Let’s Speak BO Webinar Series

Let's Speak BO Webinar Series: Bringing Together BO Users and Specialists Discussing Everything BusinessObjects

For over a year now InfoSol has been running a biweekly, webinar series called “Let’s Speak BO.” The goal is to bring together experienced and innovative BusinessObjects users and specialists and share their knowledge and advice on how to get the most value and benefit from your BusinessObjects deployment.

Every two weeks a new BO themed webinar will occur, featuring case studies, tech tips, and everything BusinessObjects. You can find the upcoming lineup below.

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Upcoming Webinars:

October 17th – Design and Development Techniques for Mobilizing SAP Dashboards

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!

October 31st – A Guide to Geographic Charts in Web Intelligence

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.

November 14th – The Integration of BusinessObjects and Tableau

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.

November 28th – Visualize This! Web Intelligence 4.2 Creative Design Techniques

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 that 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.

December 12th – Security Lessons From the Trenches

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!

Past Webinars

2015

January 27th – Zero to Hero in Six Months

Presenter: David Behr, USPI

Let’s Speak BO Webinar Series kick off; dedicated interactive and informative webinars on everything BusinessObjects related. This webinar will take a look at how an organization implemented business intelligence capabilities along with a data warehouse from scratch. The case study will also explore how this organization was able to meet the requirements of reporting, dashboards and self-service analytics corporate-wide in under 6 months at a quarter of the expected cost

February 10th – Designing Dazzling Xcelsius Dashboards

Presenter: Roxanne Pittman and Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

Join us with Roxanne Pittman and Taylor Packwood of InfoSol for a wealth of tips, tricks and ideas on how to develop compelling and effective Xcelsius Dashboards. The session will include how to make the most of existing functionality within Xcelsius and show some of the popular third party add-on components.

February 24th – High 5 for HTML5 with BusinessObjects

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Are you considering BI mobility? This webinar will take you through the latest technologies and methodologies in an informative demonstration of a variety of mobile BI options for deployment. This session will cover building mobile dashboards using SAP Dashboards (aka Xcelsius), SAP Design Studio, Lumira, InfoBurst Apps and AnuBIs. You will get a glimpse of every tool’s mobile capability and will be able to compare and contrast the different deployment options.

March 10th – Getting the Most out of Web Intelligence 4.1 Chart Visualizations

Presenter: Steve Thatcher, InfoSol Inc.

This webinar will cover the many new visualization features available in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.1. Attendees will learn how to create useful and insightful charts by leveraging the latest functionality available in BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.1.

March 24th – Top 3 Cases for Location Intelligence and BI

Presenter: Ryan Goodman, CEO of Centigon Solutions

Join InfoSol and Ryan Goodman, Founder and CEO of Centigon Solutions, as we take a look at top business cases and tips for injecting maps into your BI implementation. This informative webinar will extract and share the knowledge taken from hundreds of customer stories and share how you can gather and transform requirements into amazing location intelligence solutions.

April 7th – What’s the Scoop on Multi-Source Universes

Presenter: Allan Williams, Manitoba Public Insurance

Business Objects 4 introduced the concept of multi-source universes creating a single universe with connections to different database platforms. This presentation will illustrate creating a basic multi-source universe from scratch. In addition, important considerations for configuring the Adaptive Processing Server to support multi-source universes will be covered.

April 21st – What’s New in Web Intelligence v4.1 SP5?

Presenter:  Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc.

This session will include a live demonstration, highlighting new features introduced in WebI v4.0 and v4.1 with emphasis on some of the significant new features introduced in v4.1 SP2. Amy will also provide examples of practical use cases utilizing these new features, showcasing both the similarities and the differences in comparison to WebI v3.1.

May 5th – How to Develop an End to End BI Application Using SAP Dashboards?

Presenter:  Mel Sheppard, InfoSol Ltd.

Join us and Dashboard Developer expert, Mel Sheppard, as we dive into SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards! Based on the awesome feedback that we received from the Let’s Speak BO: Web Intelligence Chart Visualization webinar in March, we are excited to offer an in-depth and informative session dedicated to SAP Dashboards. This webinar will focus on how to develop end to end Business Intelligence applications within your organization while addressing when to transition your data delivery method from a Web Intelligence report to a Dashboard. This webinar will be jam packed with tips and tricks, discussions on project planning, and dashboard development insight to better visualize and deliver key information.

