Category Archives: BI At Large

Voice Controlled Tableau Dashboard

The way we interact with computer is changing and in the very near future we can expect our computers and electronic devices to become much better at understanding what we tell them to do, literally. In this example, I used … Continue reading

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Mine News Websites – Tableau Live Dashboard

Two years ago I wrote about setting up a process to scrape leading news websites home pages and storing them in HANA for text analysis. I hypothesized about the various analysis one could derive from parsing multiple news websites over … Continue reading

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Don’t let the software migration cycle cripple your BI project

Software developers have been taught for decades that they must follow the Development/Integration/Staging/Production practice. This practice was instituted to minimize the number of “bugs” in the software and allow for rigorous testing of code changes without “interfering with production”. This … Continue reading

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Embedding Tableau Dashboards

I delivered a webcast about embedding tableau dashboard in external facing apps, and embedded BI in general. You can view the webcast recording at the following address, or checkout the slides that accompanied the webcast here.

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Using Webi 4.1 SDK to get Report SQL

When SAP introduced BusinessObjects 4.0, clients who were invested in the Webi REBEAN SDK got worried. The Webi SDK had been mostly deprecated and it was not clear what is going to be the direction for those seeking programmatic ways … Continue reading

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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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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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