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As a learning organisation, element61 stimulates its consultants to further build on their already vast experiences through investments in a personal development plan and a company-wide content development initiative. Through formal training, presence at industry events, networking, recommended reading and internet based information exchange, our consultants further dive into specialized topics of their own interest.
 
These result in what we call "Insights", own produced research content, often complemented by personal experiences and opinions. Below you can find our currently published list of Insights.
The newest version of SAP BW, 7.3, comes with a number of new infoproviders and features, seamingly optimized for the SAP HANA database. SAP’s promise is an improvement in performance and scalability, improved integration with SAP BusinessObjects,...
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Wouter Vanhoutte
Ever since Cognos acquired the TM1 technology from Applix in 2007, the IBM Cognos family had 2 solutions for Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting. On the one hand, IBM Cognos Planning, stemming from the acquisition of Adaytum in 2004 by Cognos and...
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Timothy Vermeiren
In September 2012, IBM released the 10.2 version of the IBM Cognos family. This is the second minor release following the 10.1 launch in November 2010. Between these two releases, the business analytics market has evolved in a rapid pace. Focus has...
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Tom Graft
Warning: Do not try this at the office! A complaint often heard about SAP BW systems is that they are too fast :-). Loading data as well as running reports happens in a blink of an eye leaving SAP BW administrators and report users with almost no...
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Bart Meys
Introduction ABAP… for many developers who put their first steps into SAP’s proprietary programming language it means an adventure of discoveries and refinement that can take a long long time. As it has for me (and still is), over the...
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Koen Vroemans
Introduction With the introduction of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4, a new module has been added to the Business Intelligence product suite: a complete OLAP solution, named "SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for OLAP”. For many veteran BusinessObjects...
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Jorn Van den Driessche
The real challenge of a Datawarehouse project is to get Master Data or so-called categorical-type dimension attributes correct.
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Bruno Ingham
Introduction SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is the popular ETL (Extraction, Transformation & Loading) solution of the Microsoft BI Suite. With the introduction of SQL Server 2005, Microsoft completely reshaped the way data loads could be...
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Tony Robyn
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 is a versatile product. It enables people to work together in one environment where they can easily store and share information with others and also search for business information - regardless of who created...
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Nico Verbaenen
Introduction When building a data warehouse with SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW), data often needs to be manipulated, transformed or enriched. Sometimes this can be implemented using standard master data lookups or formulas (although this is often...
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Dirk Francis

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