May 19th – Understanding LCM and the 360 Suite

Presenter:  Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc.

Join us and Minith Patel in a fantastic and informative session on LCM and the 360 Suite. This session will take you through an in-depth look at the features of LCM consists and how to best utilize it within your organization.

As a comparison, Minith will also demonstrate the usability of GB & Smith’s 360 Suite: A powerful set of BusinessObjects administration tools for enhanced security management, auditing, backup recovery and impact analysis.

June 2nd – Multiple Data Providers in v4.1: It’s a Whole New World

Presenter: Michael Ward, CTTS

Looking to expand your report?  Add more data providers? Learn how it easy it can be.  But watch out! If you are a v3.1 user, you are In for a few surprises!  You will find this presentation to be very informative!!!

 June 16th – Administration Maintenance Planning

Presenter: Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc.

Keeping things running smoothly, making sure security is in place, providing support, training the user community, assessing future trends, being everything to everyone at all times. So many hats! And most BusinessObjects administrators don’t even have the luxury of having this as their only role. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it! With a little planning, some tools in place, some automating and some help in your back pocket, you can do this!

Don’t miss out on this fantastic webinar with Amy O’Neel, BusinessObjects expert with over 13 years of Admin experience, who will be diving into Administration Maintenance and Planning for the future with your BusinessObjects deployment

June 30th – Crystal Reporting with InfoBurst

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam

The Let’s Speak BO Webinar series welcomes a fascinating customer case study on the science behind the shine utilizing Crystal Reports with a third party platform for delivering automated and intelligent distributions of reporting content.

Senior Consultant Rajesh Ponnurangam will share how one of America’s largest supermarket chains implemented this third party tool to deliver Crystal Reports to over 1500 stores within the United States. This fantastic case study will also dive into the migration process of Crystal Reports, from Crystal Enterprise 9 to Crystal 2013.

July 14th – Enhancing Call Center BI with Web Intelligence 4.1 Visualization

Presenter: Mike Gurtler

Join the Let’s Speak BO Webinar experience in a fascinating customer case study with Michael Gurtler, Freeport-McMoRan, as he shares how his organization discovered new features that began to rival the interactive capabilities of other BI products in the marketplace.

Mike Gurtler, an FCX BI leader, will demonstrate Call Center Reporting and how his organization put to use input controls, interactive chart elements, and drill through reporting to provide a better BO experience for their end users.

July 28th – Charting Data in Web Intelligence 4.1

Presenter: Adam Lange

Join Adam Lange in a fantastic and informative webinar dedicated the what’s new with Web Intelligence 4.1.

The charts offered in Web Intelligence XI 3.1 were notoriously limited in their functionality and effectiveness. In the latest version, Web Intelligence 4.1, SAP introduced many improvements to the chart engine which allow for better, more attractive, and more robust data visualizations. This session will explore new and expanded visualization features, including heat maps, tree maps, box plots, combo charts, waterfall charts, tag clouds, and dual axis charts. Attendees will also learn about new interactive functions and formatting options.

August 11th – Mobilizing Your Dashboards with Xcelsius HTML5 and dCode

Presenters: Paul Grill and Rich Harvey

Xcelsius Dashboards are everywhere and with the ability to now generate them in HTML5 they will be appearing in even more places and on your mobile devices. In addition to the Xcelsius HTML5 components, there are many third party HTML5 components and add-ons for Xcelsius that provide some really cool functionality like being able to support offline mobile dashboards or embed Xcelsius HTML5 dashboards inside publications. Don’t miss out on a fantastic exploration into the world of Dashboards, Mobility, HTML5 and dCode hosted by Paul Grill, CEO of InfoSol, and Richard Harvey of InfoSol Ltd.

August 25th – Thinking Spatially with Maps and WebI

Presenter: Ryan Goodman

Join Ryan Goodman, CEO of Centigon Solutions, as he explores how to engage your business users with the latest innovation of maps inside of Web Intelligence.

Why use Google Maps in enterprise reporting? That is the million dollar question that will be answered in this session. You will learn not only “why” but also how to engage business users while creating map templates that can be used directly inside of Webi with just a few clicks.

