SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook (2nd edition) coming this spring

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015

coming soon mockup_EN_2We are currently in the very final stages of editing the second edition of the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook. We expect the book to be available in an eBook and paper edition in just a few weeks from now (April 2015).

For this updated version of the cookbook we broadened the scope a bit for the beginning SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards developer as well for the more experienced user. We will for example provide some more introduction to the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards tool itself before diving into the practical step-by-step recipes right from the start. For the more seasoned users we added chapters about dashboard performance tuning and development productivity, plus a bunch of new tips & tricks throughout the book.

The original cookbook was released almost five years ago and covered version 4.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards. The second edition is updated up to the latest version of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1. Together with a team of technical reviewers, existing of some world class SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards developers, we checked the existing content from the first cookbook on its relevance, correctness and completeness. Most recipes have been updated, some a bit more than others, and we decided to keep a few of them out of the new book.

Of course we also added a lot of new recipes to feature the new 4.1 features and include more tips & tricks. We discuss all the new components, the new mobile dashboards concept and the new connectivity options, complemented with new chapters on performance tuning and development productivity. At the end of the book the other dashboarding solution by SAP (Design Studio) is introduced.

With 100 recipes and 470 pages of content (almost 150 pages more than the first edition) this will be thé ultimate and definite guide for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 developers!

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 Cookbook, by Xavier Hacking and David Lai, Packt Publishing, ISBN 9781784391959, 472 pages.

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New SAP Business Intelligence books by SAP Press

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015

SAP Press has added a bunch of new interesting BI related books to its portfolio recently. Especially in the HANA domain a lot of new and updated content is provided for us. Here is the list with (e)books:

hanacaseMaking the Case for SAP HANA, by Michael Mattern and Ray Croft, ISBN 978-1-4932-1036-7, 616 pages, published 11/2014.


Implementing SAP HANA, 2nd edition, by Haun, implhanaHickman, Loden, Wells, ISBN 978-1-4932-1176-0, 864 pages (!!), published 01/2014.


hanacloudGetting Started with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, by James Wood, ISBN 978-1-4932-1021-3, 575 pages, expected 07/2015.



SAP BW on SAP HANA, by Merz, Hügens and Blum, ISBN 978-1-4932-1003-9, 480 pages, expected 05/2015.


bw74SAP BW 7.4 – Practical Guide, 3rd edition, by Paler, Patel and Shiralkar, ISBN 978-1-4932-1191-3, 860 pages (!!), expected 04/2014.


SAP Data Services, by Hanck, Chen, Hanck, Hertel, bodsLissarrague and Médaille, ISBN 978-1-4932-1167-8, 625 pages, published 03/2015.


lumiraGetting Started with SAP Lumira, by Christian Ah-Soon and Peter Snowdon, ISBN 978-1-4932-1033-6, 540 pages, published 11/2014.


Make sure you use the coupon code SVYTE10 (expires April 30, 2015) to get a 10% discount.

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Audiobook: The Martian (Andy Weir)

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014

themartianI listened to a great sci-fi audiobook last week: The Martian by Andy Weir. The plot is that a human mission to Mars goes horrible wrong a few days after arrival. The crew has to evacuate when they get in a big dust storm. During the evac the main character Mark Watney is heavily wounded, and believing he didn’t survive it, the other astronauts leave Mars.

Imagine being the only person on a planet, with broken machinery, no way to communicate and very limited food. What would be your plan?

Watney writes a log of all of his experiences and tells us all about the science and calculations he uses to fix things, create water and how to grow food. On Mars! Of course the story also switches to what is happening at NASA back on earth and to the returning spacecraft with the other astronauts.

The narration of this audiobook is excellent. Even when I arrived at home I stayed in the car for a few minutes to finish a chapter or a section of the book. Regarding the story I like the fact that there is no unnecessary/unwanted deviation from the core storyline. So no romantic bs woven into it.

In 2015 a movie will be released based on this novel. Director is Ridley Scott and Mark Watney is portrayed by Matt Damon. Looking forward to that one!

The Martian – Andy Weir – ISBN 978-0091956141 – Audiobook version

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Ordering Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio book in Europe

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014

3307-bobj-design-studio-lg__13516_stdI got some questions about ordering the Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio book. The website I normally refer to – – ships the book globally, but if you are not in the U.S. or Canada the shipping costs are pretty high. I you order a single book they may be as high as the price of the book itself!

SAP Press even acknowledges this in its FAQ:

For most international shipments, customers can optimize the shipping cost per book by ordering more than one book at a time. We recommend that you test different quantities in your shopping cart in order to determine the most cost effective way to proceed, or consult with one of our customer service specialists.

Mmkay… Luckily the are also some cheaper options to get the book in Europe:

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The End of Work

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014

raceMachSo, where did all the jobs go? And where are future jobs coming from? I recently read the 2011 book Race Against The Machine by Brynjolfsson and McAfee and these guys have an interesting view on these questions.

To answer the where did all the jobs go question the authors take another direction than the standard “the economy is not growing fast enough” or “the economy is stagnating and productivity has stopped rising” reactions. They came up with the End of Work argument, which I don’t think I have heard somewhere before as the reason for the current – and constant – high unemployment.

This End of Work idea states that we don’t have too little technological progress, but instead too much! Fewer people are needed to produce the goods and services we require, and all of this is caused by computer automation. But, not only automation of the “dump & easy” repetitive tasks, also more advanced work is evaporating. Think of translating a conversation in real-time or driving a car. 15 years ago this was almost science fiction but today Google is pretty far with these technologies. And once these jobs are gone they just won’t come back anymore.

The big question is who will be effected most by this End of Work. This is actually the interesting part. If we divide the labour market in low, middle and highly skilled workers, surprisingly the workers in the middle category will be effected most, and not the low skilled workers. Why? In an era of more and faster automation it probably is easier to automate the work of a bookkeeper, translator, call-center agent or taxi-driver, than the work of a gardener or hairdresser. For the latter types of jobs you would need very sophisticated and expensive robots, while a translator will be easily substituted by a free Google Translate service. Imagine the impact this will have on our society.

Here in Holland the babyboomers are leaving the workforce since a few years. This would mean more room for younger people on the job market. But I still don’t see any positive effect on the unemployment rate. Two years ago I even did a SAP BI project myself to fully automate the work of two office employees that were about to retire. And they indeed weren’t replaced by new hirees anymore…

Obviously the jobs that require a lot of teamwork and creativity will stay in high demand. I was happy to see that they specifically named jobs in data visualization and analytics as highly valued, so we are probably safe for now. On the other hand, if you are in a traditional type of job where someones tells you exactly what you have to do every day, you will get in real trouble sooner or later…

Race Against The Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee – ISBN: 978-0984725113

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