IBIS 2015 Presenter Profiles

Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting LLC.

Adam Lange is a reporting and analytics consultant with a passion for data. He has worked mostly in higher education where he specializes in BusinessObjects solutions.

Allan Williams, Manitoba Public Insurance

Allan Williams has 13 years’ experience managing all aspects of SAP Business Objects implementations. (i.e. Universe Design, Administration and Report Development) and is currently employed at Manitoba Public Insurance as a Senior Analyst responsible for the Business Objects reporting infrastructure for the corporation.

Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc.

Amy is certified as a BusinessObjects Certified Professional.  In her 13 years with Infosol, Amy can often be found providing client installations and migrations, as well as universe, report and dashboard design. In addition to BusinessObjects products, she is well-versed in Version Manager, 360View/Plus/Eyes, Infoburst and other 3rd-party tools. Recently, Amy performed site use and performance audits at City of Calgary, WebCor, Loyolla Marymount University and Comdata, developed well-used dashboards for BP Alaska and McHenry College and trained users and administrators at Intel and BP Alaska. Amy admits her greatest passion is for process improvement in whatever form it may take and she loves to throw in extra value to every project.

Atul Chowdhury, Infolytik

Atul’s worked in the Business Intelligence space for over 15 years, having played critical roles in the planning and deployment of global, mission critical BI landscapes for a number of marquee organizations including SAP, Medidata Solutions, Credit Suisse and Pfizer. With a passion for simplifying complex tasks, he founded Infolytik in 2009 to help streamline data, people and processes.

Bryan Baca, InfoSol Inc.

Bryan Baca joined InfoSol in 2006. As InfoSol’s product support manager, Bryan works with InfoSol customers around the world providing BI solution support, education and project management.

Carrie Stengel,World Wildlife Fund

Carrie Stengel is a Data Visualization Specialist at the World Wildlife Fund who turns data into arguments for change. Prior to joining WWF Carrie worked on wildlife trade issues with the NGO TRAFFIC. Her background is in conservation, with a BA in Anthropology and a MSc in Primate Conservation that lead her into mapping and visualization. When she can get off her computer she goes for a hike with her dog Buster.

David Behr, United Surgical Partners International

David Behr is a BI leader with a diverse background spanning 15 years in BI Solution Development, Management Reporting, Project Management and Operational Analytics and is focused on bridging the gap between technical and business teams to solve business problems and build actionable BI solutions. He spent 10 years with Amerisource-Bergen, a Fortune 20 company and one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical services companies, building out their BI platform. Spent close to 3 years with Rent-A-Center, a Rent-to-own industry leader with of over 4,000 stores within the USA and Mexico, tearing down their current BI infrastructure and rebuilding a more efficient and effective platform. David currently works at United Surgical Partners, who own and operate more than 200 Acute Care Surgery facilities, building out Business Intelligence from the ground up.

Daylon Hunt, Mutual of Omaha

Daylon Hunt is a Financial Systems and Reporting Manager who has been with Mutual of Omaha Bank for almost 4 years.  With over 10 years experience working directly with data management and financial modeling, he now manages these processes for the Bank while overseeing the migration and implementation of Business Objects.  As a startup Bank, the initiative has been to sunset various legacy reporting tools from multiple different Bank acquisitions, and adopting in new processes and reporting applications using best practices.  With the increasing demand for compelling data visualization’s, Daylon has built several online Dashboards and is constantly striving towards delivering actionable and innovative reporting and avoiding the cursed DRIP (Data Rich Information Poor).

Don Collins, Connected BI Solutions, Inc.

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.

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.

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

Recent successful projects have included full implementations and upgrades of SAP Business Objects software and platforms including SAP Business Objects 4.1.  Ethan has specific technical experience involving data warehouse design, advanced data analytics, data quality and master data management, report development, and system analysis. While primarily focused on the technology in the SAP Business Objects platform, Ethan has experience in managing and delivering SAS solutions and other tools and environments.

Evan Davies, Safeway Inc.

Evan joined InfoSol after spending 10 years at SAP BusinessObjects, where he had multiple roles including pre-sales support and management, consultancy and training.  With over 25 years’ experience in IT, Evan has extensive experience in implementing large, mission-critical systems, coupled with many years in development, training and sales support over a wide range of hardware/software platforms.  Evan’s specialties include Crystal Reports and the BusinessObjects XI infrastructure.  Evan recently ended his career with InfoSol to join the team at Safeway Inc. to be their Crystal Admin.

Frank Zhang, Onshore Partners

Frank Zhang has a very strong background finance and IT. Frank functional experience in building both operational and financial planning systems in BPC as well as Business Objects dashboards. Frank is one of the few consultants that has successfully built BO dashboards within the BPC on HANA platform. He is a senior level consultant at Onshore Partners a boutique consulting practice that specializes in BPC. Frank is fluent in Chinese and with honors from NYU.

Fred Walther, APOS Systems Inc.

Fred Walther, Solution Consulting Manager at APOS Systems Inc., has 20-plus years experience in BI, and has worked on the implementation, optimization and migration of hundreds of BI deployments. Fred’s voice will be familiar to many who have attended APOS Well Managed BI webinars over the years.

Greg Berns, InfoSol Inc.

Greg Berns has worked on the InfoBurst product team since 2008, starting out supporting InfoBurst 2.6. When InfoBurst Enterprise was first released, he headed up the support and testing of the new product. This lead to being the support expert in charge of the ‘really hard to figure out issues’. Over the years, Greg has moved into a development role, responsible for developing the DriveBetter dashboard, BI4 support, and the revamped Support System. In his spare time, Greg enjoys hiking, camping, and learning about new web technologies.

Geoff Scott America’s SAP Users Group

Geoff Scott is the Chief Executive Officer for the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group, the world’s largest community of SAP professionals. He has more than two decades of experience as a chief information officer and senior IT leader.
Prior to his selection as CEO of ASUG, Geoff served as the Chief Information Officer for TOMS Shoes. In this role, he held responsibility for global technology strategy, execution and operations. This included leading the implementation of SAP for TOMS in September of 2012, with a team of more than 100 people.

Jake Tully, InfoSol Inc.

Jake Tully started working for InfoSol as an intern in January of 2013, and has worked his way up to being a Technical Consultant after graduating from ASU with a CIS degree. He loves coding in HTML5, but loves CSS3 even more. Jake’s also been known to create a dashboard or two, and also helps demo a variety of products that InfoSol has to offer. Aside from being somewhat of a geek, Jake enjoys various outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, longboarding, snowboarding, hiking, riding motorcycles, and the list goes on.

Jean-Francois Cayron, Sagitta BI

Jean-François Cayron started his career in Belgium in 1981 as an IBM programmer and system engineer. He later moved on to become an expert in Business Objects in 1994. Ever since that day he has helped countless customers throughout the world with all aspects of their Business Intelligence deployments, covering architecture, training, technical assistance and overall strategy.

His expertise ranges from base system architecture to universe and report development, and includes custom solution development using the various Business Objects SDKs. After 14 years at InfoSol and a short foray into the corporate world, Jean-François founded his company, Sagitta BI, in 2015.

Jeremy Champe, InfoSol Inc.

Jeremy Champe started his career with InfoSol in 2012 and became immersed in the world of business intelligence and InfoBurst in particular. In the three years since, he has become the primary product support tech and trainer for InfoBurst on both the bursting and caching sides. He has rewritten many of the training documents for InfoBurst and has delivered over one hundred hours of training on the product. He looks forward to continuing his education in the field of business intelligence and improving the InfoSol training experience. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, playing video games, hanging with friends, and immersing himself in geek culture.

John Whight, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

John works as a Systems Developer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He has over 30 years experience in the field of software development and data analytics. Prior to joining PAMF he spent 14 years designing, developing and implementing software applications across a variety of industries. He moved to PAMF in 1997 and took advantage of the many opportunities to apply technology to healthcare, whether writing HL7 data interfaces, developing specialized software programs or using data analytics to help physicians improve their practice. John has had a busy last 3 years creating and deploying Business Objects dashboards in support of PAMF initiatives. Early in his career John placed a high value on the end-user experience and this has always been a priority for him in his software development. This has been apparent in his dashboard work where his team won at IBIS in 2013 and 2014. PAMF is part of the Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health with over 1,000 physicians. It is one of California’s top rated medical groups.

