You’re not as smart as you think you are

You’ve got to admire the new confidence-building features of Business Objects Enterprise XI 3.0. When you validate a Web Intelligence formula (I’m using the Web Intelligence Rich Client here), you receive the following message:


I must admit – receiving a message such as this one boosts your confidence, kind of like a Hallmark moment from Business Objects. It’s nice to know that Business Objects thinks you’re smart. Unfortunately, the message only means that your formula is syntactically correct. Whether or not the formula results are correct requires logical thinking and thorough testing.

If only Web Intelligence could ascertain that I had done my job correctly. Now that would be true Business Intelligence. Until then, perhaps “The formula is valid” would be a more accurate message.

Author: Dallas Marks

I am a business intelligence architect, author, and trainer. I help organizations harness the power of analytics, primarily with SAP BusinessObjects products. An active blogger, SAP Mentor and co-author of the SAP Press book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, I prefer piano keyboards over computer keyboards when not blogging or tweeting about business intelligence.

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