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

  • Amazon joins the cloud based BI club
    October 8, 2015
    It seems just about any time I am shopping for something I find a larger selection and lower prices through Amazon. Competing with Amazon is an obvious challeng …
  • Updated comparison of Crystal Reports viewers (2015)
    September 22, 2015
    You use Crystal Reports to create, change and run reports. But what if you have users who just need to refresh/view/print/export? Do they need copies of Crystal …
  • Another useful free (or paid) application
    September 15, 2015
    DocumentBurster is a PDF (or Excel) bursting engine.  It can take any multi-page PDF and burst it into separate files or folders, Email them out or deliver them …

Dallas Marks

Dave Rathbun

  • It’s Alive!
    September 16, 2015
    Wait… what’s this? Yes, my blog has a heart beat again. It has been a long time since I’ve been here, and I hope to fix that. I started this morning by reviewin …
  • Dagira Change Log Script Update Coming Soon
    November 17, 2014
    Hi folks… a few days ago I posted an update via a comment on my universe compare tool page regarding a small bug. It’s not a huge deal, otherwise I am sure some …
  • Yes, Virginia, You Can Refresh One Data Provider At A Time
    August 22, 2014
    For a while now I have been whining about the fact that there were features dropped from XI 3.1 during the upgrade to BI4, including how the dimension merging p …

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

  • How to use Detail variables
    October 7, 2015
    Logical following:Model A there are dimnesions: Manufacturing plant, ProductS ID, Amount ,  but there is no  Material classificationModel B there are dimnesions …
  • WEBI – Current level (number) of hierarchy
    October 2, 2015
    Hello everyone, I've seen few people requesting for a formula that shows the level of hierarchy we're currently on while drilling (down/up) and/or dep …
  • Secret Custom Format (for Date) in Webi
    September 30, 2015
    Hello everyone, Did anyone notice the secret custom format (for Date) available/that works in Webi report? Apparently, we can easily format the Dates to show Qu …

Semantic Layer

  • The case against the Where clause
    September 29, 2015
    Note that the post uses examples from Oracle but equally applies to SQL Server, Teradata, HANA, etc with the relevant DBMS date syntax When creating objects, it …
  • A plea to SAP
    May 19, 2015
    For many years, Business Objects has been at the leading edge of business intelligence software. There are two main reasons behind this; the software and its ev …
  • SAP BI 4.1 SP5 IDT Business Security & Data Security Profile Filter Implementation
    January 15, 2015
    SAP BI 4.1 IDT SP5 Business Security & Data Security Profile Filter Implementation Environment: SAP BO 4.1 SP5IDT – Single Source UNXWindows 2008 Server Imp …

Crystal Reports

SAP Lumira

SAP Predictive Analysis

Data Services

SAP Information Steward

SAP BusinessObjects SDK

Business Intelligence Solution Architecture

Other BI Blogs

Information is Beautiful

Perceptual Edge

  • Scientific Thinking
    October 1, 2015
    In my recent newsletter article titled “A Course of Study in Analytical Thinking” I included “scientific thinking” as a specific type of thinking that we should …
  • Graphical Journalists Should, First and Foremost, Be Journalists
    August 31, 2015
    It annoys me when I see poor journalistic infographics, in part, because I value journalism and I hate to see it done ineffectively. Good news organizations tak …
  • Mind the Gap or Die
    August 18, 2015
    Many books have been written in recent years about our brains—how they evolved, how they work, how they often fail us, how they sometimes serve us in a blink wi …


  • Using stereotypes as an advantage
    October 8, 2015
    In 2004, Annie Duke won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, taking home a prize of $2 million. She was the only woman at the final table and…Tags …
  • Network Effect overwhelms with data
    October 8, 2015
    Network Effect by Jonathan Harris and Greg Hochmuth is a gathering of the emotions, non-emotion, and everyday-ness of life online. It hits you all at once and o …
  • Superhero HR dashboard
    October 7, 2015
    Talent Lab is an application for human resource professionals to evaluate a work force. (I'm going to pretend that sentence didn't make me feel slight …

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 …