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BusinessObjects XI Release 2 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-18112-6
344 pages
April 2008
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BusinessObjects may seem like a dauntingly complex topic, but BusinessObjects XI Release 2 For Dummies makes is a snap. Even if you're new to business intelligence tools, this user-friendly guide makes it easy to access, format and share data, analyze the information this data contains, and measure your organization’s performance.

In no time, you'll be finding your way around Universes to see how everything is shaping up, viewing and creating reports, building powerful queries on your organizations database, and measuring your company's performance using BusinessObjects XI Release 2. This completely jargon-free handbook will put you in complete control of the ways and means of a truly exciting and powerful 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 into your BusinessObjects system

Created by a team with more than 15 years combined experience working with BusinessObjects tools, BusinessObjects XI Release 2 For Dummies comes complete with several short lists of useful information, including tips on how to prepare for a successful BusinessObjects integration and helpful resources beyond the pages of this book. You'll also find an overview of Crystal Reports, BusinessObjects’ companion reporting tool.

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Introduction.

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.

Index.

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Derek Torres is a technical communicator and author. He spent several years writing documentation for Business Objects at its headquarters in Paris, France. He has also authored or coauthored several titles, including The Unofficial Guide to Windows XP, The Unofficial Guide to Windows Vista, and The Windows Vista Ultimate Bible (Wiley Publishing, Inc). He is currently working on his first novel. He can be reached at www.bofordummies.com.

Stuart Mudie is a Scot living in Paris, France. A professional communicator since 1995, he has worked with numerous companies in the IT and Telecommunications sectors, including three years at Business Objects headquarters in Paris. He is coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Windows Vista (Wiley Publishing), a part-time lyricist, and can be found on the Web at www.stuartmudie.com.

Julie Albaret is a Business Intelligence consultant. She has worked in the BI field for over ten years, taking part in BI projects and studies for many companies. She spent six years working for Business Objects, including three years as a Performance Management specialist. She worked first as a sales consultant in Paris, then in Bangalore (India) as a software testing project manager, before returning to the company’s Paris headquarters to work for two years as a Program Manager for Web Intelligence.

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