Denver BusinessObjects User Group – October 31, 2018

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You are personally invited to join us at the Denver BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 from 8:30am – 4:00pm hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.  Attendance is free; however, we do ask that you register for count purposes.

Location:

Denver Federal Center
6th Avenue and Kippling Street
Building 25
Denver, CO 80225

Parking lot directly across the street from the building

Agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration (Free Breakfast Provided)

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction

9:00 – 10:00 am Operational? Analytical? Integration?  — Tyler Koitka, InfoSol Inc.

The torrent of marketing hype and jargon today can make it very tempting to forget fundamentals. The new tools are shiny and the vendor sounds like they have the answer to all our prayers. Yet often customers end up facing the same challenges that have always been there, even with the old software. Yes, software has evolved and data has grown but the how we apply methodology has not. This session aims to get back to the fundamentals when solving reporting requirements in the Business Intelligence world.

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15 – 11:30am Excelling It In WebIntelligence v4.2 – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide the user with a variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. It will include using Excel as a data provider, using Excel for a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, as a dynamic filer file, and other uses.  It will include an in-depth look at how to properly import an Excel files, where to store the Excel file, and how to update an Excel file without breaking the Webi Document.  It will also include some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. It will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

11:30– 12:30 pm Lunch: On Your Own

12:30 – 1:15 pm High Value Opportunity Burst Brings Instant Gratification to Marketing Executives – Tyler Koitka, InfoSol Inc.

How a simple yet effective BI solution solved a C-suite level problem and won over its toughest critics. This burst solution used Salesforce and SAP data to increase visibility into large potential sales deals for senior management, increasing the chance to close the deal. This presentation will take a detailed look at the business problem and the technical solution, showcasing the true potential of SAP Business Objects and InfoBurst.

1:15 – 2:00 pm Advanced Formatting II – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types, with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.2, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections.  The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look.  An example of inserting a Stop light as part of conditional formatting will be included.   The user will also learn how to apply the many reporting functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports.  Topics will include how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report, and link those blocks together. Navigating a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab will also be covered.  The presentation will cover exporting a Master Detail Report to PDF and Excel.  All topics covered will be through live demonstrations of the product, as well as interactive sessions with the user.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break    

02:15 – 3:00 pm The Data Services Playbook  – Tyler Koitka, InfoSol Inc.

Having the right play for the right situation is the name of the game. Especially when you have a superstar tool like Data Services at your disposal. With the vast amount of information around today, how-to’s, blogs, video tutorials, one can easily get lost. Having a concise playbook at your fingertips is what this session is all about. We’ll help guide you through some of the do’s and don’ts when using this tool.

03:00 – 3:45 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple drill blocks, and learn how to hide blocks dynamically based on drill bar selections. It includes using Advance Drilling Functionality in a way never envisioned.  Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar drop down list.  And all of this functionality using nothing more than WebIntelligence!

03:45- 4:00 pm Wrap-up

Please REGISTER for count purposes.

Note: This event is not sponsored by SAP or ASUG. Presentations subject to change

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: BusinessObjects in the Cloud

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Tuesday, October 2nd at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Cloud is the future we are all being told and there is a trend to adopt new cloud-based applications as well as move more on-premise applications into the cloud. So how do we move BusinessObjects into the cloud?

Join BusinessObjects expert, Minith Patel, as he presents how an organization like InfoSol runs BusinessObjects in the cloud and how you can potentially do the same. He will explain the benefits and what it takes to get you there. This case study approach will detail how an organization can move from in-house, physical servers to a complete cloud environment, how consultants can use and leverage cloud capability for day to day business and how an environment like this can be managed.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Advanced Formatting in Web Intelligence Part 2

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Let's Speak BO Webinar Advanced Formatting in Web Intelligence Part 2 September 18 2018

Tuesday, September 18th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

This fantastic webinar dedicated to the SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence community will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. Join us and BusinessObjects expert, Michael Ward, as he shares many of the new features in Web Intelligence 4.2 including how to hide columns, blocks and sections. Our attendees will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look. This session will also explore how to apply the many reporting functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports, how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report, navigation techniques in a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab and more. Michael will also demonstrate and discuss how to insert stop lights as part of conditional formatting and exporting to Excel and PDF from the Master Detail Report.

