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Error – New 4.2 BI Commentary Service is Unavailable

I recently attempted to use the new Commentary Service available in Business Objects 4.2 to enter a comment in a Web Intelligence report. I received an error stating the “Commentary Service is unavailable”, and directing me to see my platform Administrator.  I saved the document, and tried the different ways ...

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UI/UX Series – Empty States

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<Part of the UI / UX series The focus of our first blog post in the UI / UX series is something called “Empty States”.  This is  considered very important in website and application development, but is not something you see a lot of in dashboard and BI content development.  ...

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A structured approach to dashboard development

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During our sessions at IBIS and on the Lets Speak BO webinar series Mel Sheppard and I talk about learning from other industries and not re-inventing the wheel when designing your BI content.  Specifically we suggest you to look at what web design and mobile application developers do to improve ...

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Crystal Reports Export to Excel – Part 2

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It’s been a while since I published part 1 but hey, better late than never.  So here’s Part 2 of my previous blog “Crystal Reports Export to Excel – Part 1”. I have used the same report from Part 1. The following tips & tricks will help you in providing a ...

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Christmas Windows and BI Portals

Christmas Windows and BI Portals

Although I am originally from London, UK, it has been a long time since I checked out the Christmas window displays at the major retail stores. The world famous department stores like Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason go all out as do the elite fashion stores on Bond Street ...

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Why Visual Design Studio will NEVER replace Xcelsius

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This week I was invited by an SAP BusinessObjects customer to participate in a discussion with SAP regarding whether they should use Visual Design Studio or Xcelsius to develop new dashboard based BI applications for a new project. The representatives from SAP explained the roadmap for their BI tools that ...

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dCode: HTML5 Dashboards Without the Coding

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Update: dCode is now available for purchase! At IBIS 2015 we announced the first product to come out of the InfoSol UK Labs team, “dCode”. dCode is an add on to Xcelsius which unlocks the power of your dashboard and enables you to export your model as HTML5 to be consumed ...

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So, Which Type of User Are You When it Comes to Self-Service BI?

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On a recent international flight I could not believe how quickly I passed through immigration by using one of those self-service kiosks where you just insert your smart passport. I notice that more and more stores are using self-service checkouts now as well. So what about self-service BI?  You would ...

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Three Key Tips for Building Mobile Dashboards

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You walk into your office in the morning. You’ve double-checked your inbox and meeting schedule on your phone on your way in. You whip out your tablet and quickly go through the morning reports. Your everyday necessities are quickly becoming all available at the touch of your mobile devices. But ...

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J Lo Rocks , SAP Rolls and BI takes a Back Seat

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  I had only seen Jennifer Lopez in movies before her rock concert at Sapphire this week. She put on a good show and certainly generated a lot more energy on stage than the keynote speakers at this year’s combined SAP Sapphire and ASUG Annual Conference. SAP rolled with their ...

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