis. For example,
modifying variables such as rates and costs to evaluate the potential impact on results.

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With the new 4.0 release of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, additional control is
provided to IT and dashboards designers.

Because dashboards can use the new semantic layer, dashboards can be developed
much more quickly with connection to enterprise data stores and reduces much of the
reliance on spreadsheets. The 4.0 release of SAP Dashboards also includes
performance and scalability improvements as well as new auditing and monitoring
functionality.
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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards


See your business clearly

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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards allow you to create interactive dashboards for executives, managers
and other information workers to provide insight at a glance, with intuitive visualizations including graphs,
gauges and buttons.

Visualization and dashboard functionality is also included in our SAP Crystal Presentation Design and
SAP Crystal Dashboard Design products, available via resellers in our Distribution channel. These
products have less functionality than our Enterprise edition of SAP Dashboards, and are thus considered
more appropriately positioned for smaller, departmental solutions and/or the mid-market (Small/Medium
Enterprise, SME). Well show you these products and compare and contrast later in the presentation.
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What is SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards?

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards is a drag and drop visualization tool


designed to create interactive analytics for powerful, personalized dashboards

Who is it for? What is it for?

Experience unparalleled interactivity in


dashboards for any user
Business User
Gain unrivaled flexibility from design,
deployment to sharing of dashboards
Design inspirational dashboards that make
Content Designer it easy for every user to be better at what they
do

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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards is a drag and drop visualization tool used to


create interactive analytics for powerful, personalized dashboards.
SAP Crystal Dashboard Design and SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards can help organizations stay
ahead of the competition by delivering actionable insight via dashboards that provide a holistic view of
business performance. Dashboards enable you to plan for the future through interactive what-if scenario
analysis, and share your results in the tools you use every day.

Dashboards can be created by content designers and business users for consumption by executives,
management, and all types of business users to enable them to monitor key performance indicators and
other important metrics.

You can easily create business dashboards and data presentations from spreadsheets and
corporate databases directly and share them live through Crystal Reports, Microsoft Office, Adobe
PDF, and the Web.

To really understand the power of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, you need to see and interact with
them.
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Provide the Big Picture

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Dashboards provide the big picture to users at a glance.

Use dashboards to present a clear overview of business performance, summarize data,


and display key performance indicators.

With SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, business users can quickly create


visualizations and highly interactive BI dashboards through a flexible and easy to use
point-and-click interface.
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Sample Dashboard: Monthly Sales

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Here a simple example. This dashboard displays the monthly sales of individual sales
reps.

The horizontal bar graph in the top left of the screen allows the viewer to immediately
identify which months the selected sales rep achieved their budget, identified by the
green bars, and which months the selected rep missed budget.

In this example, sales rep 1 has achieved budget every month leading up to April, as
displayed by the horizontal green bars. Unfortunately this rep missed their budget in
April, as displayed in the red horizontal bar. In addition to the color of the bars in this
graph, the length of the bar visualizes the amount of variance. A short bar indicates that
the result is close to budget, whereas a longer bar indicates significant variance.

The graph on the right displays the reps sales in the vertical bars, and allows the
consumer to compare these results with budget. Under this graph the Year to Date
Sales, Year to Date budget, and the difference is displayed.

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In the top right corner, the consumer can select a different sales rep.

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Notice that when a new sales rep is selected, all of the dashboard components are
updated. Sales rep 3 has had very inconsistent results. With a large amount of
variance. In December and January this rep missed budget, and exceeded budget
significantly in February and March.

These visualizations give a sales manager access to quickly and easily view
performance in an intuitive format. In addition, the visualizations can be a great catalyst
to have necessary business conversations and take actions.
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Sample Dashboard: Applications

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Heres another example of a powerful dashboard for Human Resource Management.

This dashboard provides intuitive access to recruitment information at a glance. The


top left corner of the dashboard allow the consumer to view the by requisition, by
recruiter and by source.

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When the consumer clicks the recruiter option, a pie graph displays the proportion of
applicants from different recruiters. Above the legend, the total number of applicants is
displayed.

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When the Source button is clicked, a bar graph allows the consumer to quickly compare
the source of applications. The External Web site can be quickly identified as the top
source of applications. This information is vital to evaluating recruitment sources, and
ensuring that resources are allocated for optimal results.

