A Quick and Easy Guide to Building a Dashboard in SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer

  • by George Campbell-Kelly, Senior BI Consultant, Bluefin Solutions
  • December 20, 2010
Walk through how to use SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer to build and deploy attractive Web-based reporting dashboards — without the need for coding.
Key Concept
SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer is a Web-based dashboard building tool that is delivered with every SAP NetWeaver BW system. The tool builds Web applications, without needing code, but historically it hasn’t been used within SAP NetWeaver BW projects. Because of this, developers often avoid using SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer, yet it can build polished and professional-looking dashboards without substantial development effort.

SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer enables you to create display pages within SAP NetWeaver Portal. SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer allows a developer to bring together different user interface (UI) elements, without using code, to provide attractive, intuitive dashboards and interfaces.

Senior managers sponsor IT projects and want to see evidence that its deliverables have been met. A summary dashboard is a great tool for this and provides the data in an attractive and easy-to-use way. What’s more, with visible adoption from senior management, a dashboard can reduce the instances of department staff that refuse to use the SAP system.

In the following example, I walk you through the building of a dashboard for a procurement project. The dashboard contains two tabs:

  • A Summary tab containing a chart and table of total purchase order spend data
  • A Detail tab showing purchase order spend by month for a nominated company code

George Campbell-Kelly

George Campbell-Kelly is a certified senior BI consultant at Bluefin, the United Kingdom’s largest dedicated SAP consultancy. Since first working with SAP BW in 2000, he has led the delivery of BW systems that operate with SAP R/3, SAP CRM, and Oracle JDE.

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