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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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Yellowfin BI: Spicy-Hot in 2014

Recently, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytical Platforms announced Yellowfin Business Intelligence as a ‘Niche Player’ for 2014. Also, another leading benchmark and advisory firm, Ventana Research, highlights Yellowfin BI among the ‘hottest’ mobile solutions listed in their Value Index for Mobile Business Intelligence of 2014. The Value Index is based on ...

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Agile BI Needs Agile Education

Jim Roan, an American businessman, writer and motivational speaker once said: “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.” With more organizations adopting agile methodologies to develop all their applications, including their BI ...

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BI = Big Imagination at IBIS 2014

The possibilities with Business Intelligence today are limitless. The limitations that exist are only in the boundaries of one’s imagination. Business Intelligence= Big Imagination. Translation: if you can dream it, you can build it. As a leading Business Intelligence solutions provider, InfoSol has witnessed many inspirational stories around the success ...

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Mico Brings Data Viz Offerings to IBIS 2014

Mico Yuk, Author of Data Visualization for Dummies and Founder of the BIDashboardFormula.com has become the latest addition to what is shaping up to be a BusinessObjects Dashboard and Data Visualization Lollapalooza1 at IBIS 2014. Mico will be leading a half-day, interactive hands-on workshop at the pre-seminar on Sunday afternoon ...

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Things That Sound Alike Are Not Always the Same

I was about to start my second presentation of the day at a joint ASUG/BusinessObjects User Group meeting this week, when one of the attendees beckoned me over. She told me that I sounded just like the actor Anthony Hopkins when I spoke. I explained that we both had similar ...

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InfoBurst Build 124 Release & Webinar

InfoBurst build 124 was released March 26, 2014. The build contains a number of enhancements, including: BusinessObjects: BI 4.0 SP8 and BI 4.1 SP2 service packs are now supported. System Macros: Custom file and folder names can now be created via drag-and-drop using the new Macro Builder user interface. Content Grouping: Use Delivery ...

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Tech Tip: Customize the Reset Functionality in SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius

Reset is a built-in functionality provided in SAP Dashboards. The standard functionality is achieved by simply adding the Reset button which user can click to return the dashboard to its original state and reset the changes performed by user. This is typically used in dashboards with What-If-Analysis controls. There are ...

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Location Intelligence: Key BI Tool Requirement & IBIS 2014 Highlight

Recently, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant recognized Geospatial and Location Intelligence as an emphasis for Business Intelligence and Analytical Platforms. The 2014 emphasis, according to Gartner, includes geospatial and location intelligence as key BI features as part of the “tool requirements” for businesses today. ARI®, the largest privately held vehicle fleet management ...

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Lessons on BI 4 Migration Testing from Pi Day

Last week I was visiting a large computer processor manufacturer where we ended up in the building cafeteria which was packed with people eating apple pie. The pie was being served and offered for free because that day was “Pi Day” in celebration of the number Pi which is 3.1415926535897932 ...

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Blast From the Past: Business Intelligence in 1972?!

This was the year I started work in I.T. at a Company called ICL (International Computers Ltd) in the UK. I started on the bottom rung of my career ladder, as a ‘Trainee Computer Operator’. My job for the first week was to stand by the paper tape reader, and ...

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Limitless BI – The Real BI Trend for 2014

While BI Vendors and Industry Analysts  keep telling us that the top BI trends for 2014 are Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Data Discovery tools and we are all going to become data scientists, they all appear to be missing the real pervasive BI trend that is happening everywhere right ...

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IBIS: The Best BO Training Event of the Year

One of the main benefits of IBIS is the value of training. One misconception about IBIS is that people assume that it is like other conferences, full of product demos and marketing hype. What attendees soon realize is that IBIS is an intense training experience with the perks of networking ...

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