SAP Visual Business is a user interface technology that visualizes data from SAP and external
data sources on a single screen. SAP Visual Business applications not only combine
different types of content, but also include interactive graphics that visualize and
combine enterprise data with geographical or three-dimensional real-world scenes. You
can use SAP Visual Business applications both to display and to transact with back-end
system data, since you have your enterprise data at hand as well as interactions you
need to control various business situations. The visual presentation makes the data much
more tangible to the user, without the need for detailed explanations on fields, tabs,
and in tables.
There are two different client implementations of SAP Visual Business: a SAP UI5
control that requires no installation but is restricted to 2D map display, and an
ActiveX plugin capable of displayng 3D maps.
If you use
SAP solutions or applications that integrate SAP Visual Business applications, you must
install SAP Visual Business.
SAP solutions or
applications, for example, SAP Transportation Management, create SAP Visual Business
applications to depict their business processes visually. The SAP Visual Business
application is embedded in the integrating application, for example, by means of Web
Exactly which SAP Visual Business
features are realized depends on the integrating application involved. For more
information about the features realized in a particular integrating application, see the
corresponding documentation in SAP Library.
Your business processes can be reflected
in an SAP Visual Business application by means of the following main features:
- Scenes and Visualization Objects
- The scene is the graphical background to an SAP Visual Business application.
It is realized as a 3D space, either on the basis of a map (3D geographical
scene) or without a map (3D graphical scene). The scene typically contains
visualization objects (VOs), which can represent various objects from
business scenarios, such as factories, machines, or trucks as well as your
turnover, revenues, or spending value. The actual data behind the VOs is
provided by SAP back-end systems. The concept involving scenes and VOs makes
the visualization of business processes extremely flexible.
- Properties and Interactions
- Appearance and behavior of a VO are influenced by its properties and
interactions: a tooltip or the size of a VO can represent, for example, the
turnover resulting from business with a particular customer, while a click
or a double-click the VO can open a callout window with an overview of a
warehouse’s current capacity. A VO can also provide you with a context menu
containing several menu items that can cause various further actions. Thus,
VOs can be used to visualize nearly every kind of business data and then to
connect it to the SAP Visual Business application. Finally, VOs do also
support drag and drop operations, which are completely under application
- Additional Windows
- An SAP Visual Business application can contain additional windows that
themselves are based on scenes. These windows can represent and illustrate
further business data separated from data on the main scene. In addition,
they provide further interaction capabilities.
- Web Dynpro Integration
- Web Dynpro integration provides the possibility to seamlessly integrate SAP Visual Business into standard SAP functionality:
If an SAP Visual Business
application is embedded into a Web Dynpro application, the integrating
application can define a data exchange between the SAP Visual Business
application and the embedding Web Dynpro. Thus, data available within
the Web Dynpro can be used to illustrate various business elements such
as locations of factories, customers, or suppliers. These business
elements can be directly displayed as VOs on the map of the SAP Visual Business application.
- Personalization and Navigation, and Cache Control
- For information about how to control, navigate, and select objects within an
SAP Visual Business application, see Personalization and Navigation.
SAP Visual Business
applications are always embedded in an integrating application, for example by means of
Web Dynpro technology. SAP Visual Business applications do not run in standalone