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InfoSol Delivers through Riots and Earthquakes

Portland, Oregon is definitely a rainy place as I discovered this weekend while attending the Net Impact conference but it is also known for its bookstores, micro breweries, bicycles and weirdness.  These last two items come together when Portland holds its annual naked bike race every summer. I went to ...

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Venn Diagrams in Xcelsius – Follow Up – Pros and Cons

In my last post, I demonstrated two methods of constructing a Venn diagram in Xcelsius. The first method used a manipulation of the Bubble Chart object and the second method used the free Google Charts API. In this post, I will discuss the pros and cons of both methods. Let’s ...

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InfoSol Team is heading to ASUG – Booth #405

While there appears to be more SAP and ASUG conferences and road shows than you shake a stick at these days, there is one event that is the largest gathering of SAP BusinessObjects customers that happens every October – namely the ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference. This is the event ...

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Playing Games at SAP TechEd 2011

This year’s SAP TechEd held in the world’s capital of gaming – Las Vegas – got off to an aptly appropriate start with a keynote presentation from Dr. Jane McGonigal entitled “Gamification” explaining how inventing new work and business practices based around games that engage employees, customers and vendors in ...

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Zoned Out in Zurich

After a 10 hour transatlantic flight followed by just 3 hours of sleep, I find myself walking to Victoria Station in London at 4:45 am local time to catch the 5 am train to the airport to fly to Zurich, Switzerland. I was not so much walking as sleep walking ...

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Venn Diagrams in Xcelsius

Venn diagrams provide an elegant and powerful visual display of information. In essence, a Venn diagram compares the size of two or more groups while simultaneously presenting the level of overlap that exists among the groups. Just for the sake of review, let’s look at a simple business example. The ...

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Upgrading to Office 2010 with Xcelsius 2008

The fun started when I decided to upgrade to Office 2010 with Xcelsius 2008… I tried to find service pack 4 for Xcelsius 2008 on SAP’s Business Objects support website, and got confused because following the links and unzipping what was labeled as Service Pack 4, turned out to be ...

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Regional BO Crystal User Groups Alive and Thriving

In the last two months, I have attended three regional independent BusinessObjects and Crystal User Group Meetings that have simply been amazing both in terms of their content and user participation. One was in Pennsylvania, one in Michigan and one in Arizona. Each one had between 50 to 70 attendees, ...

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The Case of the Missing BI

I read a fascinating article about a theft at a major hospital in Manhattan that I thought would make an interesting case for the ROI of BI… The theft was in the range of $1.2 million to $3.8 million USD and the thief almost got away with it!  If you ...

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Web Intelligence vs. Xcelsius vs. Explorer

I was recently at a BusinessObjects user group meeting in Pennsylvania and a representative from SAP who was presenting asked the audience of about 50 attendees if any of them were using SAP Explorer. Not a single person raised their hand. He then asked how many of them had seen ...

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Terabyte, Petabyte, Exabyte, Zettabyte, Yottabyte

When I started my career in I.T., one of the first computers I encountered was a Xerox Sigma mainframe that filled a room and played the “Stars and Stripes” tune when it was in idle mode. This large scale computer of its day had a massive 8K of memory. In ...

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To BI 4.0 or Not?

As SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 is finally about to move into general availability status, there is mixture of excitement tempered with caution amongst both customers and consultants alike. It is undoubtedly a major new release of the long and successful BusinessObjects product suite. It includes a new semantic layer and ...

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The Big Splash of Business Intelligence

After this year’s IBIS my family and I went to enjoy a few days in San Diego to relax and recuperate from a long week of being pampered at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.  Actually, they got pampered and I needed to recuperate.  But enough of my sob story; just ...

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Best Xcelsius Dashboard Award Winners Receive Accolades at IBIS 2011

The winners of the highly coveted InfoSol Best Xcelsius Dashboard awards were announced on Monday at IBIS 2011.  After each of the dashboards in the four categories was explained and demonstrated, representatives for the companies received the etched glass pyramid accolade that has become synonymous with the awards. This year’s ...

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Xcelsius on iPad and iPhone Wows Attendees at IBIS Welcome Reception

IBIS 2011 kicked off last night with its welcome reception and solutions showcase demonstrating some of the latest business intelligence solutions and one solution in particular created quite a buzz – MyBI Mobile. As I walked around the showcase showing Xcelsius dashboards running on an iPad, people stopped with looks ...

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