Let’s Speak BO Healthcare

There are many healthcare and healthcare related organizations using BusinessObjects both embedded in existing applications (like Epic, Cerner, McKesson) and standalone. Business Intelligence has now become an integral and essential part of healthcare reporting and analysis be it clinical, operational or financial.

Based on feedback from many BusinessObjects Healthcare customers, InfoSol is launching a new initiative to provide a forum for these organizations to share their often unique experiences and challenges as well as exchanging ideas about how to get the most out of the BusinessObjects suite for healthcare BI solutions.

Join us for the first Let’s Speak BO Healthcare conference which will be held as part of IBIS 2016 dedicated to BO Healthcare topics. In addition to attending any sessions in this conference, attendees can also attend any of the regular sessions in the main IBIS conference and InfoBurst Experience event.

The Call to Papers for Let’s Speak BO Healthcare is now open.  We invite you to submit a BO healthcare solution, case study or technical session.  Just head on over to our call for papers post where will explain how and what to submit and then use the form at the bottom of the page to send us your submission.


InfoSol’s 2016 Best Dashboard Awards Open For Submissions

Dana Holding Corporation-Most Valuable Dashboard IBIS 2015     PAMF Best Business Dashboard Award IBIS 2015     USPI Limitless Business Intelligence Award IBIS 2015

Dashboards still dominate BI Solutions and they just seem to get better and more ingenious every year. Here is your chance to show your best BI dashboard solution and win one of the prestigious Best Dashboard Pyramid Awards and be the toast and talk of IBIS 2016.

The InfoSol Dashboard Awards are open to any organization that has developed a really interesting, cool, compelling or effective Business Intelligence dashboard application or solution that is being used for business benefit today.   You are not limited by which tool you use and the BI dashboard can be PC based, mobile or both.  What we are most interested in is the business issue that was addressed, the creativity employed and the benefits that it delivered to the organization.  Learn more about the 2015 winners here.

There are three categories for 2016 BI Dashboard Awards:

  • Best Business Dashboard
  • Most Valuable Dashboard
  • Limitless Business Intelligence Dashboard

You are free to enter your dashboard for multiple categories and you can enter more than one dashboard.

What next?  Simply draft a brief explanation of the business issue, how it was addressed with the BI Dashboard solution and the benefits that resulted – along with a working example of the dashboard itself  (a link can be provided or a web cast can be scheduled if it is not possible to send a functional version) and submit it via the form below.   The deadline for Dashboard Award submissions is March 1st, 2016.

IBIS 2015 Keynotes


Paul Grill KeynoteLimitless Business Intelligence – Let’s Speak BO

There are many good reasons why SAP BusinessObjects is still the best BI suite on the planet. Most notably is the totally amazing and limitless business intelligence applications that organizations are creating with it every day.

Interestingly, many are finding that this can be done without making huge investments in new technology but by simply understanding and using the capabilities that exist in the core BO tools.

InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, will share his insights on what has been happening with and around BusinessObjects in the last 12 months , show some truly Limitless BI solutions using BO and explain why the “Let’s Speak BO” movement is on fire.

ASUG and the BusinessObjects Community

Geoff Scott - CEO America's SAP Users GroupGeoff Scott | CEO for the America’s SAP Users Group

For nearly 25 years, the Americas’ SAP Users Group (ASUG) has been helping organizations best leverage their investments in SAP technologies. Through its nearly 40 chapters and close to 100 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), ASUG has nearly every facet of the SAP landscape covered. And Business Objects is no exception. Geoff Scott, ASUG CEO, will talk with us about the ASUG value proposition, and how ASUG can help the Business Objects user community achieve its goals

2015 Dashboard Awards

Find out who are this year’s winners of the prestigious InfoSol Best Dashboard Awards and see their winning solutions in action as they receive their much-coveted accolades.


Counting What Counts

Counting What Counts PresentersA look at what we measure and the questions that could lead us along creative paths allowing us to measure what at first may seem impossible.  It has been said that “Not everything that counts can be counted and that not everything that is counted counts”.

So with that statement in mind, in this keynote, Yolande Grill, COO of InfoSol, Inc. and Carrie Stengel, Data and Visualization Specialist at World Wildlife Fund will explore some questions and share insights about how BI can and does make a difference in the world today.

If that’s not enough, Carrie will unveil the answer to the question: “Can Tigers Predict the Future?”  and Yolande will announce the Xi Prize Initiative.


