Custom QuickBooks reports in minutes? YES!

A funny thing happened after I wrote the post in July 2013 about building a Commission Report for QuickBooks. I started to get a lot of inquiries about doing other custom reports for QuickBooks using Crystal Reports. I’m thinking “Oh, golly, no!”  It was ornery and time consuming and awful. I couldn’t fathom business owners […]

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Crystal Reports and QuickBooks

Just finished creating what I consider a simple report for a customer who uses QuickBooks. He was spending at least 5 hours a month manually generating commission reports for each member of the small group of sales reps in the company. It was extremely onerous. With a quick bit of research, I designed a report […]

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Raving Fan for PDF-Explode

After 16 years as a Crystal Reports specialist and veteran, I am thrilled with PDF-Explode. It is one of the most clever applications I’ve encountered for small and medium sized businesses. It is saving two of my customers HOURS AND HOURS of time every month, eliminating several manual process (like running multiple versions of the […]

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My First Conference Abstract Submission

This morning I clicked “Submit for Review” on my very first conference presentation abstract. The conference isn’t until mid-May, but I’m ridiculously excited about it, and I hope it’s accepted. I made a declaration to a couple of friends back in the spring that I would attend the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG)/SAPPHIRE Now annual […]

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How to Display Query Parameters in Oracle Unifier Primavera

This post is especially for anyone designing a Crystal Report for Oracle Unifier Primavera – kinda technical. It’s easy enough to display “Additional Parameters” on a Crystal Report – the report formulas simply need to be the exact same name as the parameter name. But Query Parameters are passed as a big, ugly string like […]

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Crystal Reports – It ain’t cool

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing Crystal Reports for 16 years now. I remember reading Microserfs by Douglas Coupland around 1995 when I lived in Whistler. I applied to work at Microsoft, but at the time had no specialized computing skills. I was so enthralled by the idea of working for a software […]

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Creating Reports for Skire Unifier

One of my current and ongoing clients is Skire. Skire has developed a cloud-based application called Unifier for managing major capital and construction projects, facility management, and real estate portfolio management. It also integrates with SAP, and it is HIGHLY customizable to new business processes. Which makes custom reporting pretty essential. Not much of the […]

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