As you plan your move away from Xcelsius/SAP Dashboards (which, if you are not already doing, you really ought to get started) then I would recommend listening to a recent episode of the Diversified Semantic Layer Podcast* entitled “Is DesignStudio the Dashboard Slayer?”.
The question up for discussion was whether DesignStudio is a suitable replacement for Xcelsius / SAP Dashboards. Key quotes were:
- “If [in DesignStudio] you want more than a single chart pointing at a single data source that doesn’t need to refresh or have any interaction … you need to write some sort of code”
- “If you are a traditional Xcelsius developer I don’t know how you would get started with that”
- “If you are a BX or BEx shop it makes a lot of sense to use DS, if you are not, good ******* luck for the time being”
- “Turning all your Xcelsius developers into Design Studio developers; that is not going to happen for most customers”
So for non-BW users, that sounds like a resounding “no”! Continue reading