Why the Public Sector Should Embrace Analytics as Part of Digital Transformation

Why the Public Sector Should Embrace Analytics as Part of Digital Transformation

Public sector organisations have faced extreme funding shortages and had to implement cost-saving measures for many years. Seemingly, there is always more money to be saved and efficiencies to be found. Many of these problems have been solved with the introduction of ‘digital transformation’. The idea is that public sector organisations would move from traditionally paper-based or physical processes to online and digital ones.

Posted By Adriane Gillies-Read, Marketing Manager on July 19,2018
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How Retailers Can Get the Most Out of Data and Analytics

How Retailers Can Get the Most Out of Data and Analytics

The UK retail landscape in 2018 is highly competitive. Customer behaviour and how people choose to interact with and purchase from brands has shifted significantly in recent times. The problem is that many retailers have found it difficult to adapt and keep up with these developments. They lose out on market share, and in the worst cases, go out of business. But for those that fold, there are also others that are thriving. They have found ways to stay ahead of trends and maximise their profits.

Posted By Adriane Gillies-Read, Marketing Manager on July 17,2018
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Top 5 Reasons Why Logistics Companies Should Embrace Digital Fitness Via Data and Analytics

Top 5 Reasons Why Logistics Companies Should Embrace Digital Fitness Via Data and Analytics

Thinking about Digital Fitness is much the same as traditional, physical fitness. You need to practice to get better, and, you must start somewhere. The journey isn’t always going to be easy, but the benefits are obvious – we’re all aware of them.

Posted By Adriane Gillies-Read, Marketing Manager on June 15,2018
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The Importance of Analytics and The Cloud for Modern Manufacturers

The Importance of Analytics and The Cloud for Modern Manufacturers

Manufacturing is, by its very nature, an extremely data-heavy industry. All processes, from managing supply chains and resources to the actual production and delivery of goods. Machines and processes must be monitored in excruciating detail – any drops in efficiency or maintenance required needs to be addressed urgently so production is not damaged.

Posted By Adriane Gillies-Read, Marketing Manager on May 12th, 2018
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Configuring SSL (HTTPS) for Tomcat in SAP BusinessObjects 4x

Configuring SSL (HTTPS) for Tomcat in SAP BusinessObjects 4x

One of our leading Business Intelligence Consultants explains how to set up a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) on Tomcat which forms part of the SAP BusinessObjects server application. It is a step by step guide in how to turn a http url into a https url and to become more secure.

Posted by Rebecca Middleton, Senior BI Consultant on March 3rd, 2018
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SAP Data Integrator: Configuring Data Stores

SAP Data Integrator: Configuring Data Stores

One of the nice features of SAP Data Integrator that DTS just cannot compete with is how it deals with datastores at run time. For an overview let's think about how the process will normally work…

Posted By Conrad Rowlands, Senior Systems Architect & Developer on March 23rd, 2017
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Upsert [sic] with SAP Data Services? Don’t cry though ...

Upsert [sic] with SAP Data Services? Don’t cry though ...

So, recently I find myself heavily involved with SAP Data Services and data migrations, I know what you’re thinking … that's not real code! And you’re damn straight …. it isn’t, but I have always leaned heavily towards the data end of the spectrum rather than the UX end which is filled with sorcery, witch craft and more importantly users who are like little pixies with no respect for the sanctity of code; data is data though and it doesn’t press buttons marked ‘Nuclear Button, Do Not Press’ just for kicks. I thus don’t complain too much (ahem) when ETL jobs come my way. One of the biggest challenges with ETL in the SAP world is to keep everything down at the database level, it’s very easy to slip up and watch your execution times rattle up to unusable very quickly all because you used a feature for which there is no direct database equivalent and at times it is frustrating at how the simplest functions are not covered; bygones.

Posted By Conrad Rowlands, Senior Systems Architect & Developer on March 20th, 2017
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Universe 'month name' Object That Orders Chronologically

Universe 'month name' Object That Orders Chronologically

If you use a month name field (or convert a month number to name), it is a string object, so orders alphabetically in a report. The report users can change this with a custom sort but this is cumbersome.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Practice Manager on January 16th, 2017
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Waterfall Charts in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.2

Waterfall Charts in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.2

I've just taken a look at the new Waterfall Chart feature in CR4E 4.2 SP2. I thought the idea of tracking weight loss over a period of time would be a good visual representation of the data. My data is very simple, consisting of a weekly period starting on the first Sunday of the week from the beginning of 2016 until the current week. I have stored the weight in kilograms and then a variance from comparing the weight loss (or gain!!!) between weeks.

Posted By Steve Chapman, Senior BI Consultant on August 9th, 2016
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SAP BI Platform 4.0? Move On!

SAP BI Platform 4.0? Move On!

If you are running SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise or Edge 4.0 or SAP Crystal Server 2011 this article will explain the additional capabilities available to your organisation by moving on to version 4.2/2016.

Posted By Angus Menter, BI Services Manager, on 12 May 2016
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SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The New Generation Dashboard Solution from SAP

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio: The New Generation Dashboard Solution from SAP

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio enables application designers to create analysis applications and dashboards – based on universe data sources – for browsers and mobile devices (iPads, for example).

The other reason we like it is that it is totally customisable but requires application development skills to carry out this customisation and this is what we do very well at The Business Objects People.

Posted By Jamie, Senior Developer, on 14 April 2016
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