Business Catalyst already includes a great reporting tool - but Google Analytics is still my prefered report engine. You can gain so much information about who and why people are visiting your business catalyst site - more importantly it can help you figure out why sales or contact forms are not being completed.
Eventually this page is going to hold all the tips I have about using Google Analytics with Business Catalyst, but for now I have one tip and that is how to add the analytics tracking code to your templates in a way that works with Business Catalyst and the Dreamweaver plugin Triangle.
Business Catalyst (BC) has a habit of decoding the tracking code and breaking it. (Those "%3C" you see in the google code are actually "<" but they need to be encoded to work).
The problem comes in with this part of the tracker code:
Notice that I've pre-decoded the string, removed the call to unescape() and broken up the string.
The emerging field of "Location Intelligence" brings the worlds of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Business Intelligence (BI) together. These capabilities are now available with SQL Server in a no-coding, user-driven environment provided by the Integeo (www.integeo.com) Map Intelligence product. SQL Server 2008 also introduces a number of spatial features to support the development and extension of spatial applications. In this session, you will see how SQL Server Reporting Services can be used to extend your corporate data to provide interactive, spatial analysis through dashboards, reports and .NET applications.
About the Speaker
Brad Culbert is the Lead Technology Strategist and Solution Architect at Bistech (www.bistech.com.au), the Performance Management experts. Brad has a wealth of experience deploying Performance Management solutions to a number of QLD?s largest corporations and is a leading expert in the field of Location Intelligence.
WHEN Thursday, 26th of November | 5:30PM for a 6:00PM start (finishing at approximately 7:30PM)
The QSSUG website can be found at www.qssug.org and contains a repository of materials from past meetings as well as details of upcoming meetings. Other Australian SQL Server related material can be found at www.sqlserver.org.au.
To save time searching for the answer on both sites I've build a Google Custom Search engine that allows for searching both sites at once. I find this to be very useful so I'm posting the search box here so everyone else can use it too.
Of course you can search directly on each of their own sites - but the above search could save you time.
Working from home using a remote desktop has turned out to be surprisingly responsive. There's little to no lag, and I can still do most things (except use some windows shortcuts).
My current gripe is that Menus take a while to display because of fancy fade-ins and smooth expansion. It all looks nice when you are sitting in front of a PC, but remotely, it just uses more bandwith and wastes time.
So when you start working remotely, save yourself sometime and turn off Window's lovely effects, and go for a responsive connection: disable the effects.
Well I've definitely been "missing" on my blog lately. Between work commitments, a long daily commute, and personal projects, I've had no time to post much content on my website.
As of last week, I started working some days remotely; from home. Its been quiet a good change, and now that I have less distractions: I get a lot more work done. I've be able to finish off a lot of interrupted tasks. Get my head around how to organise and structure my day when working from home. I'm more focused, planned, and driven. I'm delivering more results each day, and as a result having more time for taking on more responsibilities comfortably.
But working remotely isn't all about work. Its also about re-gaining some of your personal time. I was spending about 10-15 hours per week travelling to work in my car. I planned my travel to try and avoid peak hour traffic, but where my employer is situated there are no direct travel routes. Public transport (commuter train & bus or bus & ferry & bus or bus & bus & bus & bus) would have seen me spending twice as long driving each day. My car has an awesome stereo, so the drive is not too stressful most days.
Ah! Again! Talking about work and the commute! See how I never got time for myself?
So now that I'm actually getting a few days a week working from home, I have time to get more things done. I'm not as tired. My energy level has sky rocketed. And my relationship has definately benefited. I've got time to persue more study, more personal projects, art, catch up with friends, and get back to writing useful tips for other SQL Server users.
Work has also benefitted. I've started to take an interest in managing myself more and co-ordinating my work with others better. Whilst working from home is ultimately a selfish want, it is definately improving my team skills.
So over the next coming weeks, expect a lot more from me. I'll be posting regularly on SQL Server 2005, including scalability with Service Broker and Notfication Services, Management Studio, and Visual Studio for Database Professionals especially Unit Tests.
So if you have any lagging questions or a SQL problem you'd like some tips for, send me an email sqlquestiokuiters.id.au