A Guide to the Scorecard Options of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6

  • by Ned Falk, Senior Education Consultant, SAP
  • March 8, 2017
Learn two options for creating scorecards with the new scorecard-visualization component in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Configure the scorecard component of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 using other, more generic, data sources such as Universes or SAP HANA as sources of data
  • Configure the scorecard component of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 using BW Queries as data sources
Key Concept
Scorecards are a new component in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6. As in most dashboarding tools, a scorecard is a pre-packaged way to provide customized graphics tied to how well or badly a company is performing per various metrics. In Design Studio 1.6, this process can be done using two different techniques: a generic technique and a technique that is a little easier but only works with BEx Queries as the source.

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio is SAP’s newest dashboard-design tool, replacing both BEx Web Application Designer and SAP Dashboards. Version 1.6 of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio provides a new visualization component of the dashboard.

Before diving in too deeply into this new visualization option for Design Studio, however, I first want to list three disclosures:

  1. SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio does not build dashboards per se; rather, it builds analysis applications. (This is because SAP has an older tool [that SAP no longer recommends for new customers] that has the name Dashboards.)
  2. This article is targeted at people who already have a medium-level expertise with Design Studio, so basic navigation paths and options are not discussed.
  3. Design Studio, as a separate product, is being phased out. The new product (which is still essentially Design Studio) is soon to be merged with the SAP BusinessObjects Lumira product and re-branded as SAP Business Objects Lumira Designer. However, because this change is still in the future (or is just happening as of the publication date of this article, February 2017), I use the original terms and names for these products (e.g., SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP BusinessObjects Lumira) for clarity.

Ned Falk

Ned Falk is a senior education consultant at SAP. In prior positions, he implemented many ERP solutions, including SAP R/3. While at SAP, he initially focused on logistics. Now he focuses on SAP HANA, SAP BW (formerly SAP NetWeaver BW), SAP CRM, and the integration of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects tools. You can meet him in person when he teaches SAP HANA, SAP BW, or SAP CRM classes from the Atlanta SAP office, or in a virtual training class over the web. If you need an SAP education plan for SAP HANA, SAP BW, BusinessObjects, or SAP CRM, you may contact Ned via email.

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