How to Add Zoom-View Functionality to SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

  • by Neha Lunkad Lodha, Team Lead, Infosys
  • September 23, 2016
Learn step-by-step instructions for how to maximize BusinessObjects dashboard space and provide zoom functionality for an expanded view.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Add the zoom-view functionality to dashboards to see more details, thereby facilitating quick business views
  • Use the BusinessObjects dashboard canvas more effectively
  • Show information in a smaller space
  • Overcome limitations of the zoom-view functionality in the standard BusinessObjects Dashboard Designer (formerly Xcelsius)
  • Provide an expanded or analytical view in BusinessObjects dashboards with this new functionality
Key Concept
The zoom functionality of BusinessObjects dashboards enables expanded views of any component. This feature helps you visualize and use dashboard space more effectively.

A dashboard is a summarized snapshot of significant business data. Its main goal is to provide all the business information in one defined area. When you are designing SAP BusinessObjects dashboards, using space wisely is vital. Although all dashboard designers strive to show all the information on one page, doing so can result in dashboards cluttered with many different components that are hard to read. The zoom functionality of the BusinessObjects Dashboard Designer tool (formerly known as Xcelsius) is a good workaround for this issue.

This functionality enables developers to add more components and gives users a zoom view, allowing them to see more detail clearly. Unfortunately, this functionality is not provided by the standard SAP system, but it can be created in BusinessObjects Dashboard Designer Dashboards using customization. In this era of iPads, users have become accustomed to being able to use a touch screen to zoom in and view more details. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can implement this zoom functionality in dashboards.

First, I start with an overview of the Dashboard Designer tool itself. Then I show you how to create a sample dashboard using the Dashboard Designer tool, and how to get data ready to be imported into the demo dashboard. I also provide step-by-step instructions for creating a canvas for the demo dashboard, mapping the components, and, finally, how to execute and export the final dashboard into a PowerPoint slide document for viewing.

An Overview of the Dashboard Designer Tool

The Dashboard Designer tool is a very simple and creative tool that SAP provides for creating innovative dashboards using versatile datasets and various interacting components. For the purpose of this article, I assume that the users already have the Dashboard Designer tool installed in their SAP BusinessObjects systems.

Neha Lunkad Lodha

Neha Lunkad Lodha is the Team Lead for SAP BusinessObjects and SAP NetWeaver BW at Infosys, in New Jersey. She specializes in SAP NetWeaver BW and reporting using SAP BusinessObjects toolsets and BEx Query.

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