Archive for December, 2007

Connecting Crystal Xcelsius Dashboards to OLAP Data Sources using MDX, ASP and XML

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Here is a small article on “Connecting Crystal Xcelsius Dashboards to OLAP Data Sources using MDX, ASP and XML” By James Wakefield, Senior Consultant, Cortell New Zealand Ltd. This article is featured in the Xcelsius Newsletter.

This article will show you how to connect to real-time OLAP data via MDX from your Crystal Xcelsius dashboard. Our script will return OLAP data via MDX statements, ADOMD, ASP and XML.

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Video: XML Map Refresh Component in Xcelsius

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Did you know you can update your source data without re-importing a spreadsheet into Crystal Xcelsius?

Extensible Markup Language (XML) defines a format for sharing data across platforms. Because Excel 2003 and Crystal Xcelsius both offer built-in XML capabilities, you can use the XML format to feed data dynamically into your Crystal Xcelsius-built model or dashboard. The advantage is, once you have built an XML-enabled model, you can forgo the re-import process. Sound good? Watch the Videos:

Part I

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Part II

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Dashboard Development Life-Cycle

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Here is a Wonderful white paper on “Dashboard Development and Deployment – A Methodology for Success” from NOETIX. The successful implementation of a dashboard is complex and requires a step-by-step process—a methodology that considers all aspects of the project life cycle. This document outlines the process necessary to effectively plan, design, build and deploy a dashboard. The tasks (and their order) will be similar, regardless of the technology that is chosen or the vendor providing that technology.

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