What`s New in BI Workspaces 4.0

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SAP BO Business Intelligence Platform 4.0
BI Workspaces 4.0
Introduction to BI Workspaces
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Positioning and Overview: Lesson Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
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Explain the positioning and value of BI Workspaces
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Describe the main changes and enhancements in BI Workspaces for the 4.0
release.
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Describe new administration and management
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Agenda
1.Introduction to BI Workspaces
2.What’s New in BI Workspaces 4.0
3.Administration and Management Features
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What is BI Workspaces?
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Browser based.
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
suite capability, available for all users. Not a
separate license.
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An evolution of the product Dashboard Builder.
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Accessed via BI launch pad or standalone via
openDocument.
Key Capabilities:
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Organizing and displaying all kinds of
BusinessObjects content, as well as Web, 3rd
party, and agnostic content.
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Easy and intuitive Runtime Authoring
environment for creating and modifying content.
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Integral inter-portlet communication
framework for enabling components on page to
exchange information.
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Preview and Print a page or the whole
workspace .
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Visual
Reporting,
Analysis
Other Content
BI workspaces
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Agenda
1.Introduction to BI Workspaces
2.What’s New in BI Workspaces 4.0
3.Administration and Management Features
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Designing and Viewing BI Workspaces
Key Enhancements
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Better viewing experience with:
 Scrolling tabs.
 View of latest Web Intelligence report.
 Accessibility compliance.
 Multiple viewers on page.
Streamlined creation of enhanced workspaces with:
 In-place renaming.
 Search in toolbox, powered by Endeavour.
 Toolbox docking.
 Resizable columns in docking mode.
Improved content linking capabilities with:
 Visual content linking wizard.
 Granular linking between reports.
Simpler workspace management flows:
 Simplified workflows for creating new workspaces.
 Simplified workflows for saving workspaces.
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Visual Content Linking
Search in Module Library
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Managing and Administering BI Workspaces
Key Enhancements
Easier deployment and upgrade:
 Smaller footprint on server – reduced to only 3 servers.
 Componentization.
 Easier migration process with automatic discovery for content in
Upgrade Manager .
CMC Applications
Better management and control:
 Ability to grant editing permission per workspace.
 Multilingual support with Translation management tool for
workspace and tab names.
Better monitoring and supportability:
 Auditing of workspaces.
 Unified logging and tracing.
 Instrumentation and Solution Manager integration.
Portal Integration Kit
Enhanced support in standard viewing enablers:
 Java Portal Integration Kit (PIK).
 openDocument.
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Integration with BI Launch Pad
Key Message
The out-of-the-box BI launch pad home page can be replaced by a custom page (compound module) or a BI
workspace.
All BI launch pad modules (such as Recently Viewed Documents or My Alerts) are also available in the Module
Library for re-use.
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Visual Content Linking
Introduction to ports and connections
Supports granular linking with parameter
mapping
Support Xcelsius External Interface,
Portal Data and FS command
connections
WebI and Crystal Reports: Prompt and
filters
New visual editor for content linking
Module
Type
Source /
Target
Xcelsius
Source / target
or both
External Interface (recommended), FSCommand or
Portal Data
WebI
Source and
target
Can be a source only in part mode. Support
prompts and filters as target.
Crystal
Report
Target
Support prompts and filters as target.
Compou
nd
module
Target
Simply Pass the data to the underlying reports
Viewer
module
Source and
target
Simply Pass the data to the underlying report
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Content Linking XI 3.1 vs. Content Linking XI 4.0
Content Linking XI 3.1
Form-based Editor
Content Linking XI 4.0
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 Linking view on a module level
 All modules are displayed
 No meta-data exposure
No mapping ability
 Linking is set based on declaration only.
Two modules can be connected only if
they are designed to match.
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Visual Editor
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Overall view of linking on a page level
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Only linkable modules are displayed
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Exposes linking meta-data (prompts, range
names, filters, etc.)
Granular Parameter Mapping
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Introducing ports end parameters
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Enables mapping between parameters with
unmatched names.
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What can be Linked?
Module Type
Source / Target
Xcelsius
Source / target or
both
External Interface (recommended),
FSCommand or Portal Data
WebI
Source and target
Can be a source only in part mode. Support
prompts and filters as target.
Crystal Report
Target
Support prompts and filters as target.
Compound module
Target
Simply Pass the data to the underlying reports
