Google Chrome Launched: First ever browser from the Search Engine Giant

Although this post is not related to Xcelsius, i could’nt stop writing about it. The Search engine giant Google launched its first ever internet browser yesterday. Google says, the web has evolved and is evolving at a great pace whereas the Web browsers are having a hard time catching up with that pace. They want to bridge this gap with Chrome.

For a side by side comparision with IE 8 Click Here.

For more information on the Launch, the features etc, check out these Videos:

The story behind Google Chrome


10 Features of Google Chrome


Google Chrome announcement


New look for the Blog

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while may have noticed the new look. Thanks to Ravi Varma. Not only for developing such a wonderful free WP theme, but also in helping me to customize it according to my requirements. We are still in the process of enhancing the overall look. I hope you all will like it. Any suggestions or comments are welcome.

7 mistakes you don’t want to make while designing Business Dashboards

This is an extract from a White Paper, “Top 5 best practices for creating effective campaign dashboards and the 7 mistakes you don’t want to make” by Tableau Software.

  1. Starting off with too much complexity.
    It’s easy to get overly ambitious and want to provide highly detailed, real-time dashboards covering each and every marketing challenge that also allow users to customize in multiple dimensions. But instead of spending multiple weeks or even months working through your first iteration, you’ll be better off working through several short cycles of prototype, test and adjust.
  2. Using metrics no one understands.
    Your marketing metrics are probably so familiar to you that even something as simple as “conversion rate” seems obvious in its definition. But the reality is, your dashboard needs to use metrics or concepts that your broader audience understands.
  3. Cluttering the dashboard with unimportant graphics and unintelligible widgets.
    Keep your dashboard simple in its visual appeal. Resist the temptation to make your dashboard too flashy or over-designed, with gauge-like graphics and widgets. As pretty as those may seem, they get in the way with your dashboard’s objective: rapidly and easily informing your audience.
  4. Waiting for complex technology and big BI deployment projects.
    Sure, some of traditional Business Intelligence tools provide fancy capabilities that are nice to have. But marketing departments are often on the bottom of the IT priority list so waiting for the BI project to materialize may mean months or years of delay. Fortunately, there are dashboard tools and strategies that can get you going now. Continue reading →

How to fix issues with Xcelsius 2008 on Windows Vista

Off late users with Xcelsius 2008 were complaining about the functionality of the application on Windows Vista. Below are some of them:

  1. Whenever the user exits the application, it pops up an error “Xcelsius has stopped working…”
  2. Xcelsius automatically exits without prompt when trying to access the Add-On Manager

The fix for these kind of issues is to disable UAC (User Access Control) in windows vista. In order to do that, follow the below instructions:

Disable UAC using Windows Vista Command Line:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

In case you want to Enale it:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Disable UAC using Windows Vista Control Panel (Easy Way):

Open up Control Panel, and type in “UAC” into the search box. You’ll see a link for “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off”:

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Xcelsius Custom Component Wishlist!

One of the major benifits in CX 2008 is leverage the SDK and build custom components using Adobe Flex. This will enable users to create and use their own custom components in CX 2008. For example, many users wanted a Tree Component which is not an Out of Box component in CX 2008. However using CX SDK and Adobe Flex, one can create the Tree component. Below link has some examples:

Click here for some free components

Click here if you have some dough to spend

What is your compenent wishlist? Please leave a comment. This list will give the Component Developers an idea on what to focus and develop in future.