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BOB has retired moved! Our current platform (the one you are reading right now) is over 18 years old. Rather than continue here, the community has moved to a new software platform! We are excited about the move and hope that you'll come with us.

The new community URL is https://bobj-board.org/.

User accounts have not been converted. In order to participate on the new platform you will need to create a new account. Existing posts have been retroactively assigned to your user name, but are associated with an anonymous account. No personal information (email address and so on) has been transferred to the new platform.

If you have any questions, the "About BOB" forum will remain open for the remainder of 2020, at which point it will be replaced by a static page directing folks to the new community.

Thank you for your support and participation for the past 18 years.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:00 pm 
Post subject: BOB is Retiring

Hello fellow community members! I bring this announcement to you with trepidation, angst, and sadness. After all of these years, the BOB community will be retired in 2020.

The activity level here has dropped substantially over the past few years. Part of this is likely due to the influx of new competitors to Business Objects such as Tableau and Power BI. Part of this is likely the fact that BOB is based on software that is well over a decade old, and is not exactly mobile friendly. There are any number of reasons, but in the end it's not the "why" that matters, it's simply the fact that we've had a good run and it seems like an appropriate step at this time.

The site will remain open for posting for the next several months. At the end of March, 2020, the site will become closed to new registrations and posts. Essentially it will become a read-only resource which we will keep online until August, 2020. It seems fitting that since we launched the community in August all these years ago (in 2002! icon_eek.gif) that we end it at the same time.

We should all be proud of what we built and maintained over the years. That includes the die-hard posters from the BUSOB-L mailing list, the initial forum testers, your much over-worked moderator team (darn spammers mad.gif mad.gif), and every single person who took time out of their day to help someone with a question. BOB would not have become what it is (or was) without any of you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank all of you, for everything.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:34 pm 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

So sad, I've used this site on and off for 15 years. It was a great resource. I still use it actively and think it would be useful going forward, especially with 4.3 coming out. Thanks to everyone for contributing.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:04 am 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

It's been a great run. This has been a wonderful community. Bicon_mrgreen.gifB will be greatly missed.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:35 am 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

It has been a long, great run B icon_mrgreen.gif B

Thanks to the team/moderators and members.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:27 am 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

Very sad news. Thanks for hosting us Dave and team.

Will an offline backup be taken in case the product takes off again now SAP are finally throwing a bit of dev resource at it?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:32 am 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

Hello Dave,

Remembering the time when I was posting Excel documents with some VBA inside to help BI admins.... Funny time !

I am thinking it is sad to let this resource going offline even if there is less active threads. I am still going on BOB when googling for some specific BOBJ issue !

If you don't want to maintain BOB, is there is option to let someone else keep this forum running ? I am OK to invest time and money to keep it online, let me know if we can do something.

Thanks for your feedback !

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:32 am 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

Hi old friends

Let's see this as good news. In 2020 BOBJ will celebrate its 30 years!

Yep, old friends since this was a REAL community. I remembered those days where the first thing I was doing in the morning was going to BOB ...
Yep old friends guess what I met Chris Sieverts few weeks ago since he is also living in Boston now ...

@michael please do not post in this thread
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:11 am 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

I will be sorry to see BOB go. I have learned a lot, posted a little. I know an MS-Access forum that has a lot of advertising unless you pay a bit (three levels of support for the web site).
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:59 am 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

Very sad to hear this news. BOB has had my six for years and it will be a challenge to go forward without it.

Hey Sebastien, Chris & I worked together at AT&T Wireless way back in the early 2000's, not even sure what version of BOBJ that was.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:09 pm 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

charlie wrote:

Hey Sebastien, Chris & I worked together at AT&T Wireless way back in the early 2000's, not even sure what version of BOBJ that was.


Hey Chaz you meant cingular icon_mrgreen.gif

Small world BOB is everywhere even within Tableau, Qlik ... community you can always find an old B icon_mrgreen.gif Ber

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:38 pm 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

Sebastien Goiffon wrote:
@michael please do not post in this thread
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icon_lol.gif That was a fun thread, even if no one could resist the temptation.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:54 pm 
Post subject: Re: BOB is Retiring

MichaelWelter wrote:
Sebastien Goiffon wrote:
@michael please do not post in this thread
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icon_lol.gif That was a fun thread, even if no one could resist the temptation.
Sad times now....does anyone remember the kitchen spammer?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:21 pm 
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I've been out of BI since 2011 and I still check in from time to time to see if there is a new thing or an old question I can still answer.
That will be a hard habit to break.

Heck, I'm not even in IT any more. I restore houses now.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:00 pm 
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kbrazell wrote:
Heck, I'm not even in IT any more. I restore houses now.

That sounds like a fun job. I'm a little jealous.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:48 am 
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Nick Daniels wrote:
Sad times now....does anyone remember the kitchen spammer?
Yes, I do. icon_smile.gif
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