How to Integrate SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio with SAP HANA

  • by Biswajit Biswas, Subject Matter Expert in SAP Analytics, SAP GD
  • Sunil Mehta, Solution Architect, SAP
  • May 20, 2013
/HANA/Mobile - Learn how to create an application in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio with SAP HANA as a data source. Any organization using HANA or considering a HANA implementation can use the information in this article.
Key Concept

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio connects directly to SAP HANA, enabling HANA to act as a data source for mobile apps created in Design Studio, such as dashboards.

Imagine a food-and-beverage manufacturer wants to analyze its sales data collected through different retails sources and make management decisions based on the same data. The manufacturer deals with big data and has invested in SAP HANA to get near-real-time analysis of its sales data on a mobile app.

HANA provides the manufacturer with the necessary figures; for example, an InfoCube contains sales details of consumer goods. Dimensions to be analyzed include product category, product subcategory, product description, sales, quantity sold, and price for the goods sold for different years. The manufacturer wants to:

  • Look at the current sales patterns on a near-real-time basis to decide on short-term plans
  • Look at previous sales patterns to decide on the future market strategy

Let’s look at how to take the data from HANA and make it available in a mobile app that is created in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio.

Design Studio can use HANA and SAP NetWeaver BW as data sources simultaneously, which is not possible in BEx Web Application Designer (WAD). Design Studio serves as an alternative to BEx WAD. Design Studio working on top of HANA can be near real time in nature without hindering performance.

Here is a list of the prerequisites for using a data source created in HANA:

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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