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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

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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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Doing More with Less: BI Lessons from Lebanon

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The Ancient inhabitants of Lebanon, the Phoenicians, were known for their trade and commerce and the modern Lebanese continue to be very astute in business. Despite the country being ravished by wars in the last few decades, the Lebanese have rebuilt and recreated their economy. They take both an optimistic ...

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Is SAP Out of Sync with its BusinessObjects Customers?

This is a question I asked at the Town Hall session at the recent SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects Conference held in Ft. Worth, Texas. I qualified the question by stating that everything that SAP was promoting in their keynotes and on their booth were their Analytics tools namely Lumira, Predictive ...

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Xcelsius Tech Tip: Overcoming Checkbox Shortcomings

The checkbox is one of the most common UI elements that allow its users to have binary choices and it is available out-of-the-box in Xcelsius/SAP Dashboards. However, the Xcelsius component is limited due to the inability to control the selection or reset to its default state in run-time programmatically. In ...

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Go Forth and Webify the World!

I was recently asked if I would write the foreword for the SAP Press book, Web Intelligence 3rd Edition BI 4.1 SP3.  It made me think about my experience with BusinessObjects and Web Intelligence and how far the product has come so I thought I would share it. I definitely ...

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Lady Gaga and IBIS 2014 – It’s all about Community

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I went to see Lady Gaga in concert last week and it was quite a show. Non-stop energy, entertainment, excitement and some pretty amazing costumes. Gaga also likes to talk between songs and she spoke a lot about community. She shared how her community had helped her through some hard ...

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