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eb Intelligence is an extremely powerful web-based reporting tool. However, with that great power comes an abundance of functionality that can become overwhelming. Business requirements continue to demand more bells and whistles, shorter report development times, and fewer report developers. Becoming more efficient at developing Web Intelligence reports is our only option.
Who am I?
My name is Julian Romeo and I strive daily to find ways to do my work more efficiently. I have been in the trenches (in fact, I have never left them). I have felt the constant pressure to deliver industry standard reports in record breaking times. I have been charged with replacing complex manually compiled Excel reports with automated WebI reports which, by the way, must have an identical “look and feel”. I have lost hours searching for a syntax details that have slipped my mind over and over again. During each of these times I wished that I had a concise collection of the most popular and valuable Web Intelligence functions, syntax details, tips, and reminders. This desire has driven me to put together what we feel is the best BusinessObjects XI Web Intelligence quick reference guide available anywhere.
How Will the Web Intelligence Quick Reference Guide Benefit You?
This quick reference WebI guide will make you more efficient and more precise. It will also make your reports more professional and more complete. This guide will help you and your reports reach your full potential!
- Based on BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 (but 97% applicable to all XI WebI versions)
- Most Popular Functions
- Essential Report Header and Footer Content
- Elusive and Troublesome Edit/Format Masks
- openDocument – Hyperlinking to Reports
- Pearls of Wisdom
- Operators – We Have Them All
Business Objects XI is now a mature and stable product. This quick reference guide was written for XI 3.1 Service Pack 2. While XI 3.1 has brought some much needed stability and a few extra features, WebI report development has changed very little since XI R2. For this reason, most of the content in this guide is applicable to all Business Objects Enterprise XI versions of Web Intelligence.
WebI has a lot of functions, but probably only about 20% of them are ever used by one developer. In a single condensed form we provide you with a list of the most common functions; hoping to remind you of their existence and, more importantly, of their syntax.
Professional and complete report header and footer details on your report are like the frame on a Renaissance masterpiece hanging in a museum; you may not notice either until they are not there. Our recommendations help you build a relevant and professional frame of header and footer content.
If you have ever had to covert data types, such as dates to characters, characters to dates, or numbers to a specific custom format then you have had to dig up the edit/format mask syntax. Never again will you lose time looking for those details. We have them all right here for you.
The openDocument syntax should win an award for being the easiest to mess-up and forget. You will save valuable time with our one-stop, super dense quick reference on all of the parameters that matter.
BusinessObjectsTips.com freely imparts many tips with in-depth discussion. We have taken most of these and added a few new ones and then boiled them down to a list that you could print out, fold-up, and store in your pocket.
Business Objects has blessed WebI with many operators. Could you list every mathematical, conditional, string, logical, contextual, and function-specific operator available to you in Web Intelligence? We couldn’t either, until will compiled this list. Now we can, and this list has even helped us memorize more of them.
An Excerpt from the Quick Reference Web Intelligence Guide
The following is a small excerpt taken from the “Popular Functions” section of the Business Objects XI Web Intelligence quick reference guide:
Customers of the Business Objects XI Web Intelligence Quick Reference Guide will receive access to the Guide in PDF format; however, more importantly they will be granted access to all future versions of the guide. Now that’s future-proof!!!
How Can You Obtain “The Best Web Intelligence Quick Reference Guide Available”?
We have compiled the contents of this guide from notes, feedback, and personal “cheat sheets” of experienced WebI developers. We are confident that newly-trained novices and seasoned veterans alike will find this guide insightful and quite helpful, especially for the low price of $12.00 USD. In fact, we are confident that users of this WebI guide will find that it pays for itself in less than a month, or even much less, in the form of increased efficiency, capability, precision, and even new-found knowledge of Web Intelligence report building. Of course, we do provide a 100% Money Back Guarantee to the very unlikely customer who might not find this to be the case.
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