Improving Business Intelligence Applications by Using New Generation of Web and Mobile Technologies

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Improving Business Intelligence Applications by Using New Generation of Web and Mobile Technologies


Ivan, Mihaela-Laura, Informatica Economica


1Introduction - Fiori Apps with SAPUI5

S AP Fiori comes with modern design for a rediscovered user experience. SAP Fiori user experience (UX) represents a personalized user experience for multidevices, responsiveness interface and with deployment options. When combined with the power of the SAP HANA platform, SAP Fiori provides exclusive responsiveness. SAP Fiori UX is used for enterprise apps across the most business scenarios. It provides performant usability on multiple devices for the best business correlations and ease of use. Now users can be happy with these real-time apps delivered with the help of Fiori apps. Below are described specific characteristics of Fiori apps [1], [2].

- Fiori apps are in fact Web apps rendered via browsers like: IE, Safari, Google Chrome;

- Multi-device enablement: same app can be launched from the desktop and any mobile device [3];

- Responsive design: rendering of an app adapts to the device (desktop or mobile device) from which it is launched;

- Role-based: user launches the Fiori apps from a home page in which all apps assigned to the user's role are bundled;

- SAP UI5 in Blue Crystal design.

2 Modelling in SAP HANA

SAP HANA ambition is to deliver across all five dimensions: deep, high-speed, simple, real-time and broad. Also SAP HANA platform makes real to combine OLTP and OLAP patterns in one application. This was possible because of the evolution of hardware innovations. In detail, these innovations are: multicore architecture (8 CPUs x (8-16) cores per blade) and address space (64-bit address space) [4], [9].

The features of Modelling in SAP HANA are as follows [5], [6]:

- The types of Joins available in SAP HANA are: Referential, Inner, Left Outer, Right Outer and Text Join;

- Information Models (SAP HANA Views) are optimized for SAP HANA Engines and Calculation Operators;

- Columns can be Attributes or Measures in SAP HANA Views. Attributes are descriptive data, while Measures are key figures with measured data;

- Using for modelling the specific views: Attribute View -> Analytical View -> Calculation View.

Table 1 below presents the strongest benefits of SAP HANA Views. It is realized a comparative analysis of the Attribute View, Analytical View and Calculation View [7], [8]. As displayed in Table 1, each view has its own characteristics and each of them can be used for Modelling in SAP HANA.

3 Applications Using the Future Innovation of Technologies

To emphasize what can be done with the mentioned above technologies, I present in this paragraph some examples of applications which use the latest and the best technologies. The first example of application developed with the mentioned technologies is 'Measurement Objects Repository application' which brings the following main features:

- Interfaces to Master data: Product Taxonomy, Solution Taxonomy and Product Feature;

- Measurement Object assignment to multiple reporting structure (Product / Solution / Product Feature and Product Owner defined);

Flexible maintenance of package hierarchy like copy, move of packages to other hierarchy

Direct navigation to report maintenance screens from usage reports;

Changes to report structure are immediately applied;

- Only selected users can maintain the taxonomy structure and add Measurement Objects of their area only.

In Figure 1 below is represented the Measurement Objects Repository application process flow:

As described in Figure 1 users can see possible options in Measurement Object/View repository. Also users can navigate further in the Measurement Object/View repository.

If necessary the users can maintain the Measurement Object/View or can create measurement objects. After setting up the view the user can check the usage data inside the application.

In order to understand the objective of the application that is presented below in Figure 2, where it is shown the following architecture:

In order to ilustrate the user interface of the app, I have inserted below some relevant print screens. …

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