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Mel Sheppard, InfoSol Ltd.

Intended Audience:

This hands on boot-camp is intended for Dashboard Designers wanting to know how to develop dashboards with fast and flexible access to large amounts of external data.

Synopsis:

In this hands-on boot-camp, you will learn the features of InfoBurst XDC and the mechanism to build end-to-end dashboards powered by live data via InfoBurst.

All aspects of developing connected dashboard solutions will be covered, including best practices, accessing data, performance considerations and delivery of the final solution. Upon completion of this boot camp, you will be able to create connected dashboards using Dashboard Designer and InfoBurst XDC.

Prerequisites:

We would suggest a minimum of 4-6 months experience with Xcelsius or Dashboard Designer

Topics Will Include:

Dashboard Connectivity

  • Overview of Connected Dashboards
  • Options for data connectivity
  • Common Connectivity issues

XDC Introduction

  • Introduction to InfoBurst XDC
  • Overview of InfoBurst Connectors
  • Adding Connectors to Xcelsius

Preparing Data

  • Connected Dashboards – Where to Start
  • Understanding the Data
  • Data vs. Design

Using XDC

  • IBE Connection Manager
  • Caches vs. Cache Queries
  • Alternative data sources

Advanced XDC functions

  • Database Writeback
  • Save as Excel
  • Bursting Dashboards

Troubleshooting

  • Best Practices
  • Troubleshooting guides

Virtual Training Opportunity!

If you are unable to attend IBIS, but are still interested in this training, we are offering it as a two day long, virtual training course for $790 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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IDT Iron Chef Boot Camp

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Presenters:  Amy O’Neel & Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Monday, June 22 – Module 1

Converting UNV to UNX

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for individuals who want to know how to convert existing universes (.unv) into Information Design Tool universes (.unx).

Prerequisites:

None, however Universe Designer experience will be helpful.

Synopsis:

This course is designed to provide the steps for converting.  We will cover some of the pitfalls and known bugs/issues with converted universes as well as why you might still need to convert.

Major Topics include:
  • Converting universes
  • Object Types
  • Using UNX universes
  • Known Bugs
  • Shared Projects

Monday, June 22 – Module 2

Connections

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for individuals who work with Connections.  This is often Designers, but may also include Administrators.

Prerequisites:

None, however Universe Designer experience will be helpful.

Synopsis:

This course is designed to walk through creating connections and using existing connections as well as the requirements when using a Multiple connection universe.

Major Topics include:
  • Creating Connections and Shortcuts
  • Single vs. Multiple Connections
  • Data Federator tool
  • 64-bit vs 32-bit Requirements

Monday, June 22 – Module 3

Creating Data Foundations

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the Novice to Experienced universe designer.

Prerequisites:

None, however Universe Designer experience will be helpful.

Synopsis:

This module is intended to show attendees how Data Foundations are created and how to work with them.

Major Topics include:
  • Creating the Data Foundation
  • Inserting/Editing Joins
  • Refreshing Structure
  • Contexts vs Aliases
  • Data Foundation Views
  • Comments and Families

Tuesday, June 23 – Module 4

Resolving Chasm Traps and Fan Traps and Using Outer Joins

Intended Audience:

This module is intended Universe Designers who may be working with Snowflake or Transactional databases.

Prerequisites:

None, however Universe Designer experience will be helpful.

Synopsis:

This course will discuss fan traps and chasm traps- what they are and how they affect the results of a query.  We will walk through how to work with them in IDT.  This course will also cover outer joins both in discussion and exercise.

Major Topics include:
  • Recognizing traps
  • Resolving traps
  • Outer Joins 101

Tuesday, June 23 – Module 5

IDT Extras – Exclusive to IDT

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the universe designer wishing to familiarize themselves with the new IDT tool.

Prerequisites:

None, however Universe Designer experience will be helpful.

Synopsis:

This module is intended to demonstrate some of the smaller but useful additions in the IDT software for working with universes.

Major Topics include:
  • Calculated Columns
  • Colors
  • Comments
  • Running Queries

Tuesday, June 23 – Module 6

Creating Business Layers

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the universe designer wishing to familiarize themselves with the new IDT tool.

Prerequisites:

None, however Universe Designer experience will be helpful.

Synopsis:

This module will walk through creating the Business Layer and creating Business Views.

Major Topics include:
  • Creating a Business Layer
  • Inserting Folders and Objects
  • Creating a Business View
  • Security Business Views

Wednesday, June 24 – Module 7

Prompts – Cascading and Otherwise

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the universe designer wishing to familiarize themselves with the new IDT tool.

Prerequisites:

None, however Universe Designer experience will be helpful.

Synopsis:

This module will walk through creating prompts in the Data Foundation Layer and in the Business Layer and why you would choose one over the other.