John Wilcox, InfoSol Inc.

John Wilcox started his career in Information Technology in the UK in the mid-1980s and quickly developed a passion for creating innovative new software solutions, the first of which provided a way to integrate Honeywell Bull and IBM Mainframe applications with PC/Web Apps.John joined InfoSol in 2001 and was introduced to Business Intelligence tools for the first time and began to think about ways to create new software that could be used to help customers make the most of their BI – and the first version of InfoBurst was created in 2003 to provide a flexible report bursting solution for Deski. Since this time, InfoBurst has grown into a mature report bursting & publishing tool used by many sites to control their Deski, Webi, Crystal, Microsoft and YellowFin report delivery needs.

Today as CTO, John leads the InfoBurst product team and continues to innovate in areas such as high performance dashboards, HTML5 Apps and Mobile.

Kim Marshall, The Waldinger Corporation

Lori Wagner, Dana Holding Corporation

Lori Wagner is the manager of business analytics and decision support at Dana Holding Corporation. Lori has over 30 years of IT experience with the last 15+ years focused on Business Intelligence. During her career she has lead teams recognized for creating innovative business intelligence solutions receiving the 2010 Most Innovative Use of BusinessObjects Xcelsius Award from SAP and Innovation/Value Awards 2013, 2010, and 2009 from IBIS Annual Conference. Prior to Dana, she work at Bosch (8yrs) and Ford Motor Company (12yrs) guiding and growing their business intelligence vision. She is a frequent presenter and panel member at SAP and Industry conferences.

Mark Richardson, Rose-Richardson Enterprises, Inc.

Mark Richardson is a BI-focused Chief Technology Officer with 17+ years of experience on the Crystal Reports 7.0 through Business Objects Enterprise (4.1) platforms for various clients in the US and Canada. Most of his product focus on high-volume Operational and Transactional reporting solutions for Public and Private Sector clients. Mark is the Communication Chair for the ASUG Ontario chapter, and is active in the Open Data community.

Matt Duligall, InfoSol Ltd.

Matt Duligall is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd in Europe.  He has over 16 years of experience as a developer in the world of e-learning and electronic performance support. Since joining InfoSol Ltd. in 2014, Matt’s focus has been on creating intuitive and engaging HTML5 dashboards as well as developing new components and tools for the industry.

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.

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

Michael Ward has over 35 years providing technical high level consulting and training throughout North America.  He has been heavily involved with business intelligence since 1990, and has worked with a number of different business intelligence products.  He has over 18  years of BusinessObjects™ experience providing both consulting and training services.   He is recognized as one of the top BusinessObjects™ instructors in the county by a number of national training companies located in North America.  He is also involved in the development of BusinessObjects™ training for his company and for many of his clients.   He also provides high level consulting services.

Mike Reeves, Comdata

Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc.

Minith Patel is a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Inc. He is adroit in Business objects system administration and is well-versed in Version Manager and 360View. He has Project Management experience and has worked on global design, implementation and development projects for business objects and has over 5 years of experience in SAP industry. In his free time he is known to be a Japanophile.

Noe Garcia, United Surgical Partners International

Noe Garcia has been immersed in the world of Business Intelligence since 2005. With an expertise in SAP Business Objects and InfoBurst, Noe has developed and implemented many different types of BI solutions for the Health Care, Retail, and Pharmaceutical industry. From creating award-winning dashboards to helping build BI departments from the ground up, Noe’s passion for BI continues to help companies thrive and succeed, one solution at a time.

Oliver Prucha, InfoSol Inc.

Oliver is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol who began his foray into Business Intelligence when he joined the company in 2012 shortly after graduating with a Computer Information Systems degree from Arizona State University. He is a SAP Certified Application Associate for both Web Intelligence and SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius, teaching courses and providing services for both tools. Striving to become a well-rounded Business Intelligence professional, Oliver continues to expand his BI skillset, having experience with also rendering services for Universe design, Crystal reporting, and IB Apps HTML5 Dashboards.

Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

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.

Paul White, Onshore Partners

Paul is a principal at Onshore Partners. Paul comes from a very strong functional base in accounting and finance including complex consolidations; driver based planning and full lifecycle S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning). After several years as a functional lead, Paul focused on purely technical roles that included complex SQL and procedural programming as well as complex ETL. In addition to running the day to day operations at Onshore, he still leads BPC design sessions.

Peter Warren, APOS Systems Inc.

Peter Warren, account manager at APOS Systems, has 15-plus years experience in data management and BI. In that time, he has worked with a diverse range of organizations, assisting them to develop progressive BI practices and achieve Well Managed BI environments.

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Rajesh Ponnurangam is a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant with Infosol. He is a SAP certified associate with extensive experience in design and development of Business Intelligence applications for apparel, retail, consumer goods and manufacturing industries. He specializes in Business Objects solutions, SAP HANA and BW data modeling. He has a proven track record in designing strategies for ETL, BI application development, implementation, rollout and support.

Rich Harvey, InfoSol Ltd.

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.

Rochelle Henry, Rural/Metro Corporation.

Rochelle Henry is a Business Intelligence Developer with expertise in SAP Web Intelligence, SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius), SAP Universe Design (UDT/IDT) and Infoburst. In her career she has implemented many new Business Intelligence reporting solutions leveraging multiple business units (including, but not limited to, Operations, Finance, Marketing, etc.) for the Pharmaceutical and Health Care industries. She has been recognized for creating valuable and best business metrics dashboards.

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/

Ryan Goodman, Founder and CEO of Centigon Solutions

Ryan Goodman is Centigon Solutions CEO, author, global speaker, and expert in business intelligence. Ryan applies over 13 years of experience in designing business applications to his leadership role shaping Centigon Solutions strategy and innovation roadmap. Ryan currently leads a hand-picked team of experts at Centigon Solutions to deliver ground breaking desktop and mobile location intelligence solutions to SAP BusinessObjects customers worldwide.

Sebastien Goiffon, CEO of GB & Smith

Sebastien has been working on SAP BusinessObjects security management and implementation for the last 20 years. He is the CEO and founder of GB & SMITH. GB & SMITH streamlines and enhances software security. GB & SMITH goal is to ease the use of any application administration by providing effective, user-friendly and innovative Management Solutions.

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.

Sumit Sarkar, Progress Software

Sumit Sarkar has been working in the data connectivity field for 10 years. His interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent pending technology for its analysis; business intelligence and data warehousing for SaaS platforms; and data connectivity for aPaaS environments – with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, and ODATA.

He is an IBM Certified Consultant for IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and TDWI member.

Tammy Datri, Grane Healthcare

Tammy Datri has 30+ years working in the Information Technology fields in a wide array of capacities including Custom Application Development, Administration of Turn Key Systems, Project Management and IT Department Manager. Her experience has been primarily in the Manufacturing and Healthcare industries. She has 15+ years of BusinessObjects experience ranging from Administration to Universe Design and Report Writing. Tammy is currently the Applications Manager at Grane Healthcare and is responsible for the BusinessObjects EDGE and Data Services deployment as well as the ADP/Kronos timekeeping and payroll systems. She has served on various councils and influence committees with Business Objects (prior to SAP acquisition), ASUG and SAP. She was a member of the recent ASUG BusinessObjects Customer Advisory Board. Tammy is currently the Program Chair for the new ASUG BusinessObjects SIG which has been formed to address the specific needs of the SAP BusinessObjects customer accessing Non SAP ERP backend data sources, SAP BusinessObjects Users Conference Program Committee, Developer Wars Committee and coordinator of the Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users group since its inception in 2002.

Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems, Taylor Packwood began working at InfoSol in fall of 2012. Using a combination of his creativitiy and technical skills, he has developed a skill and passion in developing dashboards, choosing to specialize specifically in both SAP Dashboards as well as IB Apps HTML5 Dashboards.

Yolande Grill, InfoSol Inc.Yolande Grill is the COO at InfoSol Inc. “I like to think of myself as the Chief Transformation Officer. My favorite quote to ponder is one from Trina Paulus: ‘How Exactly does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so badly, that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar’. I love feeling inspired. I love how no matter what job we do, when we show up as who we truly are, we can make the choice to be the catalyst that brings about a positive change. Oh and I’ve worked in IT since the 80’s.”

