Xcelsius 2008

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4 Cookbook Giveaway!

I’m very proud to announce that SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards Cookbook is officially available.  For the past year, Xavier Hacking and I together with Packt Publishing have carefully compiled over 90 recipes on transforming your data into highly effective dashboards. We cover the ins and outs of using the Dashboard Design components, connecting to different data [...]

Xcelsius 2008 SP4 Spreadsheet Alerts!

I was quite impressed with the new features released in Xcelsius 2008 SP4, especially with the new spreadsheet alerts capability.  I keep asking myself, why didn’t we have this feature when they came out with the scorecard component? Before the advent of the scorecard selector component, it was a pain to create a scorecard as [...]

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 [...]

Create a Custom Theme

In this post, Josh demonstrates how to use mix and match components from different themes in Xcelsius.

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 [...]