The table on the top right includes detailed information about each application. The
combo boxes above the table allow the user to filter the table.

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For example, the table now displays applications for the Financial Analyst position from
Ellen Recruiting.
The graphs on the bottom half of the dashboard display applications by Age or Gender.

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Switching between the Gender and Age options updates the information displayed in
both graphs. In addition the bottom right corner displays information about Employment
Equity.
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Sample Dashboard: Requisitions

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The second tab of this dashboard provides access to additional Requisition information.

The top left quadrant displays cost information. Costs can be viewed by requisition

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By department such as Finance or IT

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Or by recruiter.

The top right displays the number of open requisitions by recruiter.

The bottom left displays Interviews and Job Offers, and the bottom right displays the
status of Job Openings.

All of the graphs allow the dashboard consumer to mouse over objects such as
columns, and pie slices, to view popup information including label and data values.
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Sample Dashboard: Financial Statement

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This profitability dashboard provides a new opportunity to present and explore financial
statements.

The top half of the dashboard presents a high level overview of a forecasted financial
statement, with revenues on the top and expenses on the bottom. Reading left to right,
it is easy to identify the net income and profit.

The bottom half of the dashboard allows the end user to evaluate the impact of changes
to different variables.

For example, if the Sales Return & Allowances increase from 3% of Sales to 4.9%...

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Net income and profit decrease.

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Decreasing the cost of goods sold 1.5% has the opposite affect.

In addition to the sliders, the dial on the right allows the user to change the sales growth
rate.

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Finally, the user can switch between a graph and tabular display of the data. Modifying
any of the inputs is immediately reflected in the 2010 financial year column.
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Concept: Create a Dashboard

Concept - Create a dashboard


Dashboards provides an interface that enables you to quickly and easily
build and publish your dashboards.

In this tutorial, you will review the elements that make up the interface
for Dashboards.

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This tutorial introduces basic dashboard concepts and steps involved in the process of
creating a dashboard.

Click the button to view the tutorial.

Note that you can use the navigation buttons to restart, pause, and move back and
forward through the presentation. The slider shows your progress in the tutorial.
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Dashboard Templates

Dashboard
Canvas

Dashboard
Spreadsheet

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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards includes several templates including predefined


layouts and sample dashboards for use cases such as financial statements, human
resources, and sales to help you get started.

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The templates include different components such as tables, graphs, sliders, list boxes
and combo boxes which allow dashboard consumers to interact with the dashboard.

For example, the template shown here includes two combo boxes above the pie chart
that can be used to filter the data displayed in both the table and the pie chart.

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Use case templates such as the Supply Chain template shown here include set up
instructions to configure the dashboard in the embedded spreadsheet.

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The Initial Setup instructions show how to set up the values in the components on the
dashboard. Links are included to quickly guide you to where data can be entered and
modified. This allows you to enter data that matches your business need.

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The How do I tab includes the steps required to perform tasks such as:
Inserting the dashboard into a PowerPoint deck,
Adjusting the size of the dashboard, and
Changing the color scheme or style

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This image shows a dashboard in design view.

The display tab on the bottom of the image is where the sample dashboard data is
stored. You can edit these values to modify the components on the dashboard. This
image shows the spreadsheet data that is used to populate the combo box and the list
box.

Dashboard components can also be connected directly to universe objects rather than
to an embedded spreadsheet.
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Dashboard Components

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The left pane of the Dashboard Designer interface displays dashboard components
organized by categories.

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Designers can add the components they use most frequently to the favorites category.
In addition to favorites and charts components are organized into Containers, Selectors,
Single Value, Maps, Text and more.

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Containers allow report designers to group other components together into panels, or
tabs. This allows the designer to organize the components on the dashboard and also
to treat groups of objects as a single component for example to show or hide a group
of related components.

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Selectors allow designers to build interactivity into their dashboards. Selectors allow
dashboard consumers to make choices from familiar dialog components such as check
boxes and list boxes.

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Single value components include objects that can be used to collect input or display
output. For example dials and sliders can be used to increase or decrease a value
single value such as an interest or growth rate, whereas gauges can be used to display
output such as sales revenue or profits with colored sections to identify poor, good, or
excellent values.

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Other popular components include maps, backgrounds, calendars, grids, buttons, and
image containers.
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Concept: Use Selectors

Overview
Selectors enable you to set up your dashboards so that users can select
what data they want to view in display components like charts.

