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

J Lo Concert Sapphire 2015

  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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BO Rules. SAP Analytics Drool.

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My youngest daughter owns a T-shirt, a gift from her aunt, that is emblazoned with the phrase “Girls Rule. Boys Drool”. As I prepare to attend this year’s SAP Sapphire and ASUG Annual Conference, I am thinking about wearing a T-shirt that reads “BO Rules. SAP Analytics Drool”.  I’m not ...

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

InfoSol Blog Tech Tip

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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Paul’s Tech Term of the Month: Internet of Things (IoT)

According to Wikipedia, the Internet of Things is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. These “things” may refer to a wide variety ...

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Keeping the Business in Business Intelligence

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I recently visited several large companies in the UK to talk with them about their Business Intelligence deployments and strategy. During one of the discussions, the topic of where the Business Intelligence group belongs in the organization came up. At this particular company, the Business Intelligence (BI) group was part ...

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Crystal Reports with Top N Based on a Date Dimension

InfoSol Blog Tech Tip

We have seen various ways to create reports like Top 10 Customers by Sales, Top 10 Cities by population, Top 5 countries by profit Margin etc. It’s usually Top N by a <Measure>. What if there’s a requirement Top N by a <Date> or Most Recent N by a <Date>? ...

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The Big BusinessObjects Resurgence

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The last six months have seen a remarkable upsurge in BusinessObjects customer activity and it has taken me a little while to identify what’s possibly behind this. It’s certainly not due to any marketing campaign or initiative from SAP who are preoccupied with other products and have really not paid ...

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End of Life for InfoBurst 2.6

Background InfoBurst 2.6 has been servicing our customers’ report scheduling and bursting needs for 10 years. While it has served that purpose well, it was designed to service what are now legacy reporting environments like BusinessObjects XIR2. Current reporting platforms like SAP Business Intelligence 4.1 are not supported. It also ...

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Let’s Speak BO: New Webinar Series

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BusinessObjects is the most widely used business intelligence suite in the world and for good reason – Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius Dashboards, Explorer remain amongst the best products in their respective classes and are being used to create amazing BI solutions. As part of InfoSol’s “Let’s Speak BO”  initiative ...

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Let’s Speak BO

Paul Predictions

I had the unfortunate experience of having a root canal performed last week and it was not pleasant, but during the procedure I was totally fascinated by the way the Endodontist  spoke to his assistant.  He used terms and an entire language that I didn’t understand, but was second nature ...

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Crystal Reports with Dynamic Report Field Selection – Part 1

Crystal Reports are very good for printable reports, but what if you don’t need every single field on the report? What If you had to dynamically change the report fields. This blog will help you in designing a crystal report with dynamic report fields. Consider a crystal report with the ...

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