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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New SAP Business Intelligence books by SAP Press

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015

SAP Press has added a bunch of new interesting BI related books to its portfolio recently. Especially in the HANA domain a lot of new and updated content is provided for us. Here is the list with (e)books:

hanacaseMaking the Case for SAP HANA, by Michael Mattern and Ray Croft, ISBN 978-1-4932-1036-7, 616 pages, published 11/2014.


Implementing SAP HANA, 2nd edition, by Haun, implhanaHickman, Loden, Wells, ISBN 978-1-4932-1176-0, 864 pages (!!), published 01/2014.


hanacloudGetting Started with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, by James Wood, ISBN 978-1-4932-1021-3, 575 pages, expected 07/2015.



SAP BW on SAP HANA, by Merz, Hügens and Blum, ISBN 978-1-4932-1003-9, 480 pages, expected 05/2015.


bw74SAP BW 7.4 – Practical Guide, 3rd edition, by Paler, Patel and Shiralkar, ISBN 978-1-4932-1191-3, 860 pages (!!), expected 04/2014.


SAP Data Services, by Hanck, Chen, Hanck, Hertel, bodsLissarrague and Médaille, ISBN 978-1-4932-1167-8, 625 pages, published 03/2015.


lumiraGetting Started with SAP Lumira, by Christian Ah-Soon and Peter Snowdon, ISBN 978-1-4932-1033-6, 540 pages, published 11/2014.


Make sure you use the coupon code SVYTE10 (expires April 30, 2015) to get a 10% discount.

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Ordering Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio book in Europe

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014

3307-bobj-design-studio-lg__13516_stdI got some questions about ordering the Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio book. The website I normally refer to – – ships the book globally, but if you are not in the U.S. or Canada the shipping costs are pretty high. I you order a single book they may be as high as the price of the book itself!

SAP Press even acknowledges this in its FAQ:

For most international shipments, customers can optimize the shipping cost per book by ordering more than one book at a time. We recommend that you test different quantities in your shopping cart in order to determine the most cost effective way to proceed, or consult with one of our customer service specialists.

Mmkay… Luckily the are also some cheaper options to get the book in Europe:

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SAP BI books, books & books!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013

It’s a great era for those of us who like to learn about SAP BI topics by themselves, at your own pace and at a moment that is the most suitable. We have the openSAP online courses on HANA and BI4, there is Twitter, the blogs, podcasts and of course the good old books. Lots of SAP BI books I must say. In this post I made an overview of the books that just have been released and the ones that are coming in the near future.

3293-ImplementingHANA__47519_std-1Implementing SAP HANA, by Don Loden, Jonathan Haun, Chris Hickman, and Roy Wells, ISBN 978-1-59229-856-3, 838 pages.

Currently the #1 selling book at SAP Press about the more than epic HANA platform; the #1 topic at SAP TechEd this year. This book offers the practical details about implementing SAP HANA, plus the integration of SAP Data Services and the SAP BusinessObjects BI tools with SAP HANA.

3278-100-about-NWBW-lg__25739_std100 Things You Should Know about SAP NetWeaver BW, by Andrew Joo and Buntic Georgian, ISBN 978-1-59229-447-3, 369 pages.

100 tips and tricks to make your work as a SAP BI consultant more efficient. Real-world examples/problems, short chapters, practical step-by-step instructions and a lot of screenshots. Cookbook style, so I like!

3307-bobj-design-studio-lg__13516_stdGetting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, by Xavier Hacking and Jeroen van der A, ISBN 978-1-59229-895-2, 504 pages.

Yeah of course the book I worked on myself needs to be in this list. A brand new book on this brand new tool, covering everything you need to know to get started with Design Studio! More info and a nice discount coupon code here.

h3311__38753_stdUniverse Design with SAP BusinessObjects BI: The Comprehensive Guide, by Christian Ah-Soon, Pierpaolo Vezzosi, and Didier Mazoué, ISBN 978-1-59229-901-0, ±650 pages, expected release December 2013.

I think this book will be the first in-depth guide to the Information Design Tool, which can be used to create those BI4 UNX universes.

3317-PredictiveAnalysis-lg__67529_stdPredictive Analysis with SAP: The Comprehensive Guide, by John MacGregor, ISBN 978-1-59229-915-7, ±500 pages, expected release December 2013.

I joined the hands-on session at TechEd to play around with Predictive Analysis for the first time. I expect this book to bring me a bit further than the basics and do some real analysis and modeling.

3314-IntegratingBOBI-lg__11702_stdIntegrating SAP BusinessObjects BI with SAP NetWeaver (3rd Edition), by Info Hilgefort, ISBN 978-1-59229-923-2, ±550 pages, expected release December 2013.

I love the first two editions of this book. They were really helpful in setting up the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform on top of SAP BW. This version will be up to date for BI4.1.


SAP NetWeaver BW: Administration and Performance Optimization, by Jesper Christensen and Joe Darlak, ISBN 978-1-59229-853-2, ±750 pages, expected release June 2014.

BW is not dead (yet), so this one is for the back-end guys to keep BW running smoothly. I expect this book to cover a lot of the contents of the 2010 release SAP NetWeaver BW: Administration and Monitoring, but we’ll see.

So, which one(s) will be under your Christmas tree next month?

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