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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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Antivirus Software: Good or Bad for BO 4.1?

Having antivirus software is great to maintain the immunity of a system, but in certain cases these AV softwares can start to over work themselves and it can really take a toll on the machine and can also affect the overall performance of Business Objects. I have seen clients face issues ...

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Stop Being a BusinessObjects Orphan

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The BusinessObjects family is fruitful and multiplying. With the number of BusinessObjects user meetings dramatically increasing and additional cities requesting new local user meetings to be started, the family is going to continue to grow. We feel the reason for this increase is due to the content being delivered at ...

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Roambi Hits the Android Market on July 22nd

MeLLmo, creators of the widely recognized, gamification-style, mobile BI application, recently announced support for Android devices. The San Diego, California-based company originally conceived their fantastic data visualizer, Roambi Analytics, for the iPhone. Offering both data visualization and content publishing tools, Roambi Anayltics became widely used once the iPad was released ...

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InfoBurst Build 125 Released

InfoBurst build 125 was released June 6, 2014. The build contains a number of enhancements, including: BusinessObjects: Support added for XI 3.1 SP7, BI 4.0 SP9 and BI 4.1 SP3 Content Grouping: Group by multiple variables, omit documents from grouping and add page numbers to grouped PDF files Local File ...

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Why won’t my Xcelsius Dashboard USA Map show alerts?

Using the maps provided in Xcelsius/Dashboards 4.x is not difficult, but I have often seen developers forget how to set them up properly to get them to display the data and alerts because it is not the most obvious/intuitive component and also not frequently used. I finally made this cheat sheet ...

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