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Alternatives to WAD for displaying BI Queries / Views in Enterprise Portal

Hello experts,

we have been using WAD 3.5 extensively for displaying BI Querys in a web-capable form within our Enterprise Portal.

Since our users are not BW-familiar in general, we have the requirement to provide a very easy GUI and navigation.

Actually in 3.5 we are able to fulfill this requirement by extensive use of Javascript to modify the look & feel and also the behaviour of the Web applications.

In WAD 7.0 this is not any longer possible, as SAP restricted the Javascript usage, in 7.0 it is impossible to change the HTML code by accessing the DOM, which is very uncomfortable for us, since our users are familiar with the our (javascript-driven)convenient BI Web interfaces.

My question now: are there any alternatives for displaying BI content (queries / views) in the portal apart from using WAD web templates?

I read that the Visual Composer is now capable of processing BI content. Does anyone have experiences with this? And if yes, how does this compare to the WAD?

I also read that there is a BI Java SDK which contains an API to the OLAP processor. Is the BI Java SDK an alternative to WAD? And if yes, is it possible to integrate Java SDK with Web Dynpro or is it plain Java requiring the usage of Servlets / JSP to render the UI?

Thanks in advance for your help,

best regards,

Thilo

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    Oct 20, 2008 at 02:51 PM

    Hi,

    You can directly Publish the Query to the Portal from the Query Designer. Will that help your cause ?

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      Hello Vishal,

      thanks for your answer, but this would not help since we have quite complex web applications including i.g. several different queries being displayed as table and / or chart items, along together with dropdown lists for characteristic filters.

      So i think your idea would not really help us, but thanks a lot for your effort,

      regards,

      Thilo

      Edited by: Thilo Krawietz on Oct 21, 2008 12:58 PM

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    Oct 20, 2008 at 06:16 PM

    I also read that there is a BI Java SDK which contains an API to the OLAP processor. Is the BI Java SDK an alternative to WAD? And if yes, is it possible to integrate Java SDK with Web Dynpro or is it plain Java requiring the usage of Servlets / JSP to render the UI?

    BI SDK is a Java library without UI support. Think adout it as a JDBC-type API with multidimentional data support. It's the way to go if you need to get to the data itself but it is not appropriate if you want low-effort reporting solution.

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      Hey Mikael,

      thanks for your answer. In this case i think BI Java SDK would ne no real help for us since we have a relative short reaction time, meaning that after a web report is requested by end-user department we need to be able to deliver within several days or at least within few weeks in production quality, which is quite straight-forward with WAD.

      but thanks anyway for your help!

      regards,

      Thilo