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Aug
16

Webinar Alert! “Dashboard Xtreme Makeover Part II”

UPDATE (8/15) - IF YOU ARE A NON-ASUG MEMBER AND WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL AT GURUS@EVERYTHINGXCELSIUS.COM BEFORE MONDAY (8/16) AT 10AM EST AND WE WILL MAKE SURE YOU ARE INCLUDED. THANKS TO ASUG FOR RESPONDING TO THE COMMUNITY!

Sorry for the late notice, but I wanted to be sure to invite you to a webinar that is being hosted by Ryan Goodman and I on Monday (08/16/10) entitled ‘Dashboard Xtreme Makeover’.  I was not going to blog about this, but now that we’ve finalized the content I was so excited I had to give you a sneak peek. It’s the ‘never before seen stuff’ that Gurus do. :)

Webinar History  – In 2008 Ryan hosted Part I of this same series. Due its popularity it was voted as the overall #2 webinar by the BusinessObjects community. For Part 2 we wanted to present a simple process that can be used by just about anyone.

The results? For the first time ever we are going to present a ‘5 Step Process to Design or Re-design your Dashboards’.  Note, we did not say GUIDELINES but an actual easy to follow PROCESS.  Below are the high level steps. You’ll have to attend for more details! See you there.

  • Step 1: Choose Layout Template (we provide up to 50 layouts!)
  • Step 2: Choose Data Visualizations (which chart, where?)
  • Step 3: Perform Cosmetic Surgery
  • Step 4:  Solicit User Feedback
  • Step 5:  Quality Checklist (Final Considerations)

NOTE: You must be an ASUG registered member to attend (remember all former GBN customers can join ASUG for free for a limitd time).  You must login to ASUG.com first. Click here to register.

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.

Aug
11

NEWS: Xcelsius PowerPoint & Adobe Flash 10.1 Issue

UPDATED: SAP JUST ANNOUNCED THAT ADOBE RELEASED THE FIX EARLY. CLICK HERE TO READ.

If you are the average Xcelsius user who demos dashboards on a regular basis via PowerPoint you’ve probably encountered the issue seen below when you try to view your dashboards in PPT after updating to Adobe Flash Player 10.1  As you can see this issue has been looming for about a month now, and there is finally a solution.

This week SAP informed us that they’ve finally been able to work with Adobe to create a patch.  The good  news?  While Adobe will not be releasing the patch until another week or so, anyone who desperately needs it can contact SAP support to obtain it early!

Here is Adobe’s official announcement.

Be sure to return and share your experiences with the community!

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.

Jun
20

“Dear aBI” Advice Column on SCN

It is such a pleasure to be the first SAP Mentor to kick off this new “Dear aBI” series on the SCN Network.  As a BusinessObjects reporting community evangelist, I was first humbled, but then excited about being asked to do this.  I’m always amazed at how many questions we get from the community.  The goal of this new column is to address the most common ‘important’ ones.  While the answers are subjective, the opinions represented here are not only from experience, but also from a number of reliable sources both within and outside of SAP BusinessObjects.  Kudos to Jason Cao and everyone involved in getting this kicked off!  It goes to show, once again the commitment that SAP BusinessObjects has to getting the correct information to their users.  I encourage everyone to submit their questions, small or big and we will do our best to address them.

My first post, Dear aBI: Dashboarding Must-Haves, was published today! I look forward to your comments!

 

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.

Jun
18

Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) Fix Pack 3.2 (FP3.2) Documentation Available!

As promised, we are letting you know first that the Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) Fix Pack 3.2 (FP3.2) Documentation is available to explore. There are two different documents available:

  1. SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.2 (FP3.2) What’s Fixed
  2. SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.2 (FP3.2) Release Notes2

We will follow up with another post, once we finalize our evaluation!! Have a great weekend!

Jun
18

Breaking NEWS!!! Crystal Dashboard and Presentation Design (Xcelsius 2008) Fix Pack 3.2 (FP3.2) released!

Hi Everyone,

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: 5.3.0.0) 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:

  1. The Xcelsius Present 2008 Fix Pack 3.2 patch is for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Present only (note: this patch is not yet available).
  2. 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: 5.3.2.0

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!!

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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.

May
19

The Future of Flash in the BI Space

With the recent back and forth battle between HTML5 and Flash and their place in the future gaining even more extensive tech-media coverage, we’ve been keeping a close ear to the arguments and have attentively followed both sides of the story since our core products and supporting technology rely heavily on Flash and Flex.