Let’s Speak BO Town Hall Meeting

An opportunity to both learn and share more about what is happening in the world of BusinessObjects. Moderated by Paul Grill, InfoSol CEO, the format will be questions and answers and include a panel of leaders and experts from the BusinessObjects community. You may submit your questions in advance by emailing them to bmustad@infosol.com and ask them live during the session.

Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports

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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!

Web Intelligence: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Web Intelligence: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crystal Reports: Creating Customized Grouping

Oliver Prucha, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Enhancing Call Center BI with Web Intelligence 4.1 Visualization

Mike Gurtler, Freeport-McMoran (FCX)

Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) implemented BusinessObjects 4.1 a year ago. With it came new features that begin to rival the interactive capabilities of other BI products in the marketplace. Mike Gurtler, an FCX BI lead, will demonstrate our Call Center Reporting and how we’ve put to use input controls, interactive chart elements, and drill through reporting to provide a more interactive experience.

Limitless BI: Maximizing Your BO Investment

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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.

Presentation Slides: Deck 1 and Deck 2

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BPC to BO Integration Case Study at Health Net

Frank Zhang and Paul White, Onshore Partners

This case study will detail the BPC solution developed for Health Net and how the BPC data integrates with BO specifically xcelsius. We will show both actual and forecast data side by side as well as the what-if capabilities that were developed. We will detail our observations of the solution as well as pros and cons. We will discuss the use case for using WEBi for reporting of BPC data vs. using the excel EPM add-in.

IBIS 2015 Spouse Registration

The spouse registration fee includes access to all general sessions, receptions, evening events/entertainment, meals and breaks but, also, it includes daily access to the Aviara Spa and use of all of the wonderful spa amenities. The spa features 15,000 square feet of space, 20 treatment rooms and is equipped with an indoor solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and locker and dressing areas.

Additionally, IBIS attendees and their guests can take advantage of the enhanced amenities including 24-hour fitness center access, tennis/recreation center use, putting green and driving range use at Aviara Golf Club, beach butler service, AM coffee/tea and afternoon iced beverages in resort lobby, game room use, to name a few…

Here is a quick rundown of IBIS 2014 events and meals:

Sunday PM Meet & Greet Reception in the Aviara Game Room

Monday & Tuesday Full Breakfast and Keynotes, Lunch, Breaks and Cocktail Dinner Reception each day

Wednesday Full Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks

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InfoBurst Experience Packed with Powerful Stuff

The annual InfoBurst Experience at this year’s IBIS promises to be both ultra-useful for its learning content and enlightening for its case study content.

This year’s 18 sessions over 3 days is just packed with everything you ever wanted to know about how to get the most out of InfoBurst and take your BI effectiveness to a whole new level.

There are best practice and walk through sessions on a variety of report bursting, content grouping ,  mobile deployment, dashboard caching  including :

  • Bursting large data volumes using InfoBurst Enterprise
  • Consolidate Report Content Delivery with Content Grouping
  • Enhance Bursts and Schedules with Actions
  • Advanced Report Bursting & Publication Techniques
  • And many more ……

All of the sessions can be viewed at InfoBurst Experience—Let’s Speak iB

There are also great sessions on advanced topics and new functionality including:

  • Automating InfoBurst with iBShell
  • InfoBurst & BI Mobile
  • Taking InfoBurst Apps Off-Line
  • Building HTML5 Dashboards with AnuBIs

The case studies delivered by the customer’s themselves will also show the ingenuity and creativity of many of the organizations using InfoBurst and include  the following :

InfoBurst : More than Meets the Eye  – Noe Garcia, United Surgical Partners International

InfoBurst : Advanced Functionality – Allan Williams, Manitoba Public Insurance

InfoBurst: The Interface That Delivers 66K Reports a Month for Comdata – Mike Reeves, Comdata

Customer Portal : A Competitive Edge for Sales (HTML5 with XDC) – Kim Marshall, The Waldinger Corporation

There will also be an Influence session giving attendees the opportunity to engage directly with the architects and developers and influence future features and functions in the solution.

There are also two hands on 1-day InfoBurst workshops scheduled as pre-seminar offerings :

InfoBurst in a Day

InfoBurst Certified Expert for Administrators (ICE-A)

And 3 different 2-day post-conference boot camps :

Anyone using or planning to use InfoBurst should not miss out on this unique learning opportunity so

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IBIS 2015 Sponsoring Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here!

