How to Build Custom Components for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

  • by Deepinder Singh, SAP Analytics Solution Architect
  • Virendra K. Soni, SAP Data Services Consultant, SAP
  • Biswajit Biswas, Subject Matter Expert in SAP Analytics, SAP GD
  • Sunil Mehta, Solution Architect, SAP
  • August 21, 2014
Learn how to create custom components for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards to meet your company’s need for unique visualizations for dashboards that are not available as standard components.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Configure FLEX SDK in Adobe Flash Builder
  • Develop add-on property sheets for the component
  • Create dashboard add-on packages
  • Add components to the dashboard
Key Concept

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards is a solid dashboard solution that gives managers better insight into the organization and also keeps them apprised of future business scenarios. It is an easy drag-and-drop tool with built-in interactive charts, gauges, and widgets. It enables the user to easily do what-if analysis with its available components. It can be integrated with SAP and non-SAP data to create a near-real-time dashboard for faster decision making.

In our example dashboard scenario, a well-known diversified metal and resources group wanted to develop an operational dashboard to provide insight into plant-level information. The business wanted the dashboard to be interactive and to add value by providing real-time information to workers so they could quickly discover what was happening and then act accordingly. The dashboard thus needed to provide insights into the finer details such as the input feed, recovery, target output, and specific heat consumption of the plant. Also, based on this data, the dashboard needed to be able to do some quick analytics such as calculating the asking rate for every shift.

All these parameters needed to be represented by the interactive components that can be found in the real world; therefore, funnel, heap, and thermometer-like components needed to be used in the dashboard.

We show, with a step-by-step guide, a methodology to create these components for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards. We cover the configuration of FLEX SDK in Adobe Flash Builder, the development of an add-on property sheet for the component, how to create the dashboard add-on packages, and, finally, how to integrate the component in the dashboard for analysis.

Deepinder Singh

Deepinder Singh is an SAP analytics solution architect with a focus on expert consulting. He has worked with CMC Limited and Accenture, and has catered to clients across multiple industries such as utilities, mining, real estate, and chemicals. Throughout his career he has assisted clients in planning their technology roadmaps and execution as planned in the capacity of program or project manager.

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Virendra K. Soni

Virendra K. Soni is a Certified SAP Data Services Consultant and is currently associated with SAP. He has 6.5 years of industry experience in Data Migration, Data Conversion, and Data ware Housing with the Retail and Self-insurance industries. Prior to SAP he has worked with Capgemini, CSC and HCL Technologies.

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Biswajit Biswas

Biswajit Biswas works at SAP GD and is a subject matter expert in SAP analytics. He has five years’ experience. He is proficient in the SAP BusinessObjects suite of reporting tools and SAP Data Services. He has been associated with development of Rapid Deployment Solutions for analytics on SAP HANA, focusing on the utilities industry.

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Sunil Mehta

Sunil Mehta is a solution architect at SAP. He received his master’s degree in Computer Management from Symbiosis in Pune, India. He is a certified SAP FI/CO/BOBJ consultant, working in analytics. During his career he has been associated with Accenture, IBM, Capgemini, and KPMG, and has worked in various roles, including as a consultant solution architect and a project manager.

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