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Learn ‘Big Data Visualization Storyboarding and Wireframing Techniques’ like never before!

As you all know, we live in an era where ‘Big Data’ has indeed become an important core component in every industry. When data is used to its full potential, companies can maximize their marketability, generate more revenue, and even create disruptive innovation. However, to be effective, it is critical that the data be presented in a manner that users can easily analyze and interpret. Data visualization storyboarding and wireframing techniques are just some of the key strategies needed to start building effective visuals for your organization.

Join me this Thursday, June 26th at 12 pm EST, for BI Dashboard Mastery 2.0 and learn how to jumpstart that process, as I will teach the following key techniques:

  • The 2 most important steps you need to take to start your visual storytelling journey today. I’ll share two things that you can start doing immediately to jumpstart your data viz journey! It’s easier than you think :-)
  • The 4 most critical sections that all successful BI Storyboards must have, but 80% of users don’t even know exist! Yes that is correct! You will learn about the 4 key areas that we include on all 400+ dashboards that we have built, and how to start using them!
  • Which free tool you should be using to build your dashboard wireframe to make the process painless! There are over 40 in the market… we will show you our top 3. Remove the guesswork!
  • How to easily create dashboard wireframes that will WOW your users and gain sign off 80% faster. No more struggling through design discussions. No need for a designer. This one tip alone we’re told is worth the entire course!


You get the chance to instantly download some BIDF wireframe templates to use immediately!

Webinar information:

  • When: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • Time: 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm CET
  • Register now:

Our last two BI Dashboard Mastery workshops had well over 1200 registrants, so don’t wait last minute to claim your spot!

BIDF Webinar #2 Click here now

Mico Yuk, Founder, | Author, Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley, 2013) | BI Coach | Global Keynote Speaker| Top Analytics Blogger (2012) | Co-Founder, ‘Xcelsius Gurus’ Network & To find out more about Mico, visit


Where to get SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) Add-Ons

For those of you who have looked to the “Get More Add-Ons” link inside of Xcelsius, you may have noticed that there are no longer add-ons available. Over the last year, it looks like SAP has been slowly de-commissioning the On-Demand community site to emphasize other communities. While we are sad to see it go, I assume that this link will soon point to another location; hopefully somewhere like Ecohub.

There are some realities when it comes to the Xcelsius marketplace and the SDK. The original vision to foster a marketplace for developers to contribute components never took off for many good reasons. The iStore model only works when there is a critical mass around a platform, a marketplace large enough to support commerce, and a dedicated effort to support and evolve the SDK. Instead, we have small but dedicated group of individuals and software solution providers who currently offer powerful complimentary solutions for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards and Xcelsius. I have been fortunate to see many of them in action over the years and believe that the On-Demand store did not provide visibility to these great solutions.

So where do we go now for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards and Xcelsius add-on solutions?


If your organization is deploying enterprise dashboards inside of BusinessObiects using SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, the first place you can look is SAP Ecohub . This website features certified solutions not only for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards and Xcelsius, but also other SAP enterprise applications.


The second place, and probably most important are vendor web sites and blogs that provide the level of detail and support that you would require to ultimately make a decision to use or purchase an third party solution.


A third place to find information about add on solutions for Xcelsius is at EverythingXcelsius.comResources” page. I invite anyone who creates a plugin or complimentary software solutions specifically designed for SAP BusinessObejcts Dashboards or Xcelsius to comment on this post. Perhaps from this, we can generate a permanent list of vendors and products here on EverythingXcelsius.

Hopefully this move will give customers access to certified solutions, and a good venue to host a more complete list of add-ons here to give everyone out there visibility to what is available.

Ryan Goodman is the Founder of Centigon Solutions, an SAP® software solution partner, that is strategically focused on developing add-on products for use with Xcelsius®. To learn more about him, please visit our Gurus page


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.


More on BOBJ’s Xcelsius Publishing Plugin…

After our first announcement of the Xcelsius Publishing Plugin, a number of readers asked us to post more details. We leaned on SAP/BOBJ Labs to help us provide you with more information. To clarify, the Plugin is simply a utility that when installed utilizes the Publishing capabilities in BOE XI Publishing framework to publish your dashboard in a defined timely manner with the requested snapshot of data.

Below are some further details on how the Xcelsius Publishing Plugin works, compliments of the BOBJ Lab (clearly one of the coolest departments in BOBJ)!

The Xcelsius Publishing Plugin brings the power of the Business Objects Enterprise (BOE) XI publishing framework to Xcelsius. The publishing framework contains a rich set of capabilities to allow Business Objects BI content (and now Xcelsius!) to be published to a broad set of recipients.

Using the publishing framework/plugin along with your dashboard, enables you to:

  • Identify a set of recipients to which your dashboard will be distributed
  • Use industry-leading tools such as Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports to gather the data to be included
  • Personalize each dashboard by including only the data specific to each recipient
  • Define how your dashboards should be distributed (e.g. sent to each recipient via email, or dropped in a shared folder)
  • Schedule your dashboard to be distributed as often as your needs require.

BOE XI and the Xcelsius Publishing Plugin streamline and automate the publication of your dashboard to your users. All this can be accomplished without the development of any additional scripts or custom code; everything you need is at your fingertips!
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