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Puffing and Blowing the Cloud in New Orleans

It’s 5:45 am in the morning (on Jan 17th) and I’m jogging on the spot with hundreds of other crazy people down by the riverside in central New Orleans. It’s still dark and we are about to start a 2 mile “fun” run .  While there was nothing fun about ...

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Business Intelligence 2012 Predictions

While 2011 was a great year for Business Intelligence, I think that 2012 will be even greater as many new technologies that gained a foothold in 2011 become mainstream and even more exciting BI solutions emerge. It is becoming more apparent than ever that the leading BI companies of four ...

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Looking Back on 2011 Predictions

At the beginning of 2011, I made 5 predictions in terms of Business Intelligence trends for the year and I thought it would be interesting to look back on the year and see how those predictions turned out. So here goes : Prediction 1: Visual Dashboards will remain dominant as ...

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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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