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

  • RPT management utilities for 2015
    July 27, 2015
    I have just updated my comparison of RPT management utilities for 2015. These are tools that allow you to scan, document, compare and update RPT files. This yea …
  • Automating “Database > Set Location”
    July 17, 2015
    One of my customers has about 50 reports that all point to the same SQL Server database. When they moved their database they needed to “Set Location” for all 50 …
  • Export file names forced to lower case
    July 13, 2015
    This only affects those of you using older versions of Crystal Reports, up through XI. This includes those of you who have the runtime engine from one of these …

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

Tech Notes

  • Webi – Validate value in Webi report
    July 7, 2015
    We want to validate values of the dimension [Job No.] from Query 1 against values of [Job No.] from query Valid within Webi report. We can create a detail objec …
  • Image with Hyperlink in Webi report
    April 10, 2015
    We want to add hyperlink to an image in Webi document. Here I am using an image with name UserLogo1.png that has size 165 x 25. Copy your image to the server to …
  • Format date in Batch yyyyMMdd
    February 26, 2015
    The usual approach to build a timestamp for a log files in a batch is to use standard Windows utilities date and time. However the format of the output depends …

Michael’s BI Safari

  • 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 …
  • Returning After a Long Absence
    March 25, 2015
    It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog, and for that, I apologize. For the last year, I’ve been involved in several projects that haven’t …
  • 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 …

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

SAP Lumira

SAP Predictive Analysis

  • Q2 Top 10 SAP Predictive Analytics Community Articles
    July 22, 2015
    Seems it caught your attention last time so I’m happy to repeat what I did for Q1 as you may not have seen all of them: here is the top 10 articles the communit …
  • From R to Custom PA Component Part 5
    July 22, 2015
    Intro  This is part 5 of a series of blogs.Please refer to the other parts that can be found hereFrom R to Custom PA Component Part 1From R to Custom PA Compone …
  • From R to Custom PA Component Part 4
    July 17, 2015
    Intro  This is part 4 of a series of blogs. Please refer to the other parts that can be found hereFrom R to Custom PA Component Part 1From R to Custom PA Compon …

Data Services

SAP Information Steward

SAP BusinessObjects SDK

Business Intelligence Solution Architecture

Other BI Blogs

Information is Beautiful

  • A Taxonomy of Hipster Coffee Shop Names
    July 8, 2015
    The hidden taxonomy of hipster coffee shop names. LDN edition. » See the graphic » The new book Knowledge is Beautiful out now  
  • Oil Well
    July 2, 2015
    Almond? Olive? Sunflower? Which is the ultimate cooking oil? Our graphic visualizes every single cooking oil and grades each for health, smoke point, flavour an …
  • Workshops are Beautiful San Francisco
    June 12, 2015
    Information is Beautiful founder David McCandless shares his method & process for great dataviz in San Francisco on Monday July 27th. Following sell-out ses …

Perceptual Edge

  • Abela’s Folly – A Thought Confuser
    July 21, 2015
    On the home page of my website, I quote the mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead who said, “Seek simplicity and distrust it.” This is wise advic …
  • Statistical Failures in Scientific Research
    July 16, 2015
    In recent years we’ve become increasingly aware of abundant errors in scientific research, many of which stem from bad statistics. Many of the ways in which the …
  • The Incentives Are All Wrong
    July 7, 2015
    Perhaps you’ve heard that a large proportion of published scientific research findings are false. If anyone qualified took the time to validate them, up to half …


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 …