Passing parameters between SAP XCelsius dashboards

How to pass BEx variable (Parameters) values to an SAP Xcelsius dashboard

Use Case: You have a parent dashboard, and a child dashboard. Now you want to pass parameters from parent to child.

Background:Traditionally dashboards(xcelsius) are able to embed opendoc url’s within them and invoke webi reports along with passing parameters. This works like charm with the url component invoking these links. But when it comes to invoking the dashboards,  there are a few extra steps we need to include(in the parent) to achieve the same.

What you need to have in parent and child SAP dashboards:

  1. Parent dashboard: A URL link with all the syntax to pass the parameters to the child
  2. Child dashboard:Flash variables configured to receive the parameters from the parent dashboard and also refresh the queries in the child dashboard.

How you do it? Follow the below steps Read more

SAP Dashboard Query Browser Alternative – BIWS

If you need alternatives to query browser in SAP Dashboards, Consider BIWS (SAP Business Intelligence web services)

Background: Your company has invested millions of dollars and purchased the BI 4.0 suite for reporting and dashboarding.

Problem: You are trying to build a dashboard in the traditional way and now you cannot map Bex variables to excel spreadsheet.

unable to map bex var to excel

What does that mean to a dashboard design? SAP has restricted its customers from mapping the variables from BEx to excel spreadsheet. That means the only we can refresh a query is to use the “Query Prompt selector“. The query prompt selector itself works fine but its always a combo box for selection from user. If the user wants to click on the chart and refresh a query then its not possible. That is when you need to map the variables to the excel spreadsheet.

What can be done? Read more