September 8th – Dashboards and Design Studio: The Car You Own and The Car You Dream of Owning

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam

SAP BusinessObjects dashboards (Xcelsius) has been one of the most popular dashboarding tools for over a decade. SAP Design Studio has created a lot of buzz among customers with its advent. Does SAP Design Studio compete with Xcelsius? Who are the target customers for Design Studio? Which tool should I choose for dashboarding in future? What would happen to all the dashboards created using Xcelsius?

September 22nd – Using the SAP RESTful SDK without a Single Line of Code

Presenter: Don Collins

The SAP BI RESTful SDK is the next-generation application programming interface (API) for gaining insight into reporting content on your SAP BusinessObjects Server, especially for Web Intelligence reports.

But the exciting thing — and little-known secret — about the RESTful SDK is that strictly speaking, it does not require you to write a single line of code.

October 6th – Information Design for Dashboards

Presenter: Mel Sheppard

Anyone can build a dashboard. There are plenty of tools on the market that enable you to connect to virtually any data source, and with just a few clicks present information inside one or more data visualizations. However, in order to really effectively communicate information in this way, it pays to understand the important role that design plays in our ability to interpret this information.

Expert Developer and Dashboard Designer, Mel Sheppard will share examples of good and bad information design and discuss how attributes such as color, weight, scale and grouping affect our perception. You will also learn the importance of selecting the right chart and leave equipped the skills/tools you need to pick the right chart/visualization for your dashboard.

October 20th – WebI 4.1 SP06 Free-Hand SQL Queries, New Input Controls, and More

Presenter: Adam Lange

Join us and BO Expert, Adam Lange, as we take an in-depth look at support package 6, the latest upgrade for SAP BI 4.1. Recently released this summer, the new support package includes several exciting features for Web Intelligence, including free-hand SQL data sources, global input controls, multi-column selections, and more. This session will offer an overview of the new features in SP06 and an in-depth discussion on best practices for the latest BusinessOjects support package.

November 3rd – Carroll Community College’s Smart BusinessObjects Migration

Presenter: Daniel Demissie

When faced with a BusinessObjects XI 3.1 to BI 4.1 Migration with few resources and a tight budget, Carroll Community College used their “smarts” and looked for efficient and cost-effective solutions to assist them. Carroll Community College Data Analyst, Daniel Demissie will explain and demonstrate how their organization utilized each of the 360 Tools to rationalize and migrate to BI 4.1.

November 17th – What’s New in Web Intelligence 4.1 SP6

Presenter: Michael Ward

Join us in a fantastic webinar on What’s New with Web Intelligence 4.1 SP6 hosted by Web Intelligence expert, Michael Ward. This session will include a live demonstration of all the latest and greatest features introduced in version 4.1. Some of the topics Michael will discuss includes: Local Excel Data Providers, Grouping, Values button, and the new Free Hand SQL option.

December 1st – Dashboard-lite, Creating Visual and Interactive Reports in Web Intelligence

Presenter: Adam Lange

With limited resources for software, training, and support, it is critical for organizations to seize the full capability of their existing solutions. SAP Web Intelligence is generally used for operational reporting, ad hoc analysis, and casual data exploration. Indeed, Web Intelligence is a wonderful solution for those business needs. But the latest 4.1 version also offers an impressive range of interactive and visual components which users can leverage to create attractive, engaging, dashboard-esque reports. This session will demonstrate several features in Web Intelligence, including charts, input controls, and drill-downs. Most importantly, attendees will see how these features can be combined to build meaningful data presentations in a dashboard format

December 15th – Creating Universes With The New IDT!

Presenter: Michael Ward

Join us as we explore the depths of Information Design Tool with Business Intelligence expert, Michael Ward. Michael Ward will demonstrate the building of universes with the latest version of IDT.  This session will also showcase how to define a project, how to set up the initial connections, creating the data foundation layer, building a business layer, and publishing the universe.

December 29th – Data Profiling in Data Services

Presenter: Doug Evans

Join us and data profiling expert, Doug Evans as we take the plunge into Data Services. While SAP Information Steward is the primary tool for data profiling, technical data profiling can actually be done directly in Data Services. In this session you will see through demonstration how you can go beyond simple viewing of the data to actually conducting a thorough analysis of your data. This in turn provides you with great information to building better jobs in Data Services. You will see how the data profiling process will produce a statistical analysis that includes Frequency Distribution, Distinct Values, Null Values, Minimum / Maximum Values, Data Patterns, Comparisons of values between data sets and Drill-down capabilities to view specific records.