Viewer module
Source and target
Simply Pass the data to the underlying report
Viewer
Xcelsius
WebI
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Report
Compound
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About Ports
Ports are entities describe the interface of a module.
Each port is characterized by action and data. Each
module can have 0..n in-ports and 0..n out-ports.
 In-port: represent an action that will be executed when
certain data is received. E.g. : Prompt in-port of a WebI
module will be re-launched with the prompts data. Inports are visualized at the left side of the module frame.
 Out-port: represent the data that will be sent when a
certain action is performed. For example: the cell that
is sent when the user press a button in the Xcelsius
module. Out-ports are visualized at the right side of the
module frame.
 There are two types of ports:
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Legacy
out-port
Granular
out-port
Ports details (name,
direction and parameters)
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Legacy ports: Have no parameters, hence there is no indication on the data that these
ports deal with and parameter mapping is not possible. They are called “legacy” since they
compatible with previous releases content linking method.
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Granular ports: Have parameters that provides information on the data these ports expect
to send/receive. Facilitate parameter mapping.
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These two types have distinct visualizations.
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You cannot connect a legacy port to a granular port, and vice-versa.
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About Connections
Connection is an entity to describe how a source module is passing information to a
target module. It consist of:
 The source port: the out-port of the source module.
 The target port: the in-port of the target module.
 Parameter mapping (for granular connection) between parameter in the source port to the
parameters in the target port. The mapping enables correct data exchange even if the names
are not match.
 There are two connection types:
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Legacy connection between legacy ports: Does
not include parameter mapping. Are visualized as
straight lines.
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Granular connection between granular ports:
Require parameter mapping. Are visualized as
Curled lines with little circle indicates the number
of mapped parameters.
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Removal of Visualization Analytics from 4.0
Note 1375008:
“As part of the product rationalization process,
SAP has decided to discontinue investing in
the Dashboard Builder visualization analytics.
This means the last version that Dashboard
Builder will ship these analytics is in XI 3.1,
including service packs. These analytics will
not be included in the next major release of
the SAP BusinessObjects product portfolio…”
The following analytics are removed:
Gauges: speedometer, barometer, thermometer, traffic lights
Charts: interactive metric trend, radar chart, bubble chart, pie chart, data exploration
The proposed solution is to replace those analytics with Dashboards visualizations.
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Agenda
1.Introduction to BI Workspaces
2.What’s New in BI Workspaces 4.0
3.Administration and Management Features
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Platform and Architecture changes
Componentization:
 Part of the platform change (OSGi)
– OSGi defines software components as bundles which can be dynamically installed and removed
Better performance
 Reduced server footprint
– Removed all Performance Management related servers : AADMining, AAMetrics, AAProfiler,
AAQueryMgr, AARepoMgt, AARules, AASPC
– Only AAAnalytics and AADashboard remain
Browser support – IE8 and Mozilla 3.6
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Content Migration and Content Promotion
Upgrade Manager tool is used to migrate content form BOE XI 3.x to BOE XI 4.0
Supported content for migration – only Live to Live, not via a BIAR files
 My InfoView object are migrated to a BI workspace that is located in the user private folder
(My Favorite)
 My Dashboard object are migrated to a BI workspace in the user private folder
 Corporate Dashboard are migrated to a BI workspace under the public folder
 Analytics (modules in XI 4.0)
LCM is used to promote content between 2 BOE XI 4.0 machines
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Management and Control
Ability to grant editing permission per workspace.
Better control over security is provided by granting editing permissions on the workspace
level.
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Management and Control
Multilingual support with Translation management tool for workspace, tab and subtab
names.
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OpenDocument URL
URL access only via OpenDocument
openAnalytic not supported any longer
Base URL :
http://<server_name>:<port>/BOE/OpenDocument/opendoc/openDocument.jsp?
Parameters :
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CUID: iDocID=<document_ID>&sIDType=<CUID>
NavPos: iDocID=<document_ID>&navPos=<tab_number,subtab_number>
Spath: sPath=<[folder_name]>&sDocName=<dashboard_name>
NavNames: iDocID=<document_ID>&navNames=<tab_name,subtab_name>
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Other New Features
Auditing – Audit view and edit
Accessibility – Support in view mode, high contrast style
Supportability – System Landscape Directory, Solution Manager Diagnostics,
Instrumentation, SAP Passport
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Positioning and Overview: Lesson Summary
After completing this lesson, you should now be able to:
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Explain the positioning and value of BI Workspaces

Describe the main changes and enhancements in BI Workspaces for the 4.0
release.

Describe new administration and management features
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