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Succinct BI Reporting

Succint BI Reporting

We live in a world where we do not just have easy access to more information than ever before, but where we are also bombarded with more information than we can possibly absorb. The combination of social media, the internet and smart mobile devices have provided the means for us ...

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A Gathering of BusinessObjects Super Heroes

A Gathering of BusinessObjects Super Heroes

Isn’t it amazing how most super heroes never seem to grow old? In fact, they just seem to get better with age as new special effects and enhancements to their capabilities by the movie industry make them even more super! I see BusinessObjects in a very similar way. It is ...

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BusinessObjects and Tableau Hook Up

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At the end of last year I did a quick improvised survey of our active BusinessObjects customers and was surprise to find that about 35% of them were also using Tableau. Most just had a few copies of Tableau desktop, but some had Tableau server too. In all cases they ...

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Xcelsius Restaurant Analytics Hub Rocks Dubai

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Dubai has become the business and entertainment hub for the Middle East and is definitely a “larger than life” place to visit and a great place to have a global conference. So last month I was invited by our partner Intellytics to participate at their booth at the Global Restaurant ...

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The SAP BI Strategy: Convergence or Conservancy?

The SAP BI Strategy: Convergence or Conservancy

I have been confused about SAP’s BI roadmap and strategy for many years now and so are the vast majority of SAP BusinessObjects customers that I have talked with about this topic. About four or five years ago, SAP determined that there were too many products in it’s BI portfolio ...

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Web Intelligence – SAP’s New Golden Child in BI 4.2

SAP's New Golden Child in BI 4.2

SAP just announced the release of the latest update of its BusinessObjects BI suite, namely BI 4.2 SP03, following the first release BI 4.2 SP02 back in March In both announcements, Web Intelligence really stood out in terms of new features and overall significance compared to all the other tools ...

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Data Warehouse Design – Inmon vs Kimball Architecture

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We are living in the age of data revolution and more corporations are realizing the fact that to lead or in some cases to survive, they need to harness their data wealth effectively. The data warehouse, due to its unique proposition as the integrated enterprise repository of data, is playing ...

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Overcoming Checkbox Shortcomings – Part 2

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In a previous post, Overcoming Checkbox Shortcomings Part 1 , I wrote about a technique I devised to overcome the limitation of the Xcelsius checkbox where it will not programmatically switch to the value in the cell. I needed 10 yes-no checkboxes – one for each row of a tabular display ...

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Error – New 4.2 BI Commentary Service is Unavailable

I recently attempted to use the new Commentary Service available in Business Objects 4.2 to enter a comment in a Web Intelligence report. I received an error stating the “Commentary Service is unavailable”, and directing me to see my platform Administrator.  I saved the document, and tried the different ways ...

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