Author Archives: Ron Keler

Nulls are evil (or at the very least mischievous)

If you have been involved in hands on database development for a while, or in any kind of BI / reporting initiative, you probably already know this. Nulls are evil (or at the very least mischievous). A null value in … Continue reading

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Oscars dashboard

  I LOVE movies. I am fascinated by the craft of creating movies. It’s a field that combines technology and imagination in very unique ways and where science and art interact to create an amazing product (well, not always, but … Continue reading

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Signal and Noise inspired dashboard

Reading Nate Silvers’ “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t” (amazon link to book) inspired me to create this dashboard to articulate the idea of searching for signal and meaningful insights in the noise … Continue reading

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How to add animation in SAP Dashboard (Xcelsius) on Mobile

One of SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius) most attractive features is animation. The way components animate in the desktop version of compiled dashboard and the ability to animate various visualizations and include animated files is key to the “sleekness” associated with so … Continue reading

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Book review: Software Development on the SAP HANA Platform

Recently, I have been asked by Packt Publishing to review the e-book “Software Development on the SAP HANA Platform” by Mark Walker. I found this to be a great introductory book for anyone interested to learn the basics about HANA … Continue reading

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Predicting the news with SAP HANA

If you knew who is dominating the news yesterday, would you be able to predict who will dominate the news tomorrow…? This is what I have set out to find out, leveraging some new data technologies available to us today… The … Continue reading

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H+ Chronological Timeline Chart

The google visualization API latest release this August, added a new timeline chart to the impressive and robust html5 charts already available in this free API. This chart type allows the creation of timeline charts with ease. It can be … Continue reading

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Setting up a single report hyperlink in an SAP dashboard that works on desktop and on mobile

As of SAP BI 4.0 SP7, there are still two different APIs for opening reports over URL through linking on mobile and on desktop. The desktop API is the true and tried openDoc API that has been around for many … Continue reading

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Tableau On BO – Setting up live connection from SAP Webi report to Tableau

I recently received several questions about connecting Tableau to SAP BI (Business Objects) as a data source. Tableau already has direct connectivity to HANA, however many users out there are looking for ways to connect their existing webi (web intelligence) … Continue reading

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