Major Topics include:
  • Creating Prompt in Data Foundation
  • Creating Prompt in Business Layer
  • Cascading Prompts
  • Hierarchy Prompts

Wednesday, June 24 – Module 8

Helpful Predefined Conditions

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the universe designer wishing to familiarize themselves with the new IDT tool.

Prerequisites:

Knowledge of SQL

Synopsis:

This module will cover some commonly created predefined conditions.

Major Topics include:
  • Creating Predefined Conditions
  • Date Prompts
  • Correlated Subqueries
  • Creative Conditions

Wednesday, June 24 – Module 9

IDT: Using OLAP and SAP Data Sources

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the universe designer wishing to familiarize themselves with the new IDT tool.

Prerequisites:

Knowledge of OLAP cubes and/or SAP Bex Queries and BW Connectivity.

Synopsis:

This module will walk through some of the less common connection types.  We will cover creating a universe based on an OLAP cube and universes based on some of the SAP connection options.

Major Topics include:
  • Creating an OLAP connection
  • Creating and OLAP connected Universe
  • Options for Connecting with SAP Data

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An Introduction to Data Modeling

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Presenter: Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence, LLC.

Intended Audience:

This beginner level course is for business intelligence professionals who are interested in learning more about the how’s and what’s regarding data warehouse design.  Extensive knowledge in reporting systems is not required, but understanding of SQL and reporting/dashboarding concepts will be helpful.

Prerequisites:

Basic SQL and database concepts.  This is not a hands on course but an understanding of these items will assist in understanding the concepts described.

Synopsis:

This session will be a review and walk-through of the major steps and processes of data modeling.  The general theoretical model will be a Kimball/Inman approach with an overall case study walking through the process of reshaping a transactional data model to a star schema.

Major Topics Include:

  • Define and explain the language of data modeling.
  • Review the theoretical underpinnings and reasons and purpose of various models.
  • Understand best practices and limitations of different data models and their practical application.
  • Review techniques and examples of what and how to move from a transactional model to a star schema.
  • Explore the SQL challenges that a transactional system presents and how to develop solutions to them.
  • Explain and explore key concepts of data modeling including slowly changing dimensions, row level security models, dimensional modeling (conforming dimensions), fact granularity and fact table types.
  • A high level review of tools and methodologies for implementing a new data model.

 

This session will be delivered in a seminar format.

Web Intelligence 4.1 Iron Chef Boot Camp

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Presenters:  Steve Thatcher and Oliver Prucha, InfoSol Inc.

Monday, June 22nd – Module 1

Web Intelligence XI 3.1 to BI 4.1 Delta Boot Camp

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are experienced in Web Intelligence 3.1 and need to learn the new features and functions in Web Intelligence 4.1.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have experience using Web Intelligence 3.1

Synopsis:

This hands-on immersion boot camp will cover the main differences between the new Web Intelligence 4.1 and its XI 3.1 predecessor. This will include the re-designed BI Launch Pad, new features in the Query Panel, the re-designed Report Panel interface, the overhauled chart engine and new report options including element linking, Fit to Page, Hiding Dimensions and Freeze header.

Major Topics Include:
  • Learn the key differences between Web Intelligence 3.1 and the new Web Intelligence 4.1
  • Become familiar with the new look and feel of Web Intelligence 4.1
  • Learn new functionality available with Web Intelligence 4.1

Monday, June 22nd – Module 2

Queries and Data Provider

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers looking to understand the various types of queries available in Web Intelligence, and how to build reports that leverage multiple data providers.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least one year’s experience using Web Intelligence.

Synopsis:

Depending on your needs, there may be times where simple queries will not yield the results you want in a report. In these cases, more advanced techniques using combined queries or subqueries may be necessary. This unit teaches you about these advanced querying techniques.

Major Topics Include:
  • Combined Queries
    • Union
    • Intersect
    • Minus
  • Subqueries
  • Query of a Query
  • Using Personal Data Providers

Monday, June 22nd – Module 3

Dynamic Graphics and Interactive Charts

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are experienced in Web Intelligence 4.1 and are looking to display graphics and charts based on conditional formulas and user interaction.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least one year’s experience using Web Intelligence.

Synopsis:

Web Intelligence 4.1 introduced exciting new options for developers to display report elements based on underlying report conditions and user interaction with the report elements. This hands-on immersion boot camp will explore using these new features to provide report users with a more engaging, and interactive experience.

Major Topics Include:
  • Adding graphics to report cells
  • Using the display element dialogue box
  • Explore the new element linking input control
  • Integrating report level filtering

Tuesday, June 23rd – Module 4

Using Advanced Calculation Context

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are experienced in Web Intelligence 4.1 and are looking to create custom calculations beyond the default aggregation.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least one year’s experience using Web Intelligence.

