XI Feature Spotlight: Calendars

An incredibly useful feature in Business Objects XI is the Calendar object.

In the past, it has been quite difficult to schedule reports on very specific dates, e.g second and last Wednesday of the month, or excluding Bank Holidays, etc. To get around this is in the past, we either had to create some custom code or refresh the report daily and have an automated job delete the reports we don’t want. Very messy.

XI now provides us with calendars. Calendars are customized lists of dates that are created in the CMC. With this feature, we can create a custom calendar object which we can associate with a report when we schedule. Scheduling a report to refresh on the last Wednesday of every month, or excluding all Bank Holidays, is now a breeze and takes minutes instead of hours.

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