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Brogden’s Building Blocks of Dashboard Design

The popularity of dashboarding has reached an all-time high thanks in large part to SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (SBOD), formerly known as Xcelsius. This product has helped to push the art of data visualization to the forefront of business intelligence (BI) projects around the world. Because of its highly customizable nature, SBOD dashboards can be designed [...]

Interactive Candlestick Charting with Xcelsius

Do you need to display stock information in an interactive SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard model? This post shows how to do just that. With as little as two components – the Candlestick Chart and a List Box – you can create and deliver an hour-by-hour and interactive display of stock performance for a selected day. Download [...]

Christmas Lights with Xcelsius

This post shows how to create Christmas lights in Xcelsius by using just a couple components. The two components used in this example are the Push Button and Play Control component. Just five formulas were written in the spreadsheet to alternate the colors and create “blinking lights”. These formulas are all based on the Data [...]

Sharing Reports in SAP Crystal Reports Server

In this post, the 2nd in a three part series for the Reportapalooza “Reporting Remix” challenge, I will describe my observations of SAP Crystal Reports Server after logging on with Internet Explorer into the Java Infoview portal. I logged into SAP Crystal Reports Server as the Administrator and was given two categories of options: Navigate [...]

Getting Started with SAP Crystal Reports Server

Part 1 of the 3 part series on SAP Crystal Reports Server by Jim Brogden for the final Reportapalooza Challenge.