Coming soon: SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition – The Comprehensive Guide

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018

Big news, as I am very happy to announce our newest SAP Press book: SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition – The Comprehensive Guide. For this book I teamed up with my Interdobs colleague Martijn van Foeken (@mfoeken), who is a seasoned SAP BusinessObjects specialist with over 10 years of hands-on experience.

The major SAP Lumira 2 release of last summer brought so many changes and that much new stuff to the toolset, that we decided to not just update the existing “Getting Started with SAP Lumira” book from 2015 (based on SAP Lumira 1.18, ‘member?), but to start all over again. Our book will cover the recent SAP Lumira 2.1 update as well. In the weeks towards the release date, I’ll share some more details on the exact content and what you can expect to learn from this book.

The book will be available at and Amazon, probably by the end of this quarter, in ebook, print and bundled editions.

SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition – The Comprehensive Guide
475 pages, 2018
E-book formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF, online
ISBN 978-1-4932-1613-0

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Book review: SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Office – The Comprehensive Guide

Posted by on May 24, 2017

With all the buzz around the big upcoming Lumira 2 release, you would almost forget that there are other SAP BI tools in the market as well. For example Analysis for Office: the successor of the good old BEx Analyzer. For some reason these tools have never been a very popular topic to write about. This is somewhat strange, as Analysis for Office, and even BEx Analyzer, are still extremely popular under SAP BI customers and therefor widely used besides the ’newer’ front-end tools.

Analysis for Office is not a difficult tool to learn, but it has a lot of hidden, unknown and even misunderstood features that are very useful for data analysts. My head still explodes when I see somebody using Analysis for Office to ‘download’ all the data into Excel, manually copy/paste the results to different tabs, and starts applying Excel filters, sorting etc. So there is absolutely a need for guidance here.

Luckily, Tobias Meyer published SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Office – The Comprehensive Guide last year on version 2.3, and this year an updated version on Analysis for Office 2.4. The book covers all the features that Analysis for Office (both the Excel and PowerPoint versions) offers in detail, but goes a lot further than that. Ever heard about Shortcut properties for the Analysis for Office add-on launcher?


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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

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