InfoBurst Experience—Let’s Speak iB Sessions

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Automating InfoBurst with iBShell

John Wilcox, InfoSol Inc.

All InfoBurst users are familiar with the main UI (User Interface) but did you know that there is another way to interact with InfoBurst?

Behind the scenes the InfoBurst UI uses a powerful web API and this same API has been made available in an easy to use tool called IBShell that allows power users and administrators to issue ad-hoc commands or create reusable scripts that can be used to automate tasks such as User and Group Management or even creating a bunch of Bursts!

This session will introduce you to the Shell and show you how to do the simple things first and then progress to more complex scenarios that include building a burst from scratch.

BI applications using Dashboards and InfoBurst XDC

Rich Harvey, InfoSol Ltd.

A session to cover off examples of using XDC beyond simple data visualisation dashboards:

  • Using XDC writeback for survey questionnaires
  • Using XDC and IBE together to provide a mechanism for requesting report packs

Bursting Large Data Volumes Using InfoBurst Enterprise

Rich Harvey, InfoSol Ltd.

A detailed look at how the arval invoice schedule is structured to get the most out of InfoBurst and Business Objects to burst 10,000’s of reports out in a set time window.  This is covered in high level details in the case study, but this session is to give more technical details on how the schedule is achieved and the process of how I got there.

Topics to cover:

  • The importance of understanding the BO limitations for parallel processing
  • The importance of a highly tuned and efficient BO report
  • How the parameters for the burst were batched up
  • How the burst is created
  • How the bursts are chained together
  • Error trapping and automatic restarts
  • Monitoring using Xcelsius

Consolidate Report Content Delivery with Content Grouping

Bryan Baca, InfoSol Ltd.

BI report consumers are often inundated with files and attachments representing their various BI reports. Reduce that clutter with InfoBurst Content Grouping. Deliver a single file that contains a variety of reports, regardless of report type or source.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Grouping report content to PDF and Excel
  • Combining report content from various types of BI reports
  • Grouping content by various criteria like email recipient and bursting variable
  • Advanced grouping scenarios

InfoBurst Administration Best Practices

Jeremy Champe, InfoSol Inc.

InfoBurst is a mission-critical application in many organizations. Its robust feature set makes it an integral component of many enterprise BI solutions. InfoBurst administrators must be prepared to optimize the InfoBurst system while responding quickly to user and environmental challenges.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Deploying an InfoBurst server
  • Backup and recovery techniques
  • Platform and database migrations
  • System redundancy
  • Troubleshooting

InfoBurst and Mobile Dashboards with dCode

Matt Duligall and Richard Harvey – InfoSol Ltd.

Launching at IBIS, this sessions will showcase the first product out of the InfoSol UK Labs, dCode.  You will get to see dCode in action, and learn how it enables you to take your Xcelsius dashboards onto Mobile devices (including smart phones), whilst maintaining the InfoBurst XDC data connectivity.

InfoBurst – More than Meets the Eye

Noe Garcia, United Surgical Partners International

InfoBurst is more than just an application for report distribution. At USPI, InfoBurst is used in every aspect of Business Intelligence. From creating valuable and meaningful information packets for executives to using the tool as part of our data warehouse process, InfoBurst is at the center of it all.

During this session, you will learn how the BI team at USPI has solved a variety of business problems by leveraging InfoBurst (IB) to its fullest potential. One of the solutions we’ll discuss includes using IB to send out email alerts to facilities that are missing focus studies. Another solution will include how we used IB as part of the data warehouse team’s  ETL process for a data set that would otherwise be difficult to obtain. Finally, we’ll also show you how IB can help keep BO licensing costs down by delivering reports and dashboards (Connected and Offline) to user portals instead of BO.

InfoBurst Tips & Tricks with Enhanced Bursts & Schedules

Eric Grill, InfoSol Ltd.

An InfoBurst user once described InfoBurst as a “BI Swiss Army Knife”. Sure, you know where the big knife and corkscrew are. But are you familiar with some of the lesser known, yet equally powerful, tools InfoBurst has to offer? In this session you will learn about various niche features that will enhance the value of your InfoBurst implementation.

  • Deploying an InfoBurst server
  • Backup and recovery techniques
  • Platform and database migrations
  • System redundancy
  • Troubleshooting

InfoBurst User Influence

InfoBurst Team, InfoSol Inc.

In this session the lead developers and members from the support team will talk about the roadmap for planned new features and invite feedback and ideas from current InfoBurst users.

InfoBurst Versus Core BusinessObjects

Allan Williams, Manitoba Public Insurance

A look at the core BusinessObjects functionality for report bursting, scheduling and distribution versus the advanced functionality and flexibility available in InfoBurst. A brief overview of how InfoBurst functionality is being used at MPI will be presented in this session.

Taking InfoBurst Apps Off-Line

John Wilcox, InfoSol Inc.

InfoBurst Apps are HTML5 applications that have either been created by the AnuBis Designer (no coding) or have been developed from scratch to solve a more challenging business problem and in many cases these Apps are consumed from a mobile device such as an iPad.

One of the most powerful features offered by the InfoBurst Platform is “Cache Query” whereby a potentially large data cache is created on a regular basis using data from Webi, Excel or any Database and then consumed within the App to provide a fast data selection / drill-down.

Up until now these Apps must be connected to the InfoBurst Server and therefore could not function without a connection but the new version of the InfoBurst Apps for iOS client now supports the ability to take an App fully off-line where both the App and the data cache are downloaded to the iOS device and can function without a connection to the Server.

This session will start with an introduction to Apps and show examples of using the AnuBis Designer to create a simple App that consumes data from a cache and then how this App can be consumed off-line using the iOS client for InfoBurst Apps.

XDC 101

Rich Harvey, InfoSol Ltd.

A 1 hour session to provide a quick introduction to the following topics:

  • What is an XDC?
  • What options there are to consume XDC (Xcelsius, IBapps, AnuBIs etc)
  • Cache vs Cache Query
  • Seeing it in Action demo

InfoBurst: The Interface That Delivers 66K Reports a Month for Comdata

Mike Reeves, Comdata

Comdata delivers reports to its customers (internal and external) via InfoBurst.  Those consist for 66,000 reports per month delivered on a daily, weekly, semi-monthly and monthly.  I will show you not only how this many reports get delivered but also how I set up and manage the amount of reports and keep them updated.  I will walk through how we deliver reports via email and also to FTP through use of distribution list.

Customer Portal – A Competitive Edge for Sales (HTML5 with XDC)

Kim Marshall, The Waldinger Corporation

One aspect of our business provides equipment repair services for commercial customers, many of which have restaurants or facilities in multiple locations.  These repair services are provided for HVAC systems (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) as well as kitchen equipment (coolers, freezers, ovens, ice machines).

To visibly increase our level of customer service, we were challenged to provide a secure website where customers could view open calls by location and submit new requests for service on their equipment.  Amid feedback from Sales and Upper Management that a site like this would provide a distinct competitive edge, we were given a 3-month timeframe to deliver a basic Customer Portal.  Even though our team had little or no experience with web development, we did have strong database expertise.  We provided the database and stored procedures, and partnered with InfoSol to develop and deploy an HTML5 application utilizing InfoBurst XDC on the back end.  By using BI tools in a very practical manner, we successfully delivered a Customer Portal within the required timeframe.

Building HTML5 Dashboards with AnuBIs

Greg Berns and Jingxian Mao, InfoSol Inc.

AnuBIs provides business users the ability to create beautiful, powerful dashboards, that can be deployed to phones, tablets, and desktops. Last year AnuBIs was debuted at IBIS, come see all the new features that have been added, including designing a dashboard for multiple device types, off-line data access, and more.

Advanced InfoBurst Administration and Architecture

Greg Berns, InfoSol Inc.

InfoBurst is a critical piece of infrastructure that runs 24/7 at sites around the world, delivering hundreds of thousands of documents a month. Come learn more about how this is achieved, and gain a deeper understanding of the IB Architecture. This talk is primarily aimed at IB Administrators, but power users will also benefit.

