Atlanta-based startup, BI Brainz, announced today that it has replaced its popular blog, EverythingXcelsius.com and the ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ network with ‘Analytics on Fire’. The new name will reflect the diverse interest of its growing audience, and showcase its new customer interview podcast.
In 2008, Everything Xcelsius became the main community to learn about data visualization for SAP BusinessObjects customers. Since then, the business intelligence industry has dramatically changed. As such, Analytics on Fire is an evolutionary step for both new and existing members, and will serve as a community for enterprise customers who wish to share their analytics journey.
“The BI Brainz Analytics on Fire community will provide a unique opportunity for customers to get free training and deep insight into challenging enterprise topics such as increasing BI user adoption, creating a more visual culture and KPI utilization. We feel this will also better serve our over 10K followers.” – Mico Yuk, CEO, BI Brainz
BI Brainz is a fast-growing team of business intelligence professionals with a keen eye for design. The company’s goal is to make big data more useful by developing beautifully designed applications that creates experiences users will love. The company provides innovative business intelligence solutions tailored to meet an organization’s needs, with a focus on increasing user adoption. To find out more about BI Brainz and the way it can help your company gain insight from big data, send an email to info(at)bibrainz(dot)com or visit http://bibrainz.com.
To say that 2010 was a very memorable year for the Xcelsius Gurus community is an understatement. To see what I mean, take a minute to read my 2010 Top 10 list below.
#10 SAP TechEd Conference
Coming in at #10 is the SAP Teched conference in Las Vegas. There I had the pleasure of co-hosting the Xcelsius hands-on sessions with 2 of my favorite technical guys from the SAP Xcelsius and RIG team, Matt Lloyd and Patrice Lebhan. The event drew in such a crowd that we had to turn away attendees. I also had the pleasure of doing a live interview with fellow mentor Jamie Oswald (a must watch for those considering attending TechEd in 2011) and former SAP Executive Marge Breya. There aren’t enough lines to explain how great this event was so click on the links below to see firsthand.
Click here to view interview #1 with Jamie Oswald and Jason Cao (SAP BusinessObjects Community Leader)
Click here to view the interview #2 with former SAP Exec Marge Breya and fellow SAP Mentor Karin Tillotson
#9 Xcelsius Advance Training in Dallas
Hosted by Mike Alexander and myself in Dallas, TX this was a jam packed fun event. This event is traditionally sold out with a waiting list, so if you are interested do write us an email early to get on the list. We are considering doing one on the West and East coast this year due to popular demand.
#8 EverythingXcelsius Blog Design Update
If you visit our site often enough, and our Google statistics show that many of you do, you have probably noticed that a few months ago we made some small updates to the blog’s design. Two major updates include our sleeker image enriched front page now with enhanced social media buttons and our new ‘Resources’ tab which is a one stop shop for Xcelsius related links on the web. You will also notice that our ‘Showcase’ tab now takes you directly to our commercial website to see examples of some of our guru dashboards which takes us to #7!
#7 Launch of our Commercial Website Benchmarkers Business Intelligence
If you’re wondering why this is so far down the list, it’s because we have yet to do an official launch, as we are still making some small adjustments. Expect to hear more about our official commercial website Benchmarkers Business Intelligence, where we work with some of the world’s biggest companies to deliver state of the art BusinessObjects deployments, migrations and implementation being sure to include our well known and best designed dashboards. We will do an official company launch in Feb 2011, but those who wish to find out more can visit our site http://benchmarkers.com to see how other companies are benefiting from our services.
#6 My SAP Mentor Nomination
It is no secret that the acquisition of BOE by SAP took the BOE community by storm in 2008, me included. I was again taking by a storm when I was informed that I had been nominated by the SAP BOE community to become an SAP mentor. There isn’t enough space in this blog post to document my adventure in the first year as an SAP Mentor, but I will do a better job to document the journey in 2011.
#5 SAPPHIRE / ASUG Conference
Making our Top 5 is SAPPHIRE, the biggest SAP sales event of the year. Unfortunately, it was not an option for many BOBJ folks who shied away from the heavy SAP ERP presence. Teaming up with ASUG, SAP managed to pull together one of the best events that we ever attended. There was no shortage of BusinessObjects information, just BOE attendees!
