SAP BO Dashboards cookbook Tweetaway

SAP BO Dashboards cookbook Tweetaway
Posted by on Jul 6, 2011

Okay guys, it is time to give some stuff away. On behalf of Packt Publishing we can give away two eBook copies of the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards cookbook we released a few weeks ago.

Joining this giveaway Tweetaway is easy: Just send out a tweet with a link to the SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards’ cookbook page on PacktPub.com in it. You can use the share buttons on the cookbook page itself, or just click this link. Retweeting other tweeps is also allowed and you can tweet as much as you want.

On monday 25th July we will pick the two winners and grant them access to their free eBooks. Good luck!

Join the Tweetaway!

Posted in: Books, Cookbook, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, Xcelsius

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook released

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook released
Posted by on May 26, 2011

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

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Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.5 now available

Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.5 now available
Posted by on Apr 22, 2011

SAP released its 5th Fix Pack update for Xcelsius 2008 Service Pack 3 this week. Only three minor problems are resolved this time and my embedded swf-files issue isn’t even one of them.

Anyway, you can find the download at this page. This Fix Pack can be applied to Xcelsius 2008 SP3 or FP3.1, FP3.2, FP3.3 or FP3.4. Not sure which version you are running now? Have a look at this post.

Get the Release Notes here (PDF) and all Fixed Issues are listed in this document (PDF). I also listed them below:

1. Leading blank spaces are truncated.
This issue is resolved. Leading blank spaces are no longer truncated.

2. If the scroll bar is enabled for a spreadsheet table, the table disappears when the dashboard is refreshed.
This issue is resolved.

3. When a tooltip is displayed, the background colors change to the default colors.
This issue is resolved.

Posted in: SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, Xcelsius

SAP BO Dashboards + Salesforce.com = DashConn

SAP BO Dashboards + Salesforce.com = DashConn
Posted by on Apr 4, 2011

For the upcoming SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Cookbook I had the pleasure to try some of the coolest add-ons for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (fka Xcelsius). One of them was the DashConn add-on by IdeaCrop. This add-on enables us to connect dashboards to real-time data from the popular CRM-cloud solution Salesforce.com. Let’s have a look at the features of this add-on.

Component

After installing the add-on a new component is added: Salesforce.com DataViewer. This component is used to establish the connection with Salesforce.com and to display the data from Salesforce.com. It actually works as an interactive grid in which you can set filters, aggregate data and drill-down/up in the report data.

Reports

In the properties pane we can – after logging in with our Salesforce.com credentials – select the Salesforce.com report we want to use. So in fact the only thing you need to get Salesforce.com data into your dashboard is a proper Salesforce.com report that provides all the data you want to use. There is no need to set up XML-data connections or other solutions that will take a lot of time to build. Just select a report from the list.

Data Output

An interesting feature is the option to bind data to the spreadsheet. With this we can use the data from the Salesforce.com reports in other Dashboard Design components like charts and gauges. Not only the total result set can be bound to the spreadsheet, but also the selected rows can be bound separately! This enables us to make really interactive dashboards.

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BI4 product names for Xcelsius

BI4 product names for Xcelsius
Posted by on Mar 21, 2011

Last year I wrote about the new product name for Xcelsius: SAP Crystal Dashboard Design. Almost 10 months later everybody still uses Xcelsius and to make life even more difficult SAP has made some more ‘official’ adjustments to it.

The book I am working on now has its third different cover name since we started last summer! We decided to use SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards as the product name. We are referencing to the tool as Dashboard Design since that is the name that is displayed when you run it and SAP also uses it in the official guide. I think the Twitter hashtag now should be #SBOD.

SAP released a FAQ-document which provides the new names for all the products in the BI4 portfolio.  I copied the part on SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (fka Xcelsius) below.

In an effort to bring clarity around the BI solutions from SAP and use names that reflect the capabilities of our solutions, we have made several name changes in the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 release. These new names will make it easier for everyone to identify the BI solutions they are looking for and better understand their capabilities.

Q: Has Xcelsius Enterprise been renamed?

A: Yes. SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise and Xcelsius Enterprise Interactive Viewing have been renamed:

Former Name New Name
SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise Interactive Viewing
SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Interactive Viewing

Q: What is SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards?

A: SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius Enterprise) is a desktop dashboard and visualization solution that is a core part of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0. Once a user creates a dashboard model, it can be deployed in Flash format to Web portals, SAP environments, the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform, and desktop applications such as PowerPoint, Word or PDF.

Q: What are the related Dashboard offerings out there?

A: For our customers that buy through our partners, distributors and through our Web store SAP offers:

  1. SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, personal edition
  2. SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, departmental edition
  3. SAP Crystal Dashboard viewing option
  4. SAP Crystal Presentation Design

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