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BO Dashboards, FAQ links?

Where could I find a FAQ section on the BO dashboards, 4.1 sp5?

I am new to dashboards, but was developer for Crystal Reports 11 (and earlier versions).

I am wondering if we can migrate our .rpt files to a .xlf format?

I am reading the Dashboards and presentation design User Guide.

This product appears to be a presentation layer (only) for reports. The data sources are tables (only). Is that correct? Does the dashboard have a report designer, with logic capabilities?

Also, what are the limits on the number of variables on both the x and y axis?
(can I chart, say: 100 stores, and their sales over 365 day period , ie, listing 100 stores on the x axis, and sales on y axis?)

is Xcelsius the same product as BO Dashboard? (is it an earlier version, or totally different?)

Where can I find this type of info?

Thank you.

(-fyi, screen shot of manual, attached)

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    Jun 04, 2015 at 01:47 PM

    Hi Bill,

    Below is the link for dashboard tutorials :

    http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-7946

    Regards,
    Abhilasha

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  • Jun 03, 2015 at 05:14 PM

    I am wondering if we can migrate our .rpt files to a .xlf format?

    If your question was in terms of a tool that can do the migration - then No - there are no tools for this conversion. You have to recreate the dashboard from scratch manually.

    This product appears to be a presentation layer (only) for reports. The data sources are tables (only).

    Dashboards is for high level reporting and is used mainly to create visually appealing reports. It can connect to variety of data sources including, but not limited to Web services, xml, universe (query browser), etc and of course your offline data.

    Does the dashboard have a report designer, with logic capabilities?

    Excel formulas are supported (Not all, but a very decent list of formula are supported) so you can manipulate the data with these functions.

    Also, what are the limits on the number of variables on both the x and y axis?

    The default limit for the number of rows is 512. (it is under File->Preferences) But you can change it. Once you start working with huge data set you will experience behavioral inconsistencies.

    is Xcelsius the same product as BO Dashboard? (is it an earlier version, or totally different?)

    Dashboard is nothing but the latest & upgraded version of XCelsius.

    Dashboards has the capability to consume data from web-I reports (web-I block published as a web service). If your data size is large, aggregate the data using web-I and then consume it within your dashboard.

    FYI - Design studio is the new tool positioned for dash boarding and apps by SAP.

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    • CR definitely for complex reports and dashboards for highly aggregated - handful of records.

      It sounds like scheduling (publishing & report bursting) seems to be one of your use cases. Unfortunately you cannot do that with dashboards.

      Before you conclude on a tool, write down all your business needs (For example say, offline availability, viewable on Mobile, export to excel and or PDF functionality, the volume of the data the report will handle, the target audience, Scheduling, etc) and see which tool suits your requirement best. This will also help you to narrow down the available options.

      Below video on choosing the right client tool might give you some insights as well.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuFRXWmmCT0

      All the best.

  • Jun 03, 2015 at 04:52 PM

    Hi Bill,

    Dashboards is only right product when you want to show aggregated/summarized data with more graphical representation. In my personal experience, migrating .rpt files into .xlf is not right way as its functionalities are different. I would suggest to go for Web Intelligence tool.

    Thanks

    Vijai Muniraj

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  • Jun 04, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Bill,

    Go through the below thread for your better understanding.

    Thanks

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