Posts Tagged ‘Flex Components’


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.



News Alert! – Centigon Webinars 3/12 and 3/19 !!

Just a reminder that Centigon has to 2 upcoming Webinars over the next 2 weeks. They will be presented by Ryan Goodman, owner of Centigon Solutions and Flex + Xcelsius dashboard expert (Ryan’s secret weapon) Evan Delodder. We wanted to provide our take on each webinar and why you might not want to miss out!

Webinar #1

  • Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009
  • Topic: Introducing Centigon Solutions Plugin Components for Xcelsius 2008
  • Presenter: Ryan Goodman, Evan Delodder (if you don’t know who Evan is then its worth just getting on to meet this guy. He is Ryan’s secret weapon and one of the only developers we have met personally that has truly mastered both Xcelsius and Flex!)
  • Target Audience: Xcelsius Developers (particularly those who want to save time) / Customers (particularly those who want to save money on their Xcelsius development)
  • Items to be covered: How the components work, Real Example cases and success stories, Sneak Preview of what is coming next!



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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