2016

January 12th – Advanced Calculation Context

Presenter: Steve Thatcher

In the real world, sometimes Web Intelligence’s default calculation context just isn’t good enough to develop the reports that are truly needed. Join us and Web Intelligence expert, Steve Thatcher, as we will highlight advanced calculation context techniques that extend the capabilities of the Web Intelligence formula editor. These techniques allow for calculations in Webi that may have only seemed possible in other tools such as Microsoft Excel.

January 26th – The Dos and Don’ts of a BusinessObjects 4.1 Upgrade

Presenter: Minith Patel

Join us with Minith Patel, BusinessObjects Consultant and Migrations expert, as he discusses the Pre, During and Post migration dos and don’ts of a BusinessObjects 4.1 upgrade. This session will demonstrate and discuss a successful migration while emphasizing key prerequisites and post installation check lists.

Februrary 9th – Xcelsius vs Lumira & Design Studio

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam

SAP BusinessObjects dashboards (aka Xcelsius) has been one of the most popular dashboarding tools for over a decade. More recently Lumira and Design Studio have been heavily promoted by SAP to BusinessObjects customers. Join us and BusinessObjects expert, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he addresses insight into the following questions: Do Lumira and Design Studio compete with Xcelsius? Who are the target customers for these new tools? Which tool should I choose for dashboarding? What would happen to all my dashboards created using Xcelsius?

This session will feature live demonstrations of the capabilities of these tools and the pros and cons of using Xcelsius over Design Studio/Lumira.

February 23rd – Mobilizing Dashboards with Xcelsius HTML5 and dCode

Presenters: Paul Grill and Rich Harvey

Xcelsius Dashboards are everywhere and with the ability to now generate them in HTML5 they will be appearing in even more places and on your mobile devices. In addition to the Xcelsius HTML5 components, there are many third party HTML5 components and add-ons for Xcelsius that provide some really cool functionality like being able to support offline mobile dashboards or embed Xcelsius HTML5 dashboards inside publications. Don’t miss out on a fantastic exploration into the world of Dashboards, Mobility, HTML5 and dCode hosted by Paul Grill, CEO of InfoSol, and Richard Harvey of InfoSol Ltd.

March 8th – The Power of Program Objects, Automating Report Governance (and beyond) in the SAP BI Platform

Presenter: Don Collins

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.

March 22nd – Innovative Dashboard Navigation Techniques

Presenter: Roxanne Pittman

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.

April 5th – Queries and Data Providers

Presenter: Steve Thatcher

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

April 19th – The Advantages of Using IDT Over UDT

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam

The Information Design Tools or IDT is a new semantic layer modeling tool from SAP. But the Universe Design Tool or UDT is still supported and delivered as part of BI Client tools. Join expert, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he discusses and demonstrates: The advantages of using IDT versus UDT, new features and benefits in creating an IDT UNX Universe, what to do with old UNV universes, and the steps to creating an IDT universe.

May 3rd – Analysis for OLAP and Explorer

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam

Join us and Senior Consultant, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he shares fascinating insights into some of the most overlooked tools in the BusinessObjects suite. This session will demonstrate how these self-service BI tools provide users with insight into business data while uncovering trends, Rajesh will also discuss some of the key features providing users with the ability to quickly search and explore vast amounts of data on demand.

May 17th – Business and Data Security Profiles in BusinessObjects 4.1

Presenter: Allan Williams

Join us and BO expert, Allan Williams, as we focus on the improvements introduced in BO 4.1. This session will explore restricting data access when creating queries and displaying data and data filters in a Business Security Profile. Allan will also demonstrate how to restrict connections, controls, SQL, tables and rows using Data Security Profiles in BusinessObjects.

May 31st – Sensitive Data Protection with Data Services Data Masking Transform

Presenter: Doug Evans

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.

June 14th – What’s new in BusinessObjects 4.2 for System Administration

Presenter: Minith Patel

Join us and Business Objects expert and Senior Consultant, Minith Patel, as we explore SAP BI 4.2 System Administration. One of the most awaited feature “Recycle Bin” along with few brand new features are now introduced in the new BusinessObjects BI 4.2 release. This session will provide information on what is new in BI 4.2 for system administration while exploring new features and the current functionality that has been updated in this release.