In this tutorial, you will review how to configure a selector.

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Selectors enable you to set up your dashboards so that users can select what data they
want to view in display components like charts.

In this tutorial, you will review how to configure a selector.


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Concept: Set Up Alerts

Overview
Dashboards enables you to configure your components to alert you
when specific thresholds have been met with color coding that displays
as part of the components in your dashboard.

In this tutorial, you will review the steps involved in setting up alerts for a
component.

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Dashboards enables you to configure your components to alert you when specific
thresholds have been met with color coding that displays as part of the components in
your dashboard.

In this tutorial, you will review the steps involved in setting up alerts for a component.
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User Auditing and System Monitoring


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

Audit events
Dashboard User: View, refresh, prompt, logon, logout
Dashboards Designer: create, delete, modify

Server monitoring metrics include


Processing time, cache size & hits, requests (served,
queued, failed), connections, threads, data transfers,...

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Dashboards 4.0 includes improved auditing and system monitoring functionality.


Auditing allows administrators to keep a record of significant events on servers and
applications, which helps them to learn what information is being accessed, how it's
being accessed and changed, and who is performing these operations.

The audit events that occur when a published dashboard is being consumed by an end
user include view, refresh, prompt, logon, and logout.

The audit events that occur in the Dashboard Designer application include create,
delete, and modify.

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Auditing events can be managed in the Auditing are of the Central Management
Console.

The Central Management Server acts as the system auditor, while each server or
application that triggers an auditable event acts as an auditee. At regular intervals, the
CMS communicates with auditees and records data to the auditing data store.

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Server monitoring metrics include processing time, cache size, hits, data transfers and
more.

Dashboard monitoring can also be managed in the Central Management Console.


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BI Platform Integration
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

New data processing layer


Semantic layer structure
Enterprise scalability
Full BI platform integration

CMC/CCM Management
Add/remove servers
Specify server groups
Manage server status

Performance Tuning
Cache server options
Processing job settings

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Dashboards 4.0 introduces a new data services layer, based on the new Common Semantic
Layer (DSL). This new model facilitates dashboard maintenance, and is consistent with
applications across the platform.

The new model simplifies the authoring workflow and promotes re-use.

Dashboard cache and processing services are now integrated into the BI Platform and run as
server objects. Full integration provides new Life Cycle Management capabilities, improved
security, server management, and performance tuning.
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Multi-lingual Dashboards
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards support localization and multi-lingual dashboards.

When creating multi-lingual dashboards, designers should select default formats for
dates and numbers. When the dashboard is viewed by a consumer, their web browser
localization settings are used to select the local date and number formats displayed.
This ensures that dates and numbers are displayed in local formats.

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In addition, developers can identify dashboard content that should be translated. For
example, this dashboard includes English text for a ticker. The dashboard designer
can select text and enable it for translation.

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The Translation Manager can be used to import and export translated content for
different languages. The translation manager creates a column for each language.

The first column displays the dashboard components and data ranges that are enabled
for translation.

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Here is the dashboard, originally designed in English, translated and localized for China.
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Common Semantic Layer Integration


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

Simplify authoring of dashboards


Query panel in Dashboards Designer
Direct binding of Universe objects to visualizations
Prompt selector to leverage prompt defined in Universe
Separation of roles between data experts and dashboard
authors

Next Generation Semantic Layer


Consistent access to data between clients and across
sources
One abstraction layer for all data sources

Query Browser Panel


in Dashboards Designer

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Designing professional dashboards is easier that ever before, with Dashboards 4.0.
Dashboard design fully supports the semantic layer and includes an easy to use Query
Browser that lets you add, edit, delete and refresh universe queries. You can easily add
a query to a dashboard using a familiar query builder, preview the data, and choose
refresh options to determine how and when the dashboard components request the
latest data from the data source.

Dashboard components such as graphs, sliders, and gauges can be bound directly to
universe objects. This makes building dashboards connected to enterprise data faster
than ever before.
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Universe Integration in Dashboards Designer


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

Universe Objects
Selected query result objects

Create custom query filters

Preview query results

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All business intelligence applications in the 4.0 suite include a similar Query Design
panel.

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The universe lists available business objects organized into folders in the left pane.
Objects can be added to the query by dragging and dropping or double clicking.

