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

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Let's Speak BO Webinar SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius) BI’s Dark Knight Sept 19 2017

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!

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: How Korn Ferry Used BO Dashboards to Create a Tool for Measuring Client Profitability

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Tuesday, February 7th at 10AM PST/11AM AZ/1PM EST

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.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Dashboards and OpenDoc

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

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.

Presenter: Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol

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.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Nationwide Transportation Company’s KPI Dashboard Customer Case Study

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Let's Speak BO Webinar Nationwide Transportation Company’s KPI Dashboard Customer Case Study January 24 2017

Tuesday, January 24th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

A major national transportation company had the requirements to be able to quickly model and visualize their data through some form of application, providing rapid insight into performance of several KPIs– trend, actual and targets. Their goal was to provide users access to the dashboard both from iPad and desktop to view this important information in a timely manner.

After they looked into several software solutions, Business Objects Dashboards 4.1 (formally Xcelsius) was identified as the ideal tool and InfoSol was engaged to developed the application for them. InfoBurst Enterprise was not only heavily used for caching of their vast amounts of data, but it also played a key role in the success of the project to support drill down through multiple hierarchies and the ability to compare actual vs. target and trending analysis at each hierarchy level.

In this customer case study session, Runali Ghosh, expert Dashboard Developer to the project will share how Dashboards 4.1 and InfoBurst created this powerful application as she will demonstrate some of the unique features used to achieve the functionality rarely considered possible to be done by a dashboard design software.

Presenter: Runali Ghosh, InfoSol Inc.

Runali provides consulting and training for SAP BusinessObjects (Dashboard 4.x, Xcelsius, Web Intelligence, Universe, IDT, Explorer, BI Mobile, Data Services) and InfoBurst Enterprise at InfoSol. She has over 10 years of experience with programming, development and analysis with Business Intelligence, Database and ERP Suits (Oracle and SAP – order management, inventory, distribution and payables). Runali successfully led and managed several business-critical projects to develop custom interfaces, dashboards, universes, and reports. Her passion for data and data visualization has enabled her to be a key performer in the area of business intelligence deployment.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Mobilizing Dashboards with Xcelsius HTML5 and dCode

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Tuesday, February 23rd at 10AM PST/11AM AZ/1PM EST

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.

Speakers: Paul Grill, CEO of InfoSol Inc. and dashboarding expert Rich Harvey of InfoSol Ltd.

Paul Grill started his career in Information Technology in the U.K. in 1978, as an Executive Data Processing Trainee for Honeywell. More than thirty years later, he still has a voracious appetite for learning as Information Technology continues to advance at an ever accelerating pace. He was first introduced to the world of Business Intelligence in 1991, in France, when he saw a demonstration of an early version of BusinessObjects on Windows 2.1. He returned to the U.S. to rave about this phenomenal product, but it was many years before BusinessObjects made it into the mainstream. Paul founded InfoSol in 1997, and made Business Intelligence one of the key solutions offered by the company. Today, InfoSol is a leading SAP BusinessObjects solutions partner, known for its expert consulting, education and innovative add-on solutions. Paul is well known within the SAP BusinessObjects community for his extensive knowledge of Business Intelligence, and he has lectured and written many articles on the subject. Paul enjoys writing, running and coaching kids soccer, and is passionate about Ancient Egyptology.

Richard Harvey is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd in Europe. With more than a decade’ of experience in IT, he has worked in a variety of report and data management roles. Richard has been developing with SAP Dashboards (formally Xcelsius) since 2006 and, combined with his data management experience, has produced a number of innovative online and offline dashboards. Richard joined InfoSol Ltd from a leading UK financial services organisation where he had been heading up their Business Intelligence project team.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Xcelsius vs Lumira & Design Studio

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Tuesday, February 9th at 10AM PST/11AM AZ/1PM EST

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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 Ponnorangam, 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.

Speaker: Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar Series: Mobilizing Your Dashboards with Xcelsius HTML5 and dCode

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10AM PT/1PM ET Let's Speak BO Webinar Series: Mobilizing Your Dashboards with Xcelsius HTML5 and dCode

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August 11th 10:00AM PT/1PM ET

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.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar Series: How to Develop an End to End BI Application Using SAP Dashboards?

