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

  • Suppress the Page Header on the last pages
    April 29, 2016
    I have run into several situations recently where I needed to have one Page Header for most of the pages but a different page header at the end of the report. I …
  • Custom functions in Crystal Reports
    April 23, 2016
    Crystal Reports introduced custom functions back in version 9, but I have only recently started using them in production. To make them worthwhile you have to ha …
  • Another option for sharing arrays
    April 14, 2016
    I recently wrote about a method for sharing an array between a main report and a subreport. But that method is only practical under certain conditions. Now, Ido …

Dallas Marks

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Dave Rathbun

  • 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 …
  • “Working As Designed”
    February 17, 2016
    Those three little words: “Working as designed.” I hate them. I don’t know why it took me so long to experience this, as I found this topic on BOB that brought …

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

  • 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 …
  • KiwiRail gets on track with SAP Business Intelligence
    May 2, 2016
    Operating a rail network has been the fantasy job of many young children. But for the ones who grow up to run them, they are incredibly complex operations, invo …
  • Call for Speakers: ASUG BI + Analytics Conference
    May 1, 2016
     The ASUG conference formerly known as "SABOC" is now called ASUG BI + Analytics conference, and will be held in New Orleans October 17-21st this year …

BI Platform

Web Intelligence

Semantic Layer

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

  • Are You an Original? Do You Want to Be?
    May 3, 2016
    Adam Grant of the Wharton School of Business has written a marvelous new book titled Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Similar to Malcolm Gladwell’ …
  • Averages Aren’t What They Used to Be and Never Were
    April 29, 2016
    Todd Rose, director of the “Mind, Brain, and Education” program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has written a brilliant and important new book titl …
  • Tools for Smart Thinking
    April 19, 2016
    This blog entry was written by Nick Desbarats of Perceptual Edge. In recent decades, one of the most well-supported findings from research in various sub-discip …


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 …