Yes, you read the page count right. The authors, who are masters of the possibilities of this software, are leaving nothing to chance in this reference to all the features, including those new with XI such as dynamic and cascading parameters, drag-and-drop charting and cross-tabs, the Crystal Reports work bench and parameterized control over Top N reports. With step-by-step instructions and samples, the authors work through creating and writing basic reports, selecting and grouping data, filtering, sorting, summarizing, understanding and implementing formulas, implementing parameters for dynamic reporting, understanding formatting, working with report sections, creating charts and maps, doing custom formatting, using record selections and alerts for interactive programming, using sub-reports for advanced reports, designing templates, finding additional data sources, using OLAP data, and creating enterprise-level reports. They include extensive material on report distribution, and complex applications such as using SQL queries in reports. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Lead Author
Neil FitzGerald has recently founded Longtop International (www.longtopinternational.com), a global sourcing firm specializing in Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Reporting solutions for firms around the globe. With major onshore offices in Canada and the U.S., and almost 700 offshore engineers in China, Longtop can provide world-class reporting and BI solutions and content creation for unbeatable value to clients around the world. Before founding Longtop, Neil combined his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and his MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with his more than 8 years of experience at Business Objects in a variety of senior roles to help provide information solutions to Fortune 500 companies across North America. He has cumulatively spent more than 11 years in the Information Delivery domain, and is available for onsite or remote consulting. Neil can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Contributing Authors
James Edkins is a senior presales consultant for Business Objects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology and a post graduate diploma in marketing management. He has been in the information technology sector for more than 11 years and has experience working with Fortune 500 companies in an ERP, product development, and business intelligence capacity.
Annette Jonker has worked as a consultant helping customers implement Business Objects since 1995. During this time, she has had the privilege of working for Business Objects for six years, starting as an Associate Consultant and working her way up to Regional Resource Manager. Annette left Business Objects in 2003 and partnered with Monica Allen to start a consulting firm, Innovative Business Solutions, LLC (www.ibsllcusa.com) where she continues to help customers deploy Business Objects throughout their organizations. When not working, sleeping or eating, Annette spends her time training for triathlons.
Michael Voloshko is a senior pre-sales consultant for the financial services team at Business Objects. Michael has been with Business Objects for six years and is based in New York City.
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