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0 Special 2-Part Session: Part 1: SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Best Practices: Lessons to Design and Deploy Interactive Dashboards Dr. Bjarne Berg COMERIT

1 In This Session … In this two-part session we will look at how you can make your dashboards a success Get best practice rules for branding, layout, and dashboard templates Learn how to get the right dashboard requirements and how to use Rapid Application Development (RAD) Explore the best items to deploy on mobile platforms Step through many practical demos of well-designed dashboards for finance, sales, purchasing, what-if analysis, BPC reporting, variance analysis, and more What is covered in this session? Advanced tips and trick in Query designer and BEx Analyzer The advanced tips and tricks are explained using business scenarios Overlooked and obscure features are brought to limelight Lots of demos to explain BExGetData and other topics

2 What We’ll Cover … Introduction
Use of different templates for different purposes Picking the right dashboard methodology Mobilizing your dashboards Dashboard deployment options Wrap-up Let’s begin with features of Query Designer

3 Intro and Background In this special 2-part session, we will explore SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, not SAP Design Studio Distinction SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards is intended for business-driven or BI self-service dashboards SAP Design Studio is intended for “professionally authored or power/IT-built dashboards” (Source: Adam Binnie, Global VP SAP, ASUG News 2012) What is covered in this session? Advanced tips and trick in Query designer and BEx Analyzer The advanced tips and tricks are explained using business scenarios Overlooked and obscure features are brought to limelight Lots of demos to explain BExGetData and other topics This is Part 1 of a 2-part session. For more information, attend the Special 2-part session: Part 2: SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards best practices: Top 20 factors that affect your dashboard usability, integration, and performance session.

4 What We’ll Cover … Introduction
Use of different templates for different purposes Picking the right dashboard methodology Mobilizing your dashboards Dashboard deployment options Wrap-up Let’s begin with features of Query Designer

5 Creating Dashboard Standards
A dashboard template should be developed that standardizes the font, colors, button locations, navigations, and tabs. Spend serious time on this, it should become the global standard for all your dashboards. 5

6 Divide and Get Performance
Link to Details WebI reports Drill-down options Split your dashboards into logical units. This keeps the result set for each query small and also decreases the load time for each dashboard.

7 Build Several Dashboards for Each Functional Area
Avoid trying to create a single dashboard for each functional area You will normally need 3-5 dashboards for areas such as accounts receivables, accounts payables, purchasing, sales orders, invoices, shipping, etc. Build 2 to 5 WebI reports for more details and link them to the dashboards so that navigation is easy for end users 7

8 Formatted Dashboard Example
Dashboards can also be highly formatted and static with little user interaction In this dashboard we included some KPIs and only the balance sheet for an organization, instead of using Crystal Reports for this sort of work Not all dashboards have a high degree of navigation and images. For finance dashboards, presenting the numbers in a meaningful way may be more important.

9 Senior Management — Graphical Dashboards
Dashboards for the senior management should be very graphically oriented Consider using logos and images instead of text for this purpose Navigation should be very simple For senior managers, the ability to interact with the data (what-if), and see performance numbers relative to plan, budgets, and prior years are critical functionalities 9

10 Operational Dashboards
Dashboards can be operational This dashboard focuses on billing disputes and is used to monitor closing of cases The users of this dashboard are clerks in the billing office, not executives Some dashboards are operational in nature and give a summary of the key metrics and new cases as they occur. Such dashboards works best when data is refreshed often or real-time.

11 A Real-World Example This project is for travel expense analysis
The color codes communicate changes, year over year Graphs can be displayed in many ways Navigation can be done and can get new query result sets This dashboard is based only on BW query and BICS connector; the cube is in SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator and the dashboard therefore loads in less than 12 seconds

12 A Real-World Example (cont.)
Dashboards are most useful when compared to something This dashboard is relative to a budget Notice that all graphs can be displayed in many ways and that color coding is consistent across the dashboards Make sure layout, buttons, and colors are consistently used

13 A Real-World Example (cont.)
This dashboard groups six different categories and over 30 lines into an easily readable table using a few lines and mostly colors Too many lines and incorrect use of “bold” makes dashboards very hard to read Don’t cram too much into a single dashboard. Plan on multiple dashboards for each business area.

14 A Real-World Example (cont.)
Changes over time are typically tracked in the dashboards Don’t just present numbers, plan on only showing changes I.e., in amounts and percentages In this dashboard, the graphs are sometimes hard to read, so filter selections were added. Use these carefully, since they are slow and make Flash files large.

15 Sharing Your Work Products — Web Services
Dashboards are most useful when shared with others Power users can create great departmental dashboards that can be shared inside smaller organizational units In this dashboard, the data is merged with Google maps and external news feeds. This makes the dashboard much more interactive and interesting.

