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

  • Tableau recalls dashboard using Extract API
    January 2, 2015
    In this recalls dashboard, I used custom shapes/symbols to represent each hazard and reflected the number of recalls through the size of the symbols. I also use …
  • Don’t let the software migration cycle cripple your BI project
    September 30, 2014
    Software developers have been taught for decades that they must follow the Development/Integration/Staging/Production practice. This practice was instituted to …
  • Embedding Tableau Dashboards
    September 1, 2014
    I delivered a webcast about embedding tableau dashboard in external facing apps, and embedded BI in general. You can view the webcast recording at the following …

The Crystal Reports® Underground

  • Is Crystal Reports in decline?
    January 27, 2015
    Crystal Reports has been around a long time. I have worked with it for 20 years and it was around before that. That is an incredible run for a piece of software …
  • Web based deployment options compared (2015)
    January 20, 2015
    There are many ways to deploy Crystal Reports to users. I normally lean toward the simpler and less expensive options, like locally installed viewers, or schedu …
  • You should activate the AutoSave feature
    January 17, 2015
    One of my favorite sayings: Good judgement comes from experience. And experience comes from bad judgement. I was reminded of the value of AutoSave this week whe …

Dallas Marks

Dave Rathbun

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

  • Implementing SAP HANA – 2nd Eddition
    December 22, 2014
    I am pleased to announce that the second addition of our Implementing SAP HANA book will be available in early January 2015. Below is a listing of the key updat …
  • Reporting & Analytics Interactive 2014
    October 27, 2014
    Originally posted on SAP BI BLOG:? ? Register for R&A Interactive 2014 Must register through link above to receive discount For More Information Join DFT at …
  • What’s new in SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 SP4
    June 23, 2014
    A few weeks ago SAP released SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 Support Pack 4 (SP4). This package introduced a few new features which are listed in the “What’s New guide” …

Tech Notes

Michael’s BI Safari

  • Optimizing Universe Lists of Values
    January 27, 2014
    Lately, I’ve seen a lot of heartache over universe Lists of Values (LOV). Lists of Values can be a great benefit to users, as well as your worst nightmare for d …
  • Simplified Date Prompts
    January 7, 2014
    I was recently on a project that involved a lot of work on existing universes. One thing that I noticed with these universes was that they incorporated a lot of …
  • Solving Aggregate Aggravation
    January 2, 2014
    The problem with Aggregate Awareness in a universe is that, when setting it up, you can’t skip any steps. Wouldn’t it be great if we could simplify it by skippi …

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

BI Platform

Web Intelligence

Semantic Layer

Crystal Reports

  • Crystal Reports Cross-Tab Accumulative Summary
    November 9, 2014
    Hello, In the previous post about Crystal Reports Cross-Tab, I described how to divide a month into dynamic periods such 3 days or 5 days… In this post,I will …
  • Crystal Reports Cross-Tab
    October 31, 2014
    Hello, I was asked to create a report which summarizes the sum of checks, the count of the customers paid the checks, and the count of the checks which are due …
  • An Update for the Saga of Service Packs for CR 2011 / 2013
    October 9, 2014
    I suspect most / many Crystal Reports users reading this blog are already familiar with the Service Pack quandary we have all been dealing with for years now… …

SAP Lumira

SAP Predictive Analysis

Data Services

  • BODS – Expression value data type, typecast
    January 31, 2015
    Expression value data type  example-1: decode(11,2,1.23),   this  evaluates to 1example-2: decode(11,2.0,1.23) this evaluates to  1.23example-3: decode(1=1,2.1, …
  • ​How to use Custom SQL in Lookup_Ext Function?
    January 28, 2015
    I recently saw people asking how to use Custom SQL in Lookup_Ext. I searched for it on line but could not find much written on this subject. So this article wil …
  • Joins over look up functions
    January 26, 2015
    I often see look up functions is being used when performing value mapping. I see there are some disadvantages using the look up functions over joins 1.Visibilit …

SAP Information Steward

SAP BusinessObjects SDK

Business Intelligence Solution Architecture

Other BI Blogs

Information is Beautiful

Perceptual Edge

  • 2014: A Year to Surpass
    January 6, 2015
    Perhaps you’ve noticed that I didn’t write a year-in-review blog post about 2014, extolling the wonderful progress that we made and predicting the even-more-won …
  • Seats Still Available at Inaugural Signal Workshop
    January 5, 2015
    This blog entry was written by Bryan Pierce of Perceptual Edge. It’s just over one week until Stephen will be teaching his new advanced course Signal: Understan …
  • Stephen Few’s Public Workshops for 2015
    December 16, 2014
    This blog entry was written by Bryan Pierce of Perceptual Edge. In 2015, Stephen Few will offer different combinations of five data visualization courses at pub …


  • Flowchart: Should you vaccinate your child?
    January 30, 2015
    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.…Tags: flow …
  • Chances that a drug treatment helps
    January 29, 2015
    It's a common belief that if someone has a medical condition, a patient can take a treatment and the condition gets better or goes away. That is, improveme …
  • State Rorschach
    January 29, 2015
    Stare at boundary lines long enough, and you'll start to see weird things too.Tags: kidding

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 …