Synopsis:

There are times one of the most dynamic and user-friendly features of Web Intelligence – default aggregation – limits report developers when creating required calculations in reports. This hands-on immersion boot camp will explore using advanced calculation context to create customized solutions to challenging report calculation requirements.

Major Topics Include:
  • Using Input context
  • Using Output context

Tuesday June 23rd – Module 5

Exploring Built-in Functions & Formulas

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are experienced in Web Intelligence 4.1 and are looking to create custom reporting solutions leveraging many of the available built-in functions.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least one year’s experience using Web Intelligence.

Synopsis:

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 hands-on immersion boot camp will explore using the formula editor to create customized solutions to challenging report design requirements.

Major Topics Include:
  • Overview of the Web Intelligence formula editor
  • Use many of the unique Web Intelligence built-in functions to build customize solutions such as:
    • Automate report titles, etc. by referencing user prompts
    • Display date values formatted based on the users locale settings
    • Reference ASCII codes (new line, currency symbols, etc.) in formulas and cells
    • Convert string and data values per report design requirements

Tuesday June 23rd – Module 6

Dynamically Displaying Data

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are experienced in Web Intelligence 4.1 and need to learn techniques to both group data values, and display data conditionally at the report level.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least one year’s experience using Web Intelligence.

Synopsis:

Sometimes a report developer is presented with challenging requests to display values in unique ways, and with little help at the universe level. This hands-on immersion boot camp will explore two main techniques available in Web Intelligence 4.1 to assist with such requests. These techniques include grouping data values, and using conditional formatting and display.

Major Topics Include:
  • Grouping data values using:
    • If/Then/Else formula
    • Personal data providers
    • The new custom grouping feature in Web Intelligence 1
  • Conditional Formatting
    • Using traditional font, cell, report formatting
    • Using formulas to customize display of underlying data

Wednesday, June 24th – Module 7

Going Mobile – Design and Deployment

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are looking to display their Web Intelligence 4.1 content on mobile devices.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least six months of experience working with various Web Intelligence report tables and charts and their respective properties.  Basic understanding of the user experience using mobile devices such as tablets.

Synopsis:

Due to the proliferation of mobile devices in business today, report designers are increasingly being asked to provide reporting solutions for distribution on a mobile platform.  More often than not, users would like to consume their Web Intelligence content on their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.  This hands-on immersion boot camp will explore design considerations to enhance the display of both existing and new documents on mobile devices using the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Client application.

Major Topics Include:
  • Exploring mobile platform design challenges
  • Mobile report design best practices
  • Configuring and using the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile Client application

Wednesday, June 24th – Module 8

Creative Linking and Document Scheduling

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are experienced in Web Intelligence 4.1 and are looking to link multiple documents into their analysis project.  Once created, users may wish to schedule these documents for distribution using the document scheduler.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least one year’s experience using Web Intelligence.

Synopsis:

There are times when more than one document is needed to tell the whole story.  And the story may be received using multiple methods of report distribution, such as online and e-mail.  This hands-on immersion boot camp will explore linking a document to other documents and websites, and scheduling documents for distribution.

Major Topics Include:
  • Linking documents to other documents and websites
    • Hyperlink
    • OpenDoc
  • Exploring document scheduling options
    • Built-in Business Objects document scheduler
    • Introduction to the InfoBurst 3rd party report bursting tool

Wednesday, June 24th – Module 9

Design Considerations and Charting

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for users and report designers who are looking for ideas and suggestions for best practices and design considerations, while gaining a deeper understanding of the new charting engine in Web Intelligence 4.1.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have at least six months of experience working with various Web Intelligence report tables and charts and their respective properties.  Basic understanding of the user experience using mobile devices such as tablets.

Synopsis:

Over time, Web Intelligence report designers develop tips and best practices to develop reports efficiently and effectively.  These tips and best practices are enhanced by the new features and functionality offered by each new  Business Objects platform release, and release 4.1 is no exception!  This hands-on immersion boot camp will explore report design tips and best practices, while also exploring the new charting engine in Web Intelligence 4.1 to assist report developers with  understanding their many charting options beyond basic bar, line, and pie charts.

Major Topics Include:
  • Exploring report design tips and best practices
  • Understanding the new charting engine
  • Exploring examples of the intended use of many of the available charts in Web Intelligence 4.1

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Xcelsius (SAP Dashboards) Iron Chef Boot Camp

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Presenters:  Roxanne Pittman and Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

Monday, June 22nd – Modules 1 & 2

What’s New in Dashboards 4.1

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for individuals who want to know what has changed since Xcelsius 2008 and what’s new in the latest and greatest version of SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius).

Prerequisites:

Experience with Xcelsius 2008 or SAP Dashboards 4.0.

Synopsis:

This course is designed to provide experienced dashboard attendees with an overview of the changes to the dashboard tool we know and love as Xcelsius. There have been many changes since the Xcelsius 2008 version to the current version; we will discuss the new features and best practices to make to most use of them.

