OMG they killed SCN

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016

The new SAP Community (formerly SCN – SAP Community Network) must be one of the biggest cluster fucks of 2016. It seems to meet all the conditions of the definition:

clusterfuck ‎(plural clusterfucks)

  1. (slang, vulgar) A chaotic situation where everything seems to go wrong. It is often caused by incompetencecommunication failure, or a complex environment.

After a few weeks and several hopeful attempts I’ve totally given up on this platform. And I’m apparently not the only one. The problem with the previous SCN was that it was hard to find stuff. But, when you finally found the right spaces it kinda worked as you could easily browse the discussion topics you were interested in and see whether questions are already answered.

My Lumira question from 23 November has now 6 (!!!) views and 0 replies. And there are lots of other Lumira topics with even less views. If I look at the Design Studio area I see the same thing. Most of the topics have max 10 views. On the old SCN this was a very popular space and people were almost fighting to provide help. Oh, and the upvoting feature isn’t used at all.


The main problem is that the new SAP Community lacks any clear structure (yes, there are ‘tags’) and the bizarre thing seems to be that this is by design! I get the feeling that it doesn’t want to be like a classic forum for some unclear reason.

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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! 😉

Posted in: Books, SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

SAPinsider Q&A webinar on Design Studio 1.6

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016

Jeroen and I are doing a Q&A webinar on SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 hosted by Thursday next week (March 31). This webinar is free and you can already submit your questions at

The chat will start at 10.30AM EDT/3.30PM GMT. If you can’t join us live, there will be a replay/transcript available later.

Update: Replay is available now here.

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What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6? Q&A on New Features, Deployment Options, Use Cases, and More

Q&A with Jeroen van der A and Xavier Hacking
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM EDT / 3:30 PM GMT
Duration: 60 minutes

A new release of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio was announced at the end of last year, and with its many new features and enhancements, it’s being hailed as the most mature tool yet. But what exactly are these new features, and what can they do for your business?

Join our live Q&A with SAP BI experts and BI 2016 speakers Jeroen van der A and Xavier Hacking of Interdobs to find out more about the new capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6, to hear what organizations are doing with it, and to get a rundown of the different deployment options. Whether you are evaluating Design Studio for the first time or looking to upgrade to 1.6, this live Q&A is a chance to hear experts answer your most pressing questions, including:

  • What are the key features in of Design Studio 1.6?
  • What is the preferred deployment option for Design Studio?
  • How does Design Studio 1.6 compare to SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius)?
  • Can we migrate BEx WAD or Xcelsius reports/dashboards to Design Studio?
  • What are the mobile dashboard options available with this new release?

Sign in and join this live Q&A and post your questions for our panelists!

Posted in: Knowledge sharing, SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

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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