Pushing Infoburst to Unimaginable Limits

Rochelle Henry, Rural/Metro Corporation

During this session, you will learn how the BI team at Rural/Metro solved a Finance department need to report on the different organizational structure rollups for their monthly projections with a single WEBI report utilizing:

  • multiple prompts
  • database query
  • delivery templates
  • “Slice and Dice” report delivery to network share creating numerous distinct files

 

Limitless Business Intelligence – Speaking Beyond Sessions

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Zero to Hero in Six Months

David Behr, United Surgical Partners International

Traditionally, to get Business Intelligence up and running within an organization was a very costly and timely endeavor involving building out a Data Warehouse and purchasing a BI Software suite to deliver the data. While this still may be the case today, there are ways to build out valuable Business Intelligence applications at a fraction of the traditional cost and time.  I will demonstrate how United Surgical Partners International built out Business Intelligence capabilities along with a Data Warehouse from scratch, and delivered reporting, dashboards and self-service analytics corporate-wide in under 6 months, at a quarter of the expected cost. By bundling Business Objects with InfoBurst, USPI has been able to fast-track Business Intelligence and have attained an instant ROI.  I will do an “Update” as to where we are now, a year and a half into our BI project, high lighting big accomplishments and lessons learned.

How to Create a One Suite for All Enterprise BI

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Hear how one of the biggest aluminum manufacturers in the Gulf implemented BI 4.1 for reporting. This case study covers migration of BusinessObjects 3.1 to BI 4.1 and the integration of SAP and non-SAP systems with BI 4.1. Various techniques utilized in connecting ECC data structures and BW data models to the BI semantic layer will be discussed.

InfoBurst: The Interface That Delivers 66K Reports a Month for Comdata

Mike Reeves, Comdata

Comdata delivers reports to its customers (internal and external) via InfoBurst.  Those consist for 66,000 reports per month delivered on a daily, weekly, semi-monthly and monthly.  I will show you not only how this many reports get delivered but also how I set up and manage the amount of reports and keep them updated.  I will walk through how we deliver reports via email and also to FTP through use of distribution list.

Customer Portal – A Competitive Edge for Sales (HTML5 with XDC)

Kim Marshall, The Waldinger Corporation

One aspect of our business provides equipment repair services for commercial customers, many of which have restaurants or facilities in multiple locations.  These repair services are provided for HVAC systems (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) as well as kitchen equipment (coolers, freezers, ovens, ice machines).

To visibly increase our level of customer service, we were challenged to provide a secure website where customers could view open calls by location and submit new requests for service on their equipment.  Amid feedback from Sales and Upper Management that a site like this would provide a distinct competitive edge, we were given a 3-month timeframe to deliver a basic Customer Portal.  Even though our team had little or no experience with web development, we did have strong database expertise.  We provided the database and stored procedures, and partnered with InfoSol to develop and deploy an HTML5 application utilizing InfoBurst XDC on the back end.  By using BI tools in a very practical manner, we successfully delivered a Customer Portal within the required timeframe.

Improving Healthcare Patient Satisfaction Scores Using Business Objects Dashboards

John Whight, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

In order to measure the improvement in Patient Satisfaction the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has created a comprehensive dashboard across specialties and survey types. A dashboard provides feedback to the business and becomes a focal point to visualize the impact of how various improvement efforts come together. Making data transparent and presenting it in an understandable format helps draw attention to areas for improvement and prioritizes them to leverage physician competitiveness and passion to improve care. Last year PAMF increased its patient satisfaction national ranking 14 percentile points on the national Press Ganey survey.

No Longer a Wild Kingdom with Business Intelligence

Daylon Hunt, Mutual of Omaha

In 2011, Mutual of Omaha Bank faced many challenges, such as multiple business lines acquiring report information from various different data sources resulting in different versions of information.  As you can imagine, this created a situation where the bank’s senior management would view different reports that were all reporting on similar information but resulted in completely different answers!

In 2012, the Mutual of Omaha Bank team created a “Data Governance” department for managing reporting needs and requests.  This in turn would create a “one truth” type outlook on reporting but brought also provided  a fair share of obstacles to overcome, such as an even higher demand for reporting because of business growth. We adopted Business Objects for a reporting platform, InfoBurst to deliver reports and manage Dashboard data via the XDC, and  internal banking Dashboards for a professional KPI driven reporting system that is currently delivered and consumed on a regular basis by senior banking management.

Plans for 2015 are to look at opening up our Mobile offering and associated development opportunities.

Capitalizing on a Migration to Build Better Business Value – The Safeway Migration Experience

Evan Davies, Safeway Inc.

How can you use the migration process to bring improved business visibility into the enterprise reporting platform and help drive a broader business intelligence strategy?  This seminar topic will review how the Safeway Enterprise Business Intelligence team put together a migration plan and implementation strategy that brought stability and productivity to the enterprise reporting platform and details the challenges faced and how they were resolved.

The seminar will last one hour and will focus on the migration from the 15 year old Crystal platform to the new Crystal Reports Server 2013 System.  Essentially this will cover:

  • The analysis of the existing Crystal Enterprise 9 platform and the dependent infrastructure
  • The processes involved in conducting a detailed report analysis to determine migration priorities
  • The redefinition of the Crystal Platform to more closely match the Safeway business organization
  • Key migration decision points and how they were addressed

What next?  How the Crystal deployment fits within the EBI strategy and an overview of future development plans.

Top 3 Cases for Location Intelligence and BI

Ryan Goodman, Centigon Solutions Inc.

This session will take an in-depth look at top business cases and tips for injecting maps into your BI implementation. This informative session 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 that can help save you time, and money.

Look How Far We’ve Come– BI Case Study from BIOTRONIK

Derek Duff, BIOTRONIK

A case study of an organization the makes cardiovascular medical devices which adopted BusinessObjects business intelligence & reporting tools 3 years ago and the leaps the organization has taken based as a result of the decision. A historical as-is/to-be roadmap will be presented to describe the significant progress made within this time.

Additionally a current as-is/to-be roadmap will be presented to show where we expect to shift and explore within the next 2 years.

Dana’s Executive Balanced Scorecard

Lori Wagner, Dana Holding Corporation

Dana’s philosophy is to empower their plant with local ownership and accountability. Each plant is responsible for its financial and operational performance reporting up to the regional and global business unit leaders.  The regional and global leadership received many reports and KPI’s from each functional business areas (safety, quality, finance, lean) but struggled to pull together a single view of a plants performance.   Based on the need to use these metrics to open discussions with the plants the leadership requested IT to provide a balanced scorecard “spreadsheet” that with good eyesight and time spent to review would tell the story.  Using Xcelcius Dashboards, XDC, and Infoburst we are able to surpass this request with rich visualizations that highlight problems areas and graphical show the trends.   Additionally, we provided for global collaboration creating a way to capture and communicate via the dashboard relevant information allow all to save discussion time to focus on the real issues.

 

Maximizing Your BO Investment & Future Trends—Speak With Wisdom Sessions

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Analyzing the Analysis for OLAP

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

A fascinating look at this often overlooked tool in the BusinessObjects suite that provides powerful analysis functions against multi-dimensional OLAP data sources like SAP BW and MS OLAP. We will share the best practices, useful tips, deployment options and some very powerful features. The product’s integration with Design studio and mobile devices will be discussed.

Developing a Cadence – Managing Requirements and Deliverables in a BI Team Using Agile Techniques

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

This session will describe the various methods of using Agile for daily management of a BI team.  Care will be given to walk through and deal with the daily disturbances that BI teams are faced with.  Some best and worst case examples will be shared from the presenter’s experience and practice.

Get Set, Go BI Mobile

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

In the ever-expanding mobile world, it is important to consider the most convenient way to view BI content on a mobile device. What are the steps required to build a mobile dashboard? Which is the best tool for a quick turnaround in mobile deployment? How does the new Design Studio help in creating native HTML5 dashboards for iOS devices without any hassle? How does WebIntelligence and Lumira help in providing quicker and better visualization in the mobile space?

This session will address all of the above questions in detail. The configuration setup for Mobile server including a live demo to deploy mobile content using Xcelsius, design studio, webI and Lumira will be demonstrated. The attendees can compare and contrast the different deployment options between the tools.

High 5 for HTML5 with BusinessObjects

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

It’s very crucial for every organization to analyze the different methodologies/technologies to view a dashboard on a mobile Device. This session will cover building mobile dashboards using SAP Dashboards (aka Xcelsius), SAP Design Studio, Lumira, Infoburst Apps and AnuBIs. The attendees will get a glimpse of every tool’s mobile capability and will be able to compare and contrast the different deployment options.

