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David Lai , Xavier Hacking
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23 May 2011
This guide to SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 (formerly Xcelsius )is a cookbook packed full of practical recipes written in a clear, concise manner with annotated examples to empower readers to quickly accomplish specific dashboard tasks. If you are a developer with a good command and knowledge of creating dashboards, but are not yet an advanced Dashboard Design user, then this is the perfect book for you. You should have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel as well as knowledge of basic dashboard practices, though experience of Dashboard Design as a specific dashboard tool is not essential.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (23 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849681783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849681780
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lai David Lai is an SAP Business Objects Consultant from Toronto, Canada.He has a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.He currently specializes in SAP Business Objects and Data Warehousing work for clients which include SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 (Xcelsius), Universe Design, and Web Intelligence. David has a passion for data visualization and best design practices with dashboards, which has led him to create his blog (http://www.davidlai101.com/blog) in 2008, as well as co-author http://myxcelsius.com and finally author "SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook". David also enjoys speaking at conferences about best dashboard practices and making sense out of data. In his spare time he loves to spend time on many physical activities such as working out at the gym, salsa dancing, rock climbing, basketball and volleyball. Xavier Hacking Xavier Hacking is a SAP BI consultant from Eindhoven, The Netherlands and has a master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has worked with a range of products from the SAP Business Intelligence portfolio, including SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 (Xcelsius). He enjoys working on BI solutions that enable people to do their work in a better and more productive way. You can follow Xavier on Twitter(http://twitter.com/xjhacking) or visit his blog HackingSAP.com (http://www.hackingsap.com/).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Packt Publishing recently released SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook and I was pleased to receive an eBook edition to review. Authors Xavier Hacking and David Lai channel their inner Julia Child with tasty results.

First of all, the book is truly a cookbook. So instead of thumbing through a reference manual that teaches about various chart components, dynamic visibility, and data access devoid of practical application, readers can easily find clearly organized recipes like "Opening up a Web Intelligence report using dashboard parameters", "Building a pop-up screen", or "Analyzing trends". There's over 90 recipes to choose from, including 7 recipes for data connectivity (even SAP BW) and 7 recipes for third-party components (from Antivia, Centigon Solutions, IdeaCrop, and Inovista). To help readers work through the recipes, a collection of sample Xcelsius (XLF) and Adobe Flash (SWF) files can be downloaded from the Packt Publishing web site.

Although the book is entitled "Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook", most of the recipes can be baked with Xcelsius 2008 and do not require Dashboards 4.0, which is a huge plus. On the downside, I wished the book would more clearly indicate which recipes are specific to Dashboards 4.0 (and therefore not possible in Xcelsius 2008). One example is the recipe for "Using Universe queries", as it requires Dashboards 4.0 and new UNX universes created with the SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool 4.0, not legacy UNV universes created with the Universe Design Tool. Also, integration with the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform is shown using Enterprise XI 3.1, not BI 4.0. However, neither of these deficiencies take away from the usefulness of the cookbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any dashboard developer 18 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
For anyone who is tasked with building dashboards, this book is a must-have. The authors are both experienced and well respected experts who share great best practices and approaches necessary for building dashboards. I consider the content here "real-world" applications instruction as opposed to the hello world approach to learning Xcelsius / SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards. Another nice addition is additional tips for popular third party solutions, particularly around connectivity and Google Maps integration.

Great work gentlemen and I look forward to future editions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very timely book with lots of examples 23 Jun 2011
By Berg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very good book for those who want to understand the new version 4 of BOBJ dashboarding. In fact, I just bought another four copies for my developers, even those who are just finishing their SAP training class.

There are simply too many good examples in this book that I know my employees will need in the future as they are developing custom dashboards.

The authors provide a no-nonsense approach to this book and shows step by step images and screenshots for how to complete almost 100 tasks. It is clearly not a reference book for looking up individual items. Instead this 333 page book provide practical guides for HOW to complete task, instead of what you 'need to do' which has been a short-coming in other dashboarding books. I particularly liked Chapter 8 that devotes eleven pages on BW connectivity and Live Office connectivity.

