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  • Paperback: 650 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (June 27 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072262656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072262650
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.6 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Muhammad A. Anwar on April 11 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It is only helpful when you have access to the Business Object XI environment. No to be used for self taught.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francois Rousseau on July 3 2011
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Je suis très satisfait de du service que j'ai eu, tant au niveau des délais de livraison que de l'état du bien.

Merci pour tout.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Vigneault on Nov. 24 2009
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Le livre est très complet et bien structuré.

La section d'introduction sur les concept d'intelligence d'affaires servira bien les gestionnaires et les ressources TI qui veulent débuter dans ce domaine. Elle couvre les éléments essentielles qui assurent le succès d'un déploiement BI (bien définir nos objectifs, bien comprendre les usagers, plan de projet, ...).

La section couvrant les univers BO est particulièrement bien construit. Il y a beaucoup de détails et d'astuces partagés. Elle permet à des ressources TI d'avoir un guide complet visant à construire des univers de qualité.

La section reporting nous fourni beaucoup d'exemple pour assimiler les concepts.

Côtés négatifs
- J'aurais aimé avoir un CD de référence pour des recherches rapides sur un ordi
- Dans certains cas, les exemples sont présentés de façon trop sommaire
- Le fait de ne pas avoir accès à un environnement BO XI peut rendre l'assimilation un peu ardu
- Il serait intéressant d'avoir une annexe présentant un exemple concret BOUT EN BOUT d'un déploiement pour une petite unité administrative (ex. comptabilité) ... ou d'en faire un autre bouquin complémentaire

Autrement, ce livre est un MUST pour toute personne qui veulent travailler avec l'outil.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Cindi did it again? Did she, really? Oct. 15 2006
By Andreas Schneider - Published on
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased the "Complete Reference Business Objects XI (R2)" by Cindi Howson.

She has worked closely with Business Objects (foreword by B. Liautaud, founder of Business Objects) and technical editors who are Business Objects employees, which has its advantages (inside knowledge).

On the universe/Designer side the book does cover the SQL parameters of universes such as SQL ANSI92 syntax, aggregate awareness, index awareness, universes built directly against OLAP cubes, fan/chasm traps, loops, contexts and aliases, etc. The problematic involving semi-additive measures is mentionend as well. The OLAP technology with advantages/disadvantages is well explained.

Cindi prefers putting most of the Intelligence in the universe

WebIntelligence with its formulas is covered in depth.

What is missing:
Cindi clearly states in her introduction that her book does not cover Crystal Reports, Performance Management, DataIntegrator, or Live Office.

Further the challenge on how to setup a Business Objects system in detail nor the many options in the CMS (setting up complex security, best practices, etc.) did not find its way into the book. The "rights fidelity" and "merge" options in the import/export wizard are only briefly mentioned. Although cascading prompts are covered, the many shortcomings of cascading prompts in Business Objects are not (cascading prompts in Crystal Reports work better).

What is clearly missing is a cd with the book in electronic format acompanying the printed edition.

This book is the only reference book for XI (covering universe design as well as reports) as far as I am aware.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The Completely Useless as a Reference That is Really a Primer Jan. 28 2008
By Toaster - Published on
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I can see that a lot of work went into this book and it does a pretty good job of explaining Business Objects at a high level. This is a good book for you if you are tentative about working with computers and don't expect to do intermediate or advanced work with Business Objects.

The notion that this book is a 'reference' or can replace a manual is completely off base. This book is a 'primer' not a reference. Any topic that is easily addressable through discussing the GUI is handled, but only for obvious cases. The function reference is incomplete and poorly documented. Insightful examples that make you think, "Oh, that's how you do X (where X is anything nontrivial)" are not found in this book. The kind of situations you will likely encounter if you want to create reports for a real business, are not handled. In these cases you are left to your own devices.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Compendium of BO Wisdom Aug. 4 2006
By Jill Dyche - Published on
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As a consultant, I've watched my clients routinely underestimate the power of Business Objects software. In this book, Cindi Howson lays it all out, distilling insights from what is obviously a deep and hands-on experience base with BO. I was surprised at the book's breadth, and impressed with the arwork, charts, and visual aids that supplemented the text. A great resource for BO development.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Business Objects Reference July 30 2007
By Vincent Vannah - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are new to Business Objects and need a good understanding of what Business objects does and can do then this is an excellent book. Where I work we have purchased several copies of this book. Doesn't go into tremendous detail on how to do some of the more complicated concepts of Business Objects but is more than enough to get you started.
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General knowledge April 1 2007
By Ang - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been implementing and supporting BO since version 4.0.3, so I've read a few BO manuals over the years. It's difficult to encompass all the functionality of BO XI R2 into a single manual without turning it into a multi-volume text. This is a very good reference covering the major ground work of the new BO version. I recommend it as the starting point for all old and new users of BO, especially given the fact that they've totally rewired our favourite BI tool. And didn't it need it!

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