June 28th – How to Create a Dashboard in Web Intelligence

Presenter: Steve Thatcher

Join InfoSol’s Steve Thatcher as he brings together various functionality and features in Web Intelligence 4.2 to build an interactive dashboard. This live demonstration challenges you to think of Web Intelligence in a whole new way by including such features as Geo Maps, dynamic visibility, HTML ticker/scroll and more.

July 12 – Exploring Built-in Functions & Formulas

Presenter: Steve Thatcher

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.

July 26th – Let’s Get Crystal Clear with Crystal Reports

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam

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? This session will include a Demonstration showing the differences between Crystal 2013 and CR Enterprise.

August 9th – Exploring the New Features of Web Intelligence 4.2

Presenter: Adam Lange

Join us for a live tour of the latest features and enhancements offered in SAP Web Intelligence 4.2. This brand new version of Web Intelligence includes several exciting improvements to bolster the quality and efficiency of your reporting operations: geographical maps and charts, report element sharing, parallel query execution, report commentary, custom report elements, and direct queries against SAP HANA. This presentation will include practical applications and examples of the new features, plus caveats and best practices.

August 23rd – Going Mobile – Design and Deployment Using Web Intelligence 4.2

Presenter: Steve Thatcher

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.

September 6th – Web Services to and from BusinessObjects

Presenter: Amy O’Neel

Web services are useful for feeding data into and out of BusinessObjects to and from other applications. In 3.1 BusinessObjects introduced the creation of web services to come from Webi report parts for feeding data OUT of BO to other applications. Webi can also CONSUME web services as a data source directly via Webi Rich Client or, new in 4.1, as a connection option for a universe. Public web services are easily available as additional data sources for weather, stocks, monetary conversion rates, consumer stats, etc. and you can use this information to supplement your internal data. In this webinar we’ll walk through examples of bringing web services data into Webi reports both directly and with the new Universe connector type.

September 20th – How Group Healthcare Cooperative Designed a New IDT Universe for Open Enrollment

Presenter: Rajesh Ponnurangam

Find out how Group Health Cooperative, a Washington based nonprofit healthcare organization, designed a BusinessObjects Universe for Healthcare open enrollment using Information Design Tool. Join Senior BO Consultant, Rajesh Ponnurangam, and Subhadra Ghosh, Group Health Care, as they discuss the project life cycle including the business use case, data warehouse design, data foundation and business layer design. The various BusinessObjects tools that consume this new universe and their impact on the universe design will also be discussed.

October 4th – Creative Linking in Web Intelligence

Presenter: Steve Thatcher

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.

October 18th – Document Linking to and From BOE

Presenter: Amy O’Neel

Document linking between documents and from other applications to Business Objects is done with the OpenDocument.jsp. This internal linking mechanism is even easier to create now with wizards in 4.x and easy copy/paste link properties. There are a few new features with the new BILaunchPad in 4.x as well. In this webinar Amy O’Neel, Senior BusinessObjects Consultant, will explore how to create document links and some of the ways they are used to enhance the usability of your BusinessObjects environment.

November 1st – Going Mobile – Design and Deployment using SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2

More often than not, users would like to consume their SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence content on their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. This presentation will offer attendees looking to display their SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2 content on mobile devices the opportunity to explore design considerations to enhance the display of both existing and new documents on mobile devices using the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Client application.

November 15th – Exploring the New Features of Web Intelligence 4.2

With the latest release of Web Intelligence 4.2 SP3, join expert consultant, Adam Lange, for a live tour of the latest features and enhancements offered in SAP Web Intelligence 4.2. This brand new version of Web Intelligence includes several exciting improvements to bolster the quality and efficiency of your reporting operations: geographical maps and charts, report element sharing, parallel query execution, report commentary, custom report elements, and direct queries against SAP HANA. This presentation will include practical applications and examples of the new features, plus caveats and best practices.

November 29th – The Integration of Tableau into BusinessObjects

Learn how Tableau can connect to Business Objects Webi, Crystal and Deski reports via Infoburst.  Deployment and scheduling of BO content to Tableau will be demonstrated. The use cases for Tableau dashboards with BO content will be discussed.  And if we have time we may look at bursting out Tableau workbooks as well.

December 13th – Dynamically Displaying Data in Web Intelligence

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.

December 27th – BusinessObjects Migration Do’s and Don’ts

This session with guide you with the best possible ways to prepare and execute a BusinessObjects upgrade or update. Senior Consultant Minith Patel, InfoSol, will share his experience and list the Do’s and Don’ts in a best practice process that can help with a successful Upgrade/Update.

