Ann Arbor BusinessObjects User Group – Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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You are personally invited to join us at the Ann Arbor BusinessObjects Users Group on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 from 9:00am – 1:05pm. Hosted by the University of Michigan and sponsored by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER for count purposes.


4251 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-3640
Building 3

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Note: While the address is Plymouth Road, you will have to turn onto Earhart road to get to the parking lots.


9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Bagels 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Solid for the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2025, that will run both on-premise and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.

This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 and SP04 along with what to expect with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:15 – 1:00 PM Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 3/4 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 3/4, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 3/4, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions. The functions will include:

  • Break
  • Sort/Custom Sort
  • Filter
  • Group
  • Rank
  • Advanced Calculations
  • Conditional Formatting

We will also include a look at new formatting options.

1:00 – 1:05pm Raffle and Wrap Up

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