Interdobs Book Launch SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – The Comprehensive Guide

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016

End March we had very nice book launch event for SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – The Comprehensive Guide. It was hosted by Interdobs at SAP Netherlands.

Rolf Hichert gave an interesting lecture on data visualization and his IBCS standard. Dwain and Jeroen discussed the history and current state of Design Studio, and I told the story of why and how this book was created.

Check the photo album on Facebook and some of the Tweets:

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – The Comprehensive Guide

Geplaatst door Interdobs BV op vrijdag 1 april 2016

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Available soon: SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – The Comprehensive Guide Audiobook

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

audiobook3As you may know I’m a big fan of podcasts and audiobooks, so I’m extremely happy to announce the unabridged audiobook edition of our recently released book SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – The Comprehensive Guide.

In this audiobook we take you on a 37 hour non-stop journey through all the aspects of Design Studio. From the tool architecture, developing your first app, using JavaScript and CSS, until custom component creation with the SDK; everything is covered!

So are you going on a business trip or commuting to work? Be smart and use your traveling time to learn by simply listening to this audiobook on your mobile phone. You’ll be a Design Studio expert before you arrive!

Or, maybe you are training for a marathon and going on some very long runs? Instead of listening to the same music over and over, take this audiobook with you and get smart while getting fit! You’ll be sure to go for that extra 10K round!

Don’t worry about missing anything out of the hardcover version. A PDF-file with screenshots and other images will be made available and the narrator will make additional references when required.

We are currently working on the final recordings and edits. You can listen to the 5 minute sample below to get an idea. The audiobook will be available soon.


Edit 2 April 2016: Just to be sure: April Fools! 😉

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SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – The Comprehensive Guide NOW AVAILABLE!!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

dsboek3d-150x150Today is a glorious day, as SAP Press released our new book: SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio – The Comprehensive Guide!! I can’t believe this is already the fourth book with my name on it…

Together with my Interdobs colleagues Jeroen van der A and Dwain Chang we created the book over the past 11 months. Pfew.

So when we started this project in April 2015, Design Studio was only on version 1.4! You can imagine the amount of changes this tool has had over the past years. And not only looking at pure tool features, also the number of organizations that are actually using Design Studio!

Design Studio is more and more moving from a pure dashboarding solution to a broad purpose tool to create BI apps that not only visualize data, but also support ad-hoc data analysis and even data input features.

It was clear that our 2013 book  Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio needed a big update, as it included only the features up until Design Studio version 1.1. The new edition is updated for Design Studio 1.6 and with a whopping 750 pages almost doubled in size!

The book is divided in five parts:

  1. Getting Started, introduces Design Studio and compares it to the other SAP BI front end tools. Design Studio use cases are discussed and the installation procedures are walked through step-by-step .
  2. The Basics, goes through every detail of the Design Studio client tool and its components, and shows you how to develop an application.
  3. Advanced Concepts, describes how to add interactivity to apps, set up planning, format and enhance applications and finishes with a set of guidelines and best practices for data visualization and dashboard development.
  4. Software Development Kit, dives into the world of creating custom components.
  5. Examples, provides a set of step-by-step examples of Design Studio applications.

At the book page on SAP Press you can check a sample chapter and the full index. The book is available in a hardcover printed edition and an eBook version.

Until 31 March 2016 the following coupon code can be used for a 15% discount: SPBNDS15

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The Comprehensive Guide
750 pages, 2nd, updated and revised edition 2016, Print edition hardcover
ISBN 978-1-4932-1297-2

SAP Press | | Goodreads


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SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The Comprehensive Guide (2nd edition) coming early 2016

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015

design_studio_boek2_2SAP Design Studio has changed and improved a lot over the past three years; arriving at version 1.6 last month. It was clear that our 2013 book Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio needed a big update, as it included only the features up until Design Studio version 1.1.

So the wait is almost over and in early 2016 the fully updated and extended version of the book will be available under the name SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The Comprehensive Guide (2nd edition). Make sure you create some room in your bookcase because with about 750 pages this book has gotten really fat. For this project I teamed up with my Interdobs colleagues and Design Studio specialists Jeroen van der A and Dwain Chang.

I will post some more info on the book as we approach the release date. Below is already the outline from the SAP Press and Amazon page.

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The Comprehensive Guide

750 pages, 2nd, updated and revised edition 2016, Print edition hardcover
ISBN 978-1-4932-1297-2

SAP Press | | Goodreads

Breathe some life into your analysis applications and dashboards with this guide to SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio! Updated for release 1.6, this second edition is jam-packed with the need-to-know details for report developers and designers from using the IDE to implementing CSS styles and classes. Enhance your applications even further with information on advanced scripting and SDK extensions. It’s time to take your BI to the next level are you ready?

* Walk through installation, configuration, and usage scenarios
* Build full-scale applications for planning, OLAP analysis, and more
* Learn how to use and develop SDK extensions

Installation and Configuration
Install the system and the Design Studio Client Tool, then walk through configuration steps for SAP BusinessObjects BI, SAP Enterprise Portal, SAP Business Warehouse, SAP HANA, universes, and custom data sources.

Designing and Building Applications
Learn how to integrate planning functionality into your applications, use CSS for further customization and artistic flair, and master design principles for complex, performance-tuned applications.

The Software Development Kit
Explore Design Studio s SDK for custom extensions. See how to install, update, and deploy SDK extensions and build components.

Highlights include:

  • Installation and configuration
  • Capabilities and use cases
  • Applications, reports, dashboards
  • Components and properties
  • Scripting
  • Planning applications
  • CSS
  • SDK
  • Integrated Development Environment
  • Design Studio vs. Dashboards vs. BEx WAD


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SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook now available

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015

1959ENI’m very happy to announce the release of the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook. The book is available right now in both eBook and paperback editions and can be ordered by most major online book vendors. It will also be available on several online book libraries.

As I blogged last month co-author David Lai and I decided to go for another run to update and improve the original SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook to make this the ultimate resource for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius). We worked on this second edition for the past 10 months and are very content with the final result. With about 100 recipes and over 450 pages of content (100 pages more than the first edition) this is thé ultimate and definite guide for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 developers!

In this updated version of the cookbook we broadened the scope a bit for the beginning SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards developer as well for the more experienced user. We now provide some more introduction to the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards tool itself before diving into the practical step-by-step recipes right from the start. For the more seasoned users we added chapters about dashboard performance tuning and development productivity, plus a bunch of new tips & tricks throughout the book.

The original cookbook was released almost five years ago and covered version 4.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards. The second edition is updated up to the latest version of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1. Together with a team of technical reviewers, existing of some world class SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards developers, we checked the existing content from the first cookbook on its relevance, correctness and completeness. Most recipes have been updated, some a bit more than others, and we decided to keep a few of them out of the new book.

Of course we also added a lot of new recipes to feature the new 4.1 features and include more tips & tricks. We discuss all the new components, the new mobile dashboards concept and the new connectivity options, complemented with new chapters on performance tuning and development productivity. At the end of the book the other dashboarding solution by SAP (Design Studio) is introduced.

For more information on the book you can check this page on my site. You can also go to the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook page at Packt Publishing, where you can also download a sample and buy the book.

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook, by Xavier Hacking and David Lai, Packt Publishing, ISBN 9781784391959, 452 pages.

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook on (paperback)

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook on (Kindle)

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