KPIs – Getting Beyond the Noise

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

While people toss the letters KPI around without a care, they actually do mean something and defining and using KPI’s requires more than a few buzzwords and PowerPoints.  This will be a walkthrough of techniques and tools for defining and developing KPI’s for enterprise consumption and distribution.

My FitBit is Broken, and Other Tales of Ineffective BI

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

This course is an in-depth discussion of various BI projects that have and have not delivered on their potential and how to differentiate them before they are completed.  This will primarily focus on various projects that the presenter has been a part of and how they could have been optimized to increase their value to the organization.

Open Data and Open Government in the SAP BI Ecosystem Improving Transparency and Accountability

Mark Richardson, Rose-Richardson Enterprises, Inc and Keith McDonald – City of Toronto

At the 2013 G8 summit, global leaders released an â€oeOpen Data Charter†with the vision of making Government data more accessible to the public. Learn how & why Governments can use SAP Analytics & Data Services tools to engage their citizens and help make their communities a better place by influencing government decision making with realworld data.

Practical BI Project Management Techniques

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

This session will be a quick walk through of some of the specific techniques that do and don’t work in BI.  Specific topics will cover the major phases of a project including Initiation, Definition, Execution, Control and Close and how these can be best managed for BI projects.  A general Agile methodology and techniques used at multiple clients will be explained.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 with SAP: The Chemistry Works

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

SAP is the leader in enterprise resource planning market and the new BI 4.1 brings the best integration between SAP ERP and BusinessObjects, making it easier for every SAP customer to incorporate BusinessObjects as a part of their BI Infrastructure.

This presentation will elaborate on how the new BI 4.1 proves to be a one-stop shop for enterprise BI and will benefit the customers evaluating the integration of BusinessObjects BI with Netweaver BW, ECC and BPC. Attendees will gain knowledge on prerequisites for connectivity options, user management, ABAP Queries, query design in SAP Business Explorer (Bex) etc. and also about how the different elements of BW and ECC systems can be leveraged in the new BusinessObjects BI environment. Case study on BI implementation for an SAP ERP customer will be discussed and step-by-step guide for creating the first report and dashboard on top of SAP data will be demonstrated.

Strategic BI

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

BI is generally designed and focused on tactical and operational contexts.  The reasons for this paradigm are oft debated and while there is no agreement on the reason for this issue, it needs to be understood and addressed before changes can be made, and the BI department can be considered a partner in the strategic decision making process.

The New Age of BI

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without a new “vision” of the future of Business Intelligence being spouted off by some industry expert or vendor.  So what is actually changing out there?  We’ll walk through several different visions of the future and how they are working out.  While this is not a comprehensive review of new technologies this should be a useful review of what is being effectively executed in this consultant’s practice.

Privacy and Ethics in Business Intelligence

Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting LLC.

As business intelligence professionals, we must work to maintain the trust of our stakeholders by thinking critically about all information we store and analyze. This session will explore a code of ethics for business intelligence – one that supports security, proper data usage, transparency, and other critical policies. Concerns will be raised about a current lack of transparency, and what organizations might do to build more openness with respect to what information is collected, how it is used, and with whom it is shared. This session will also explore possible systems through which organizations can incorporate the voices of their users, customers, and communities in order to further build transparency and to provide a check on data policy-making.

This session will offer no easy answers. Instead, the goal is simply to contribute towards a larger and ongoing discussion.

No Longer a Wild Kingdom with Business Intelligence

Daylon Hunt, Mutual of Omaha

In 2011, Mutual of Omaha Bank faced many challenges, such as multiple business lines acquiring report information from various different data sources resulting in different versions of information.  As you can imagine, this created a situation where the bank’s senior management would view different reports that were all reporting on similar information but resulted in completely different answers!

In 2012, the Mutual of Omaha Bank team created a “Data Governance” department for managing reporting needs and requests.  This in turn would create a “one truth” type outlook on reporting but brought also provided  a fair share of obstacles to overcome, such as an even higher demand for reporting because of business growth. We adopted Business Objects for a reporting platform, InfoBurst to deliver reports and manage Dashboard data via the XDC, and  internal banking Dashboards for a professional KPI driven reporting system that is currently delivered and consumed on a regular basis by senior banking management.

Plans for 2015 are to look at opening up our Mobile offering and associated development opportunities.

How to Get Business Users Thinking Spatially With Maps and Webi

Ryan Goodman, Centigon Solutions Inc.

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

Look How Far We’ve Come– BI Case Study from BIOTRONIK

Derek Duff, BIOTRONIK

A case study of an organization the makes cardiovascular medical devices which adopted BusinessObjects business intelligence & reporting tools 3 years ago and the leaps the organization has taken based as a result of the decision. A historical as-is/to-be roadmap will be presented to describe the significant progress made within this time.

Additionally a current as-is/to-be roadmap will be presented to show where we expect to shift and explore within the next 2 years.

 

BO Dashboards & Data Visualization – See What You Speak Sessions

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Dashboards and Design Studio:  The Car You Own and the Car You Dream of Owning

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

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?

This session will address all of the above questions in detail. The attendees will gain an understanding of Design studio’s features and capabilities and how it is different from Xcelsius. The pros and cons of using Xcelsius over Design Studio and vice versa will be analyzed. Step by step guide to recreate an Xcelsius dashboard using design studio will be demonstrated.

Designing Dazzling Dashboards Using Native Xcelsius Components

Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc.

With an immense array of visually stimulating infographics and 3rd party components available for Dashboards today, Xcelsius still provides users with a variety of customizable components to transform ordinary into extraordinary! The only requirement: an imagination and a few extra moments of time. This session will take an in-depth look at how to design dazzling and unique components using only BusinessObjects Xcelsius Dashboards.

Flat vs Skeuomorphic Dashboard Design

Mel Sheppard, InfoSol Ltd.

You may or may not be aware, but you are slowly being weaned off skeuomorphism right now (and a large number of us didn’t even know we were hooked).  Last year we saw a shift in the design world which led to cleaner, ‘flatter’ user interfaces and, as this trend pervades, it will start to become the norm for dashboards too.

In this session we will discuss what skeuomorphism is.  We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of the two design styles and identify the components and themes that best lend themselves to a ‘flatter’ dashboard design.  Takeaways from this session include:

  • Understanding the difference between Skeuomorphic and Flat design
  • Pro’s and Con’s of Flat design
  • Tips and Tricks for a flatter UI

Hit the Spot with Third Party Components

Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

In an exciting world of endless Business Intelligence components, how to select the right component for your Dashboard is a question some of us may ask ourselves! This session will take a look at a variety of third party providers and components to utilize within BusinessObjects Dashboards. Taylor Packwood, expert Dashboard and HTML5 Developer, will demonstrate the use case and application of third party components that will guide you in the discovery process for the components that tend to hit the spot!

Query Browser vs BI Web Services vs XDC

Rich Harvey, InfoSol Ltd.

A look at Query Browser, BI Web services and XDC connectivity options for your dashboards.  This session is ideal for anyone wishing to know more about any of these options and how they compare.  No need to have experience building connected dashboards as we will show you how it’s done.

We will also examine the factors that may help you to choose one over the other.  This session includes quick demo of each of the options and a discussion around the benefits and limitations of each.

SAP Lumira – What’s In It?

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Learn about how SAP Lumira is simple and fun to use. This session will provide an in-depth look at different analysis scenarios and deployment options for SAP Lumira. Topics including multiple data sources, massaging the data, building a Lumira story and sharing the data  will be discussed. You will see a live demo of the points covered, and hear about the different features with SAP Lumira. An introduction to BusinessObjects explorer and its integration with Lumira will be discussed.  The audience can understand how SAP Lumira integrates into existing BI4 landscape.

Dashboards Requirements Gathering

Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc.

A successful dashboard should start with good requirements.  This session discusses the questions that should be asked in order to drive effective requirements.  We will discuss questions to ask the Business, the Data Expert as well as standard KPI questions that will help launch a successful dashboard.   We will show examples of requirements as well as lessons learned from a multitude of dashboard projects.

Prototyping – Mock Up in a Day

Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc.

Having a working prototype ready in one day can be a huge advantage for getting a Dashboard project off and running. This session will discuss the advantages this approach can have for a quick ROI, as well as the specific strategies for achieving this successfully.