2017

January 10th – Dashboards and OpenDoc

Join us and expert Dashboard developer, Roxanne Pittman as we explore connecting BusinessObjects Dashboards to BusinessObjects reporting. One great option we have in our BusinessObjects tool belt is the use of the OpenDocument call to open a Webi or Crystal report from a URL link. We can use this tool in Xcelsius/SAP BO Dashboards as well to further expand the usability and drive action by adding a link from the dashboard to a Webi or Crystal report. In this session, Roxanne will demonstrate and discuss how to create a link from Dashboards to reports while also demonstrating the capability to pass parameters from the dashboard as prompts to the report, so that the detail report opens at just the right level of detail needed for complete analysis.

January 24th – SAP BI Mobile –  App Store Vs Play Store

Are you considering BI mobility? Join us and BusinessObjects expert, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he addresses the pros and cons of using Apple and Android versions of SAP BI Mobile app. This webinar will take you through the latest enhancements with SAP BI Mobile app and its deployment options. The rendering of reporting tools such as Web Intelligence, Xcelsius and Crystal reports on iPad and Android tablet will be demonstrated.

February 7th – How Korn Ferry Used BO Dashboards to Create a Tool for Measuring Client Profitability

This customer case study webinar will explore how Korn Ferry solved the measuring of client profitability using SAP BOBJ, SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius), InfoBurst and Inovista’s Xcelsius add-on components to provide solutions to organizations consultants, project managers and regional leaders to provide instant access to data.

This fantastic case study will look at a P&L view with an expendable/collapsible hierarchy at both client/project level. The ability to drill from summarized to detail data that normally had taken hours to download and compile in MS Excel. A look at the developed scorecard with alerts for projects that are considered success or failures. And the ability to export both client and project level data to MS Excel.

February 21st – BI 4.1 to BI 4.2 SP3 upgrade – Lessons Learnt and Success Stories

Freeport MacMoRan Inc, a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with an industry-leading global portfolio of mineral assets, with a large BusinessObjects deployment. They recently upgraded from BusinessObjects BI 4.1 to BI 4.2 and this presentation will talk about the different challenges they faced with the upgrade and how they resolved or worked around the issues.

March 7th – Building a Custom Portal Utilizing BusinessObjects and InfoBurst

Join us in a fascinating customer case study presented by United Surgical Partners own Noe Garcia.

USPI was looking to move away from a “Push” reporting model to building out a custom Enterprise Business Intelligence Portal where all end users can go to in order to see the reports and dashboards they need to make their necessary decisions and run their business. What if you could build an enterprise reporting portal that utilized the power of webi reports and xcelsius dashboards, and single sign on leveraging Active Directory, in order to build a robust EBI Portal that houses reports and interactive dashboards? Come find out how USPI made this vision a reality.

March 21st – Nationwide Transportation Customer Case Study

Nationwide Transportation had requirements to be able to quickly model and visualize their data, providing rapid insight into performance of several KPIs– trend, actual and targets. Users would need to be able to view the dashboard both from an iPad and on a desktop.

 After they looked into several software options, BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 (aka Xcelsius) was identified as the ideal tool and InfoSol was engaged to develop the product for them. InfoBurst Enterprise was not only heavily used for caching data, but also played a key role in the success of the project. It was used in an efficient and unique way to support drill down through multiple hierarchies, comparison of actual vs target and trend analysis at each hierarchy. The dashboard provided trend summaries in the landing page/home screen with pagination through 20+ KPIs and contained 3×3 grids for each KPI. Each of the grids again was clickable and drillable down to lower level of the business hierarchy. One of the key design aspects was to create a scalable product that does not need intervention upon addition of KPI’s, which is a frequent phenomenon in their environment.

In this session, I will show how Xcelsius and InfoBurst created this powerful application and show some of the unique features used to achieve the functionality rarely considered possible by a dashboard design software.

April 4th – Going Mobile – Design and Deployment using SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2

More often than not, users would like to consume their SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence content on their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. This presentation will offer attendees looking to display their SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.2 content on mobile devices the opportunity to explore design considerations to enhance the display of both existing and new documents on mobile devices using the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Client application. Join BusinessObjects Expert, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he presents Going Mobile with Design and Deployment considerations for Webi.