16 Live Demo: Six Types of Interactive Dashboards

17 BI Self-Service — A Concept Enabled by SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0
The idea is to have a single launch item for all reports and analysis. Many call this a “report center.” A new perspective is the idea that users can do much of their own “development” work The Launch Pad is intended to make this easier. Users can: Use multiple tabs to work on several documents at the same time Search for what they are looking for and filter results

18 Dynamic Dashboard Option for Power Users
Step 2 – Self-service to select any characteristic to filter on. Can select multiple characteristics to filter on, i.e., Month, Plant, Material Group, etc. Step 1 – Provide a self-service option to select a group of any of the many key figures available from a BEx query. Step 3 – Self-service option to select any range of dates or selections. The dashboard is designed to limit 13 characteristic key figures though.

19 The Measures Can Now Be Selected to Be Displayed
Step 4 – Select available key figures to display on chart

20 The Next Step Is Just to Refresh the Display
Step 6 – Update the key figures to add more key figures Step 5 – Select available key figures to display on the chart

21 Adding More Measures to the Display and Rearranging Them
Step 8 – Move “SNP Forecast (MT)” to the top of the list for a higher priority Click update Step 7 – Add “Revenue” to selected key figures

22 Step 10 – “Revenue” is now a selectable option
The Output Step 9 – Notice “SNP Forecast (MT)” moved to the top and now has numbers on the chart Step 10 – “Revenue” is now a selectable option

23 Controlling Characteristics
Step 11 – Select “Xref,” a custom characteristic to describe a material hierarchy Step 12 – Select “MESH” and click Apply

24 Key Figures Are Now Filtered Based on the Selection

25 Saving a Personalized View
Step 13 – Save this view as “Mesh and Mes Dashboard” Step 14 – Enter name and save, and this become your personal self-service dashboard view!

26 What We’ll Cover … Introduction
Use of different templates for different purposes Picking the right dashboard methodology Mobilizing your dashboards Dashboard deployment options Wrap-up Let’s begin with features of Query Designer

27 The “Waterfall Methodologies” Are Not Good for Dashboards
The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodologies, such as ASAP, are known collectively as “waterfall methodologies” They give a false sense of clear-cut stages and do not address substantial functionality changes during development It is hard to fix missing functionality during integration testing The waterfall Source: SAP The challenge with ASAP is that users don’t know what they want until they see it …

28 The ASAP Methodology Overview

29 Where Do You Start — First Alternative
Get a group of five to seven people for a brainstorming session Draw the solution, knowing that it may look somewhat different once developed Focus on the use of space, graphs, navigation, available data, and the purpose of the dashboards Do not design fixed format “reports”

30 Building a Mockup in Excel
If you can make a “mockup” in Excel, users can see what it may look like in SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) Users can now see what it may look like

31 Prototyping the Dashboard Requirements
Once the brainstorming is completed, you can create data in Excel and prototype the solution in SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards It may be time consuming to get the requirements right

32 Dashboard Accelerator Approach — Agile, JAD, and RAD
A Dashboard Accelerator is a group of bought or pre-developed dashboards, to help companies develop their dashboards faster following a Rapid Application Development (RAD), JAD, or Agile methodology Interactive development Orientation meeting - High-level scope agreement Show dashboard in weekly UAT sessions Demo accelerator dashboards in scope Request enhancements and new features Make enhancements Performance enhancements backend & frontend Unit test System test No functional specs are written and the development time for a subject area can be as little as 4-10 weeks depending on back-end enhancements required and scope Integration test Go-Live 32

33 Framework for Picking a Dashboard Methodology
I.e. Scrum and Agile

34 The Gray Areas of Dashboard Methodologies
While presented as clearly delineated areas of selection, there are, in fact, several dimensions when multiple methodologies can be employed I.e., when time to delivery is moderate or when the impact of failure is moderate The framework is intended to illustrate the differences among the appropriateness of each methodology This decision is clearer in the extreme. However, in reality there may be “gray zones” where more than one answer may be correct

35 What We’ll Cover … Introduction
Use of different templates for different purposes Picking the right dashboard methodology Mobilizing your dashboards Dashboard deployment options Wrap-up Let’s begin with features of Query Designer

36 Supported HTML5 Objects for Mobile Dashboards
In Service Pack 5 for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, there is currently some support for a number of mobile dashboard elements. These are the most commonly utilized elements. This means that many of your current dashboards can be converted to mobile with minimal effort. SP05 also uses a new mobile-only preview mode. This shows dashboards as they will appear on the iPad before you deploy them. 36

37 Mobile — Some HTML5 Limitations as of SP05
Some items to note about SP05 The exclusion of some mobile elements, such as a prompt selector There are no calendar controls, and HTML text for labels is not supported Connections in the data manager is only available in the pre-query panel, and only the “NOVA” theme is supported on mobile devices There is no support for the prompt selector for hierarchies in SP05, nor are “reset” and “save scenario” available Another major component that is not currently available in SP05 is spreadsheet tables, making tables harder to make However, SAP supports the use of the URL button in mobile dashboards, so we are making progress The trick is to use the features supported today and find workarounds for those currently not available 37

