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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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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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Excel in “Crystal Reports Export to Excel” – Part 1

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In one of my recent client engagements, there was a requirement to replace Microstrategy reports to Crystal Reports. The business users were not ready to compromise on the format of Excel. I created a crystal report with Microstrategy SQL and used InfoBurst – Infosol’s flagship bursting product to deliver these ...

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Xcelsius Double-Decker: Still the Best Ride in Town

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One of the great inner city public transportation successes of the 20th century (and continuing into the 21st!) is the double decker bus. Their design is unique, accommodating two levels of passengers while remaining compact enough to navigate the small and tricky streets of major cities like London. The most ...

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Windows Server 2003 End Of Life

On July 15, 2015, Microsoft will end support and development of Windows Server 2003. Build 129 of the InfoBurst Platform (available Q4 2015) will move from Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 to .NET Framework 4.5. The newer framework will enable our developers to provide more features and better platform performance. Windows ...

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InfoBurst Build 127 Released

InfoBurst build 127 was released March 23, 2015. The build contains a number of enhancements and fixes, including: Support for BI 4.1 SP5 ADSync Group User Roles Command Line License Management AnuBIs HTML 5 Dashboard Designer PREVIEW Complete build release notes available in the InfoBurst Support Wiki.

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