More HTG from SAP: Setting up authorization for Xcelsius in SAP BW

More HTG from SAP: Setting up authorization for Xcelsius in SAP BW
Posted by on Mar 12, 2010

SAP really is on a roll this month, publishing just another how-to guide on Xcelsius and SAP BW. This time the HTG covers the creation of authorization objects/roles that are required to view/create/change/deploy Xcelsius dashboards. This is now possible with the new authorization object for Xcelsius dashboards: “S_RS_XCLS”.

You can get this HTG here.

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More HTG from SAP: Xcelsius transports in SAP BW

More HTG from SAP: Xcelsius transports in SAP BW
Posted by on Feb 28, 2010

As mentioned in the previous post, with the new SAP BW integration in Xcelsius (Xcelsius 2008 sp2 or higher) we now have the possibility to use some features of SAP BW directly. We can now publish a Xcelsius dashboard back to the BW system and store it as an object (of type XCLS) in the BW system. These XCLS-objects could be transported to different system in the landscape, in the same way as any other standard BW objects (InfoCube, DataStore Objects etc).

SAP published a how-to guide on this subject. Get it here.

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Xcelsius/SAP BW direct connection HTG

Xcelsius/SAP BW direct connection HTG
Posted by on Feb 23, 2010

With the Xcelsius 2008 sp2 release last year SAP now offers a direct data connection between Xcelsius and SAP BW queries. This is a huge improvement knowing that until this release we needed the BusinessObjects Enterprise, the Universe and QAAWS or Live Office to get our data from SAP BW into Xcelsius dashboards.

SAP published a nice how-to guide, including all pre-requisites needed to setup a connection, a list of BEx query features that do or do not work in Xcelsius and lots of tips and best practices. A must read!

Get it here.

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The Xcelsius feel good movie

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010

Watch this cool propaganda marketing video on SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius 2008 featuring Ryan Goodman of Centigon Solutions and others discussing the benefits of the (growing) Xcelsius universe. I really really like Xcelsius, but customers should be aware that just acquiring Xcelsius won’t bring you much more success. It will require at least a solid and well structured back-end datawarehouse, excellent dashboard requirements gathering and a sophisticated user interface design. So make sure the conditions are right, and Xcelsius will indeed enable you to get better insights and make better decisions. Have fun!

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Thoughts on Xcelsius 2008 SP3

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009

Santa Claus arrived early this year, with SAP BusinessObjects delivering the third servicepack for Xcelsius 2008. Great! The Xcelsius community seems to be extremely excited about this release according to all the positive tweets and blogs. You can download Xcelsius 2008 here and find all the information on what’s fixed and what’s new here.

But hey, wait a minute. Those Sparklines, Bullet-charts, Scorecards, the Chart Slider, Advanced Labeling which all comes with SP3, I have seen all of this before somewhere. Actually, I already had a lot of this functionality in my Xcelsius SP2 installation, due to some excellent third-party Xcelsius add-ons. See some examples below. On the left side the ‘new’ Xcelsius components, on the right side the ‘old’ third-party add-ons.

So what is the message that SAP gives us – and more important: the small group of Xcelsius add-on developers – with this release? Looking at this free ‘service pack’ I don’t see why anyone would consider investing a lot of time, effort and money in developing Xcelsius add-ons, knowing that SAP maybe will integrate your ideas or solutions in their own product, and give it away for free. I remember the case where Apple introduced its ‘innovative’ Dashboard, while third-party app Konfabulator already did the same thing years before. Maybe I’m just whining about nothing and is this just what big companies do all the time, but with the very limited number of active developers for Xcelsius add-ons, I think this approach maybe not the best way to go.

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