April 18th – Creating Interactive Dashboards in Web Intelligence

Join us in a fantastic presentation where you will learn how to use the functionality in Web Intelligence to create dynamic and interactive reports/dashboards. Jared Hansen will demonstrate how the City of Mesa used dashboard developing techniques in Web Intelligence to create a more cohesive and guided analytical solution.

May 2nd –  What’s New in BI 4.2 System Administration

Join us and BusinessObjects expert and Senior Consultant, Minith Patel, as we explore SAP BI 4.2 System Administration. One of the most awaited feature “Recycle Bin” along with few brand new features are now introduced in the new BusinessObjects BI 4.2 release. This session will provide information on what is new in BI 4.2 for system administration while exploring new features and the current functionality that has been updated in this release.

May 16th – Understanding Web Intelligence Calculation Contexts

Join us for an in-depth presentation on Web Intelligence Calculation Contexts. Allan Williams will demonstrate the most dynamic and user-friendly features of Web Intelligence, default aggregations, which limits report developers when creating required calculations in reports. This webinar will explore using advanced calculation context to create customized solutions to challenging report calculation requirements.

May 30th – Let’s Speak BO: Validating the Migration of Your BusinessObjects Reports with 360Bind

Join us and BusinessObjects consultant, Doug Evans, where he will demonstrate the power of 360Bind to assist in the migration of your BusinessObjects Reports. 360Bind gives you the ability to create report bind tasks, launch and schedule the tasks, monitor the results of the report processing, export bind tasks to another BusinessObjects environment to be launched and run report comparisons between two BusinessObjects environments for detection of non-matching reports and aid in troubleshooting.

June 13th – Getting Familiar with Promotion Manager

Environment migration isn’t what it used to be. This fantastic presentation, hosted by BusinessObjects Administrator expert Amy O’Neel, will look at Promotion Manager from the basic functionality, to the improvements in instance-migration and security migration in BusinessObjects 4.2. Amy will also demonstrate the features that are still missing, which will allow users to still “get intimate” with Promotion Manager, without putting yourself into a compromised position by working with it. Tips & tricks within Promotion Manager will also be discussed and demonstrated to leverage this fantastic BusinessObjects tool.

June 27th – What’s the Latest with Web Intelligence SP04 (BI 4.2)? – PART 1

Are you planning for BI 4.2 SP04 upgrade? Join us for this immersive session where Rajesh Ponnurangam will cover the new features available in Web Intelligence 4.2 Service Pack 04. This webinar will explore the sensational new features of the FIORI based Launch Pad, Web Intelligence Interactive viewer, new charts and chart properties and Custom elements & formulas. This session is perfect for users and report designers who are familiar with and experienced in Web Intelligence and are excited to learn the new features and functions in 4.2 SP04.

July 11th – No More Query Builder- How to Use the New CMS Data Access Driver

SAP has finally introduced a modern replacement for the Query Builder utility. Starting in BI 4.2 SP3, administrators now have the capability to query BI metadata through a new CMS data access driver. This latest enhancement makes it possible to use standard tools, like IDT and WebI, to extract valuable nuggets of information from the complex CMS data structure. Join us and BusinessObjects expert, Adam Lange with A. Lange Consulting, who will explore the new CMS data access driver and SAP’s delivered CMS universe and sample reports.

July 25th – What’s the Latest Web Intelligence 4.2 SP04 PART 2

Are you planning to convert your UNV’s to UNX? Join us for Part 2 of Rajesh Ponnurangam’s webinar session on What’ s the latest with BI 4.2 SP04 as he showcases the new Web Intelligence Change data source functionality for multiple documents and universes. New Web Intelligence charts & properties, custom elements, calculation extensions and Semantic Layer functionalities will also be discussed during this webinar.

August 8th – Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

Join us and Creative Technology & Training Solutions’ Michael Ward, as he demonstrates and discusses how to create multiple drill blocks in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. This session will explore how to hide drill blocks dynamically based upon drill bar selections. Michael Ward will also share how to use Advance Drilling Functionality in a way you may have never envisioned. Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar in Web Intelligence.

August 22nd – Make Your Web Intelligence Reports Come Alive

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!

September 5th – Stress Test of a New BI 4.2 BusinessObjects Environment – A Case Study

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.

September 19th – SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius) BI’s Dark Knight

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!

October 3rd – Let’s get Crystal Clear with Crystal Reports

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.

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