Let’s Speak BO Webinar: A Guide to Geographic Charts in Web Intelligence

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

Join Adam Lange for an informative webinar on geographic visualizations in Web Intelligence 4.2. Attendees will learn the step-by-step process to integrate dazzling geo-charts into their Web Intelligence reports. Plus, Adam will cover the best practices associated with geographic reporting, such as data cleaning and geocoding.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Security Lessons From the Trenches

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Tuesday, December 12th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join Amy O’Neel, BusinessObjects Administrative expert, as she presents security lessons from down in the trenches of BusinessObjects Administration. A webinar that will host a great opportunity to dive into many of the subtleties of BO Security. Amy will take the attendees through topics such as inheritance, explicit settings, setting on object only and not objects within, and more. This administrative webinar will also explore application rights versus folder rights, hiding functionality with customization, auditing security and the Information Design Tool security detail. Down in the trenches we explore a barrage of security issues that arise. This webinar will compile this year’s best!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: The Integration of BusinessObjects and Tableau

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Tuesday, November 14th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us and Allan Williams as he presents a fascinating webinar of the integration BusinessObjects customers are exploring with Tableau as their data visualization platform. This session will share how BusinessObjects customers can now leverage existing Universes and Reports into both 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). This end to end toolset provides BusinessObjects customers with both a reporting and data discovery processes that paves a new road ahead for Business Intelligence users.

Let’s Speak BO: Visualize This! Web Intelligence 4.2 Creative Design Techniques

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Tuesday, November 28th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

With nothing more than Web Intelligence 4.2 you can create complex and creative visualizations. This fascinating webinar will host Michael Ward with Creative Technology Training and Solutions who will demonstrate a variety of chart and report blocks using nothing more than Input Controls and the new Linking Functionality. After this webinar you will be able to create very slick and custom-appearing interactive data visualizations utilizing native Web Intelligence.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Design and Development Techniques for Mobilizing SAP Dashboards

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Tuesday, October 17th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us in a fantastic and informative session with expert developer and Dashboards Consultant, Roxanne Pittman. This dedicated session will demonstrate innovative techniques for designing and deploying SAP Dashboards (formerly known as Xcelsius) for mobile devices. This interactive webinar will also explore tips and tricks for Dashboard development as well as introduce fantastic third party components that will make designing and consuming mobile dashboards even easier!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Let’s Get Crystal Clear with Crystal Reports

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Tuesday, October 3rd at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Is Crystal Enterprise the new version of Crystal Reports? How different is Crystal Enterprise compared to Crystal Reports 2016/2013/2011/2008. What are the architectural changes in Crystal Enterprise? What are the different data connectivity options for Crystal Enterprise? Which version of Crystal Reports is best suited for SAP data sources – specifically SAP BW & HANA? Do I need to convert Crystal 2008/2011 reports to CR Enterprise? What’s new in Crystal 2016? In this session Rajesh Ponnurangam, a senior consultant and Crystal guru at InfoSol, will address all of the above questions. A demo showing the differences between Crystal 2016 and CR Enterprise will be discussed.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius) BI’s Dark Knight

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Tuesday, September 19th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us and BI Dashboard Developer, Noe Garcia from United Surgical Partners International (USPI), as he showcases USPI’s silent guardian. With an expertise in SAP BusinessObjects and InfoBurst, Noe has developed and implemented many different types of BI solutions for the healthcare, retail, and pharmaceutical industry.

This session will explore how USPI continues to rely on Xcelsius (aka SAP Dashboards) to deliver robust, visual tools. With a little help from its sidekick InfoBurst, with it’s utility belt loaded with great apps and tools, Xcelsius continues to be USPI’s watchful protector, a dark knight!

Grand Rapids BusinessObjects User Group (BOUG) – Monday, October 16, 2017

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You are personally invited to join us at the Grand Rapids BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Monday, October 16th, 2017 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.


Herman Miller
Main Auditorium
855 East Main Street
Zeeland, MI 49464

Parking: Free parking available right outside the building


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

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

9:00 – 10:15am Let’s Speak BO Superheroes – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

BusinessObjects continues to thrive and there is a new energy and enthusiasm within the BO community. Is it because of all the great new stuff in BusinessObjects 4.2 or the avalanche of new features pouring out with each service pack release of Web Intelligence or is it something else? One thing is for sure and that is a lot of people are speaking BO and creating some pretty amazing solutions with it. InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, will share his thoughts on why BusinessObjects is buzzing and highlight some cool BusinessObjects solutions and the superheroes behind them.

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30 – 11:30am What’s New In V 4.2 SP 3/SP 4 (And Some v4.1) – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will be a live demo highlighting the many new features v4.2. Topics to include:
Excel and Free Hand SQL as a data provider, Large numbers, grouping, Input Control enhancements,
Prompt Variants, Grouped Input Controls, Shared Elements, Referencing, Calculation enhancements,
Concurrent processing of queries and merging on local variables. Features will be from v4.2 SP 3/SP 4 & some v4.1

11:30– 12:30 pm Lunch: On Your Own

12:30 – 1:15 pm Let’s talk about What’s coming within BI 4.2 SP05 – Samuel Polichouk, SAP

This is an “all you can eat” presentation, with a little time on slides for a larger time on demo.
From the new Webi user interface Fiori style with extended capabilities (compared to SP4), new Features in charting, to the focus on Breaks for Deski fans, finishing with platform tools for admins.

01:15 – 2:00 pm 5 More People You Meet in Dashboard Heaven – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

Following the success of “The Five People You Meet in Dashboard Heaven”, here are 5 more amazing individuals who influenced the creation of 5 very successful BI dashboards, discuss how they came about and what made them a hit. All the solutions used SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards in some way which is a good tool to have with you on the journey to Dashboard Heaven.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break

02:15 – 3:00 pm …What about future plans for Web Intelligence, Semantic Layer and BI Tools in BI 4.2 SP06 and BI 4.3? – Samuel Polichouk, SAP

This session will be about roadmaps, product orientation and strategies. SAP will share the status on these releases to ease your strategical upgrade planning.

03:00-3:45pm 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 pm Wrap-up

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Stress Test of a New BI 4.2 BusinessObjects Environment – A Case Study

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

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Do you know the performance and capacity of your current BusinessObjects deployment? Do you know if your Current BusinessObjects setup can meet the current and future demand of your organization? This presentation will walk you through a real world use case of a Healthcare company that needs to deliver more than 400 reports an hour. Join us to see a detailed journey of a Stress Test of a BusinessObjects 4.2 cluster environment and how it helped bring about faster turnaround time of Webi and Crystal reports.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Make Your Web Intelligence Reports Come Alive

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Tuesday, August 22nd at 10AM PT/1PM ET

It is often necessary to move beyond static reporting to support the objectives of data-driven decision-marking. Join Steve Thatcher from A. Lange Consulting, LLC as he explores the many options for creating dynamic and engaging reports in Web Intelligence. Attendees will see live demonstrations of interactive Web Intelligence features, including input controls, element linking, creating a what-if scenario, commentary, and more!