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Let's Speak BO Webinar Series:  How to Develop an End to End BI Application Using SAP Dashboards?

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May 5th, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (MST)

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.

Mel Sheppard, InfoSol Ltd.

Mel Sheppard is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd, providing support and development services to clients across Europe. With over 12 years experience in Business Intelligence and data integration, Mel has implemented and supported large scale Business Objects deployments within the financial sector. Passionate about the visual communication of information, Mel has been working with SAP Business Objects since 2006. During this period she has gained expertise in administering enterprise deployments and using Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) to develop intuitive, informative and insightful dashboards.

Introduction to Dashboards – Using SAP Dashboards 4.1

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Presenters: Roxanne Pittman and Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

Intended Audience:

This hands-on workshop is intended for individuals who are new to Dashboards 4.1 and need to learn the fundamentals of using this software.  We will cover all the most used features of Dashboards 4.1 and at the end of this course, participants will be able to create a dynamic dashboard.

Prerequisites:

None, but a basic knowledge of Excel is helpful though not required.

Synopsis:

This course is designed to provide attendees with a step by step guided learning to building a basic dashboard.  Rather than covering isolated topics, we will cover all the basics in the process of building a single dynamic dashboard, where every concept builds on the previous, so that users understand the most common workflows in building a dashboard.

Module Synopses and Major Topics include:

  • Introduction to the Dashboard design tool
  • Adding charts – chart properties and setting up chart values
  • Adding Selectors – the magic of selectors moving data
  • Adding Dynamic Visibility – how to show and hide components
  • Drill Down functionality – how one chart can interact with another
  • Applying formatting and adding graphics
  • Adding tables and scorecards
  • Adding progress bars and alerts
  • Adding maps
  • Publishing options
  • Review & questions

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Xcelsius Dashboards Iron Chef – Using SAP Dashboards 4.1

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Presenters: Roxanne Pittman and Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

Intended Audience:

This hands-on workshop is intended for BI dashboard developers who need to deliver complex, highly dynamic, efficient and visually compelling dashboards. Day 1 is in seminar format and is also intended for dashboard project coordinators and Business Analysts/ liaison between technical team and business users who will drive strategic and operational BI dashboard implementations. Day 2 and Day 3 are hands on advanced concepts to take the dashboard developer to the next level.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have advance knowledge and at least 1-2 years of development experience with Xcelsius 2008/Dashboard 4.0.

  • Experience with building interactive dashboards with Xcelsius
  • Experience with building dashboards with Selectors and insertion options
  • Familiar with concepts like binding data, color, alerts within Xcelsius
  • Strongly familiar with Dynamic Visibility concept

Or – completed the Xcelsius/Dashboards Pre-seminar course

Synopsis:

This course is designed to provide attendees with more guided and directed path for successful dashboard project implementation and empower them with the ability to take their dashboards to a whole new level where dashboards go beyond data delivery, encourage high user adoption and drive decision making. It includes but is not limited to learning features and tricks of the tool. Rather it covers an end-to-end approach for a full cycle of software implementation – starting from effective requirement gathering & efficient prototyping to visually compelling design and data optimization. It will also include some frequently requested attractive but not easily available solutions.

Module Synopses and Major Topics include:

  • Module 1: Course introduction and What’s new in Dashboards 4.1 sp2 (or latest)
  • Module 2: Requirements gathering with customer examples – seminar/open to all
  • Module 3: Prototyping – KPIs to visualization – seminar/open to all
  • Module 4: Prototyping – rapid approach to build Proof-of-Concept in a day – seminar/open to all
  • Module 5: Iterative design techniques – handling scope creep & effective reviews – seminar/open to all
  • Module 6: Data Optimization Part 1:  Mastering excel skills needed for the tool – hands on
  • Module 7: Data Optimization Part 2:  Performance tuning ideas and features to avoid – hands on
  • Module 8: Cool Visualization Ideas From the bag of tricks from the experts – hands on
  • Module 9: Mobility Options – discussion and hands on
  • Module 10: Outside the Box Charting – hands on
  • Module 11: Deployment and Connectivity options – discussion and hands on
  • Module 12: Ask the Experts – Your turn to ask us advice about your dashboard projects

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