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Selected objects are displayed in the Results Objects pane. Users can drag and drop
to change the order the data is selected. They can also click the Sort button, to change
the order that rows are displayed. For example, in alphabetical order by customer
name.

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Users can also add or create filters, to limit data to meet specific criteria. For example
only displaying information about customers in a specific country, or sales of a specific
type of product.

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And users can preview sample data while they are building universe queries.
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Prompt Selector
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

Auto-prompt based on the prompt data type and whether it is single or multi value
prompt, or cascading list of values
Directly uses the available List of Values
Search or page through list of values, as well as, show or hide selected values
Multiple
select (in list)
Single value from list of
values
Single value showing list of
values

Search or
page through
list of values

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Users can drag and drop a prompt from the Query Browser onto the dashboard canvas
to create a Prompt Selector.

The style of Prompt Selector depends on whether the query prompt is intended for a
single selection or allows multiple selections.

If the query prompt has a simple or cascading list of values, users can search for or
page through the list of values, as well as show or hide the selected values at runtime.
In addition, prompt selectors can be configured to refresh the query and dashboard
when the user clicks the Apply button or automatically each time the user changes a
selection.
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Binding Universe Objects to Charts


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

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SAP BusinessObjects dashboards allows users to bind dashboard controls such as


charts directly to a universe query.

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This dashboard includes a bar chart that is bound directly to a universe query. When
the dashboard is saved, users will be able to use the dashboard to view the latest data
in the underlying universe.

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The Query Browser in the bottom left corner shows the available universe objects:
Year, Region, and Gross Sales. Business Users can add new universe queries right
inside the designer.

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To connect controls such as charts to universe objects, the dashboard designer sets
one or more properties.

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This example shows the series data for the bar chart. The region data series is bound to
the Gross Sales measure object. The chart shows Gross Sales from the universe query
for each region.

The Name of the series is a typed text value.

The Values (Y) property was selected using the button to the right of the field.
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The labels for each bar are bound to the Region dimension. This value was also
selected using the button beside the field.
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Contextual Drill Down in BI Workspaces


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

BI Workspaces replaces Dashboard Builder


Improved and easier content linking capabilities
Inter-Portlet Communication (IPC)

Passing
State value to
Crystal report
document as
a filter

Passing
State value to
the
dashboards
model

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The BI Launch pad allows users to create BI Workspaces. BI Workspaces replace the
Dashboard Builder functionality in the previous version of the platform.

BI Workspaces allow users to combine related business intelligence content from


sources such as dashboards, reports, and documents all on a single page or
workspace. For example, a business user can use a BI Workspace to combine
dashboard components such as a map or a prompt selector on the same page as one
or more related Crystal reports or Web Intelligence documents.

A new and improved workflow makes it easier than ever to link the different modules in
a workspace. The example on this slide shows a BI Workspace with two maps from a
dashboard in the top left, a line chart from a different dashboard on the bottom left, and
a Crystal report on the right.

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When a user clicks on a State in the map on the left, the selected State value is passed
to the line charts dashboard model, and the line chart dashboard is updated to display
information for the selected State.

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When a user clicks on a State in the other map, the State value is passed to the Crystal
report on the right as a filter.
The protocol used to pass information between modules in a BI Workspace is called
Inter-Portlet Communication or IPC. When a user interacts with the content in one
module, linked modules receive an event, and can react to supplied filters.
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The Content Linking Interface


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0

BI Workspaces: A new content linking interface through a visual editor


Graphical view of links between modules
Exposes linking meta-data (prompts, range names, filters)
Only linkable modules are displayed

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The new content linking interface provides a visual editor to link the different modules in
a BI Workspace. This graphical interface shows the huge step forward in the user
experience and parameter mapping capabilities in SAP BI 4.0 compared to the
interface in the previous release of the Dashboards and the BI platform.

The graphical interface allows users to click and drag to create links between modules,
and modify properties for the link such as prompts, range names, or filters.

The interface only allows users to add linkable modules to the interface.
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Key Capabilities
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

Key Capabilities

Drag and drop dashboard designer with prebuilt templates


Library of easy to understand visualization components for
every business user
Flexible deployment options including portals, SAP and BusinessObjects BI
platforms, MS Office applications, and PDFs
Static or live data via multiple data connectivity options
Real-time enabled dashboards through direct integration with SAP
BusinessObjects Event Insight

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The design tool provides an easy to use drag and drop interface. It includes prebuilt templates and a
library of visualization components to get you up and running quickly.

