Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Going Mobile – Design and Deployment Using Web Intelligence 4.2

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Tuesday, August 23rd at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Due to the proliferation of mobile devices in business today, report designers are increasingly being asked to provide reporting solutions for distribution on a mobile platform. More often than not, users would like to consume their Web Intelligence content on their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This hands-on immersion boot camp will explore design considerations to enhance the display of both existing and new documents on mobile devices using the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Client application.

Major Topics Include:

  • Exploring mobile platform design challenges
    Mobile report design best practices
    Configuring and using the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Client application

Steve Thatcher, InfoSol Inc.

Steve is a Technical Consultant for InfoSol. He is a Certified Web Intelligence Application Associate and, in addition to teaching the SAP Web Intelligence report design courses offered at InfoSol, provides Web Intelligence services to customers. In addition to Web Intelligence, Steve is also a Certified SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius Application Associate, and continuously stays abreast of the many offerings of the SAP business intelligence solutions suite. Steve’s business intelligence background is complemented by his over 13 years in Corporate Finance gaining experience in financial modeling, reporting, and information system development.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Sensitive Data Protection with Data Services Data Masking Transform

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Tuesday, May 31st at 10AM PT/1PM ET

In today’s world it is extremely important to protect critical business assets. Join expert Doug Evans to learn how you can build data protection into existing ETL logic as one data movement process. Data Services Data Masking transform provides various data protection techniques to match specific protection requirements. This session will explore how to protect personal identification ID’s such as Social Security Numbers and other personal data such as Email’s, Salaries and randomize sensitive production data for test data management.

Speaker: Doug Evans, InfoSol Inc.

Doug Evans is Technical Manager of Migrations and COBOL Solutions Support for InfoSol. During the last three decades (he started in the industry when he was 12 – well, not quite), Doug has served in several capacities including a computer operator, systems analyst and programming manager. He has been involved in many large scale mainframe migrations which required the use of specialized ETL and ODS tools. Most recently, Doug has developed and delivered a SQL Server Integration Services training course.

Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group Meeting – March 31

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The next Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group Meeting will be held on Thursday March 31, 2016 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 visit the Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group web page where you can register and also sign up for updates on future meetings. Location and parking details can also be found on their website.

PGHBOUG Agenda:

08:00 – 08:30  Registration and Breakfast

08:30 – 08:45  Welcome & Announcements – Mark Hopkins, Tammy Datri

08:45 – 09:00  Pitt Center for Supply Chain Management Overview – Prakash Mirchandani,  University of Pittsburgh SCM

09:00 – 09:45  Partnering for Process Improvement: A Pitt Six Sigma Case Study – Jim Kimpel, University of Pittsburgh

09:45 – 10:00  Break

10:00 – 11:00  Blue Buffalo: Using Real-Time Operational Analytics to Transform Decision Making – Brian Jordan, Director, Data & Analytics, DecisionFirst Technologies, A Provtiviti Enterprise

11:00 – 12:00  Get, Set, Go Mobile BI – Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

12:00 – 01:00  Birds of a Feather Lunch

01:00 – 02:00  Boost Life Cycle Management and Backup & Recovery Best Practices – Sebastien Goiffon, GB&Smith

02:00 – 02:50   UNX Adoption – Fred Walther & Peter Warren, APOS Systems

02:50 – 03:00   Break

03:00 – 04:00   Xcelsius vs Lumira & Design Studio – Rajesh Ponnurangam, Infosol

04:00 – 04:15   General announcements (IBIS, SABOC, GBN, openSAP, SAP Influence Opportunities)

04:15 – 04:30   Wrap-up and Giveaways – PGHBOUG Steering Committee & ASUG Chapter

Denver BusinessObjects User Group Meeting – April 8th

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You are personally invited to join us at the next information packed Denver BusinessObjects User Group Meeting on Friday April 8th, 2016 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

Enter at Gate 1 (will be directed by security)

AGENDA

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

8:45 – 9:00am Introduction

9:00 – 10:00am Creating Calculations In WebIntelligence v4.1:  From Basic to Context – Michael Ward,CTTS

This session will cover the basics of creating calculations up through the most advanced features. It will include creating formulas, converting to variables, and creating variables directly. It will include an in-depth look at the function library, including many of the new functions. The presentation will also include a detailed look at utilizing dates in your calculations as well as more advanced features.  The presentation will consist of a live demo of all topics covered.

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15 – 11:30am Creating an Xcelsius Dashboards using IDT – Sakthi Rangarajan, InfoSol Inc.

This session will cover the steps of building an Xcelsius dashboard using IDT as the source.  We will also discuss the pros and cons of doing this along with a live demo.

11:30– 12:45pm Lunch: On Your Own

12:45 – 1:30pm Advance Reporting Techniques with Webi v4.1 –    Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation incorporates many of the new 4.1 features into advanced reports.  Topics will include Master Detail, Hiding, Conditional Formatting, linking Blocks, and Grouping.  It will also include enhancements to Formulas, Variables, and Functions.

1:30 – 2:30pm Explorer Case Study – Sakthi Rangarajan, InfoSol Inc.

This presentation will cover how Explorer fits into the self –service BI landscape along with a full demo of all topics covered.

02:30 – 2:45pm Break

02:45 – 3:30pm Building Universes with the IDT, Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will be a live demo building a universe with the IDT. It will include defining a project, setting up connections, building a data foundation, building a business layer, adding custom LOVS and Parameters, and Publishing a universe.

