Thursday, October 16, 2008

SAP Business Intelligence ( BI ) Sucks!!!!

SAP Business Intelligence Sucks!!!
The tools suck so bad. SAP is a great ERP system. It is thorough , sophisticated and works.
SAP BI is different story. The most people who do the SAP BI are from the world of reports.. They still think in terms of how many report we need to build. SAP system is so sophisticated that it is too hard to do even a simple task. The only benefit of using an SAP system is that it has out of the box connecters to pull the data from the SAP transaction system. This reporting system is so old. There needs to be huge paradigm shift.
Most people who implement SAP do not setup any pre-aggregation or caching. I am not even sure if there is a possibility for caching. That is because it is so complicated to load some data and get it available for reporting.. people always put that aggregations etc.. for later. The performance sucks.. So, it takes a loooooong time to run any query. How do they solve the problem? You are forced to selected so many input values before you run any query. The input selection screens are so generic that they are too cumbersome to use it. So if you are trying to get some numbers of your BI system, good luck, it takes forever.

What I think SAP need to do?

1. SAP BI excels in collecting SAP data and storing it.

Where do they need to improve?
1. Improve the processing of delivering the stored data into report? Provide easier, faster and automatic aggregations
2. Improve the BEX Web Analyzer. Especially on the input collection side… This is terrible.
3. Graphics / Charts – This is a joke. The BEx Web charts are terrible. Do not even bother. The flash based tool is ok. But it does not work against a multidimensional data. You need to bring the data in 2 dimensional result set in order for it to work. Too much lagging.. Buy a good company. Improve this area.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Easter Egg

 Ted Stevens:
"the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material"

Google's Response.

Go to Chrome's address bar and type the following 

You will see the INTERNETS literally.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chrome blows aways Safari, IE and Mozilla in Javascript performance

Chrome has blown away the competition in Javascript performance test. We did a performance comparision of all the popular browsers. ( IE 6.0, Firefox 3.0.1, Safari 3.1.2 and Chrome Beta).
( We did not use IE 8.0 or IE 7.0)

Chrome is really tuned for the Javascript performance. Look at the numbers below.
Remember - longer bars indicate better performance.

ACID 3 and Chrome

Chrome is same as Safari 3.1.2 in acid test 3.

Incognito - Google Implements Privacy mode in Chrome

Google has an interesting implementation of the privacy mode aka porn mode.
Safari has been implementing this feature for a while now. Now that internet explorer 8 is following the footsteps of safari. I am not sure if this feature is available in Mozilla Firefox as an add-on..

Among, all i like Google Chrome's approach to privacy. It has a new option called New incognito window. This open a new browser window

New Browser window:

Here is what says:
You've gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won't appear in your browser history or search history, and they won't leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however.

Going incognito doesn't affect the behavior of other people, servers, or software. Be wary of:
  • Websites that collect or share information about you
  • Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit
  • Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys
  • Surveillance by secret agents
  • People standing behind you
Learn more about incognito browsing.

I think this approach is clean compared to what is implemented in Safari. It gives you a nice little SPY icon on the top so that you know that you are in the privacy mode.

I like this..More competition.. more ideas.. more innovation.

Google Chrome Installation Screenshots

Google Chrome installation is very simple. You need to initially download the installation file from here

Run the downloaded Chrome setup.exe
This will download addit
ional file. This step takes few minutes.

The installation takes about a minute.
We are done.. Google Chrome is ready.

The very first time, it is asking whether to import your settings from Mozilla Firefox..

Once you finish the import, the Google Chrome is launched.. Here is the first screenshot.

Google Chrome Download Link

Google Chrome is now available for download.

Here is the URL