Universe 'month name' Object That Orders Chronologically

Universe 'month name' Object That Orders Chronologically

If you use a month name field (or convert a month number to name), it is a string object, so orders alphabetically in a report. The report users can change this with a custom sort but this is cumbersome.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Practice Manager on January 16th, 2017
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Waterfall Charts in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.2

Waterfall Charts in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.2

I've just taken a look at the new Waterfall Chart feature in CR4E 4.2 SP2. I thought the idea of tracking weight loss over a period of time would be a good visual representation of the data. My data is very simple, consisting of a weekly period starting on the first Sunday of the week from the beginning of 2016 until the current week. I have stored the weight in kilograms and then a variance from comparing the weight loss (or gain!!!) between weeks.

Posted By Steve Chapman, Senior BI Consultant on August 9th, 2016
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SAP BI Platform 4.0? Move On!

SAP BI Platform 4.0? Move On!

If you are running SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise or Edge 4.0 or SAP Crystal Server 2011 this article will explain the additional capabilities available to your organisation by moving on to version 4.2/2016.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Services Manager, on 12 May 2016
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SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The New Generation Dashboard Solution from SAP

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The New Generation Dashboard Solution from SAP

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio enables application designers to create analysis applications and dashboards – based on universe data sources – for browsers and mobile devices (iPads, for example).

The other reason we like it is that it is totally customisable but requires application development skills to carry out this customisation and this is what we do very well at The Business Objects People.

Posted By Jamie, Senior Developer, on 14 April 2016
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How to Move an SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform System Database and Audit Database

How to Move an SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform System Database and Audit Database

Our Support Team at DSCallards is regularly asked how to move the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 Central Management System (CMS) database and Auditing database.

The Central Management System (CMS) database is the database that sits behind the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 application. It has information about users, groups, Filestore locations of Business Intelligence content stored within the application, and plays a critical part of the platform.

The Audit database stores usage and activity related to the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 system, with information such as who logs on, who runs what reports and when and more.

I thought I would share the steps I took to do this.

Posted By Rebecca Middleton, Senior BI Consultant, on November 30, 2015
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Proceed With Caution

Proceed With Caution

An Instructive Tale About the Installation of SAP Sybase IQ

The aim of this blog is to share the story of the installation of a complex software application and the steps taken to troubleshoot issues when they arise.

Overview: The implementation of a fast database is an essential part of everyday life for an organisation with diverse Business Intelligence and Analytics requirements, particularly in the realm of ‘train-of-thought’ querying.

According to International Data Group, “Unstructured data is growing at a rate of 62 percent per year. When coupled with increased use of analytics, companies are finding new ways to maximize insights for things such as employee hiring and engagement, customer experience and product development and delivery. In fact, organizations want to find cheaper, faster and better ways for those insights to be delivered where they’re needed most. That means that organizations need to focus on how to effectively manage and store data in a smart way.”

This journal will show the steps taken when installing the product and methods of troubleshooting when things don’t turn out quite as planned.

Click here.

Posted By Steve Chapman, Senior BI Consultant, on November 26, 2015
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SAP BusinessObjects Resources on Tap

SAP BusinessObjects Resources on Tap

The Business Objects People are a specialist SAP BusinessObjects consultancy firm. We provide a low risk, low commitment option to your SAP Business Objects resourcing needs.

Our consultants have an average of twelve years’ experience working with SAP BusinessObjects/SAP Crystal software and we are an accredited SAP Partner Centre of Excellence for Business Objects. Our staff are certified in their expertise of SAP Business Objects and the processes by which we support it.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Practice Manager, on June 30,2015
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Data Data All Around But Not a Drop to Drink!

Data Data All Around But Not a Drop to Drink!

The team with the best car often but not always win the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Why is this? The skill and experience of driver, engineers and team management all have a part to play in defining the race strategy, delivering the race strategy and tactically adapting to changing circumstances throughout the race.

Similarly simply possessing the market-leading business intelligence software, in SAP BusinessObjects, does not guarantee an answer to a business question. Such that an organisation can have a wealth of data sources without being able to find the relevant data.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Practice Manager, on June 25,2015
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The New Universe Tool

The New Universe Tool

If you first implemented SAP Business Objects before 2013 you probably have universe(s) built with Designer, one of the all-time classic software tools.

The SAP Business Objects universe, with its accompanying imaginatively-named design tool, was the first software designed to turn data into information; by turning ‘data objects’ into ‘business objects’

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Practice Manager, on May 25,2015
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The Universe is Your Friend

The Universe if Your Friend

It lets you model your business data into information that makes sense to humans who need to make good decisions. It makes a little knowledge a powerful rather than dangerous thing by quietly translating your human question into an unambiguous data query that a data machine can respond to accurately.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Practice Manager, on April 24,2015
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Big Data - Not Just for Big Companies

Big Data

In the last week, have you made journeys with a switched on mobile phone, posted, liked or uploaded a photo on Facebook? Have you searched the internet? Watched videos on Youtube?

Then you are data, a small part of big data in fact.

Does your company have a website? Does it do any marketing or sales?

Then it’s generating big data, the hundreds or thousands of data points that define any one journey through a website quickly accumulate.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Practice Manager on April 10,2015
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Successful Guide to BI

Successful Guide to BI

DSCallards has been delivering value-driven Business Intelligence (BI) for over ten years to hundreds of customers and understands the main pitfalls when implementing a new solution.

So, if you are thinking about investing in a new BI solution, we would recommend that you consider the following six points when selecting your solution partner. Each of our recommendations is backed up with a customer case study, which you may find an interesting read!

Posted By Adriane Gillies, Marketing Manager, April 10,2015
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