Coming in at #4 has to be the first official BusinessObjects virtual competition (at least that we know of). With a name like Reportapalooza how could we forget? We emailed asking for your votes and entries, you won prizes, saw some really cool dashboards and then forgot it existed. While the event may have lasted for a bit too long, we do give SAP an A+ for wanting to engage the community with their software. Recruiting big BOE community names like SAP Mentor Jamie Oswald, known author and blogger, Jim Brogden, and myself, it was the first of its kind. Big KUDOS to the winner, Brian Durning at PepsiCo (also ASUG Crystal Reports Chair). Will SAP do another one next year? Guess we’ll have to wait to see.
#3 EverythingXcelsius Social Links reach 1000+
Making the top 3 has to be the fact that our Twitter and Linkedin Group both exceeded 1,000+ followers this year. We are delighted by the tremendous growth and look forward to having you be a part of our community’s evolution in 2011. Lots of exciting changes in 2011. We truly feel that we host the most passionate community members in the SAP BusinessObjects realm and we appreciate all of you!
#2 SAP BusinessObjects User Conference (aka SBOUC) / 2nd Annual Xcelsius Gurus Reception
As the only BusinessObjects conference that currently exists (though more are popping up in 2011) this event took off in Orlando with over 1600+ attendees, a far cry from its despicable attendance in Dallas the year before. On-site was the “Who is Who” in the BOE world, along with tons of informational sessions, and keynote demos of the upcoming BOE XI 4.0 release. Most shocking however was the formal announcement by Steve Lucas, SVP for SAP Business Objects North America that BOE had accounted for 52% of SAP sales up to Q3. We also co-hosted the wildly successful 2nd Annual Xcelsius Gurus Reception with the help and support of the SAP Xcelsius Marketing Team. Pics can be seen here.
#1 SAP Renames Xcelsius
Topping the charts at #1 is of course the Xcelsius name change to SAP Crystal Dashboard Design or #SCDD depending on what day you look on twitter. While some who are in emotional distraught blogged and tweeted that the “Xcelsius name will never die” it is clear that SAP is moving forward with it in an effort to consolidate their Crystal product portfolio. If it is any consolation, SAP took it one step further to leave no rock unturned by also changing the names of long beloved products such as ‘Infoview’ to ‘BI Launchpad’(1/10/11 Update. Correction – Web Intelligence will not be remained and hence the statement has been removed. Refer to the comments below). They even managed to gain accolade from Gartner who openly criticized SAP for their frequent name changes.
We are happy to announce the release of the Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) Fix Pack 3.2 (FP3.2) (See the official post by Matt Lloyd here)!! We were the first to announce its release on twitter yesterday and wanted to follow up with an official post. The Fix Pack must be applied to Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) SP3 (version: 184.108.40.206) or FP3.1. If you don’t already have it installed, please click here.
Download FP3.2 now by clicking here. Please be aware…there are two different versions available to download:
The Xcelsius Present 2008 Fix Pack 3.2 patch is for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Present only (note: this patch is not yet available).
The Xcelsius Enterprise 2008 Fix Pack 3.2 patch is both for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Engage and Enterprise.
After the FP 3.2 is applied, the version number should change to version: 220.127.116.11
The documentation is delayed, but will be available shortly from the SAP help portal. All your Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius) guides can be found by visiting the SAP BusinessObjects Solution Portfolio Knowledge Center. As soon as the documentation is available, we will know, so YOU will know as well! STAY TUNED!!
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Mico Yuk is a 2010 SAP Mentor and the founder of the Xcelsius Guru Network and the Everything Xcelsius blog. To learn more about her, please visit our About Us page.
While you’ve may have noticed a slight decline in the frequency of our recent posts, we want to assure you that we are working very hard backstage to better serve you in 2009.
We are working feverishly in the background to upgrade the blog for 2009 to provide better content (video interviews, podcasts, find out who we are etc.), a better blog design, better ways for users to interact on the blog with us and other readers and much more! We will continue to post relevant news and tips as 2008 comes to an end, but we are very excited about 2009. Look out for hints of some of these new elements in future postings.
Hang in there. We promise it will be worth your wait! The feedback that we get from our readers is very valuable to us. The blog continues to grow in visits and readership exponentially since its inception in July 2008, and we couldn’t do it without you! We now have readers from over 75+ countries. We really appreciate all of your support and emails and we hope that you are equally excited about what we have planned for 2009 (more to come in future posts).
May everyone have a happy Thanksgiving!
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