Blog Syndication

Aggregating entries from other blogs.

SAP BusinessObjects and SAP Data Services Blogs

Altek Solutions

  • BI4 Content Promotion Options
    January 13, 2015
    One of the first things that an SAP BusinessObjects administrator will notice after an upgrade to BI4 is that the Import Wizard, the best option for moving BI c …
  • Altek’s BI Wishlist for 2015
    January 6, 2015
    With the new year, we here at Altek are looking ahead to the future of SAP BusinessObjects.  I asked around the office and we came up with the list below.  We h …
  • SAP BusinessObjects and Poodlebleed
    October 31, 2014
    Following the infamous Heartbleed bug earlier this year comes another security issue with SSL known as Poodlebleed. Unfortunately, this one can affect out of th …

BI Happy

The Crystal Reports® Underground

  • DateDiff gives some surprising results
    May 22, 2016
    I recently had a user who asked how he could report a bug in Crystal Reports. He was using the DateDiff function and thought it was behaving strangely. He gave …
  • Crystal Reports and duplex printing
    May 16, 2016
    This has come up twice in recent weeks so it is time to make it a blog article. The first question is usually this: Can Crystal print on both sides of the paper …
  • Bug in the Crystal Reports “Alert” feature
    May 9, 2016
    The alert feature in Crystal Reports allows you to define a trigger condition in your report.  Then when you run the report Crystal will check for that conditio …

Dallas Marks

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Dave Rathbun

  • Visualize Whirled Peas
    May 19, 2016
    Keeping with the food them from my prior blog post, I present to you: 40 Maps That Explain Food in America. In fact, it was this article that lead me to the Waf …
  • What Is Your Waffle House?
    March 16, 2016
    With “reporting tools” we have become extremely good at letting people see things they already know. At some companies it can be very difficult to break out of …
  • When Charts Go Bad…
    February 22, 2016
    I was reading about the FBI versus Apple issue earlier today and came across this graphic: Pie charts are viewed with anything from disdain to downright hatred …

Data Scientist Insights

David Taylor


  • Number of reports in a WebI document
    July 17, 2013
    An interesting question was asked today on the BOB forum. Let me rephrase it slightly: How can I count reports (some call them tabs) within a single WebI docume …
  • Optional prompts in a universe
    April 1, 2013
    I have been wondering for years why engineers at SAP have not incorporated optional prompts into Business Objects universes. They are possible only in Web Intel …
  • Calendar table script for Oracle
    June 8, 2012
    One of the necessities in a properly designed DWH is a calendar table (aka date dimension). Usually, it’s one of the very first tables created in a DWH and it’s …

All Things BOBJ BI

Tech Notes

Michael’s BI Safari

  • Universe Design Best Practices
    February 2, 2016
    I’ve always avoided writing a blog on universe best practices, primarily because there have been many others who have written some excellent blogs on the topic. …
  • Review of Information Design Tool 4.1
    November 5, 2015
    It’s been a while since I wrote my initial review on Information Design Tool (IDT) in SAP BusinessObjects 4.0. If you’ve read that post, you know that I was fru …
  • Impact of a Database Migration
    April 29, 2015
    For the past few years I’ve been involved in quite a few “forklift” projects. What is a forklift project? I’m glad you asked. When a company decides to move the …

Dineshkumar’s BI Blog

  • SSRS : Multivalued Parameters
    October 26, 2013
    I am creating a simple SSRS report to demonstrate the workarounds available to pass multivalue parameter to Stored Procedures. Stored procedures are capable of …
  • SSAS : Cube Metadata – Documentation
    September 20, 2013
    We all are seeing a continuous importance for documentation in any project work that we do. I can see a common factor in developers that they all hate to do doc …
  • T-SQL : Gaps and Islands Problem – 2
    August 2, 2013
    There are lot of ways to find the gaps in a sequential numbers, and some of them are listed below. I have posted some 3 methods to achieve the expected. The goa …

SAP Community Network – Selected Blogs

BI General

  • Hear Direct from Customers about How Adoption of IBCS Is Growing
    May 9, 2016
    We’re seeing a lot of customer momentum in adopting International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) for their reporting, dashboarding, and data visualizat …
  • Preview of ASUG BI at ASUG Annual Conference #ASUG2016
    May 8, 2016
    Last Thursday ASUG had a sneak preview webcast (ASUG logon required) of ASUG Annual Conference and SAPPHIRENOW with ASUG award winners Kristen Dennis , Joyce Bu …
  • BI is Dead (?!)
    May 2, 2016
    In 1989, Howard Dresner — later a Gartner Group analyst — proposed “business intelligence” as an umbrella term to describe “concepts and methods to improve busi …

BI Platform

Web Intelligence

Semantic Layer

Crystal Reports

SAP Lumira

SAP Predictive Analysis

Data Services

  • Data Migration & ETL – the SAP way forward
    May 15, 2016
    We have come a long way from LSMW to modern ETLs. I attended a late late night webinar on HCI-DS (date – 24th June 2015); it was very well presented and articul …
  • What Real Time Jobs can do in BODS
    April 29, 2016
    The purpose of this document, is to guide implementations where real time processing is needed instead batch in background. I'll try to clarify all the com …
  • Audit on SAP BusinessObjects Data Services Designer
    April 20, 2016
    [First of all, sorry for my English] It is interesting to have some control in our jobs, to be able to detect problems in our ETLs processes, as soon as possibl …

SAP Information Steward

SAP BusinessObjects SDK

Business Intelligence Solution Architecture

Other BI Blogs

Information is Beautiful

Perceptual Edge


Visual Complexity

  • Visual Complexity: Alive and Kicking
    November 26, 2014
    As some attentive users of Visual Complexity might have noticed, the number of projects featured on the website has slowly come to a halt, with the perpetual gr …
  • The Book of Trees – Structure & Timeline of Characters
    October 30, 2014
    The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge has been out for six months and during this time it has received a great number of positive reviews from pu …
  • The Book of Trees in Japanese
    October 22, 2014
    During a sumptuous dinner last February in Shibuya, Tokyo, following a long visualization workshop, my welcoming hosts presented me with a gift: an exceptional …