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