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Crystal Dashboard Builder, Web application designer, or SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer. Dr. Berg Comerit Inc. In This Session …. You will see 3 demos of different dashboarding tools
You will see 3 demos of different dashboarding tools
Learn how to build Crystal Dashboard Builder, Web Application Designer and SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer dashboards in less then 10 minutes (three demos).
Learn when to pick one dash boarding tool over another.
Find out the limitations of each tool and what skill sets are needed to be successful.
SAP BI Legacy BEx tool include the web template development environment know as Web Application Designer (WAD).
This tool has been used extensively by the SAP BI community for the last 10 years.
Visual Composer is part of the Composite Environment (CE) and is not affected by the new BOBJ tool set..
With the merger between SAP and Business Objects, we got access to new 'best-of-breed' tools.
Since there are varying experience level in the audience, we assume no prior knowledge in either BOBJ or BEx tools and will cover all from a high-level standpoint.
We will take a closer look at each tool in the demo sections.
Visual Composer 7.0 is for SAP BI Development, 7.1 is for the Composite Environment (CE). There are different SDN forums and blogs for each - This can be confusing!
BREAKING NEWS:VC 7.2 is now in general availability.
"With the new version of SAP NetWeaver CE 7.2, you are able to design and develop your "own practices" as business rule-based, SOA-enabled, composite business processes & applications with the Eclipse-based SAP Developer Studio"- SAP AG
The BEx Query Designer
The query is the core method for accessing BI data. You can use existing queries in your SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer models
SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer 7.01 (or 7.02) SP5 or higher allows you to use existing Crystal Dashboard Builder UI controls and use them inside Visual Composer.
You can also use any Flex component made by Adobe Flex Builder (Flex 2 SDK).
You can download flash objects & 'how-to' on sdn.sap.com (by Sap's Amir Mimran)
Dashboards can be built using Crystal Dashboard Builder.
Crystal Dashboard Builder was launched in March 2010, and is the flagship product for data visualization & dashboards”
BEx Web Application Designer will not be enhanced further beyond the release of NW 7.1 in 2008.
To make dashboards useful for more than one person, you should plan to offer navigation and interactivity instead of static images and graphs.
BEx Web Application Designer
WAD is an intuitive tool to build powerful web applications and to interact with portals and custom templates.
BW queries can be manipulated in WAD for better display
You can also let your SAP BI users do basic navigation on the formatted reports by either integrating navigation, or adding this in the Web Application Designer (WAD)
BEx Web Application Designer will not be enhanced further beyond Release NW 7.1 in 2008.
Notice that DF Facade and Data federator are separate products that are currently licensed separately from the SAP BW licenses.
Ad-hoc analysis (WebI) = SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, BWA = SAP BW Accelerator
Source: SAP AG, July, 2010
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