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Dec
15

SAP BI 4.0 and Xcelsius 2008 Events and Resources

Hi Everyone,

With all the anticipation and ramp up surrounding the release of the new SAP BI 4.0 Suite, I would like to report on several new and exciting events and resources that you should not miss. I will also mention some exciting Xcelsius 2008 news that we announced yesterday on twitter!

Let’s begin with SAP BI 4.0:

SAP BI 4.0

Webinar Alert: BI 4.0: Did you think about your upgrade?

Please join David Francois Gonzalez with the SAP Technology RIG Americas as he hosts the webinar titled BI 4.0 Did you think about your upgrade?

DATE: Wednesday, 15 December 2010
START TIME: 8:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. ET, 5:00 p.m. CET
PRESENTER: David Francois Gonzalez

For more information and to register for this webinar, please click here.

Resources: SAP BI Suite ELearning Catalog

SAP is now offering official product tutorials to assist in learning the new SAP BusinessObjects suite of products. Below is the list of products with available interactive and animated tutorials online. For more information on what’s available, please click here.

  • SAP Crystal Reports 2011
  • SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise
  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
  • SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
  • SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool
  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform
  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis (coming in Q1)

Xcelsius 2008

Today Matt Lloyd announced the release of the Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.4 (FP3.4) with support for Windows 7 on the SCN Forum.

The Fix Pack must be applied to Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) SP3 (version: 5.3.0.0), FP3.1, FP3.2, or FP3.3. If you don’t already have it installed, please click here. To proceed with your FP3.4 download, please click here.

Please be aware…there are two different versions available to download:

  1. The Xcelsius Present 2008 Fix Pack 3.4 patch is for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Present only
  2. The Xcelsius Enterprise 2008 Fix Pack 3.4 patch is both for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Engage and Enterprise.

After FP3.4 is applied, the version number should change to version: 5.3.4.0

The following official documentation is now available on the SAP help portal for your reference:

For more information and the official announcement, please click here.

Our goal is always to provide you with all the latest news and events on SAP BusinessObjects, so please stay tuned for more. You can also follow us on one of our other profiles:

Soo Tang Yuk is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more about her, please visit the About Us page.

Nov
16

Webinar Alert: Distributing Xcelsius Dashboards

More and more, dashboards are playing an increasingly pivotal role in organizations with a growing demand for new ways of delivering and consuming these dashboards. Users are no longer content with having dashboards delivered via a corporate portal or BusinessObjects InfoView. In fact, to use a rather overused BI cliché, users are demanding dashboards that deliver “the right information, at the right time, in the right place”.

This means, that organizations are now looking at ways to make dashboards available offline, delivered by email, or accessible on their users’ mobile devices. They also want to focus the information within the dashboards so that it can be personalized and distributed to users in a simple file format. However, many organizations have concerns about data security, encryption and scalability, and also the work required to customize dashboards. These concerns have prevented them from pursuing what could be a very effective way to extend the use of business intelligence to new users.

Antivia will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 18 at 2:00pm EST, demonstrating how you can utilize the power of XWIS and the BusinessObjects Enterprise platform to distribute personalized, offline Xcelsius dashboards, in a secure and scalable way to new users and new devices.

You can register for the webinar here. Space is limited so register today.

For those of you who missed the previous webinar: “Accelerate your Xcelsius Dashboards”, the recording is now available here.

Soo Tang Yuk fosters and evangelizes the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” and its communities. To find out more about her, please visit the About Us page. (posted on behalf of Andrew Smith, VP of Antivia, North America)

Oct
15

Documentation Available for Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.3 (FP3.3) with support for Windows 7

We are following up to our post earlier this week with documentation for Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008 with support for Windows 7) Fix Pack 3.3 (FP3.3). There are two different documents available:

  1. SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.3 (FP3.3) What’s Fixed
  2. SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.3 (FP3.3) Release Notes

We look forward to receiving feedback on this new Fix Pack.  Have a great weekend!

