Part of the latest update of our Visual BI Extensions for SAP Lumira Designer (VBX), are a few enhancements to our popular Facet Filter, and I would like to give a quick overview of those new features.

Hierarchy Support

With our latest version of the Facet Filter, we now support hierarchies as part of the facet filter experience.

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Global Search

We also support a global search across the complete data set for the Facet Filter. As shown below, I search for “lap” and any element in the Facet filter will be highlighted.

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Selecting Dimensions

We also providing now the option for the business user to choose, which dimensions should be used as part of the Facet Filter, providing the ability to enable / disable it at runtime.

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Intuitive Selection

At last but for sure not least, we added a concept of intuitive coloring for the selection of the facet filter. The user can configure four different colors:

  • Selected
  • Alternative
  • Excluded
  • Possible

So lets take the example below:

  • I selected Laptops in the facet Product Group, so Laptops will be highlighted in green
  • Elements such as Cameras, TV, or Cell Phones in the facet Product Group are “Alternatives” to Laptop and I can still select them
  • Elements such as Laptop and Mac Book in the facet Product Category or 11″ Laptop in the facet Product are possible selections, and therefore they have a white background
  • Elements such as Apple iOS or Digital SLR are excluded elements based on the current selection and therefore are shown with a darker shade of grey

 

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I hope you like these new additions to our Facet Filter. In case you are interested to experience it with your own data, just register for a trial and we will send you all the details.

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