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BusinessObjects XI (Release 2): The Complete Reference Paperback – Jul 18 2006
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Gain the Competitive Edge with the Ultimate Resource on BusinessObjects XI Release 2
Publish actionable business reports across your enterprise using BusinessObjects XI and the detailed information contained in this one-stop resource. BusinessObjects XI: The Complete Reference explains, step-by-step, how to design and build powerful universes, integrate security, execute efficient queries, and distribute the results.
You'll learn how to create an implementation strategy that fits your business goals, define and manage users, and integrate your reports into Web and Windows applications. All of the new and updated features of BusinessObjects XI Release 2 are covered in full detail, including the new architecture, Designer, security through the Central Management Console, InfoView, Web Intelligence, Desktop Intelligence, report scheduling, and auditing usage.
- Develop a visionary BusinessObjects XI deployment strategy
- Migrate existing deployments to BusinessObjects XI Release 2
- Use Designer to create robust universes aligned with the business goals that empower users to answer their own questions
- Design and implement security policies that fit your company's needs
- Monitor system usage and develop deployment practices for mission-critical BI
- Translate complex business questions into simple, efficient Web Intelligence queries
- Design reports that facilitate insight with richly formatted tables, charts, alerters, and report formulas
- Reach more users with the power of interactive reports to dynamically sort, filter, rank, and drill through to detail at a simple mouse-click
About the Author
Cindi Howson is the President of ASK, a BI Consultancy. She has worked with Business Objects since 1994, helping customers around the world implement and optimize their deployments. As an industry analyst, she authors the BIScorecard(tm) product reviews, teaches for The Data Warehouse InstituteI, and writes for Intelligence Enterprise. Cindi is the author of Business Objects XI: The Complete Reference as well as Successful Business Intelligence, by McGraw-Hill.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
- 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.
Merci pour tout.
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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.
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.
The other section that I was happy to see was on the fundementals of creating a universe - keep it simple and keep it focused!
This very readable book is for the entire organization (get all your project managers a copy) everyone can learn and appreciate what it takes to deploy and deliver meaningful reporting.
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