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St Louis BusinessObjects User Group (BOUG) September 20, 2018

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You are personally invited to join us at the St Louis BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 from 8:30am – 4:00pm hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.  Attendance is free; however, we do ask that you register for count purposes.

LOCATION:

Nestle Purina Pet Care Company
801 Chouteau Avenue
St Louis, MO 63103
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Room: Henri Nestle Auditorium
Building: 4th floor of Danforth Center
Parking: in lot V24

AGENDA:

8:30 – 9:00am Registration (Free Breakfast Provided)

8:45 – 9:00am Introduction / IBIS Update

9:00 – 10:00am A BusinessObjects Love Affair – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

While other BI Solutions seem to come and go, BusinessObjects remains as beautiful and desirable as ever. So why does this love affair continue to burn in our hearts as passionately as the first time we met this amazingly gorgeous Business Intelligence solution?  InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, will share his thoughts on why we love BusinessObjects so much and why this love affair continues to thrive as well as show how organizations around the world are harnessing its power to create solutions that see beyond their everyday challenges.

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15 – 11:30am Excelling It In WebIntelligence v4.2 – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide the user with a variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. It will include using Excel as a data provider, using Excel for a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, as a dynamic filer file, and other uses.  It will include an in-depth look at how to properly import an Excel files, where to store the Excel file, and how to update an Excel file without breaking the Webi Document.  It will also include some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. It will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

11:30– 12:45 pm Lunch:  On Your Own

12:45 – 1:30 pm The Future of BusinessObjects Dashboards – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

Business Intelligence Dashboards remain the dominant way we deliver Business Intelligence applications. While a picture speaks a thousand words, a dashboard delivers a thousand visual insights. For the longest time, BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) dominated and is still prevalent with its HTML5 runtime. Web Intelligence is improving its dashboard capabilities with each new service pack and SAP is looking to develop new dashboard solutions in the cloud while many BusinessObjects customers have turned to Tableau, PowerBI and other BI data visualizations. BusinessObjects customers have a lot of choices and this session will discuss the pros and cons of each to help you both better understand and see the possibilities.

01:30 – 2:15 pm Advanced Formatting II – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types, with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.2, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections.  The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look.  An example of inserting a Stop light as part of conditional formatting will be included.   The user will also learn how to apply the many reporting functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports.  Topics will include how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report, and link those blocks together. Navigating a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab will also be covered.  The presentation will cover exporting a Master Detail Report to PDF and Excel.  All topics covered will be through live demonstrations of the product, as well as interactive sessions with the user.

02:15 – 2:30 pm Break

02:30 – 3:00 pm BusinessObjects Co-Existence: The New Reality – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

More than 50% of existing BusinessObjects customers use at least one other BI tool in addition to the tools in BusinessObjects. Using the best tool for the job makes a lot of sense in today’s competitive and fast-changing business landscape and so this co-existence of different BI tools has become a reality. The most popular BI tool used with BusinessObjects is Tableau followed by Microsoft’s PowerBI. This session will talk about different use cases for using these tools with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment.

3:00-3:30 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple drill blocks, and learn how to hide blocks dynamically based on drill bar selections. It includes using Advance Drilling Functionality in a way never envisioned.  Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar drop down list.  And all of this functionality using nothing more than WebIntelligence!

03:30 pm Wrap-up

Please REGISTER for count purposes. Note: This event is not sponsored by SAP or ASUG. Presentations subject to change.

Seattle BusinessObjects User Group (BOUG) November 2, 2018

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You are personally invited to join us at the Seattle BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Friday, November 2nd from 8:30am – 4:00pm hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.  Attendance is free; however, we do ask that you register for count purposes.

LOCATION:

Kaiser Permanente

RCG (Renton Campus – Glacier Building) 107/108
2715 Naches Ave SW,
Renton, WA 98057
DIRECTIONS

Parking available adjacent to building
Front Desk/Security: 206-630-1330

AGENDA:

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration (Free Breakfast Provided)

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction

9:00 – 10:00 am A BusinessObjects Love Affair – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

While other BI Solutions seem to come and go, BusinessObjects remains as beautiful and desirable as ever. So why does this love affair continue to burn in our hearts as passionately as the first time we met this amazingly gorgeous Business Intelligence solution?  InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, will share his thoughts on why we love BusinessObjects so much and why this love affair continues to thrive as well as show how organizations around the world are harnessing its power to create solutions that see beyond their everyday challenges.

