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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.

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