Dashboards can be deployed via portals, SAP NW and BusinessObjects BI platforms including Crystal
Server 2011 and Edge BI, or embedded in Microsoft Office and PDF documents.

Dashboards can include static data built into a spreadsheet or they can connect to live data, with multiple
data connection options, including full support for a single or multi-source universe.

Dashboards can even include real-time data access through integration with SAP BusinessObjects Event
Insight.
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Differentiators and Benefits


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

Top Differentiators Benefits

Flexible dashboard Flexibility for IT and business users With


output options ability to create dashboards with many data
sources and then publish in user friendly
Library of visualization
outputs and environments
components and
templates for designing Quicker deployment and adoption With
interactive dashboards most commonly used visualizations that
business users will understand and templates
for quick deployment

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Top differentiators include the library of easy to use dashboard components and templates for creating
visually appealing, engaging, and interactive dashboards, and the flexibility of output options.

Dashboards provide flexibility that benefit both business users and IT. Dashboards can be created with a
variety of data sources including spreadsheets, XML, and SAP BusinessObjects universes.

Dashboards can be published in an engaging user friendly format for different types of environments
including portals, documents and presentations.

Your customers will also benefit from quicker deployment and adoption of business intelligence. The
design tool is easy to use, and provides the components and templates needed to build and distribute
powerful, interactive dashboards quickly.

And because SAP BusinessObjects dashboards are so engaging, they increase end user adoption of
business intelligence, leading to better informed decisions and remarkable business results.
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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Editions)

Description

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Includes connectivity to the


SAP BusinessObjects Business
Enterprise solution for creating dashboards Intelligence platform and SAP
Netweaver BW, Business Suite.

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Interactive Viewing Intended for users who view
and interact with dashboards
Enterprise license for viewing dashboards but do not create them.

Includes connectivity to live


SAP Crystal Dashboard Design products
databases and Excel data, but
Solution sold through SAP partners, resellers, not to SAP BusinessObjects
distributors and the e-Store Business Intelligence platform or
SAP Netweaver BW or any
SAP environments.

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SAP Business Objects Dashboards is the enterprise solution for creating dashboards.
This is also the version of dashboards included in Edge BI and the BI package.

In-product name and documentation may refer to SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard


Design but the official product name is SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards.

Name changes in product and documentation are planned for the 4.1 release.
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Dashboard Edition Comparison

SAP Crystal Dashboard Design


Starter package
SAP BusinessObjects
SAP Crystal Dashboard Dashboards
Dashboard Design Viewing
option
Basic data presentation components
Export to Adobe PDF and PPT
Dashboard creation components and export to Web

and Adobe Flash, AIR
Live, refreshable data connections Unlimited Unlimited
Connectivity to Adobe LiveCycle Data Services
IBM WebSphere, MSFT SharePoint and Reporting

Services integration
Crystal Reports Server connectivity and platform

integration including Live Office support
Viewing rights for dashboards connected to live data

sources
Deploy dashboards to more than 100 named users

Deploy dashboards to SAP BusinessObjects Edge



and SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform
Access SAP ERP and SAP BW data

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This slide compares different versions of SAP Dashboards products.

SAP Crystal Dashboard Design is sold through our distribution channel.

The SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, departmental edition includes a license to the
dashboard authoring software. Viewing licenses can be
The Starter package includes a named user license for the SAP Crystal Dashboard
Design Departmental edition and the Dashboard Viewing option.
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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards: Summary

You should now be able to


Describe SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards including:
Key capabilities
Top differentiators
Benefits
Effectively demonstrate sample dashboards

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You should now be able to


Describe SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards including:
Key capabilities
Top differentiators
Benefits
Effectively demonstrate sample dashboards
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Additional Resources

For more information on topics discussed in this course, see


the following references:
SAP User Interface Guidelines for Dashboard Design
(documentation)
Sample Dashboards
Additional Dashboard Samples
http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/boc/xcelsius-samples
Public Web Sites
Dashboard tutorials
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
SAP Crystal Dashboard Design

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For more information see the sample dashboard resources listed here.
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