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Free! Xcelsius Recorded Webinars

Hi folks,

I’ve been getting tons of emails asking when and where our webinar recordings will be posted.  I have finally been able to edit and post the last two recorded Xcelsius webinars at the links below:

Xcelsius 101 (for Beginners)

Xcelsius Advanced XML Connectivity (not XML Maps)

Note that each recorded webinar is FREE to view.  The embeded video will automatically start as soon as the video buffers..

If you are not able to see the video, you are probably missing the Windows Media Player ActiveX plug-in.  Just email me and I’ll help you get set up.


Mike Alexander is the author of several books on advanced business analysis, including Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies. You can find Mike at Datapig Technologies, where he serves as principle contributor and shares free video tutorials with the Microsoft Office and Xcelsius communities.


FREE Xcelsius Webinars

Ok people.  Get ready to get excited.  As of November, I will be offering free webinars on a variety of topics.

Yes…I said Free!

Here are some of the Xcelsius Topics you can register for:

Xcelsius 101:
This session is a Beginner’s look at Xcelsius.  If you or someone on your team is just getting started with Xcelsius, this session will give you a proper introduction to all the features of this amazing dashboarding tool.

Xcelsius Tips and Tricks:
Join us to learn a few of my world-famous tips and tricks that will help you enhance your Xcelsius dashboards.

Xcelsius Advanced XML Connectivity:
In this Webinar, you will learn how to connect to external databases using full XML connectivity (Not just XML Maps).  This session will walk you step-by-step through the code you will need develop a connected Xcelsius dashboard.

Click Here to Register for any of these FREE webinars.


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.


Count Down to the Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop

Hi Everyone,

So we are officially counting down to the Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop in Dallas, TX, on March 24-25. There are less than 9 days left and less than 5 seats available. Mico and Mike are prepared and look forward to the workshop and meeting all the attendees.

For those of you who are just hearing about the workshop, or have never heard of it before, below is a summarized version of the agenda:

Day 1- Advanced Dashboarding Techniques

  • Mico Yuk- Professional Dashboard Design
  • Mike Alexander-  Enhancing Xcelsius Dashboard with Excel Techniques

Day 2 – Advanced Data Connectivity Techniques

  • Mico Yuk- Basic Connectivity Techniques
  • Mike Alexander – Advanced Connectivity Techniques

For a detailed version of the agenda please visit

During the workshop, there are contests planned with free prize giveaways. You also get a chance to meet and mingle with Mico and Mike each day, before and after.

Spaces are filling up fast, so anyone interested should register today. If you have any questions about the agenda or logistics, please feel free to send me an email directly. For those attending already, don’t forget to walk with your camera’s to share your experience with those not attending.

There is less than 9 days left, so hurry and register today!


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 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.


Soo Tang Yuk


FREE Advanced Xcelsius Tips and Tricks Webinar with giveaways!

Join the Xcelsius Gurus Mico Yuk and Mike Alexander, Author, Crystal Xcelsius for Dummies, for a FREE 30 minutes webinar on advanced Xcelsius data management and visualization tips and tricks on Thursday, March 4, 2010, from 1-1:30pm. We only have 100 seats available, so please register today!

Below is the webinar agenda for your reference:

  1. Introductions (Mico)
  2. Data management Tricks (Mike)
    • Copying Formulas from Xcelsius to Excel
    • Dynamcially Resetting Controls to a Default
  3. Visualization Tricks (Mike)
    • Creating Web Style Menus
    • Creating a Pin-Cushion Chart (Simulating Drop Lines in Xcelsius)
  4. Discuss Upcoming Training in March (Mico)
  5. Q&A (Mico)

This webinar is a preview to our Advanced Xcelsius Developer Workshop on March 24-25, 2010, in Dallas, TX. During the webinar we will be offering the following:

  1. Free! Seat Giveaway
  2. Discounted sign ups until 12am EST that day for $949/person instead of $1099/person
  3. More info on what will be covered

For more information on the workshop on March 24-25, 2010, please visit

We only have 100 spaces available for this FREE webinar, so please reserve yours today! Click here to register!


VIDEO: How to use Xcelsius 2008 with VBA!

Ever wanted to use VBA with Xceslius?  How about pivot tables? Well, you can!

I  put together a video to show you how integrating Xcelsius into Excel and Access, enables you to:

  • Utilize existing Microsoft Office solutions to extend the capabilities of Xcelsius.
  • Utilize familiar Office environment as primary platform
  • Take advantage of core Office features such as PivotTables
  • Extend VBA to your Xcelsius models
  • Simplify the data transfers to your Xceslius models

See video below or click here to see in browser.

If the video is too small in your browser click here to view.

Mike Alexander is the author of several books on advanced business analysis, including Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies. You can find Mike at, where he serves as principle contributor and shares free video tutorials with the Microsoft Office and Xcelsius communities.


Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop on March 24-25, 2010

Hi Everyone,

If you are anywhere online, you are probably starting to hear the buzz about the upcoming Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop, being held in Dallas, TX. I will be conducting the training along side, Mike Alexander, author of the popular book, Crystal Xcelsius for Dummies. Last year the training sold out early, so we encourage everyone to register early. Register before 2/15 and receive the early bird special $200 discount! This year, the training is filled with tons of surprises and prizes, along with breakfast and lunch with the us.

On the 1st day, the training will cover, Advanced Dashboarding Techniques. Mike and I will be giving techniques on how to design your Xcelsius dashboard. On the 2nd day we will cover Advanced Data Connectivity Techniques. For more information about the training agenda, please visit You can also follow our FaceBook FanPage or the My Xcelsius Blog to see what others are buzzing about.

Remember, catch the early bird special by registering before 2/15. We look forward to seeing everyone there!!

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


Video: Show Chart Values without Hovering

One of the more annoying things about Xcelsius charts is its inability to show data lables. That is to say, you can’t see the values of each data point on a chart without hovering over each point. In this video, I show you how you can leverage one of Excel’s oldest tricks to actually show chart values without hovering. Even cooler than that, I show you that you can do this without adding a data grid, textbox or any other component to the chart visualization. That’s right, show chart values without the aid of any other components. Enjoy!!

Mike Alexander is the author of several books on advanced business analysis, including Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies. You can find Mike at, where he serves as principle contributor and shares free video tutorials with the Microsoft Office and Xcelsius communities.


Webinar Alert: When to use SAP BOE to connect your dashboard?

Sorry for the late notice…

If you are following us on Twitter or in our group this is old news, but Ryan Goodman and myself have teamed up again to deliver another dynamic webinar!  For those who are unaware our first webinar together last year, THANKS TO YOU, it was rated #1 in 2008 in attendance.