How To, Statistical Analysis, Web Intelligence

Calculating Geometric Mean in Web Intelligence

A geometric mean is an average that is useful for sets of numbers that are interpreted according to their product and not their sum as is the case with the more commonly known arithmetic mean. An example of where you would use a geometric mean is in financial reporting when you want to calculate the… Continue reading Calculating Geometric Mean in Web Intelligence

How To, SAP Business Objects, Universe Design, Web Intelligence

Filtering for Latest Data in a Universe

Summary This article looks at a reporting requirement where we need to restrict data to the latest data, for example, to only show the latest account balance or the latest action item for work streams in a project. Our solution is to implement a series of predefined conditions one for each dimension that we need… Continue reading Filtering for Latest Data in a Universe

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Limitations with using System Date part 1

Often in a reporting or data analysis scenario the analyst or business user wants to view data that is current, for example, sales for the current week or employee turnover for the current month etc. The analyst could create the report and then just enter whatever the current date is or in a operational report… Continue reading Limitations with using System Date part 1

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Limitations with using System Date part 2

In the previous article we looked at why using System Date functions in a BI solution can lead to difficulties in development and testing. In this article we are going to look at several alternatives to using system date functions. Contents Problem Overview Creating a Query that Returns Current Data The Easiest Method The Max… Continue reading Limitations with using System Date part 2

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Limitations with using System Date part 3

In the last article we looked at alternatives to returning the system date in the report queries. This article looks at the report and alternatives to using system date functions in report calculations Contents Problem Overview Creating a Query that Returns Current Data The Easiest Method The Max Date Method Flagging Today‚Äôs Date in the… Continue reading Limitations with using System Date part 3