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Xcelsius Restaurant Analytics Hub Rocks Dubai

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Dubai has become the business and entertainment hub for the Middle East and is definitely a “larger than life” place to visit and a great place to have a global conference. So last month I was invited by our partner Intellytics to participate at their booth at the Global Restaurant ...

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The SAP BI Strategy: Convergence or Conservancy?

The SAP BI Strategy: Convergence or Conservancy

I have been confused about SAP’s BI roadmap and strategy for many years now and so are the vast majority of SAP BusinessObjects customers that I have talked with about this topic. About four or five years ago, SAP determined that there were too many products in it’s BI portfolio ...

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Data Warehouse Design – Inmon vs Kimball Architecture

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We are living in the age of data revolution and more corporations are realizing the fact that to lead or in some cases to survive, they need to harness their data wealth effectively. The data warehouse, due to its unique proposition as the integrated enterprise repository of data, is playing ...

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Overcoming Checkbox Shortcomings – Part 2

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In a previous post, Overcoming Checkbox Shortcomings Part 1 , I wrote about a technique I devised to overcome the limitation of the Xcelsius checkbox where it will not programmatically switch to the value in the cell. I needed 10 yes-no checkboxes – one for each row of a tabular display ...

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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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BusinessObjects Ready for Another Banner Year in 2016

Paul Grill predictions on SAP BusinessObjects Banner Year in 2016

At the beginning of 2015, I wrote about the great BusinessObjects Resurgence as organizations re-strategized to either bring back BusinessObjects into their BI future plans or expand its usage. Not only has this resurgence continued but it has grown and 2016 is likely to be another banner year for the ...

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