Back in September I posted about “The HTML5 future of dashboards” which included a video of an interactive HTML5 dashboard which we had just demonstrated for the first time at the ASUG SBOUC conference in Orlando. The main point of this earlier post was to highlight that dashboards are a lot more than just a selection of summary grids and graphs and that HTML5 is a technology which can happily deliver the new breed of interactive dashboards which go so much further than offering mere “at a glance” summaries of data.
Back then, SAP BusinessObjects BI4 SP5 had not been released and so the HTML5 dashboard was delivered using our own technology, with the video in the post showing the results of combining our existing XIWS Anywhere iPad client and our next-generation product, code-named Antivia XA5. (Watch out for more details on XA5 here and across the BI-related internet in the next few months).
However with the release of BI4 SP5 (in late November) and the accompanying release of the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile iPad app (in mid-December), it is now possible to do the same thing inside the SAP technology stack (specifically SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, the BI 4 platform and SAP BusinessObjects Mobile).
The video below shows a dashboard which was created in a couple of minutes using XWIS inside SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards being published to the BI Platform and then consumed through the BusinessObjects Mobile client on an iPad (if you would like to see how the dashboard was created with XWIS, check out the video in my original blog post or view the video directly here).
The XWIS-powered dashboard shown in this video was created using a proof-of-concept version of the SAP BusinessObjects HTML5 SDK, which SAP has indicated will form part of the 4.1 release currently scheduled to go into ramp-up in May.
If you would like to deliver interactive dashboards like this to your iPad users then please get in touch ; we are actively looking for customers who plan to be early adopters of 4.1 who would be interested in leading the market with this type of functionality.