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SAP Visual Composer Modeling & Deployment - A Complete Step-by-Step Tutorial for Beginners. Dr. Bjarne Berg Associate Prof., SAP University Alliance Lenoir-Rhyne University and V.P. Comerit Inc. What I’ll Cover …. The SAP BI Core Toolset.
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Dr. Bjarne Berg
Associate Prof., SAP University Alliance
and V.P. Comerit Inc.
SAP BI is an enterprise-wide comprehensive decision support (DSS) system for analytical needs of an enterprise.
BI can also support some degree of operational reporting
The SAP BI tool set has many presentation tools and options for companies to leverage. VC is an extension of those tools.
The query is the core method for accessing SAP BI data. You can use existing queries in your VC models.
The new 7.0 Query designer was totally re-developed in MS-Visual Basic .NET
Visual Composer is a tool to visualize the data. It is a browser-based modeling and design tool for rapid application development & prototyping in a code-free development environment.
Modeling of BI applications using the BI kit of the Visual Composer allows business users to create analytical content for SAP portal. It offers the integration with BI InfoProviders, views, BEx web applications, PDF and more via WEB API as access to
other data sources such as OLAP and relational data sources) via Java connectors
Image source: Cubeserv
Visual Composer is a power user tool that is simple to learn for someone with a little bit of technical background (i.e. controllers, report writers, analysts).
No coding required to create great-looking Web-based cockpits
Take advantage of prebuilt analytic business packages
You can download a trial version on the SAP Community network.
The first task is to create an overall model to store all your pages and iViews.
The name cannot have blanks or special characters
You can organize your model in standard folder structures
The models are actually graphics rendered with Adobe SVG (vector graphics)
First you must make sure that your Visual composer environment is set up with connection back to your SAP BI environment(s).
You can create individual iViews that are shared in other applications such as WAD, KM folders and web pages.
You can use the portal page to group iViews.
Alternatively, you can make complex iViews that have many different display levels
We can add items and see then from the highest level, or you can ‘drill-down’ on each item and configure them individually.
Navigation is provided as a toolbar and you can also zoom in on each item.
SAP VC has many tools that power users can play with.
The fastest way to proficiency is to try the many features. Very few things can 'break’, and the undo button is always available
When you are developing very complex models, it is very helpful to add annotations (comments) to document your work.
iViews can be graphical (charts) or tables and links between iViews and queries can create complex dashboards with many navigation options
Very large visual composer cockpits can be hard to read.
The Browse feature allows you to see the cockpit in a tree format that makes it easier to navigate
Plan on spending serious time with users working on layout and web page organization.
PS! you can use the SAP delivered calendar to display, or for user to interact with your data set.
SAP Visual Composer uses the standard GUI Modeling Language (GML).
If you are familiar with this language, you can see the code page under the ‘source’ tab
Composition Environment including Visual Composer continues to be the go-to product for creating composite applications.
Source: SAP, 2009
Source SAP AG, 2009
In the Tools Options section, you can control items such as auto save, display levels, formats, high-lights and more.
These preferences are stored for each user and can be personalized
You can also control, connectors, automatic data mapping, display of selected fields, warnings etc.
Setting up defaults for the workspace will help your power users avoid frustration. Make sure you sync the windows
Pick your run-time animation and select the portal system folder you want to save your models in.
For most cockpits the default value should be Cache retrieved services
There is often a temptation for the IT community of wanting to keep the Visual Composer tool under their domain – That is a mistake
The IT community should actively work with the power and casual users to improve human capabilities and thereby teach them to become more productive employees.
Download VC, Presentations, tutorials & articles
The Visual Composer Reference Guide - http://help.sap.com/saphelp_nwce10/helpdata/en/7c/0feaee0d214b5e9f2e890e0668a833/content.htm
Be sure to read SAP Note 1021219 for the latest information about limitations, known issues, and workarounds for Visual Composer. You can find the SAP Note at SAP Service Marketplace - service.sap.com/notes.
How to contact me:
Dr. Bjarne Berg