Soo Tang Yuk is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more about her, please visit the About Us page.

Oct
11

NEWS ALERT! Xcelsius 2008 FP3.3 is out (with support for Windows 7)

Hi Everyone,

Last week we announced the release of Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) Fix Pack 3.3 (FP3.3) on twitter and wanted to follow up with an official post. (See the official post by Matt Lloyd here on the SCN Forums) The Fix Pack must be applied to Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) SP3 (version: 5.3.0.0), FP3.1 or FP3.2. If you don’t already have it installed, please click here.

To download FP3.3 now, click here. Please be aware…there are two different versions available to download:

  1. The Xcelsius Present 2008 Fix Pack 3.3 patch is for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Present only
  2. The Xcelsius Enterprise 2008 Fix Pack 3.3 patch is both for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Engage and Enterprise.

After FP3.3 is applied, the version number should change to version: 5.3.3.0

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!!

Want to keep up with all the latest Xcelsius news, follow us on:

Soo Tang Yuk is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more about her, please visit the About Us page.

Sep
29

How ASUG Won Me Over

As a SAP BusinessObjects “legacy customer” why should I pay to join ASUG, a predominantly SAP organization? This is perhaps the million dollar question and one that many SAP BusinessObjects folks have been asking themselves for the last 2 years, post the SAP acquisition. I was also in the same boat, but instead of speculating, I was blessed enough to connect to some key folks who changed my entire perspective and I want to share my experience with you. (Note: Anything that I state here is not for the purpose of advertising or discrediting ASUG.  It is simply based on my actual experiences and personal thoughts.)

So you can easily follow my journey through ASUG, I am going to summarize what I call ‘the how ASUG won me over timeline’, one person at a time.

  • (May 2010) ASUG Dashboarding SIG Volunteer – I was invited to join earlier this year by the SIG’s chair, my former client and colleague, Gabe Orthous, from McKesson. While the progress with this SIG has been fairly slow, considering the group has only met about twice to date so far, I was surprised to find tenured members, such as Paul Grill of Infosol, whose outspoken persona always shines light on the “real issues”.  The joint webinar I conducted with Ryan Goodman in August is an example of the SIG’s effort to provide quality content to its few hundred members (most of which are from the SAP side).
  • (July 2010) ASUG Atlanta Chapter – While having lunch with Gabe and another fellow ASUG Dashboard SIG volunteer, Durgesh Das, I then met Rajeev Kapur (a very friendly, but influential BI leader from Newell Rubbermaid). Tasked with managing both the SAP and BusinessObjects suite in his own environment, Rajeev happened to also be the head of the ASUG Atlanta chapter.  He is responsible for organizing  the local Atlanta ASUG Chapter events that are attended by almost 300 customers and partners. Expressing the need to get more BOE folks to these events, though skeptical, I attended the first on Sept 17th at the COKE Enterprise with my buddy Durgesh (I documented my entire experience via twitter with photos). In a nutshell, there were 4 segments of sessions from 9-5pm and each segment contained a BusinessObjects session that was not only well attended, but quite informative.  I learned about RoamBI, Crystal Reports integration with Xcelsius, and the BusinessObjects Roadmap. Did I forget to mention, that as a BOE vendor, there was not a shortage of SAP customers who needed help with their BOE implementations? So honestly, I left there wondering, how can I possibly get more BOE folks to see what I saw?  The best was yet to come!
  • (Sept 2010) Conversation with ASUG CEO Bridgette Chambers – Triggered by some feedback from the webinar I conducted with Ryan Goodman, (which I will not discuss here due to its irrelevance) I was then contacted by ASUG’s very own CEO, Bridgette Chambers. Like many of you, I had read about her new role as the CEO of ASUG last year, but when her secretary called to set up a call with me, I thought, “OK, maybe these guys are serious about getting BOE folks on board!” Without going into full details of the entire conversation, what stood out to me the most was her absolute focus and determination to win over the BOE community. It honestly left me wondering, “With this type of leadership at the top, why does it seem that ASUG has failed to capture the attention of the BOE community?” Simple answer. They did not choose a BIG ENOUGH SHOVEL to penetrate the heap known as the BOE legacy customers.

