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 […]

Xcelsius 2008 SP4 – Waterfall Chart

One of the new features of the latest service pack SP4 is the Waterfall chart. Until now, we have had to do workarounds or purchase third party addons to achieve a waterfall chart. What is a Waterfall Chart? A waterfall chart is a form of data visualization which helps in determining the cumulative effect of […]

Component Layering, Dynamic Visibility, and the Canvas Container

As you begin to develop sophisticated and complex dashboards, you will inevitably be faced with the need for more screen real estate to display more information. One easy way to solve this issue is by layering components and displaying the data dynamically when certain conditions are met. This methodology can become quite complicated as the […]

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 […]

Configuring Sparkline Charts in Xcelsius

Jim shows us all how to leverage configure Sparkline charts in Xcelsius 2008