Gold Sponsors:


APOS well managed BI solutions help you take command of your SAP BusinessObjects deployment, giving you greater agility and stronger controls throughout the lifecycle of your BI content.

APOS solutions address:

  • Migration – planning & analysis, automate & streamline, content conversion, content validation, content lifespan extension
  • System Analysis – system metrics, performance analytics, system planning, security analysis, impact analysis
  • Administration – rapid management of security, objects, schedules, instances, promotion
  • Storage – content archive, system backup, selective restore, content versioning, system replication
  • Query Control – monitor, manage, audit,  BI query governance
  • Publishing – statement generation, bursting, distribution, security

Silver Sponsors:

Centigon Solutions

Centigon Solutions Inc. creates geographic visualization and analysis software used by front-line business users, analysts, and executives. As thought leaders in business intelligence, Centigon Solutions is strategically focused on delivering location analytics Apps to web browsers and mobile devices. With a global customer base ranging from mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies, Centigon Solutions serves most industries including Retail, Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Government.


GB & SMITH is a software company that streamlines and extends SAP BusinessObjects software.  GB & SMITH provides powerful web solutions allowing you to optimize SAP® BusinessObjects™ projects around: Security, backup, impact analysis, metadata reporting, versioning, auditing, license compliance, GRC and migration.  Almost 400 customers operating in 30 countries are using GBS’ 360suite solutions daily to keep their BO deployments under control. SAP-certified GB & SMITH’s suite is available for any BOE XI version including BI4.

Learn More About Infolytik


Infolytik provides state-of-the-art solutions to help better manage and optimize SAP BI and Business Objects landscapes through exceptionally easy-to-use yet sophisticated applications. Their flagship product, MetaMiner, delivers powerful capabilities in BI landscape security compliance, metadata analysis, enterprise auditing and BI asset backup & restore – bringing tremendous relief and unparalleled uptime to organizations by allowing them to finally focus on results rather than struggle with the administration and maintenance challenges found in complex environments.




Creative Technology & Training Solutions was formed in 1990 by Michael Ward, who has been in the consulting and training business for over 40 years. CTTS provides high-level technical consulting and training in data warehousing, ETL processing, business intelligence, data integration, and dashboarding. We are a former BusinessObjects™ Partner of over 8 years. We are a former Information Builders partner for WebFOCUS. We also specialize in BusinessObjects™, with over 18 years of heavy training and consulting experience.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here!

InfoBurst Certified Expert for Administrators (ICE-A)

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Virtual Training Opportunity – Click Here

Who is this course intended for?

InfoBurst administrators who wish to become certified in advanced administrative aspects of the InfoBurst platform

What will I learn?

At the end of this course, participants will be certified in advanced InfoBurst administration.

What should I know?

You should have a basic understanding of SQL and relevant reporting platforms.

  • InfoBurst user-level knowledge of report bursting and/or XDC
  • Basic understanding of relevant reporting platforms (BO, MSRS)
  • Knowledge of DBMS and Windows server concepts
Course Agenda
Day 1


  • Agenda
  • Course overview
  • Product history and information
  • Platform and installation requirements


  • Exercise 1 – Installing IBE Software
  • Repository configuration
  • Exercise 2 – Licensing
  • Exercise 3 – Software Updates

User and Group Management

  • User interface
  • Exercise 4 – Users & Groups

System Configuration

  • Platform configurations
  • Exercise 5 – Configuring a Platform
  • Exercise 6 – Provider Logons
  • Exercise 7 – Network & Printer Registration
  • Exercise 8 – Email Configuration

Document Management and Security

  • Exercise 9 – Adding a Document
  • Document management overview
  • Exercise 10 – Managing Documents
  • Exercise 11 – Folder Security

Using InfoBurst

  • Exercise 12 – Basic Burst
  • Exercise 13 – Data Source
  • Exercise 14 – Advanced Burst
  • Exercise 15 – Burst Failure & Alert
  • Abort alert options

Other Aspects of InfoBurst Administration

  • Exercise 16 – Support Package
  • Logging
  • Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting exercises
  • Support System usage
  • Repository and application

Virtual Training Opportunity!

If you are unable to attend IBIS, but are still interested in this training, we are offering it as a one day long, virtual training course for $395 per person.  All course materials and connection to the training servers are provided prior to the course start. You can add it to your cart and check out below, if you have any questions feel free to contact us!

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