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Inspiring Business Intelligence

A few weeks ago I was participating in a career event at a State University where undergraduate students from both Business and I.T. schools were looking for internships with local businesses.  As they stopped by the InfoSol table, the number one question was “What do we do?”  This gave me ...

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Sustainability from the “Loco Gringo”

Esperanza, Costa Rica – February 4th, 2011 I am in the middle of a tropical rain forest halfway up an incredibly tall and steep mountain.  My feet are slipping so I grab a nearby branch as sharp thorns dig into my palm.  I pull my hand away sharply and place ...

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INFOSOL a silver sponsor at SAP Innovate Better Summit

INFOSOL will participate at the upcoming SAP Innovate Better Summit on March 22, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore.  Below is the SAP invitation to this event.   INNOVATE BETTER SUMMIT Join us in Phoenix on March 22, 2011 You are constantly being asked to innovate, to do more with less, to ...

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BI Hats

Puntarenas, Costa Rica – February 3rd, 2011 Exactly one week after being in a major snow storm in Philadelphia, I find myself boarding a ferry in Puntarenas, Costa Rica in 97 degree heat.  I am on my way to visit my brother who currently is in the middle of the ...

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Leading Zeros in Xcelsius – Tech Tip

What can I do if Xcelsius is chopping off the leading zero’s in my order numbers? This question comes up often when I’m teaching an Xcelsius training class.  Often enough that I’ve decided to discuss the solution here in a tech tip on our blog. This scenario can happen with different data ...

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IBIS 2011 registration is now open

Registration is now open… for IBIS 2011: INSPIRED BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, June 19 – 24. We believe that Business Intelligence is changing our lives in so many amazing ways.  It inspires companies, institutions and people to make timely decisions with confidence and is one of the most exciting happenings on the planet right now. ...

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Finding Direction through a Snow Storm

So I landed in Philadelphia in the middle of a snow storm that dumped 15 inches of snow that night.  Lots of flights had been canceled and the airport was almost empty.  I was the only person at the car rental pickup where every vehicle had several inches of snow ...

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Comparing BI Dashboard Solutions: Hummer vs. Fit

My youngest son recently learned to drive and he now takes himself to school three times a week in my wife’s orange Honda Fit. For those not familiar with this awesome sub-compact, it is a nifty 38 mile per gallon cute little dynamo of a car. It is practical, economical, ...

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Top 5 Predictions for Business Intelligence in 2011

Well 2010 saw not just a strong recovery for the I.T. sector, but some very healthy growth and, once again, Business Intelligence was right at the forefront. So what can we expect to see in 2011? BI Vendors and Industry Analysts are predicting all sorts of things for 2011 but ...

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BO XI 3.1: To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?

As SAP announces the “ramp up” or controlled release for SAP BusinessObjects XI 4.0, some companies who are planning to upgrade to BO XI 3.1 are wondering if they should now wait. The simple answer is “no” and there are many good reasons to upgrade to XI 3.1 as soon ...

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Several years ago, I saw an exhibition of surrealist paintings in Paris including works by Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. I found the Dali paintings visually stunning as well as fascinatingly compelling whereas I had a hard time understanding the Miro ones. Others, who were with me, expressed the complete ...

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Missing Leo Apotheker

There was a lot of trepidation amongst the BusinessObjects community when SAP acquired Business Objects in January 2008. We had all seen how Oracle had consumed Hyperion (which had, in turn, consumed Brio) to the point of losing its identity as an independent BI solution. The question was would SAP ...

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Upcoming Webinars

The following is a list to our upcoming webinars… Follow the link next to the webinar date to register. InfoBurst Webinars November 5 – 11A PST – http://goo.gl/EZpQ November 8 – 11A PST – http://goo.gl/036g November 10 – 11A PST – http://goo.gl/8ewE November 12 – 11A PST – http://goo.gl/6yYs November ...

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