How to Develop Real-Time Analytics and a Monitoring Dashboard on SAP MII SSCE

  • by Tufale Ashai , Senior IT Consultant, Fujitsu Consulting India
  • April 29, 2015
Learn how to use the Self-Service Composition Environment (SSCE) in SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) 15.0 to quickly develop real-time analytics and monitoring dashboards by fetching data from multiple sources.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Integrate plant catalog objects for real-time monitoring
  • Integrate SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) catalog objects for analytics and reporting
  • Enhance and customize the Self-Service Composition Environment (SSCE)
Key Concept
The Self-Service Composition Environment (SSCE) is a new feature in SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) 15.0 that enables you to develop real-time visualization dashboards using the visualization and data components developed in the SAP MII workbench without any coding.

One of the common requirements in manufacturing plants is to provide visualization dashboards for real-time monitoring of processes and assets used in the manufacturing execution process. The dashboards may need to fetch data from multiple sources and have to provide visualizations in different forms such as charts, reports, and dynamic graphics for easy analysis by the end users.

I explain how to use the Self-Service Composition Environment (SSCE) in SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) 15.0 to quickly develop real-time analytics and monitoring dashboards by fetching data from multiple sources. To help you understand the workings of the SSCE, I walk you through the following sections:

  • An overview of SSCE
  • Initial steps to create a dashboard
  • How to integrate with MII content
  • Enhancing and customizing the SSCE

Note
Prerequisites for this article are knowledge of SAP MII catalog objects and the Plant Integration Catalog (PIC).

An Overview of the SSCE

SAP MII’s SSCE is a platform on which you can create real-time dashboards by dragging and dropping. The entire platform is built on SAP UI5; therefore, the resulting dashboard looks rich and beautiful. The SSCE caters to the needs of both technical and business users. Business users do not prefer to write cryptic code, but the technical users might want better control of their dashboards by coding. The SSCE can handle both.

Earlier businesses used to rely on their technical team to create dashboards and reports. These dashboards were normally HTML pages either designed by hand or with any of the front-end tools such as Microsoft’s Office FrontPage or Adobe’s Dreamweaver. JavaScript code was used to link all the HTML elements and get the data from SAP MII. Now, with the SSCE, you do not need any of those tools. You need neither the tools to create your HTML page nor any knowledge of JavaScript or any other UI scripting language. All you need is a desktop browser through which you would access the Self Service Composition Environment (SSCE).

The main advantage that the SSCE platform offers is the ability to create beautiful dashboards quickly in just a few clicks and dragging and dropping.

Tufale Ashai

Tufale Ashai is a senior IT consultant at Fujitsu Consulting India with approximately six years’ experience in the IT industry. He is currently working on providing SAP MII-based solutions.

Tufale was a member of the SAP MII Product Development Team at SAP Labs Bangalore and has worked on releases 12.x, 14.0, and 15.0 of SAP MII as a senior developer.

 

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