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British are Bullish on Mobile Dashboard Shuffle

So I am standing at Heathrow Airport arrivals waiting for my ride and there is a man a few yards in front of me wearing a pair of large bull horns on his head. The British are renowned for being a little eccentric but this is something I have never ...

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Pain , Enlightenment and Data Quality

The first indication that I had a problem in my right shoulder was when I was having a meeting in a pub in Melbourne and I could only lift my beer to about the level of my chest before feeling pain. So I did what any sensible beer lover would ...

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Holding on to my Nuts in Australia

I love cashew nuts and whenever I travel internationally I always take a large bag with me. They are the prefect snack for sustaining me through the time zone changes when my body is telling me it’s time to eat but lunch or dinner is still hours away. So on ...

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Is SAP Betraying the Masters of the Universe?

There was an underlying mood at the recent ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference of confusion and even despondency amongst long-time BusinessObjects users. This is a conference organized by ASUG for BusinessObjects users yet many did not attend and made a conspicuous statement by their absence. So why the confusion and ...

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Xcelsius : The Lego of Business Intelligence Dashboards

I was just visiting a healthcare organization in Michigan and talking to a person in their HR department who recently attended an InfoSol Xcelsius immersion boot camp. He was so excited about what he had learned but even more elated about Xcelsius itself. He said, “It’s so logical and yet ...

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A Tale of Two HANA’s

As SAP sells its Big Data in-memory appliance HANA into its installed based, we are starting to hear some interesting  implementation stories . The first version of HANA was aimed at the Analytics market for real-time business intelligence applications with the promise of moving SAP BW and then other SAP ...

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Beware of the SPOF

At a recent regional BusinessObjects user group meeting, an attendee from a large healthcare organization was telling me about his background in supporting the system administration of BusinessObjects and how he had become a “SPOF”. Never having heard this term before I asked him what it meant and he explained ...

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