Embed Geo Visualizations Across SAP BusinessObjects Suite

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At the end of the day, it is people who create Business Intelligence, not technology. As such we have witnessed many customers stick with tools and processes that make them successful.

Today, I pushed out a new tutorial on SCN called: “Geo Heatmaps in SAP Dashboards, Design Studio and Webi

The goal was to illustrate a concept where we can use SAP Dashboards as an embedded analytics that can feed both WebIntelligence and Design Studio using the latest BI4.1 SDKs.

While SAP Dashboards is ultimately going to be replaced by Design Studio, this transition is going to be gradual. So why not re-use the investments and skills readily available to drive immediate value today using staples like Webi or emerging tools like Design Studio?

Is this solution for everyone?

This solution is not the definitive path for all customers. It is merely one path that we have made available for customers. Alternatively, we are seeing customers and partners flock to Antivia DecisionPoint to get one consolidated design experience for creating dashboards, ad-hoc analysis, and mobile analytics. This is one technology I am truly excited about as a long time fan of XWIS.

There is no correct or incorrect way to proceed as long as you succeed in arming business users or analyts with information when and where they need it.

Why not create native geo-maps for Webi and Design Studio?

The rational is simple… Rather than providing a limited percentage or sub-set of mapping features, I wanted 100% of our mapping capabilities available on day 1, bug-free. Additionally, I wanted to control the user experience, so it looks identical across all of the BI tools until we see closer alignment in workflows.

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