Chapter-3 is at the heart of this book. It deals with dynamic dashboarding and why BOBJ are somewhat different that other dashboarding tools that just present data, but does not allow you to interact with the data. This chapter together with the information in chapter-8 on how to pass flash variables between dashboards (pp. 229-234), makes this cheap book worth the money by itself.

Overall a very solid step-by-step book that should be on every BOBJ dashboard developer's desktop. The timeliness of its release with BI-4.0 and the lack of other relevant training material and books make it even more compelling

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authors Xavier Hacking and David Lai channel their inner Julia Child with tasty results. 2 Jun 2011
By Dallas Marks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Packt Publishing recently released SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook and I was pleased to receive an eBook edition to review. Authors Xavier Hacking and David Lai channel their inner Julia Child with tasty results.

First of all, the book is truly a cookbook. So instead of thumbing through a reference manual that teaches about various chart components, dynamic visibility, and data access devoid of practical application, readers can easily find clearly organized recipes like "Opening up a Web Intelligence report using dashboard parameters", "Building a pop-up screen", or "Analyzing trends". There's over 90 recipes to choose from, including 7 recipes for data connectivity (even SAP BW) and 7 recipes for third-party components (from Antivia, Centigon Solutions, IdeaCrop, and Inovista). To help readers work through the recipes, a collection of sample Xcelsius (XLF) and Adobe Flash (SWF) files can be downloaded from the Packt Publishing web site.

Although the book is entitled "Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook", most of the recipes can be baked with Xcelsius 2008 and do not require Dashboards 4.0, which is a huge plus. On the downside, I wished the book would more clearly indicate which recipes are specific to Dashboards 4.0 (and therefore not possible in Xcelsius 2008). One example is the recipe for "Using Universe queries", as it requires Dashboards 4.0 and new UNX universes created with the SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool 4.0, not legacy UNV universes created with the Universe Design Tool. Also, integration with the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform is shown using Enterprise XI 3.1, not BI 4.0. However, neither of these deficiencies take away from the usefulness of the cookbook. I would guess that the authors might easily address these items in a second edition timed for the release of BI 4.1.

As an instructor of SAP's official BOX310 "Xcelsius 2008 Enterprise: Core & Connectivity" training class, I'm disappointed that the curriculum hasn't been updated since the initial release of Xcelsius 2008. Students tend to leave the class unfulfilled and unprepared to use new and interesting features introduced through service packs. SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 Cookbook not only covers these newer features, but presents them in a task-oriented "cookbook" format that allows readers to quickly find information on implementing specific functionality in their Xcelsius dashboards.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book For Beginners 2 Mar 2014
By CJ - Published on Amazon.com
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As a professional in the Business Objects world, I've read a lot of books on the subject. This book is still by favorite out of any other in the whole BOBJ suite. I've recommended this book countless times to others who wish to learn how to create dashboards.

This book focuses on one SAP Dashboards component at a time (eg. map, line chart, bubble chart, etc...) and walking you through every step of the way. At no time will you feel lost which is very important when just starting out. They are very good at showing you what data underneath the components so every time, your dashboards look just like the pictures.

I cannot recommend this book enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SAP Dashboards 2 Aug 2013
By Alexa Micalla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a really great manual for those who are familiar with SAP. The lessons and chapters are easy to follow and well developed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any dashboard developer 18 Aug 2011
By Ryan Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For anyone who is tasked with building dashboards, this book is a must-have. The authors are both experienced and well respected experts who share great best practices and approaches necessary for building dashboards. I consider the content here "real-world" applications instruction as opposed to the hello world approach to learning Xcelsius / SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards. Another nice addition is additional tips for popular third party solutions, particularly around connectivity and Google Maps integration.

Great work gentlemen and I look forward to future editions!
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