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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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BI Prediction for 2014: Mobility, Mobility and Mobility!

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Mobility, mobility and mobility! While it is not being said for the first time, mobility will be a lot more relevant in 2014 in the world of BI. Users at various organization levels own either a personal mobile device or one that was given to them by their employer. When people have an endless amount of information available to ...

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Limitless BI Raising the Bar at Bosch

The great Business Intelligence Visualization revolution was started by dashboard tools like Xcelsius over ten years ago and while the rest of the tool sets and vendors have taken that decade to catch up, Xcelsius has become part of a new revolution known as Limitless Business Intelligence. Limitless BI is ...

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Why You Should Attend IBIS 2014

People around the world from a variety of business backgrounds have gathered together every year in June for an extraordinary conference. InfoSol’s Business Intelligence Seminar (IBIS) is a premier Business Objects experience that succeeds beyond standard education conferences today. This year’s IBIS, Limitless Business Intelligence 2.0, will deliver new attendees ...

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BI Report Delivery In Under A Minute

Modern Business Intelligence (BI) platforms like SAP BusinessObjects, SQL Server Reporting Services and Yellowfin BI give organizations a wealth of reporting tools. Tools like Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports and SSRS make it easy to create attractive and valuable BI reports. Getting those reports into the hands of consumers and decision ...

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2014 Top BI Prediction: Affordable BI for All

This week somebody asked me “What would be your one prediction for BI in 2014?”. Yes, I have seen many of the BI analysts and vendors making their top prediction and trend lists with items like Big Data, Agile BI, Embedded Analytics, Collaboration, True Self-Service BI, Social BI, Prescriptive BI, ...

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