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15 – 11:30am Excelling It In WebIntelligence v4.2 – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide the user with a variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. It will include using Excel as a data provider, using Excel for a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, as a dynamic filer file, and other uses.  It will include an in-depth look at how to properly import an Excel files, where to store the Excel file, and how to update an Excel file without breaking the Webi Document.  It will also include some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. It will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

11:30– 12:30 pm Lunch:  On Your Own

12:30 – 1:15 pm The Future of BusinessObjects Dashboards – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

Business Intelligence Dashboards remain the dominant way we deliver Business Intelligence applications. While a picture speaks a thousand words, a dashboard delivers a thousand visual insights. For the longest time, BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) dominated and is still prevalent with its HTML5 runtime. Web Intelligence is improving its dashboard capabilities with each new service pack and SAP is looking to develop new dashboard solutions in the cloud while many BusinessObjects customers have turned to Tableau, PowerBI and other BI data visualizations. BusinessObjects customers have a lot of choices and this session will discuss the pros and cons of each to help you both better understand and see the possibilities.

1:15 – 2:00 pm Advanced Formatting II – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types, with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.2, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections.  The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look.  An example of inserting a Stop light as part of conditional formatting will be included.   The user will also learn how to apply the many reporting functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports.  Topics will include how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report, and link those blocks together. Navigating a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab will also be covered.  The presentation will cover exporting a Master Detail Report to PDF and Excel.  All topics covered will be through live demonstrations of the product, as well as interactive sessions with the user.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break

02:15 – 3:00 pm BusinessObjects Co-Existence: The New Reality – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

More than 50% of existing BusinessObjects customers use at least one other BI tool in addition to the tools in BusinessObjects. Using the best tool for the job makes a lot of sense in today’s competitive and fast-changing business landscape and so this co-existence of different BI tools has become a reality. The most popular BI tool used with BusinessObjects is Tableau followed by Microsoft’s PowerBI. This session will talk about different use cases for using these tools with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment.

03:00 – 3:45 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple drill blocks, and learn how to hide blocks dynamically based on drill bar selections. It includes using Advance Drilling Functionality in a way never envisioned.  Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar drop down list.  And all of this functionality using nothing more than WebIntelligence!

03:45- 4:00 pm  Wrap-up

Please REGISTER for count purposes. Note: This event is not sponsored by SAP or ASUG. Presentations subject to change.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: BusinessObjects BI 4.2 – 45 features in 45 Minutes

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Tuesday, August 21st at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Let's Speak BO Webinar BusinessObjects BI 4.2 – 45 features in 45 Minutes August 21 2018

Get to know the detail level product overview of what is new in BI 4.2 and the reasons to upgrade your current BI systems to version 4.2. Join us and BusinessObjects Senior Consultant, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he covers 45 of the latest features in BI 4.2 which will be helpful for your entire organization. These features will highlight, but not limited to, features that may assist BusinessObjects Administrators, Universe Designers, Report Developers and Business users. And if we have time, we will aim for 60!

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Self-service BusinessObjects Administration

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Tuesday, July 10th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Let’s Speak BO Webinar Self-service BusinessObjects Administration July 10 2018

The future direction of BI is Self Service. To this end, SAP has introduced key features of task management that can be distributed to different areas of the business to help manage and maintain BusinessObjects. Join us and Minith Patel for a great session of customer use cases to learn how BusinessObjects Application’s Administration tasks can be distributed to different areas of business moving in the direction of becoming more self-service. Learn how user account creation can be automated along with group assignment, how promotion of reports can be assigned to a helpdesk or business team without causing issues and more.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: A Crystal Migration to Cloud Case Study – The 4 Big Steps

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Tuesday, June 26th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us and SAP BusinessObjects Senior Consultant, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he takes us through a fascinating customer case study focused on a Crystal Reports Migration to the cloud. An Apparel Retailer recently migrated from Crystal Report Server 10 to Crystal Reports Server 4.2 (2016) . This webinar will cover the four major steps involved in a Crystal Server/BI 4.X upgrade process, namely :

