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Tech Tip: Alternate Break Value Highlighting

InfoSol Blog Tech Tip

While the built in alternate row shading is nice to shade every other row or a set a pattern of rows, what if you wanted to shade rows based on a variable number of rows in a break?  We can accomplish this by using a variable and a conditional formatting ...

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Migrating to 4.2 SP7: Use patch 400 for SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius

SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius has long been favored as a tool that creates interactive applications without the need for coding knowledge.  Although sold under “dashboarding”, its use of Excel as a development mechanism made it an instant hit for non-coders who already knew how to use Excel to manipulate data arrays and ...

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The InfoSol 2019 Business Intelligence Dashboard Awards

One truly inspiring moment of IBIS 2019 was the Annual InfoSol Dashboard Awards. The InfoSol Dashboard Awards is an international competition showcasing dashboard developers and organizations innovation in business intelligence. The categories are as follows: Best Business Dashboard Award Limitless Business Intelligence Dashboard Award Most Valuable Dashboard Award Dashboards continue ...

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Six Critical Considerations when Migrating or Upgrading BusinessObjects

Onsite at a client location, I asked “What is the main function of I.T.?” A client responded, “It’s keeping up with technology!”  In our world, we are constantly bombarded with upgrades and future migrations. Today, I am sharing my knowledge as an expert in BusinessObjects landscape assessments, migrations and upgrades. ...

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BusinessObjects Users Advancing Toward What Will Be

The BusinessObjects community gathering at IBIS 2019 was totally amazing and, once again, walked away with the “Best IBIS Ever” accolade. Over 50 attendees pre-registered for IBIS 2020 during the conference itself! I experienced so many eye-opening presentations, inspiring sessions and great conversations that I was not sure where to ...

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Farewell to Two BusinessObjects Heroes

This year’s SAP Sapphire conference started somberly with SAP CEO Bill McDermott attempting to paint a rosy picture of the world of SAP. The conference concluded with the high energy and excitement of a fabulous Lady Gaga concert where she confessed that after much research she didn’t have a clue ...

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Tech Tip: Content Validation for Reports Scheduled via Email

InfoSol Blog Tech Tip

Business(s) and their units send hundreds to thousands of emails out via report scheduling. Delivering the correct reports to the right person is mission critical for efficient business process. Currently, a recall email feature exists for incorrect emails sent within network, but the recipients are notified of the email recall. ...

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BusinessObjects and PowerBI May Lead to Hair Loss

There has been a lot of talk and hype about PowerBI in the last couple of years. Some of that has been fueled by the infamous Gartner BI Magic Quadrants which, once again, seem to be out of touch with the reality on the ground. With more than 40% of ...

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What Does Flying Look Like?

I have always been fascinated by butterflies. I used to catch them as a kid with my little butterfly net and put them in jars where I could watch them. I quickly noticed they would not open their wings very much and could not fly so I would let them ...

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Business Intelligence to Inspire Us All

As I look back on 2018 and all the amazing BI solutions I saw created, there was one that really stood out in terms of its impact on the world that left me both awestruck and humbled. It was a solution created for the International Humanitarian City (IHC) based in ...

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Tech Tip: Merging on Variables in Web Intelligence

InfoSol Blog Tech Tip

One of the often overlooked additions given to us in the 4.2 SP3 release was the ability to merge data on variables, not just dimensions.  For many years we have lived with these restrictions in Web Intelligence: 1.) You could only merge on dimensions, not on variables. 2.) The data ...

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