BusinessObjects may seem like a dauntingly complex topic, butBusinessObjects XI Release 2 For Dummies makes is a snap.Even if you're new to business intelligence tools, thisuser-friendly guide makes it easy to access, format and share data,analyze the information this data contains, and measure yourorganization’s performance.
In no time, you'll be finding your way around Universes to seehow everything is shaping up, viewing and creating reports,building powerful queries on your organizations database, andmeasuring your company's performance using BusinessObjects XIRelease 2. This completely jargon-free handbook will put you incomplete control of the ways and means of a truly exciting andpowerful suite of business intelligence tools. Discover how to:
- Make business decisions with help from BusinessObjects
- Use BusinessObjects XI wizards
- Perform a server installation
- Create and define a Universe
- Set up desktop reporting
- Customize and use InfoView
- Measure performance with Dashboard and Analytics
- Take advantage of data marts and understand how they fit intoyour BusinessObjects system
Created by a team with more than 15 years combined experienceworking with BusinessObjects tools, BusinessObjects XI Release 2For Dummies comes complete with several short lists of usefulinformation, including tips on how to prepare for a successfulBusinessObjects integration and helpful resources beyond the pagesof this book. You'll also find an overview of Crystal Reports,BusinessObjects’ companion reporting tool.
About the Author
Derek Torres is a technical communicator and author. Hespent several years writing documentation for Business Objects atits headquarters in Paris, France. He has also authored orcoauthored several titles, including The Unofficial Guide toWindows XP, The Unofficial Guide to Windows Vista, andThe Windows Vista Ultimate Bible (Wiley Publishing, Inc). Heis currently working on his first novel. He can be reached atwww.bofordummies.com.
Stuart Mudie is a Scot living in Paris, France. Aprofessional communicator since 1995, he has worked with numerouscompanies in the IT and Telecommunications sectors, including threeyears at Business Objects headquarters in Paris. He is coauthor ofThe Unofficial Guide to Windows Vista (Wiley Publishing), apart-time lyricist, and can be found on the Web atwww.stuartmudie.com.
Julie Albaret is a Business Intelligence consultant. Shehas worked in the BI field for over ten years, taking part in BIprojects and studies for many companies. She spent six yearsworking for Business Objects, including three years as aPerformance Management specialist. She worked first as a salesconsultant in Paris, then in Bangalore (India) as a softwaretesting project manager, before returning to the company’sParis headquarters to work for two years as a Program Manager forWeb Intelligence.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with BusinessObjects.
Chapter 1: Business Intelligence and BusinessObjects XI Release 2: Working Hand in Hand.
Chapter 2: Deploying on a Single Computer.
Chapter 3: Performing a Server Installation.
Chapter 4: Taking Control with the Central Management Console.
Part II: Universes.
Chapter 5: Creating a Universe from the Safety of Your Desk.
Chapter 6: Defining a Universe.
Chapter 7: Joining Your Universe.
Chapter 8: Adding Dimensions to Your Universe.
Part III: Using Your Desktop for Reporting.
Chapter 9: Reporting Live from the Desktop.
Chapter 10: Building Queries.
Chapter 11: Documents in BusinessObjects.
Part IV: Making Web Intelligence Work for You.
Chapter 12: Getting Your Hands Dirty with InfoView.
Chapter 13: Setting Up Your Documents.
Chapter 14: Working with Your Completed Documents.
Part V: Keeping Track of How Your Organization Is Doing.
Chapter 15: A Different Kind of Dashboard.
Chapter 16: Making Better Decisions through Analytics.
Chapter 17: Using Performance Manager to Set Goals and Track Achievement.
Part VI: Getting the Best Possible Data with Data Marts.
Chapter 18: Putting Data Integrator to Work for You.
Chapter 19: Working with Data Marts.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Prepare for BusinessObjects Integration.
Chapter 21: Ten Resources to Help You.
Part VIII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Reporting on Crystal Reports.
Appendix B: Glossary.
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