A familiar and consistent user experience is key to making business users comfortable with their Business Intelligence platform interfaces. Customizations can help you enhance your BI LaunchPad, giving it your standard corporate look and feel. Customizing certain elements can also add a professional touch and a unifying theme. This article will outline quick customizations to LaunchPad files.
Pros and Cons
The advantage of this method is that your results will be visible right away. You can tweak sizing of graphics and colors and view the updated web pages immediately. This is great for your testing and development process.
The drawback is that these changes are not permanent. They will not survive Patch or Feature Pack updates. For further information on branding the BI LaunchPad for permanent customizations, please refer to:
http://help.sap.com/bobip40/#section4 (Business Intelligence platform Administrator Guide: Section 17.3 Customizing BI launch pad and OpenDocument logon entry points)
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About Brett Darcy
Brett Darcy is a business intelligence consultant specializing in report, dashboard, and semantic layer development. Brett delivers customized SAP BusinessObjects solutions for customers across all industries. With Decision First Technologies, Brett utilizes Web Intelligence, Dashboards, Universe Designer, Information Design Tool, and Explorer.
This blog will describe a generic approach to integrate Excel-based reporting tools to SAP Data Services. The benefit of this is that it allows the business user to invoke complex SAP Data Services ETL processes from their familiar Excel-based reporting tools. This saves both time and money by not requiring IT support to run SAP Data Services jobs and instead allowing business users from finance and accounting to run jobs as needed. This can be particularly useful for accountants during close, when they need to update the data more frequently
This technique could be used for a variety of Excel-based reporting tools including SAP’s BPC, BusinessObjects Planning (SRC) and PeopleSoft’s NVision to name a few. An example will be shown using Data Services to integrate with BusinessObjects Planning (SRC). Using this approach the users were able to run a scheduled job from BusinessObjects Planning to invoke a Data Services job, which then calls back to BusinessObjects Planning to load the table that Data Services created.
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About David Bath
David Bath is a principal business intelligence consultant and has over 15 years of BI and IT experience. He currently focuses on Budget and Planning as well as BI tools and processes. He has consulted with many companies over the past 8 years across all major industry types including Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, Insurance and Banking to name a few. With Decision First, David primarily works with the SAP BusinessObjects Planning, IDD and EIM tools. This includes experience with BusinessObjects Planning (SRC), BPC, Data Data Services, Universe Design, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius, BusinessObjects Enterprise, and BOE architecture.