SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook released

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook released

Posted by Xavier Hacking

I am very happy to announce the release of the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook I worked on the past year with co-author David Lai and the team at Packt Publishing.

In this book we discuss over 90 so-called recipes that give a step-by-step explanation of the possibilities of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, formerly known as Xcelsius to create advanced dashboards. We cover the ins & outs of the Dashboard Design components, creating drill-downs, applying dynamic visibility, alerts and exporting & publishing. Also we show you how to improve the look and feel of your dashboard and how to use the spreadsheet in an optimal way. Furthermore dashboard connectivity options (i.e. SAP BW, BI4, XML) are included and we discuss the top third-party add-ons for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards like the GMaps plugin and Antivia XWIS.

Each recipe is supported by a large number of screenshots and for most of the recipes we included XLF source files for even better understanding. Throughout the book you will find lots of tips, tricks and best practices.

The book is published in eBook (ePub and DRM-free PDF) and paperback format and is available from the Packt Publishing website. Here you can find more info on the book, the table of contents and a sample chapter. Also this is the place to download the XLF and SWF source files we provide with the book.

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards cookbook

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook overview

Over 90 simple and incredibly effective recipes for transforming your business data into exciting dashboards with SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Xcelsius

Xcelsius 2008 was recently included in SAP’s BusinessObjects 4.0 family, rebranding “Xcelsius Enterprise” as “SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0”. With features like flexible design and what-if scenarios, the powerful dashboarding software allows enterprises to make business decisions at a glance, and this book allows you to go far beyond the basics of these techniques.

This cookbook full of practical and applicable recipes will enable you to use the full latest capabilities of Dashboard Design to visually transform your business data. A wide range of recipes will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to perform tasks like configuring charts, creating drill- downs, making component colors dynamic, using alerts in maps, building pop-up screens, setting up What-If scenarios, and many more.

The recipes begin by covering best practices for using the Dashboard Design spreadsheet, the data-model, and the connection with the components on the canvas, later moving on to some from-the-trenches tricks for using Excel within Dashboard Design. The book then guides you through the exploration of various data visualization components and dashboard interactivity, as well as offering recipes on using alerts, dashboard connectivity, and making the most of the aesthetics of the dashboard. Finally, the recipes conclude by considering the most important add-ons available for Dashboard Design and enabling you to perform relevant and useful tasks straight away.

What you will learn from this book :

  • Become fully equipped with best practices for using the Dashboard Design spreadsheet
  • Present data using the wide variety of data visualization components
  • Learn how to make dashboard components interactive for an enhanced user experience
  • Take advantage of Dynamic Visibility features on the dashboard
  • Master manipulating the look and feel of your dashboards
  • Gain confidence in using alerts on charts and other components
  • Get to grips with advanced Dashboard Design components like the Trend Analyzer, Fisheye Picture Menu, History Component, and the Canvas Component
  • Optimize the user experience of the dashboard
  • Connect your dashboard to live data sources
  • Export and publish the Dashboard Design model into several environments.
  • Learn about the most applicable add-ons available for your dashboard requirements.
  • Master setting up alerts on charts, gauges, maps and scorecards


This guide to SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 (formerly Xcelsius )is a cookbook packed full of practical recipes written in a clear, concise manner with annotated examples to empower readers to quickly accomplish specific dashboard tasks.

Who this book is written for

If you are a developer with a good command and knowledge of creating dashboards, but are not yet an advanced Dashboard Design user, then this is the perfect book for you. You should have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel as well as knowledge of basic dashboard practices, though experience of Dashboard Design as a specific dashboard tool is not essential. - May 26, 2011 | Books, Cookbook, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, Xcelsius
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  1. swagener
    May 27, 2011

    Got the ebook few months ago and its a great recommended book for all new to xcelsius and even few surprise recipes for advanced users. Also congragulations on the book release.

  2. Mico Yuk
    May 27, 2011

    Great job Xavier. I’ll look out for my signed copy soon I hope. 🙂

  3. wuhaixing
    May 7, 2012

    I cann’t find XLF and SWF source files in Packt Publishing website.Would u like to help me?

  4. Guru
    June 27, 2013



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