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Alert: Most Important Xcelsius Webinar of 2012

Hi Our Loyal Followers,

If you have used, invested or are curious about the Xcelsius software, this may the be most important email you will read in 2012!  It’s been a LOOONGG, SLOW year in the Xcelsius world, but I’m sure most of you have seen or heard the buzz about the upcoming “All Access Xcelsius” Webinar tomorrow (4/18/12) at 10am PST/ 1p EST that I will be hosting along with the SAP BI Team.

If you recall, SAP promised to give us the long awaited ‘Xcelsius Statement of Direction’ back in Jan of 2012. To date we have seen NULL.  This call is to follow up on that request and get your future of Xcelsius questions answered.

Besides the NO BS or Marketing theme (had to make SAP promise), there are a number of reasons why you need to attend:

  1. UPDATE: The Xcelsius Statement of Direction (SOD) has been delivered! Read it here: / or if behind a firewall, try here:
  2. NEW Call Format - Unlike traditional webinars, where SAP typically whips out a PPT for 45 mins, tells you all the good things they hope to come and then leave 10 mins for questions, we will have 15 mins of PPT and 40 mins of questions. Expect most of the questions entered in the registration form to be answered at this time. We will also be taking questions via Twitter and monitoring the Hashtags #AllAccessSAP or #XcelsiusSOD.
  3. Panel.. the whole  SAP BI team! - This usually exists at conferences, and to be honest as the registration numbers started increasing to alarming heights SAP just kept adding team members. GO COMMUNITY. Let’s keep them on their toes!  Guess no one wants to be the naked emperor.
  4. Live Polls – During the call we want to give SAP as much feedback as possible, so we will be hosting a few live polls on the call and showing the results in real time.
  5. Post Surveys – It is also critical that you fill out the post webinar survey that will feature some questions that SAP needs to gain feedback on to ensure that we continue to gain updates. Snuck into there, we will also ask what you would like to see happen with in 2012. :-)
  6. Continuity.. Lets do it again! - Now note, because of the overwhelming response SAP is already considering doing this same kind of No BS webinar for other areas and tools such as WebI etc. Please be sure again to fill out the post survey if you want this repeated.
  7. Three Xcelsius Book Giveaways – As a thank you for your support our friends at SAP Press provided 3 of the NEW Creating Dashboards with SAP BusinessObjects (2nd ed.) books to raffle on the call.  You Must be present to WIN. I personally wrote the foreword for this book and it is the only book that will give you clear guidance on how to use Xcelsius in an Enterprise environment. Don’t miss out!

Registration Link: You can register using this link: Even if you can’t make the actual webinar, we encourage you to sign up to receive the recording afterwards.

Now to the NO BS Clang… Joining us from SAP will be:

  • Mani Gill – VP, Business Intelligence Solution Management, SAP
  • Ty Miller – Senior Director, Solution Management, SAP
  • Jason Rose – VP, BI Solution Marketing (but he is hanging up his marketing hat for this webinar)
  • Ian Mayor – Director, BI Solution Management, SAP
  • Scott Leaver – Director, BI Solution Management, SAP
  • Mani Srinivasan – Solution Manager, BI Solution Management, SAP (Explorer)

We asked the community to come out and support us, and the response is overwhelming! At 100 registrants per day globally, we have over 750+ registrants and counting.  As the global evangelist for this product, I  just want to say your response makes my 2nd (unpaid) job worth the while. THANK YOU! Don’t forget, even if you can’t make the webinar, still sign up to receive the recording afterwards:

PS – Sorry that I have not been blogging as much. It’s very challenging working a day job, dealing with SAP on the back end to keep things moving, being on twitter trying to gain real time responses, and blogging.  I do have lots to say and will work on getting this going soon.  Meanwhile I would appreciate if you could let me know what you want to see on in 2012. Thanks!

Mico Yuk is a SAP Mentor and Influencer, founder of the Xcelsius Gurus Network, the Everything Xcelsius blog, and co-founder of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence. To learn more about her, please visit her about page.


Webinar Alert: Introducing SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 2011 (Xcelsius)

This week I am extremely excited to help introduce through SCN, the latest version of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 2011, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 10:00 am PST, 1:00 pm EST.

For our Xcelsius Gurus network members who have stayed on top of the BI4.0 launch, you may have already seen some of the features in previous webinars. With this webinar, I am going to take a slightly different approach to introduce Xcelsius based on my previous experiences using the tool and highlight its newest strengths. Following the webinar, I would love to congregate to gain your feedback.


See below for the for the official SCN Announcement:

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


Free Webinar Alert: How to Effectively Price a Dashboard (Xcelsius) Project

Join Mike Alexander (Author, Crystal Xcelsius for Dummies & Microsoft Excel MVP) and Mico Yuk (SAP Mentor & Co-Founder, Benchmarkers Business Intelligence) on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 1pm EST, for a one hour webinar, titled: “How to Effectively Price a Dashboard Project“.

Anyone in the business of dashboard consulting knows the complexities of pricing out a dashboard project. Between growing scope, increasing complexity, and interactive development, a dashboard project can quickly become a black hole that sucks up your time and resources.

Mike and Mico will show you how to put your arms around the actual scope of the project, breaking up the project into separate fundamental sub-tasks. Then the duo will dive into the most effective ways to layer in pricing. At the end of this webinar, you’ll move away from that generic hourly rate, moving toward a more surgical strike method for building a quote for your potential dashboard clients.

Webinar details:

Also, don’t forget to register for the upcoming Xcelsius Advanced Developer Workshop in Miami, FL on April 19-20, 2011. Register before 04/01 and save $100 during the early bird special. Seats are filling up fast and last year we had a waiting list, so please don’t delay!

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


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.


Webinar Alert! “Dashboard Xtreme Makeover Part II”


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 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.


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!


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.