As the marketing and PR battle rages on between Apple and Adobe, blanket statements are being tossed around regarding the viability of both HTML5 and Flash technologies as if they’re competitors. So far, this debate has only served as a disservice the community in general as the misinformation train continues to board people in high places who don’t completely understand the technologies and begin to make decisions for their organizations that are driven by the general influence of external, biased companies promoting their own product interests, as opposed to properly assessing project technology needs based on other factors that have more, real world substance.

Many people have voiced their opinions on this topic and it’s certainly not breaking news though we thought it beneficial to speak directly on the future viability of Flash and Flex for enterprise Rich Internet Applications, specifically in the Business Intelligence space.

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May
11

Mico’s 2010 Update – 3 New Xcelsius Gurus Must Have Books!

Hi All,

I know it’s been some time since I’ve last posted and there is soooo much going on in the Xcelsius community. To start, we now have over 1,000 members in our LinkedIn group, over 600+ followers in Twitter and we just created a new LinkedIn group dedicated to the Xcelsius SDK, FleXcelsius…and the excitement continues! I was also recently nominated to be an SAP Mentor, the first to solidly represent Xcelsius in the SAP world, a huge honor.  Most exciting is the opportunity to bring the Xcelsius Gurus network to the SAP Business Object Community (aka BOC).  I will provide a separate blog post on how this will have a positive impact on the Xcelsius Gurus network and how I see things coming together. I invite everyone to benefit and be a part of it.  Last but not least, I have spent most of the year getting the commercial side of EverythingXcelsius up and running and we are scheduled to go live before the summer.  So this is quite exciting, as we have worked with so many clients, but now will have a separate presence to display what we’ve done. :)

Now that I got that mouthful out of the way, I have been adding to my book collection and had to share three exciting new books that you must purchase. These books were written by our fellow community members, and are MUST HAVES for Xcelsius and BI Developers. You can purchase all 3 on SAP Press under the BusinesObjects category, or if you’re like me and use Amazon, feel free to purchase directly from our new reading list!
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Mar
19

Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.1 (FP3.1) Documentation is Available!!

As promised, we are letting you know first that the Xcelsius Fix Pack 3.1 (FP3.1) Documentation is available to explore. There are two different documents available:

  1. SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius 2008 FP3.1 What’s Fixed
  2. SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.1 Release Notes

We will follow up with another post, once we finalize our evaluation!! Have a great weekend!

Mar
19

Xcelsius 2008 Fix Pack 3.1 (FP3.1) is HERE!!

Hi Everyone,

We want to welcome the much anticipated release of  Fix Pack 3.1 or FP3.1 as it is officially called! 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 Xcelsius 2008 SP3 (version: 5.3.0.0). If you don’t already have it installed, please click here.

You can download FP3.1 by clicking here, but please be aware,  that there are two different versions available to download:

  1. The Xcelsius Present 2008 Fix Pack 3.1 for Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Present
  2. The Xcelsius Enterprise 2008 Fix Pack 3.1 for both  Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Engage and Enterprise

After the FP 3.1 is applied, the version number should change to version: 5.3.1.0

According to our trusted guys at SAP, the documentation will be available shortly. They were too anxious to release the Fix Pack and didn’t want to wait for the documentation to be ready. Hey, we’re not complaining, Thanks!!  Since we will be first to know when the documentation is ready, You will be first to know as well. Stay Tuned!

Mar
9

Thanks for a successful webinar!

Hi Everyone,

We would like to officially announce that Michael Patton, of BMW Manufacturing, is the winner of the free seat to the Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop in Dallas, TX, on March 24-25. We apologize for the delay in announcing the winner, but we wanted to confirm that he would be able to attend.

For those of you who attended the webinar and received the discount code, we have decided to extend it out until 12AM PST, due to the delay on our behalf. For those of you who registered, but was not able to attend, you should have received an email with the discount code, if not, please send an email to soo@everythingxcelsius.com and I will send you the code directly.

There is less than 3 weeks left for the workshop on March 24-25 in Dallas, TX, and the seats are filling up fast. We encourage anyone interested in attending, to register today. If you are having trouble with reserving a room at the hotel or have any other questions please feel free to send me an email directly.

We hope to conduct another webinar soon and welcome any emails with topic suggestions.

Thanks,

Soo Tang Yuk
soo@everythingxcelsius.com