Conclusion - At this point, however, I am convinced that there is tremendous value in ASUG, but just unsure how to relay this to our BOE community. I think most will agree, that ASUG did a poor job of transitioning the GBN members when they took over which left the BusinessObjects folks wandering out there, turned off by member fees, a bad ASUG website, a confusing strategy to bring them board, and no visibility into the true value of joining this ‘seemingly’ SAP vested organization.

So my take? If you are a customer the membership is free until the end of the year. Please check it out. I’ve not only gained great friendships and associates, but also new customers and lots of new friends to network with and to exchange knowledge. And because the BOE community is so small, there is a lot of room to really influence what ASUG does. Not to mention, the SAP folks I met have such a deep interest in BusinessObjects. There is no excuse that one will hear about SAP modules all day. I sure did not! I did however, learn a lot about how BusinessObjects work on top of SAP. So I definitely encourage you to join me on this journey folks. See you next week in Orlando!

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.

Sep
28

Xcelsius Party RSVP Begins

Hi Everyone,

We are excited to formally announce the SAP Xcelsius Community Party, hosted by the Xcelsius Gurus, at the SAP BusinessObjects User Conference in Orlando, FL, on October 5th at 7pm in the Oceanic 3, Lobby Level.

This invitation-only event promises to be much bigger and better than last year, with a chance to network with Xcelsius users, experts, and other folks from the BusinessObjects community. To RSVP, please send an email with ‘RSVP’ in the  subject line, to aundrea.lacy@sap.com by October 1st.

This year we also want to encourage you to submit your best stories and examples of Xcelsius, to be judged by your colleagues and peers within the community. All submissions should be sent to emily.mui@sap, no later than October 3rd.

For more details about the party and to view the full invite, please click here: SBOUC 2010 Xcelsius Party Invite.

We are super excited about this event and hope to see everyone there.

Soo Tang Yuk is the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network” community manager and evangelist. To find out more about her, please visit the About Us page.

Sep
21

Reportapalooza Challenge Check in!

And Reportapalooza continues! Two weeks ago I wrote my first blog post about this exciting SAP BusinessObjects virtual competition. Since then, THANKS to YOU, I won Challenge #1 with my Coffee Consumption Calculator. I can’t thank everyone enough for the overwhelming support and feedback that I received! I am cooking something up in the form of a free giveaway, to show my appreciation, once the competition ends for all of you.

The bad news? I did not fare as well in Challenge #3, “Lessons from a Reporting Maestro”, but a huge CONGRATS to the winner Brian Durning (ASUG Crystal Reports SIG Chair). He did an awesome job, including, providing some direction on my beginner video (along with my colleague and Crystal Reports Guru, Mike Garrett).

So what’s next? Below is a quick review of the past and upcoming Reportapalooza events:

So what’s Challenge #2? Many folks have asked me about getting involved with Reportapalooza not realizing that this is exactly what the “Report Hero” challenge is all about. It’s simple, submit your heroic experience with SAP Crystal Reports or Dashboards by October 8th, 2010, and you may become the next superstar! Not only can you register to win prizes, (I was shocked to see that 3 of my twitter friends won $25 ITunes gift cards for Challenge #1!) but if chosen, your story will be turned into a collectible music poster and highlighted in the competition and community.

My advice? Don’t walk, Run to submit your story NOW. If you are an SAP BusinessObjects report writer/developer or consumer this is a no brainer! It takes 5 minutes to submit your short story, so do it now! In addition, we will feature the winning story on our blog as well.

Thanks again for all the great support!!

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.


Sep
8

Reportapalooza Challenge One Results!

Hi Folks,

As winner of Challenge #1, and on behalf of not just myself but the other 4 experts, I just want to say THANKS to everyone for your ongoing support and participation in this Reportapalooza competition. It’s really YOU the community, (the partners, customers, fellow reporters)… who make this exciting for us!