Dashboards and Iterative Design Techniques

Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc.

Dashboards tend to be “works in progress” that go through several iterations before the final version is released. This session will discuss strategies for having successful reviews to further the project and not get caught in the “scope creep” trap. This session will include lessons learned from the field, so you can avoid the pitfalls and have a successful dashboard project.

“Mobilizing” Your Existing Xcelsius Dashboards in 3 Easy Steps!

Matt Duligall, InfoSol Ltd.

In this session we will cover the 3 main steps to take your existing Xcelsius Dashboards and prepare them for use on mobile devices.  SAP BI Mobile deployment and other options will be covered.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Dashboard Design and How to Avoid Them

Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

Designing BI Dashboards is just as much an art as it is a science and to create both effective and attractive dashboards requires skill in both disciplines.
While many have lectured and written about best practices to follow when creating any data visualization interface, these same individuals often praise dashboards that clearly transgress these guidelines.

Paul Grill, CEO and Founder of InfoSol and BI Dashboard Evangelist, will show how the 7 deadly sins – wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony – can be applied to the common pitfalls encountered by BI dashboard designers and developers and show a path, less traveled, that can be followed to Dashboard heaven.

Exploring HTML5 Custom Dashboards And Getting Started With IB Apps

Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

Learn about the limitless possibilities available when developing custom HTML5 dashboards. See exciting examples of dashboards that showcase some of the possibilities using this method. Also get a brief introduction to developing custom HTML5 dashboards using InfoBurst Apps, and get a live demonstration on how simple and easy it is to get started developing your own custom dashboards using IB Apps.

Information Design for Dashboards

Mel Sheppard, InfoSol Ltd.

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.

During this session, we will look at examples of good and bad information design and discuss how attributes such as colour, weight, scale and grouping affect our perception.  We will also cover the importance of selecting the right chart and equip you with the skills/tools you need to pick the right chart/visualization for your dashboard.

Hints and Tips for Cool Dashboard Visualizations and Components

Mel Sheppard, Matt Duligall and Richard Harvey – InfoSol Ltd.

Mel, Matt and Rich share some of the cooler effects, components and visualizations coming out of the UK labs. Including:

  • Infographics
  • Moving components including animation
  • Selectors including multi selectors

You will also get a sneak peek at some of the add ons currently coming through the UK Labs.

Adding Help, Notifications and Tutorials in BI Applications

Mel Sheppard and Matt Duligall, InfoSol Ltd.

Dashboards are designed to be intuitive, however with more complicated BI applications there can be a need for support and guidance within the dashboard.

This session will look at, and demo, using native Xcelsius components as well as using industry leading eLearning tools to provide ”in app training”. You will also see an example of context sensitive help, providing key hints and tips, relevant to the screen / section you are at in your BI application.

InfoBurst and Mobile Dashboards with dCode

Matt Duligall and Richard Harvey – InfoSol Ltd.

Launching at IBIS, this sessions will showcase the first product out of the InfoSol UK Labs, dCode.  You will get to see dCode in action, and learn how it enables you to take your Xcelsius dashboards onto Mobile devices (including smart phones), whilst maintaining the InfoBurst XDC data connectivity.

BO Data Management and Administration – Universal Speak Sessions

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Administration Maintenance Planning

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 be 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!

Chaos Containment: Streamlining the BI Environment

Fred Walther & Peter Warren, APOS Systems Inc.

What is the cost of chaos? BI must balance efficiency with effectiveness, and the dramatic growth in BI content can become a barrier to this balance, and cause chaos and disorganization as it grows.  Streamlining the BI environment and its content is a critical step in achieving success in system management, system migration, data governance, and regulatory compliance initiatives. BI has taken its place as the central enterprise decision-support system and its impact on competitiveness has become critical, but platform managers and administrators are in danger of being overwhelmed by increased volume and complexity of content.  This session will discuss primary challenges that come from system disorganization and content overload, covering use case scenarios to understand strategies and technologies that can be utilized to streamline the SAP BusinessObjects environment.

BusinessObjects Migration: Differences between XI3.1 and BI4.x

Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc.

Every major version gets a little different.  Lessons are learned.  Drawing boards are reinvigorated.  Calculation Engines are tweaked.  Security is revamped.  This will cover bare bones what you need to know for how your current investment in 3.x will change in the move to 4.1.  Real-world examples of migration security issues and report testing remediation will be discussed along with guidelines to planning for what’s in store in the move to 4.1 SP5.

Getting the most from the Auditing Environment on the BI 4.0/BI 4.1 Platform

Evan Davies, Safeway Inc.

There have been a number of significant changes related to how activities are audited on the BusinessObjects platform between the XI 3.1 and BI 4.0/BI4.1 releases.  This session will review the major changes as well as focus on how to get the best value from your audit database.  Main topic areas will include:

  • How an effective auditing strategy can provide a complete understanding of you BI 4.0/BI4.1 operating environment as an aid to effective administration
  • Details of the architecture changes and configuration options
  • Review how best to get data from your audit database (including a sample audit universe and reports)
  • Best practices in managing your auditing environment

LCM

Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc.

With the introduction of BI 4.0 Migration of contents between BO environment has been made easy. We will go over the basics of Promotion Management, Version Manager and Visual difference.  In doing so we will also point of out the best practices and how it all works behind the scene.  Also we will show other available 3rd party tools and how they stand out against BO.

Real-time BO Universe to Cloud Data Sources

Sumit Sarkar, Progress Software

The explosion of Cloud Data Sources such as Salesforce.com, Google Analytics, Marketo, Eloqua, etc are disrupting BI infrastructure; and business sponsors are turning to one-off BI solutions further fragmenting reporting capabilities.  Learn best practices and common gotchas for SAP Business Objects shops looking to establish robust connectivity from Single or Multi Source Universes to cloud data; and take back control of future BI projects.  With the Universe, learn how to create a direct and real-time connection to all business systems across the enterprise and in the cloud.  Leverage existing skills and infrastructure to consume cloud data; and establish your group as the thought leader on cloud data sources.  Discussion is focused on cloud connectivity achieved with ODBC3 relational sources with third party ODBC drivers from leading vendors in the space.

Streamline and Enhance Your SAP BusinessObjects Administration

Sebastien Goiffon, CEO of GB & Smith

Several case studies

  • Keep control and save time setting up BO security
  • Promote, backup and recover all BO objects
  • Audit, explore the BO metadata and optimize migrations

Plus introduction to :

  • Automated report tests
  • Administration Intelligence

UDT vs IDT – Why and When?

Jean-Francois Cayron, Sagitta BI

The question whether to use UNV vs. UNX in a Business Objects deployment is asked many times, and is the source of considerable confusion. We will cover the pros and cons of moving to the new technology, the differences between the formats as well as their respective tools, and we will wow the developer with the great features of the IDT. Also, you will see how to convert UNVs to UNXs, and the implications of taking that path. After this session, you will be able to make an informed decision about the future of the Universe(s).

Understanding What is Happening on Your SAP BusinessObjects System

Evan Davies, Safeway Inc.

What activities are really happening on your BI platform?  How can you find out who is doing what?  What reports are being used the least/most?  This session will provide you with the insight to best understand the scope and use of your SAP BusinessObjects system to enable you to make the best informed decisions for system deployment/migration activities.  The main topics will include:

  • What are the main components of you r SAP BusinessObjects system and how are they related to each other?
  • What tools are delivered with SAP BusinessObjects to provide gain a better understanding of the system? (Query Builder, Auditing, Monitoring)
  • The use of third party tools to assist in the full system audit (360eyes)
  • Ongoing administration management best practices

Users and Groups and Access Levels (Security in BO)

Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc.

The basic essential setup for any BO environment starts with setting up the User, Groups and Access Levels. In this session we will go over the bare essentials of how to create access levels, best practice to setup security and available options to customize user groups.

UNX Adoption Planning

Fred Walther & Peter Warren, APOS Systems Inc.

The new UNX universe has been established as the path forward for the semantic layer on the SAP roadmap, but many organizations are just beginning the adoption process. While migration to SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 does not require adoption of the new UNX universe immediately, it’s really a matter of when and how to adopt the UNX. This session will cover various facets of UNX adoption planning, including new capabilities of the UNX semantic layer, UNX architecture, changes to security settings, challenges in UNX adoption, adapting existing content to utilize the new semantic layer, and strategies and technologies for overcoming UNX adoption challenges.

