South Eastern Michigan BusinessObjects User Group – Tuesday April 2nd, 2019

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the South Eastern Michigan BusinessObjects User Group meeting Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

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


Oakland County
2100 Pontiac Lake Rd
Building 41W.
Waterford, MI 48328
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Meeting will be held in the East Conference Room in the Executive office Building.

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8:30 – 9:00 am Registration (Free Breakfast Provided)    

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction

9:00 – 10:00 am A BusinessObjects Love Affair – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

While other BI Solutions seem to come and go, BusinessObjects remains as beautiful and desirable as ever. So why does this love affair continue to burn in our hearts as passionately as the first time we met this amazingly gorgeous Business Intelligence solution?  InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, will share his thoughts on why we love BusinessObjects so much and why this love affair continues to thrive as well as show how organizations around the world are harnessing its power to create solutions that see beyond their everyday challenges.

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15 – 11:30am Excelling It In WebIntelligence v4.2 – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide the user with a variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. It will include using Excel as a data provider, using Excel for a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, as a dynamic filer file, and other uses.  It will include an in-depth look at how to properly import an Excel files, where to store the Excel file, and how to update an Excel file without breaking the Webi Document.  It will also include some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. It will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

11:30– 12:30 pm Lunch:  On Your Own

12:30 – 1:15 pm The Future of BusinessObjects Dashboards – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

Business Intelligence Dashboards remain the dominant way we deliver Business Intelligence applications. While a picture speaks a thousand words, a dashboard delivers a thousand visual insights. For the longest time, BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) dominated and is still prevalent with its HTML5 runtime. Web Intelligence is improving its dashboard capabilities with each new service pack and SAP is looking to develop new dashboard solutions in the cloud while many BusinessObjects customers have turned to Tableau, PowerBI and other BI data visualizations. BusinessObjects customers have a lot of choices and this session will discuss the pros and cons of each to help you both better understand and see the possibilities.

1:15 – 2:00 pm Advanced Formatting II – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types, with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.2, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections.  The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look.  An example of inserting a Stop light as part of conditional formatting will be included.   The user will also learn how to apply the many reporting functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports.  Topics will include how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report, and link those blocks together. Navigating a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab will also be covered.  The presentation will cover exporting a Master Detail Report to PDF and Excel.  All topics covered will be through live demonstrations of the product, as well as interactive sessions with the users.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break

02:15 – 3:00 pm BusinessObjects Co-Existence: The New Reality – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

More than 50% of existing BusinessObjects customers use at least one other BI tool in addition to the tools in BusinessObjects. Using the best tool for the job makes a lot of sense in today’s competitive and fast-changing business landscape and so this co-existence of different BI tools has become a reality. The most popular BI tool used with BusinessObjects is Tableau followed by Microsoft’s PowerBI. This session will talk about different use cases for using these tools with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment.

03:00 – 3:45 pm Building Visualizations in Web Intelligence: New and Improved – Michael Ward, CTTS

See how you can create awesome visualizations, including a variety of charts and reports and utilized such features as Input Controls and Intra Document Linking. You will get a chance to see some of the new features rolled out in recent releases, making Webi even more powerful!

03:45- 4:00 pm Wrap-up

Note: This event is not sponsored by SAP or ASUG. Presentations subject to change

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Building Visualizations in Web Intelligence – New and Improved

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Join us and Web Intelligence Expert, Michael Ward with Creative Technology Training & Solutions, as he hosts a dedicated session on building fantastic and interactive visualizations in Web Intelligence. This webinar will showcase the latest features and enhancements to data visualizations in Webi and how users can take their reporting deliverable’s to a new and approved level of eye-catching designs. From input-controls to intra-document linking, our Speak BO audience will learn how to utilize native Web Intelligence visualizations to explore new ideas with their report development.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Ask the Expert – Live Q & A on BusinessObjects

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Tuesday, April 2nd at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Join us in a webinar not to miss with Samuel Polichouk, Product Expert for SAP France, as our audience get’s to ask live questions on anything SAP BusinessObjects, hosted by Paul Grill and Bree-Anna Mustad. This open format webinar will allow the Speak BO Community to gain insight and get answers to questions relevant to their work within the core BusinessObjects toolset.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Customizing the BI Launchpad & Web Intelligence reports for Organization Branding

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Tuesday, March 19th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us and BusinessObjects Administration Expert and Senior Consultant, Amy O’Neel, in a fantastic webinar session dedicated to customization options when branding your organizations BusinessObjects environment to meet company standards. This session will demonstrate and discuss how to apply global color schemes, embedded logos and more, in order to customize the look and feel of the BI Launchpad and Web Intelligence reports.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Securing your Universes with Business and Data Security Profiles

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Tuesday, March 5th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Join us and BusinessObjects Senior Consultant, Allan Williams, as he takes us through using Data and Business Security Profiles that can be administered with the Information Design Tool. In this live demonstration webinar, we will be creating Data and Business Security profiles on the fly and describe the specific functionality of these two options for securing data and access to data. Allan will demonstrate and discuss how to access specific Folders, Universes and Connections that can be modified in the Central Management Console for administration security application.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Discovering the Web Intelligence Administrative Management Tool – A Case Study

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Let's Speak BO Webina Discovering the Web Intelligence Administrative Management Tool - A Case Study January 8 2019

Tuesday, January 8th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Take a look at the business problem that inspired the usage of an underrated and unsupported SAP Management Tool for Web Intelligence Administration. Join us and BusinessObjects Administrative Expert, Jean-Francois Cayron with Sagitta BI, as we explore the case study behind how and why this mysterious, yet effective, free administrative tool was discovered. This fantastic case study will not only explore “the why” behind this tool but also demonstrate it’s features and how it was implemented in order to resolve an immediate business need.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: In’s and Out’s of adding HTML content into Webi Reports

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Tuesday, February 19th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

This session will cover the new security controls of webi that limit html content and how you can selectively enable certain tags and content type for use in your Webi documents. We will show how to add Marquees (scrolling cell content) and iframes and other features into reports to enhance the experience as well as cover uses of images and colors to enhance the display.

Let’s Speak BO: Everything You Wanted to Know About Multi-Source Universes but Were Afraid to Ask

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Tuesday, November 27th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Join us and Senior Consultant, Allan Williams, for a webinar dedicated to Multi-Source Universes with open platform Q&A as well as live demonstrations on how to construct, maintain and modify a Universe with multiple data source feeds.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Administrative Security 101 – Basics and Best Practices

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Tuesday, October 30th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us and BusinessObjects Senior Consultant, Amy O’Neel, as she delivers to our community a dedicated session on Administrative Security within BusinessObjects. This webinar will showcase examples through Best Practices and Basic preparations BusinessObjects Administrators can implement in order to manage, better understand, and potentially improve their environment’s security.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Visualize this! Web Intelligence 4.2

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Tuesday, November 13th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Join us and the fantastic Michael Ward, Creative Technology and Training Solutions (CTTS), in another jam-packed and educational session on the variations of creating both simple and complex visualizations in Web Intelligence. Hosted in a demonstration-based format, Michael will showcase how with just charts and report blocks our audience can utilize native features in Webi like input controls and linking in order to create slick, interactive visualizations. This session will also explore how to use intra-document linking in order to jump between report tabs.

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