03:30pm 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: Innovative Dashboard Navigation Techniques

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Tuesday, March 22nd at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Navigating around a dashboard must be able to ‘flex’ when it comes to the needs of the data. Sometimes in the development process, logical groupings of the data are more apparent whereas other times we need to get creative in how we navigate to the data with a user-friendly and logical workflow in mind. Join us in a fantastic session with expert Dashboard Developer & Designer, Roxanne Pittman, as we explore dashboard navigation techniques that will guide developers in discovering innovative approaches to navigation in a dashboard project.

Presenter: Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc.

Roxanne is a Senior BI Consultant and has been with InfoSol for 9 years now. In addition to being a multi-certified instructor in reporting, universe and dashboard design, Roxanne has experience working with Fortune 500 companies as a consultant in the deployment of business intelligence solutions across the United States as well as in Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Roxanne’s passion for exciting data visualizations earned her the title of D-Va: Dashboard Visualization Artist, working with Xcelsius since 2006, Dashboards 4.x and most recently HTML5 dashboards using InfoBurst Apps. Roxanne shares Tech-Tips at http://infosolblog.com/

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Dynamically Displaying Data in Web Intelligence

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Tuesday, December 13th at 10AM PST/11AM AZ/1PM EST

Sometimes a report developer is presented with challenging requests to display values in unique ways, and with little help at the universe level. This webinar will explore two main techniques available in Web Intelligence 4.1 to assist with such requests. These techniques include grouping data values, and using conditional formatting and display.

Major Topics Include:

  • Grouping data values using:
  • If/Then/Else formula
  • Personal data providers
  • The new custom grouping feature in Web Intelligence 4.1
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Using traditional font, cell, report formatting
  • Using formulas to customize display of underlying data

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Creative Linking in Web Intelligence

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Tuesday, October 4th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

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There are times when more than one document is needed to tell the whole story. And the story may be received using multiple methods of report distribution, such as online and e-mail. This webinar will explore linking a document to other documents and websites.

Major Topics Include:

  • Linking documents to other documents and websites
  • Hyperlink
  • OpenDoc

Speaker: Steve Thatcher

Steve is a Technical Consultant for A. Lange Consulting LLC. He is a Certified Web Intelligence Application Associate and, in addition to teaching the SAP Web Intelligence report design courses offered at InfoSol, provides Web Intelligence services to customers. In addition to Web Intelligence, Steve is also a Certified SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius Application Associate, and continuously stays abreast of the many offerings of the SAP business intelligence solutions suite. Steve’s business intelligence background is complemented by his over 13 years in Corporate Finance gaining experience in financial modeling, reporting, and information system development.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Exploring Built-in Functions & Formulas

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Tuesday, July 12th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

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There are many formula functions built into the Web Intelligence report designer. Many of these functions are similar to functions found in other reporting tools, and many leverage the metadata within Web Intelligence, and the Business Objects platform. This webinar will explore using the formula editor to create customized solutions to challenging report design requirements.

Major Topics Include:

  • Overview of the Web Intelligence formula editor
  • Use many of the unique Web Intelligence built-in functions to build customize solutions such as:
    • Automate report titles, etc. by referencing user prompts
    • Display date values formatted based on the users locale settings
    • Reference ASCII codes (new line, currency symbols, etc.) in formulas and cells
    • Convert string and data values per report design requirements

Steve Thatcher, InfoSol Inc.

Steve is a Technical Consultant for InfoSol. He is a Certified Web Intelligence Application Associate and, in addition to teaching the SAP Web Intelligence report design courses offered at InfoSol, provides Web Intelligence services to customers. In addition to Web Intelligence, Steve is also a Certified SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius Application Associate, and continuously stays abreast of the many offerings of the SAP business intelligence solutions suite. Steve’s business intelligence background is complemented by his over 13 years in Corporate Finance gaining experience in financial modeling, reporting, and information system development.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Queries and Data Providers in Web Intelligence

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Tuesday, April 5th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Depending on your needs, there may be times where simple queries will not yield the results you want in a web intelligence report. In these cases, more advanced techniques using combined queries or subqueries may be necessary. This webinar explores these advanced querying techniques

Major Topics Include:

  • Combined Queries
  • Union
  • Intersect
  • Minus
  • Subqueries
  • Query of a Query
  • Using Personal Data Providers

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: The Power of Program Objects, Automating Report Governance (and beyond) in the SAP BI Platform

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Tuesday, March 8th at 10AM PST/11AM AZ/1PM EST

SAP BI Platform’s Program Objects provide a simple convenient way to execute scripts and java code on a scheduled basis. Not only this, but the scripts you write allow you to “see” folders, reports, users and other objects residing on the BI Platform. This opens up a world of possibility for automating otherwise tedious and time-consuming tasks, and extending your BI Platform’s capabilities. This presentation will walk you through creating and deploying a Report Governance Program Object, intended to ensure reports that users publish are properly documented. Major points include: Creating the Program Object, Deploying the Program Object, and Other Possibilities. Whether you are a developer or BI Administrator, this session will not only provide you the how-to but also the what-is-possible with your current BI investment. Join us and Don Collins, Senior SAP BI Solutions Architect with Connected BI, as we explore The Power of Program Objects.

Speaker: Don Collins has been pursuing the limits of technology ever since he programmed his first video game on a Texas Intruments TI99/4A computer as a teenager.

His introduction to SAP BusinessObjects began twenty years ago with Crystal Reports, for which he provided strategic training, report and custom application development to the healtchare and finance industries. Since that time, he has overseen the development and implementation of several custom add-on solutions for Crystal, Web Intelligence and the BusinessObjects platform. He presently serves as SAP BI Solutions Architect for Connected BI Solutions, Inc. which he founded in 2014, providing expert consulting for the full gamut of SAP Business Analytics technologies, including the new SAP RESTful SDK.

Don is an active speaker in the BusinessObject community. He still has not found the limits of technology and innovation but is having fun trying.