I can’t even express in this message what fun it is working with such fine fellow experts. It’s incredible the amount of expertise we have in this competition and I am just humbled to be a part of such an elite cast. It’s quite a learning experience for me and the support from the fellow experts, Jamie Oswald, David Deitch, Brian Durning and, Jim Brogden has been unparalleled.

As you can see, we all put in a great deal of time and work so that you would be happy with our entries and based on the feedback, we succeeded. We look forward to putting out more exciting dashboards and videos in the next few weeks so continue to flood us with your input.

It’s only just begun so let’s get the Fall kicked off. We are ready for Challenge #2! :-)

I originally posted this on SAP Crystal Reports and Dashboard Design Facebook Fanpage, but wanted to extend my thanks here as well…

Mico Yuk is a 2010 SAP Mentor and the founder of the Xcelsius Gurus Network and the Everything Xcelsius blog. To learn more about her, please visit our About Us page.

Aug
18

NEWS: First FleXcelsius Bootcamp!!

Interested in learning how to use the Xcelsius SDK?  Then don’t miss this one time opportunity to learn from the best of best, none other than the FleXcelsius Gurus, as Centigon Solutions hosts the first ever FleXcelsius Bootcamp!

In this is a one of a kind boot camp, you will learn how to transform Flex components into configurable Xcelsius add-ons as well as learn how to maximize the Xcelsius SDK with your existing Flex development skills and create brand new components. Our bootcamp instructors will arm you with enough hands on experience and sample code to tackle custom component and connections for your organization’s Xcelsius dashboard initiatives.

At this Bootcamp you will receive:

  • 2 days of intensive hands on Flexcelsius training
  • Training material + labs source code
  • 2 functional components with source code included
  • Lunch is provided on both days
  • Perfect San Diego weather!
  • And more….

Unfortunately we only have a few seats left so Register Now!

Evan DeLodder is a Senior Software Engineer focused on the development and application of cutting edge Rich Internet Application technologies in the Business Intelligence space. To learn more about him, please visit our new FleXcelsius page.

Aug
16

Introducing Reportapalooza – SAP 1st Virtual Reality Show!

If you are on twitter following the @XcelsiusGurus you’ve probably heard the new buzz word #Reportapalooza, SAP’s new virtual reality show where 5 Crystal Reports / Xcelsius experts will compete for prizes. The cool part?  All challenges will be judged by YOU, yes YOU the community who will also have the chance to participate and win fun prizes.  Think ‘American Idol’ except instead of singing we are building reports. Oh yeah,  no one gets voted off, points are tallied each week and at the end of the competition.

Talk about neat?  Outside of being excited that SAP is entering THIS century with their marketing efforts :) take a quick peek at the impressive TOP 5 EXPERT LIST below which you can also follow on twitter here.

  1. Mico Yuk – yes that’s me, so hopefully you are somewhat biased in your voting LOL! SAP 2010 Mentor, Founder of this blog / Xcelsius Gurus Network, Xcelsius fanatic/blogger
  2. Jamie Oswald – fellow SAP 2010 mentor, former GBN Ambassador, long-time BOE Specialist
  3. David Deitch –   Owner of largest Linkedin Crystal Reports Group, long-time Crystal Reports Guru
  4. Jim Brodgen – SAP BOE Webi Author, Xcelsius 2010 Winter Olympics winner, long-time BOE Guru
  5. Brian Durning – ASUG Crystal Reports SIG Chair, long-time Crystal Reports Guru

The competition officially starts today so be sure to visit the site and sign up for email updates to win prizes!  I will be blogging throughout and offering some specials to our community as well. :-)

GET STARTED NOW – Vote on our first challenge poll today to pick which dashboard you want us to build and win a $25 Itunes gift card. Click here!

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Mico Yuk is a 2010 SAP Mentor and the founder of the Xcelsius Gurus Network and the Everything Xcelsius blog. To learn more about her, please visit our About Us page.