BI4 Launch Pad Default Preferences

BI4 has given administrators something they have been asking for for years: the ability to set the Default User Preferences.

Unfortunately its not the complete list of all the user preferences, but it is a good start including some of the major pain points administrators have to deal with:

  • Start page customizations
  • Columns displayed in Documents tab
  • Document viewing location
  • Maximum Number of rows to display (Yeah)

The defaults are by user group instead of global, I was not sure I would like this at first, but have decided I do.


First lets see what you get by default with BI4
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It’s the BI launch pad. I personally like it, but a lot of people prefer the traditional Favorites or Public Folders (click the image for a larger view).

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So lets go into the Central Management Console (CMC) and select the user group we want to modify the default preferences for.

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Right click on the selected group and select BI launch pad Preferences

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Initially, no preferences are defined, but modifying them is not dissimilar from the user setting their own preferences.

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We will change the default start page to be Public Folders for the selected group.

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You can also play with the other default options based on a limited sub-set of the user preferences.

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After we save the changes lets try it out by logging back in with a user account.

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I think this is a great start to enabling the kinds of customization administrators have been requesting for years.

Good job SAP BusinessObjects I look forward to seeing this funcionality expanded in future releases.

7 thoughts on “BI4 Launch Pad Default Preferences

  1. But the above doesnt work with 4.1 SP2 FP3. I do NOT get the option when i right click on the group. This is intensely frustrating as i have it turned on in the CAL.

    Sarah

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