Lately there have been some nice SAP samples for Dashboards and Design Studio posted to Twitter. Soon I will be joining forces with Coy Yonce to discuss dashboard design and mockups in more detail, but I wanted to show you that you don’t need a graphics department to make sharp designs.
Recently I rebuilt my Balanced Scorecard in the mobile version of SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius). While I learned a great deal from this exercise, the true lesson is that you should be designing for mobile first! While you can export to both desktop and mobile with the same file, most ‘desktop’ dashboards are over-complicated and overcrowded. Trying to convert those files to mobile will impact both usability and performance.
I’ve finally had a chance to sit down with SAP’s new Lumira Cloud offering and have found it to be a really nice tool. The fact that it is all HTML5 and looks great on the iPad are huge in my opinion and this product has real potential.
I’ve been working on converting some existing dashboards and building new ones for SP5 to display in the MoBI app. So far I’ve been able to get pretty far, but I am finding that I need to layer objects differently and mouse-overs work differently since they appear on top of everything and you can’t see values in the bottom layers if you are stacking charts. Here is a screenshot from the iPad of my ‘Infographics Dashboard’ conversion.
Keep posted as I continue to develop for mobile and I will share some of my tips and tricks. I’ve already been able to create a dynamic sales funnel, so I’m pleased by that, but disappointed that there is no XY or Bubble Chart. I also miss the spreadsheet component, which gave me the ability to fine-tune larger visual displays with a single component (instead of numerous shapes and text boxes).