1. Preparing for the upgrade
2. Installing the BI Platform on Amazon Cloud (AWS)
3. Using the Upgrade Management Tool (UMT)
4. Configuring and testing the new BI Platform

This session will be of great value for customers who are looking into BusinessObjects hosted in the cloud. Rajesh will showcase and discuss step by step instructions that are involved in migrating Crystal Reports content from Crystal Server 10 to Crystal Server 2016 hosted. AWS, being the cloud hosting provider for this case study, will also be discussed in detail.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Exceling it with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2

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Tuesday, May 29th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Join us for a fascinating take on the variety of ways one can still utilize Excel files as a driving data source within Web Intelligence. Presented by Michael Ward, CTTS, this creative webinar will provide the user with a variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. Michael Ward will demonstrate and discuss how users of Webi can utilize Excel as a data provider, a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, and use Excel as a dynamic filer file.

Join us for an in-depth look at how to properly import Excel files, where to store the Excel once its imported, and how to update an Excel file without breaking the Webi Document.

Michael Ward will also provide the audience with nice tips and techniques and open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group Meeting – April 12, 2018

The next Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting will be co-located with the ASUG Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting and will include collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Supply Chain Management as well as the Katz School of Business.

If you would like to attend, please send an email to the event coordinators letting them know you would like to attend. You can ask to be signed up for updates on future meetings. Location and parking details can also be found on their website.

Location:

Aires in Penn Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Parking:  Free

Agenda:

08:30 – 08:50  Registration and Breakfast

08:50 – 09:00  Welcome & AnnouncementsTammy Datri

09:00 – 09:50  SAP BI Dashboards: Do you want to know what your options are and how you can effective engage your business?Raj Juttukonda, Right Angle Solutions, Inc.

Attend this presentation to distinguish the different capabilities of Dashboard Development Tools from SAP and determine the best tool for the job.  You will see dashboards created in Webi, Lumira 2.0 (Designer & Discovery) and be able to spot the differences.  Geared for Business and Technology Audience

09:50 – 10:00  Break

10:00 – 10:50 10 Steps to a Successful BusinessObjects Cloud Migration (AWS, Azure, SAP, Etc.)Bruno Masek, 360Suite

Increasingly, organizations are opting to move applications and data to the cloud. Done well, cloud migrations can yield numerous benefits, including lower costs, greater flexibility and enhanced disaster recovery. Done poorly, cloud migrations can reduce performance and put information at risk. 360Suite offers a set of solutions and recommends 10 steps to a successful BusinessObjects cloud migration.

10:50 – 11:00  Break

11:00 – 11:50  Tableau with BusinessObjects – Bright out the best of both worldsRajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Hear about interesting case studies on how customers are integrating BusinessObjects and Tableau. Learn how to leverage existing universes and reports into both the Tableau Desktop and Tableau server while discovering the possibility of taking Web Intelligence report data and funneling it into Tableau Data Extracts (data source) and Tableau Workbooks (data visualization).

11:50 – 12:30  Lunch

12:30 – 01:20  BusinessObjects Administration:  Successful implementations automate things that they can, so they can focus on things that can’t be! StudioRaj Juttukonda, Right Angle Solutions, Inc.

Attend this presentation to see what you can automate and manage in your BusinessObjects Environment. Walk out of this presentation with out of the box (OOB) tools that can you leverage and grow your system. Created for Technology Audience

01:20 – 01:30  Break

01:30 – 02:20  SAP Ariba Success StoryJim LaManna, Ariba

Ariba’s journey from a 3.x environment on SQL to HANA and 4.2 How we use Transaction Cloud data on HANA and Webi, Explorer, Lumira and Design Studio.

02:20 – 02:30  Break

02:30 – 03:20  Fire up your FIORI LaunchpadRajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Attend this session if you want to explore the sensational new features and navigation capabilities of the new FIORI BI Launchpad. This session will cover BI 4.2 SP05 FIORI features such as Web Intelligence interactive viewer, filters and report navigation, new charts and chart properties, custom elements and formulas. This will be a perfect session for end users and report designers who are excited to learn the new features and functions specific to FIORI.

03:20 – 03:30  Wrap-up and GiveawaysPGHBOUG Steering Committee