SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Fourth Edition

The best book on SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence is now even better.

Today is an important day for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence users. I’m proud to announce that the fourth edition of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide is now available in both hardcover and electronic formats from SAP Press.

The book has been significantly updated to include features from SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2 Support Pack 4, the latest release. You can learn more and order from my book page.

Collaboration Leads to a ‘Comprehensive Guide’ on BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

Craig Powers from ASUG News talks about our new Web Intelligence book from SAP Press.

Craig Powers of ASUG News caught up with Jim Brogden, Heather Sinkwitz, and myself to discuss our new SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Third Edition from SAP Press.

You can check out the interview here on the ASUG News site.

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Third Edition

Announcing SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Third Edition

My blogging activity has been extremely light for the past three months, but I can finally reveal the reason.

Just over a year ago, I wrote that there would not be a 4.1 edition of the SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence book from SAP Press (see related article, SAP Press Book for Web Intelligence 4.1?). But earlier this year, the inventory of second edition books dipped to a critical level. It didn’t make sense to reprint a two-year-old book based on Web Intelligence 4.0, so Jim Brogden, Heather Sinkwitz, Gabriel Orthous and I began the process of updating the book using Web Intelligence 4.1 Support Pack 3. The book has been refreshed from cover-to-cover. We have thoroughly updated the book to include the new features in Web Intelligence 4.1, but we’ve written quite a bit of new material as well. The book is currently in pre-production and should be in print for the upcoming ASUG SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects Conference in September 2014 (and be sure to read this related ASUG News article, ASUG Partners with Galileo Press to Offer Member Discounts).

You can pre-order SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Third Edition from SAP Press in hardcover or e-book editions

You can also pre-order SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Third Edition in hardcover from Amazon.com

SAP Press Book for Web Intelligence 4.1?

The current Webi 4.0 book from SAP Press will still be a good companion for Webi 4.1.

SAP Press Web Intelligence 3rd Edition

UPDATE (July 7, 2014): What a difference a year makes! The inventory of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Second Edition is nearly depleted. We’ve created an updated Third Edition for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.1 rather than reprint a two-year-old book.

I- along with co-authors Jim Brogden, Heather Sinkwitz, and Gabe Orthous- have received several inquiries asking if SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition will be updated for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 (BI 4.1).  SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 was released to customers (RTC) last month, is currently in ramp-up, and will exit ramp up and into general availability (GA) later this year once the ramp-up achieves its acceptance KPIs.

In short, there will be no update of the book for BI 4.1.  Its new features and improvements are significant, but most of its features and workflows from BI 4.0 remain intact.  So you can buy the current book with confidence that it will be a great help whether you are using BI 4.0 or BI 4.1. The book is available in hardcover or DRM-free ebook formats for your favorite e-reader or tablet (see related article, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence from SAP Press now in eBook format).

ASUG volunteer and SAP Mentor Tammy Powlas has provided a comprehensive summary of the new features on the SAP Community Network (see SCN article, What is new with Web Intelligence BI 4.1 – Part 2, Core Capabilities). These include the ability to freeze headers, customize color palettes and color assignments, measure delegation improvements, merged object editing improvements, and new usability enhancements like a list of values (LOV) selector in the formula editor.

Web Intelligence 4.1 New Features Summary

I’m looking forward to putting the new BI 4.1 release through its paces, particularly with the forthcoming Mobile BI 5.0 for iOS update.  I hope to write more about Web Intelligence 4.1 between now and the time it goes into General Availability (GA) later this year.

Resources

 

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence from SAP Press now in eBook format

Grab your iPad, Kindle or other favorite eBook reader!

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Reference by Jim Brogden, Mac Holden, Dallas Marks, Gabriel Orthous, and Heather Sinkwitz is now available in multiple eBook formats. Previously available in hardback and web editions, SAP Press now offers ePub (compatible with Apple iBooks), mobi (compatable with Amazon Kindle) and Adobe PDF formats from their web site.

Be sure to add it to your holiday wish list.

 

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with the iRate Pirates!

Ahoy, mates! On behalf of fellow SAP Press authors Jim Brogden, Gabe Orthous, Heather Sinkwitz (aka the iRate PieRates, uh, Pirates), we wish you a happy 10th International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

The IRate PieRates (Pirates) from 2012 ASUG SBOUC DevWars
The IRate PieRates (Pirates) from 2012 ASUG SBOUC DevWars

Learn more about International Talk Like a Pirate Day at http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

Learn more about our SAP Press book, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide

Check out our appearance at the 2012 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference Developer Wars.

Thanks to Jamie Oswald for reminding me about Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Arrrrrgh!

Gratitude

My personal acknowledgements from the new book.

It was a great feeling to hold the new SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0 book for the first time at last week’s ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference.  I had a great time participating in Developer Wars with my co-authors Jim Brogden, Gabe Orthous, and Heather Sinkwitz (Mac Holden was unavailable off the coast of Spain).  But my participation on this book didn’t just “happen”.  I’ve been blessed with a lot of help from my friends along the way.  Here are the acknowledgments that I included in the front of the book.

First I would like to thank my mom and dad for everything.  Special thanks are due to Jerry Bedilion, my tenth grade English teacher, who endured a lot of bad grammar and patiently taught me to enjoy writing. Thanks to Jim Brogden for inviting me to participate in this book-writing adventure.

I am grateful to Jeff Bartel and Tom Somerville, who gave me my start with SAP BusinessObjects and totally changed the trajectory of my professional career.  I am also grateful to Bob Dissinger and Sharon Peters for the years we organized the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky BusinessObjects User Group. I would also like to thank Penny Brewer, Deanna Glinka, Eileen King, Gary Kuertzel, and Alan Mayer for helping me become a better instructor and presenter.

Thanks to Diversified Semantic Layer hosts Greg Myers, Jamie Oswald, and Eric Vallo. I value your friendships as much as your professional advice.

Last, I’d like to thank my wife, Kristin, and my children, Emily, Catherine, and Benjamin, for their patient love and support during the development of this book.

My deepest thanks.