38 Conversion of Dashboards to Mobile
When converting, the new “Mobile Compatibility” tab displays suggestions and warnings for optimizing dashboard components for mobile deployment Warnings, as shown in this picture, simply mean that there are better ways of doing this. The dashboard still works. Error messages mean that it will not work and needs some redesign. 38

39 Using the Right Fonts for Mobile Dashboards
Mobile-specific text fonts are marked with “iOS 5+” to show which fonts will work best on your dashboard SAP has communicated that in the long run, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards and SAP Design Studio will start sharing more objects and be on the same framework (source: Eamon Ida, 39

40 What We’ll Cover … Introduction
Use of different templates for different purposes Picking the right dashboard methodology Mobilizing your dashboards Dashboard deployment options Wrap-up Let’s begin with features of Query Designer

41 The Strategic Dashboard Release Plan
The strategic dashboard plan should clearly map out the vision for the next months Make sure you add the “phase-2” timeline for all areas, plan for enhancements, and communicate this early to all users

42 Create a Dashboard Deployment Diagram
The dashboard deployment diagram provides an overview of who has access to each dashboard. It is not a security role design (yet). You should also provide a similar diagram that shows who can grant access to the dashboards. These are called “dashboard owners.”

43 The Business Readiness Dashboard Checklist
The purpose of the business readiness dashboard checklist is to make sure that a project is not merely an afterthought with little visibility, zero real sponsorship, and has a lack of communication, support, training, and organizational commitment There are reasons why many dashboard projects fail

44 Create an Online Help System for Your Dashboards
Online help should be available for each dashboard The online help system should explain: How numbers are calculated How to read graphs What functionality is embedded

45 Another Example of Online Help for Dashboards
Online help is especially useful for complex dashboards with many panels In this example we have a help dashboard with one display for each graph, panel, and major functionality

46 Accessing My Dashboards in a Meaningful Way

47 BI Workspaces and Modules
BI Workspaces allow you to link many SAP BI tools in the same area, without the need to jump between them. In this workspace, we have 3 dashboards, 1 WebI report, 1 Analysis report, and 1 Crystal Report running at the same time.

48 BI Workspaces and Modules (cont.)
We can also link the objects (WebI, Crystal Reports) in a workspace together and pass variables and navigation between some of them This alleviates some of the task of opening and running the workspace every day

49 Modules We can use modules to make the objects more interesting and add comments to them You can access modules from the “my application” area There are two types of modules: Text modules Compound modules 49

50 The Text Module Using the Text module, we can add our comments and update them whenever we like There are two options: Regular text HTML (this allows you to use HTML tags to format your text 50

51 The Compound Module Using the Compound module we display many modules together, this includes text, dashboards, WebI reports, Crystal Reports, and Analysis for OLAP The development of compound modules are so simple that anyone with MS Word or PowerPoint skills can do learn it in less than five minutes! 51

52 Demo: BI Workspace and Modules

53 Who Gets to Do What? The major decision for an SAP BI-driven enterprise is to determine who gets access to each tool There is often a temptation for the IT community of wanting to keep the tools 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 Chinese Proverb

54 What Tool to Select All SAP tools have core strengths
This is a subjective summary

55 What We’ll Cover … Introduction
Use of different templates for different purposes Picking the right dashboard methodology Mobilizing your dashboards Dashboard deployment options Wrap-up Let’s begin with features of Query Designer

56 Where to Find More Information
Ray Li and Evan DeLodder, Creating Dashboards with SAP BusinessObjects (2nd Edition) (SAP PRESS, 2012). ISBN-10: David Lai and Xavier Hacking, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2011). ISBN: SDN Community for BI Dashboard design Anita Yuen, “SAP User Interface Guidelines for Crystal Dashboard Design” (SAP Collaboration Workspace, 2011). https://cw.sdn.sap.com/cw/docs/DOC Blair Wheadon, “SAP Crystal Dashboard Design 2011 and Presentation Design 2011 Samples” (SCN, 2011).

57 7 Key Points to Take Home Getting the right requirements requires prototyping and interactive sessions with end users Plan on many dashboards and don’t force too much information into a single design Build different layouts for casual users, executives, and power users Link WebI reports to the dashboards and keep the detailed information in those reports The SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0x platform should be the preferred choice to deploy your dashboards Avoid certain components of the tool and stay with “default” templates for simplified design (i.e., NOVA) Plan your dashboard deployment as a larger initiative of BI self-service for your organization

58 Please remember to complete your session evaluation
Your Turn! How to contact me: Dr. Bjarne Berg Please remember to complete your session evaluation

59 Disclaimer SAP, R/3, mySAP, mySAP.com, SAP NetWeaver®, Duet®, PartnerEdge, and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Wellesley Information Services is neither owned nor controlled by SAP.


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