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Watch Out for the Compliance Police

I recently heard a story on the radio about a farmer in England who had secretly built a castle behind a wall of haystacks so the local planning authority would not find out. He had been denied permission to build the castle but he did some research and discovered what ...

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Text Formatting Your Way in Crystal Reports

Question: Have you ever created a formula, to build a string of text, and wanted to format parts of it separately? Answer: Use HTML codes to format your string. Explanation This Tech Tip uses the Customer Table from the Sample Database that comes with Crystal Reports. The easiest way to ...

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Group Training Can Be a Slippery Slope

With the Winter Olympics kicking off this week, I was reminded of my own somewhat painful experiences on the slopes. The first time I ever attempted to ski was at a small ski resort in Northern Arizona.  At the advice of my wife I attended the Beginner Camp with about ...

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Comparing Xcelsius Connectivity Choices

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As more people deploy Xcelsius dashboard solutions, Xcelsius connectivity options has become a hot topic and I am often asked to compare the most popular methods used by BusinessObjects customers which are Query as a Web Service (QaaWS), Live Office and InfoBurst-XDS (or XDM for non-BOE deployments).

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Ponderings on the need for a Data Warehouse for BI

I recently came across an article that stated ‘No Data Warehouse Required for BI’.  I immediately understood that the article is going to stress the relevance of operational Business Intelligence (BI) over constructing data warehouses in a typical BI environment. I am a big believer of the fact that building ...

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What has my Local Government Done for me Lately?

I live in a small town where most of the town services are contracted out.  Our police services are provided by the County Sherriff and our fire and ambulance by a private company.  Living in the Arizona desert, we get a few unique services like removal of snakes by the ...

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Windsor/Essex County in the Smart21

When I heard that Windsor/Essex County was recognized as one of the 21 smartest communities in the world, I have to admit that I felt some pride. In short, a “smart community” is a community that has made a conscious effort to use information technology to transform life and work ...

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Welcome to the New and Improved InfoSol Blog

Our hope is to share with you some of our passion for Business Intelligence.  If you would like to contribute content, please contact Yolande by email her at ygrill@infosol.com Posts from our original blog have been moved here and we tried to preserve the date/time stamp for continuity.  The ratings ...

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InfoSol Green Services

InfoSol’s GreenServices is an innovative offering of remote Business Intelligence consulting and training services that save the environment while saving you money. InfoSol offers a comprehensive set of Business Intelligence consulting and education services that can be performed remotely, without the need for you or us to fly, drive, or ...

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Xcelsius Festival

The 2009 GBN Conference, held in Dallas this past week, was more of an Xcelsius Festival than a Global BusinessObjects Network event. As Saskia Battersby, Product Manager for Xcelsius, mentioned in her Xcelsius Roadmap session…“four years ago, we had to fight to get one Xcelsius session accepted at the Annual ...

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Stuffing Olives

Last week I was visiting a customer in New Jersey and after a full day of discussing and demonstrating the latest BI visualization and mobile solutions, we arranged to meet at a restaurant for dinner. The CIO had arrived about 10 minutes before me and was sitting in the bar ...

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Chicago Blues

I knew it was too good to be true when I arrived at Chicago O’Hare airport a few minutes ahead of schedule.  I thought I might actually have time to eat, do my email, test drive my demonstration I needed to deliver the following morning and get 7 hours of ...

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Tai Chi Swimming

I have been doing Tai Chi for about 4 years now and find it both a great stress relief and an excellent physical discipline.  My instructor is a Shaolin Priest who has infinite patience (and needs to with my lack of coordination) and is always telling me to move my ...

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