What Apache Can Do for BusinessObjects

Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc.

Apache is a free, open-source tool that can change the way you see BusinessObjects.   Would you like to speed up your user’s experience of BI LaunchPad?  Do you need to redirect from an external host ip address to an internal BusinessObjects server?  Do you want to test the load on your servers to fine tune cache settings?  Are you looking at software-based load-balancing between cluster nodes?  Let’s take a look at this patchy software with real-world Apache  implementations with BusinessObjects and discuss how they might apply to your environment.

Capitalizing on a Migration to Build Better Business Value – The Safeway Migration Experience

Evan Davies, Safeway Inc.

How can you use the migration process to bring improved business visibility into the enterprise reporting platform and help drive a broader business intelligence strategy?  This seminar topic will review how the Safeway Enterprise Business Intelligence team put together a migration plan and implementation strategy that brought stability and productivity to the enterprise reporting platform and details the challenges faced and how they were resolved.

The seminar will last one hour and will focus on the migration from the 15 year old Crystal platform to the new Crystal Reports Server 2013 System.  Essentially this will cover:

  • The analysis of the existing Crystal Enterprise 9 platform and the dependent infrastructure
  • The processes involved in conducting a detailed report analysis to determine migration priorities
  • The redefinition of the Crystal Platform to more closely match the Safeway business organization
  • Key migration decision points and how they were addressed

What next?  How the Crystal deployment fits within the EBI strategy and an overview of future development plans.

 

Breaking Free from the CMC:  The Next Generation of BI Platform Management

Atul Chowdhury, Infolytik

BusinessObjects specialists wrestle each day with a stable of utilities – Promotion Manager, Version Manager, Upgrade Management Tool, CCM, CMC – hoping to tame the unwieldiness of SAP’s latest release of the BI platform.  Rather than answer the needs of the business and spend their time in higher-value initiatives delivering new capabilities around analytics, visualizations and Big Data, they spend nights and weekends verifying reports, performing upgrades and tracking performance problems.

In this session, attendees will learn of faster and more effective ways to manage their BI platform using both free and third-party solutions that will help them:

  • Reduce risk and increase efficiency of managing platform security
  • Identify bottlenecks/performance issues in their environment
  •  Visualize data and metadata changes across their universes/unx and reports and help accelerate upgrades, patches and object promotion

Address Cleansing in Data Services

Doug Evans, InfoSol inc.

In this session we are going to explore Data Services abilities to cleanse address information.  We will look at how the USA Regulatory Address Cleanse transform takes as input any address information and matches that, using different engines, against an Address Dictionary to parse, standardize, correct and append information to your customer and operational data.

Data Profiling in Data Services

Doug Evans, InfoSol Inc.

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.

Using the SAP RESTful SDK without a Single Line of Code

Don Collins, Connected BI Solutions

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.

Based on customer experience, this session will demonstrate how developers and non-developer alike can leverage the feature-rich SAP BI RESTful SDK to gain quick insights into their SAP BusinessObjects environment using no more than a combination of freely available tools and applications we are already familiar with, such as Microsoft Excel. Attendees will be able to answer such questions as: How many Webi reports do we have and what are they? What universe objects does my Webi Report use? And what universe objects and folders are contained in my Universe? This session will allow you to harness the power of the programming world and open your use of the RESTful SDK to new possibilities.

What’s the Scoop on Multi-Source Universes?

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

BI 4.1 Upgrade: 3rd Time is a Charm?

Tammy Datri, Grane Healthcare

Hear about Grane Healthcares Odyssey through their BusinessObjects EDGE upgrade from BI 3.1 to BI 4.1. This session will review the challenges, obstacles, roadblocks and setbacks that they experienced in the process of doing the upgrade themselves. What worked? What didn’t work? What resources did they use? What advice would they give to anyone who is facing a similar upgrade to the new 4.1 platform?

Crystal Reports – Let’s Speak Pixel Perfect Reporting Sessions

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Control the Formatting with Crystal Reports

Narmadhaa Surenthran, InfoSol Inc.

It’s all about the formats. In this session we will explore different options to format crystal reports. We will go over the conditional formatting, highlighting expert and talk about meaningful formulas to control display of report fields. We will also look at some neat tricks to make your report swanky!

Creating Customized Grouping

Narmadhaa Surenthran, InfoSol Inc.

Sometimes the grouping done at the database isn’t sufficient to get you all the numbers we are looking for so in this session we will learn how to create customized groups in Crystal Reports. We will create our custom group and deduce various KPI’s for the same.

Incorporating the “All” Keyword in the Crystal Reports Picklist

Narmadhaa Surenthran, InfoSol Inc.

If there is a prompt, It’s cumbersome to pick and choose all values and move them over to the selected section. In this session we will see a demonstration of how the user need not pick individual values to select them all, instead you will add an “All” keyword to simplify selection.

Setting Up Drill Down on Crystal Charts

Narmadhaa Surenthran, InfoSol Inc.

In this session we will go over various charting options, explore how to include line and columns in the same chart. We will also learn how to make your Crystal Reports charts drillable where user can select the items on the charts and drill into that category/selection.

InfoBurst with Crystal – The Science Behind the Shine

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Hear how one of America’s largest supermarket chains implemented InfoBurst to deliver Crystal Reports to 1500+ Stores. This case study covers migration of Crystal Reports from Crystal Enterprise 9 to Crystal 2013 and replacing their existing job scheduler with InfoBurst. An A to Z design guide for bursting Crystal Reports with InfoBurst will be discussed.

Let’s Get Crystal Clear with Crystal Reports

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Is Crystal Enterprise the new version of Crystal Reports? How different is Crystal Enterprise compared to Crystal Reports 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? This session will address all of the above questions. Demo showing the differences between Crystal 2013 and CR Enterprise will be discussed.

SQL Programming Tips for Crystal Developers

Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting LLC.

SQL programming is a critical skill for business intelligence administrators and power users. Writing a SQL snippet for a custom field, developing free-hand SQL queries for Crystal Reports, building a database view, and developing a Universe derived table are just a few examples of how you can leverage SQL to achieve complex reporting objectives.

This session will offer an overview of SQL tips most relevant for Crystal Report developers. Attendees will learn the differences and applications of database views, stored procedures, custom fields, derived tables, and more. We will also explore SQL querying methods, including If/Then/Else statements, how to flatten data, how to aggregate data, and how to perform sub-queries.

Creating Sub-Reports

Narmadhaa Surenthran, InfoSol Inc.

Ever had reports where you would like to use the totals or counts form another report? In this session you will learn all about subreports. You will see how to pass values and variables from one report to another, setting up calculations and explore all the formulae used in this process.

Xcelsius Integration with Crystal Reports

Narmadhaa Surenthran, InfoSol Inc.

Want to use the awesome Xcelsius charts against your crystal report? We will do just that.In this session we will integrate the most powerful dashboard tool with Crystal Reports.  Learn how to combine the dashboard visualizations and data within Crystal Reports.

Running Crystal Reports — Even When Your Database Isn’t

Don Collins, Connected BI Solutions, Inc.

Sometimes the best way for your users to remain connected in our increasingly connected world is to disconnect. Or, at least: Have the ability to do so and still gain data insights.

Based on an actual customer case study, this session explores a powerful and often-overlooked feature of Crystal Reports that allows non-technical users to perform relatively powerful analysis on the data that interests them, even when they are disconnected from their underlying datasource, using no more that the easy-to-use (and free) SAP Crystal Reports Viewer.

In addition to report design strategies to make the most of Crystal’s disconnected-environment features, this session also covers a self-service strategy allowing your users to decide when they wish to work online and when they wish to “check out data” for analysis offline. Lastly, a unique strategy for implementing row-level security for non-universe Crystal Reports (traditionally only available with universes) is presented.

Even if your users are always connected, this session is bound to inspire and equip you to look at Crystal in a whole new way and harness its hidden power.

 

Web Intelligence – Let’s Speak Query and Analysis Sessions

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Best Practices for Changing a Webi Document’s underlying Universe

Jake Tully, InfoSol Inc.

