Blog Syndication

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SAP BusinessObjects and SAP Data Services Blogs

Altek Solutions

  • 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 …
  • Batch Promotions with LCMCLI
    October 13, 2014
    Anyone that has used the Promotion Management tool included in BusinessObjects Lifecycle Management knows that promoting large amounts of content can be an extr …
  • Element Linking in Web Intelligence – Prt 9
    September 18, 2014
    Continuing our previous post on Input Controls, let’s now look into Element Linking in Web Intelligence Reporting. The combination of Element Linking with Input …

BI Happy

  • 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 …
  • Embedded Tableau Oscars Dashboard
    August 4, 2014
    A few months ago I published my Oscars dashboard ( Recently, I decided to produce a new version of it, leve …

The Crystal Reports® Underground

  • Group Tree takes you to the wrong page
    December 20, 2014
    I recently had a report grouped by Employee with one page per employee. Each Employee showed up in the group tree on the left of the screen. But every time we c …
  • IE Security setting breaks parameters
    December 10, 2014
    Are you having trouble with your parameter windows in Crystal Reports? Did your calendar control stop working? Are the “OK” and “Cancel” buttons not responding? …
  • Printing ‘single-character’ fractions
    December 9, 2014
    A few years a back I posted a formula for converting a decimal value into a fraction. But the output used full size characters combined with a slash. Recently a …

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

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

SAP Information Steward

SAP BusinessObjects SDK

Business Intelligence Solution Architecture

Other BI Blogs

Information is Beautiful

Perceptual Edge


  • News that China blocks
    December 22, 2014
    China blocks sites from its citizens. We know this. But, what do they block and to what extent? Sisi Wei …Tags: China, firewall, ProPublica
  • The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014
    December 19, 2014
    It's always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. I mean, it's a challenge to pick and rank your favorite anything really. So much depends …
  • Collection of physical visualizations
    December 18, 2014
    I'm pretty sure there's a ton of untapped potential in data represented physically. Maybe not in the analytical insights sense …Tags: physical

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 …