This presentation will teach users how to change the underlying Universe that Production reports are using, without causing any change to the CUIDs using the “Promotion Management” tool as well as Webi Rich Client.

Calculations in Web Intelligence V4.1 from Basic to Context

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This 1 hour session will cover the basics of creating calculations up to 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. The presentation will also include a detailed look at utilizing dates in your calculations. There will also be an in-depth look at how to utilize Context Operators in your reports.  The presentation will feature a live demo of all topics covered.

Charting Data in Web Intelligence

Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting LLC.

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.

Creating Charts in V4.1 – It’s a Whole New World

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This 1 hour session will provide an in-depth look at the charting tool in v4.1.  It will include an overview of the new charting tool, and how to create some amazing charts. We will take a look at how to change the structure of charts utilizing the new assign data feature. It will also provide an in-depth look at how to format your chart. You will also get a look at the new chart types that are now available in v4.1.

It will also include a section on how to link charts and reports.  The presentation will consist of a live demo of all topics covered.

Creating Cross Tables in Web Intelligence V4.1 – From Basics to Advanced!

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

In this 1 hour session, you will learn a variety of ways to create Cross Tables in WebIntelligence  v4.x. Topics will include using Turn Into, how to properly use the Report Element Tab, and using Assign Data to create a Cross Table. You will learn how to create a master detail report with a Cross Table as the detail report. Also included will be a section on how to apply calculations to a Cross Table.  You will learn how to apply the various reporting functions to a Cross Table, including Break, Rank, Sort, Local Filter, Outlining and Ranking.  There will also be a section on how to apply block features such as alternating rows, and turning on report headers to a Cross Table block.   It will highlight changes from earlier versions of the product, and will consist of live demos of all the topics covered.

Customizing the Product for a Mission-Tailored Tool

Jean-Francois Cayron, Sagitta BI

Web Intelligence has grown in features but also complexity over the years, it is very powerful and appeals to advanced report designers, but may prove to be a bit overwhelming or confusing for the casual user. Learn how to customize every aspect of the tool specifically for each segment of your audience.

Dazzle Your Web Intelligence Reports with Conditional Formatting

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

In this 1 hour session you will learn how to apply conditional formatting to your report blocks. You will learn how to create different types of rules, including cell format, text and variable, and how to turn on and off the rules as required.  More advanced uses of conditional formatting in Cross Tables and Master detail reports will also be demonstrated.  It will also include a section on how to give your reports more of a dashboard like look.  You will also learn how to link multiple blocks, including reports and charts.  .  The presentation will consist of a live demo of all topics covered.

Exploring Built-in Functions in Web Intelligence V4.1 from Basic to Context

Speaker TBD

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 1 hour session will explore using some of the unique Web Intelligence built-in functions to build customized reporting solutions such as automating report titles, referencing user locale settings, and referencing ASCII codes for currency symbols. The presentation will feature a live demo of all topics covered.

How to Get Business Users Thinking Spatially With Maps and Webi

Ryan Goodman, Centigon Solutions Inc.

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

Interactive Charts and Document Linking

Allan Williams, Manitoba Public Insurance

Web Intelligence 4.1x provides a very powerful charting engine.  This presentation will illustrate creating a Webi report containing multiple charts that interact with one another – in other words, achieving Dashboard functionality within a Web Intelligence Report.  Another powerful feature is Document Linking, the ability to “drill-down” from a master report to a detail report.  This presentation will show how this functionality can be achieved.

Introduction To Formulas and Variables in v4.1

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types. There will be an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.1, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections. You will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Block! You will learn how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report. You will also learn how to navigate a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab. Other interesting report features will be covered as well. All topics covered will be demonstrated through live demonstrations of the product.

Optimizing Response Time and Productivity

Jean-Francois Cayron, Sagitta BI

How you approach the design of the overall visualization solution will deeply impact performance as perceived by the consumer. An adequate selection of techniques from the query design to report distribution will allow your organization to optimize the user experience.  Learn how to achieve success by combining Query Stripping, Scheduling, Document Linking and more.

Report Filtering in Web Intelligence V4.1

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

In this 1 hour session, you will learn how to create query filters and local reporting filters. The user will learn about the differences between a query filter and a local filter.  Topics include how to properly utilize the various operators in a query filter. You will learn how to make static query filters dynamic by using the prompt feature. Also included will be an in-depth look at prompts and prompt properties and how they can affect your report.  Topics will include how to mix and’s and or’s properly in query filters.  You will also how to utilize wildcarding in your query filters.  The user will learn how to create local filters and apply those filters to blocks in the report document, including report and chart blocks.  There will a section on how apply local filters at the report tab level and how that affects the local filtering. You will also learn how to utilize both the query and report filter templates to provide detailed information on filters.  A major topic will also include creating and applying input controls to a report/chart block.  It will highlight the changes in Input Controls from earlier version.  The presentation will consist of live demos of all the topics covered.

Web Intelligence – Tables and Sections

Allan Williams, Manitoba Public Insurance

Web Intelligence provides two methods for grouping data – Tables and Sections.  This presentation will focus on the details of using both methods illustrating the benefits and limitations of each and how they can be used together.

Web Intelligence Rich Client: Tips and Tricks from the Master

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This 1 hour session will provide an in-depth look at how to bring in personal data providers, such as text and Excel, to a Webi Rich Client document. You will learn how to properly synchronize common dimensions, and how to “fix” format issues with dimensions.  Presentation will also include a section on various tips and tricks for extending Webi Rich Client documents for use by pure WebIntelligence users. It will also include a section on how to utilize personal data files for filtering in a document.  It will also include some of the major enhancements to the product in v4.1.  The presentation will consist of a live demo of all topics covered.

What’s New in Web Intelligence v4.1!

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This exciting and enlightening presentation will provide an overview of v4.1. It will include a look at the new BI Launchpad and how to navigate it successfully. It will provide an in-depth look at the new Report Viewer Window and the new “Ribbons” concept. Throughout the presentation there will be comparisons to v3.1 versus v4.1. This presentation will provide an excellent foundation to all the remaining presentations on the WebIntelligence track. All topics covered will be demonstrated through live demonstrations of the product!

What’s New in v4.1: Advanced Reporting Techniques

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types. There will be an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.1, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections. You will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Block! You will learn how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report. You will also learn how to navigate a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab. Other interesting report features will be covered as well. All topics covered will be demonstrated through live demonstrations of the product.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar Series: Designing Dazzling Xcelsius Dashboards

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Let's Speak BO Webinar on February 10th, Designing Dazzling Xcelsius Dashboards
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February 10th, 10:00-11:00 AM (MST)

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.

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.

Taylor Packwood, InfoSol

A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems, Taylor Packwood began working at InfoSol in fall of 2012. Using a combination of his creativitiy and technical skills, he has developed a skill and passion in developing dashboards, choosing to specialize specifically in both SAP Dashboards as well as IB Apps HTML5 Dashboards.

Arizona BusinessObjects and Crystal User Group Meeting – February 5, 2015

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AZBOCUG Meeting Feb. 5, 2015

You and your colleagues are invited to join us at the next information packed Arizona Business Objects and Crystal User Group (AZBOCUG) meeting Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:30-4:15 PM.

Attendance is free; however, we do ask that you register for count purposes.

Location:

South Mountain Community College – Student Union Room 100A

7050 S 24th St Phoenix, AZ
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Agenda:

12:30 – 1:00 pm | Registration, Welcome, Announcements

1:15- 1:45 pm | Free-Hand SQL in SAP Web Intelligence 4.1 SP05 –Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting LLC

This session will introduce attendees to the new free-hand SQL feature that was recently introduced in SAP Web Intelligence 4.1 SP05. Adam Lange will demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of this new feature. Also,Desktop Intelligence users will learn how free-hand SQL will benefit their 4.1 migration plans

1:45- 2:30 pm | TBD

2:30- 3:00 pm | Break & Networking

3:00- 3:45 pm | Top 3 Business Cases for Location Intelligence and BI – Ryan Goodman, Centigon Solutions

Ryan Goodman, founder and CEO of Centigon Solutions will share the top business cases and tips for injecting maps into your BI implementation. This session will extract the knowledge taken from hundreds of customer stories and learn how to gather and transform requirements into amazing location intelligence solutions

3:45 – 4:00 pm | Raffle & Prizes

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