Major Topics Include:
  • Introduction
  • New Features in Dashboards 4.1 and How To Make Use of Them

Monday, June 22nd – Modules 3 & 4

How to Move From Basic to Visually Compelling Dashboards

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the Novice to Experienced dashboard developers who want to move beyond the basics of ‘now I know how to connect a chart’ to ‘how to put it all together to look amazing’

Prerequisites:

Novice to Experienced dashboard developers with Xcelsius 2008 or Dashboards 4.x

Synopsis:

This module is intended to show attendees the techniques that are common to awesome dashboards.  We will discuss how to help the business visualize KPI’s, best dashboard layout concepts, and best components to use.  Then we will critique several existing dashboards and discuss what works well, what distracts, what could be improved and what has impact and draw.

Major Topics Include:
  • KPI’s to Visualization
  • Layout Design Concepts
  • Critiquing Existing Dashboard Visual Designs

Monday, June 22nd – Modules 5 & 6

Dashboard Data Filtering

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for the Novice to Experienced dashboard developers who wish to expand their knowledge on filtering data in the Excel model of Dashboards.

Prerequisites:

Novice to Experienced dashboard developers with Xcelsius 2008 or Dashboards 4.x

Synopsis:

This module is intended to show how to create Cascading Filters in Dashboards 4.x using the ‘Filtered Row’ option available in many selectors.  We will also how to make use of hidden filters to move data behind the scene.

Major Topics Include:
  • Data Filtering
  • Cascading Prompts/Filtered Rows
  • Using Hidden Filters

Tuesday, June 23rd – Modules 1-4

Cool Visualizations and Charting Outside the Box

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for Novice to Experienced dashboard developers who are ready to move beyond the basic charts to advanced techniques to achieve web-type visualizations and infographics.

Prerequisites:

Novice to Experienced dashboard developers with Xcelsius 2008 or Dashboards 4.x

Synopsis:

Stretching the boundaries of Dashboards with some cool visualization tricks, this hands-on class will be taking Dashboard components and using them in creative ways to achieve customized charting, infographics and advanced navigation methods – without 3rd party components.  We will also expand your toolset by showing some very helpful 3rd party components.

Major Topics Include:
  • Cool Visual Ideas for Dashboards
  • Creative Use of Charts

Tuesday June 23rd – Modules 5 & 6

Data Optimization

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for Novice to Experienced dashboard developers who need to master the basics of Excel for Dashboards, and who want tips on performance tuning a large dashboard

Prerequisites:

Novice to Experienced dashboard developers with Xcelsius 2008 or Dashboards 4.x

Synopsis:

This module will be covering the 5 most used Excel functions when creating Dashboards with hands-on exercises to go through as well as learn what functions to avoid.   The second half of this module will be spent on understanding ways to improve the performance of a dashboard, especially large dashboards or large data sets.

Major Topics Include:
  • Mastering Excel
  • Data Optimization
  • Performance Tuning

Wednesday, June 24th – Modules 1 & 2

Dashboard Connectivity Options

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for Experienced dashboard developers who want to understand and gain some experience with the various options for connecting Dashboards to Data from BusinessObjects or even directly from databases.

Prerequisites:

Experienced dashboard developers with Xcelsius 2008 or Dashboards 4.x

Synopsis:

There are many ways to load data from BusinessObjects and databases into SAP Dashboards.  This course will give users an opportunity to learn the advantages and disadvantages of each of the following methods as well as hands-on exercises for:  Query Browser, Query As a Web Service (QaaWS), BI Web Services (BIWS) and InfoBurst

Major Topics Include:
  • Built-in Dashboard Connectivity
  • InfoBurst Connectors

Wednesday, June 24th – Modules 3 & 4

Mobility Options Module

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for Novice to Experienced dashboard developers who want to learn more about the latest mobility options with SAP Dashboards.

Prerequisites:

Novice to Experienced dashboard developers with Xcelsius 2008 or Dashboards 4.x

Synopsis:

This module will cover the latest options in native HTML5 dashboards from SAP Dashboards.  We will also discuss 3rd party options for mobile dashboards and have hands-on exercises for taking an SAP Dashboard and mobilizing it in HTML5.

Major Topics Include:
  • Deploying Dashboards to Mobile
  • 3rd Party Mobility Options

Wednesday, June 24th – Modules 5 & 6

Dashboard Challenge

Intended Audience:

This module is intended for Novice to Experienced dashboard developers who are ready to apply concepts they’ve learned during the preceding days at IBIS to create their own dashboard.

Prerequisites:

Novice to Experienced dashboard developers with Xcelsius 2008 or Dashboards 4.x

Synopsis:

The final module will be a challenge for the dashboard developer to take a set of requirements and data give by the instructors to create their own dashboard, applying concepts and tools they’ve learned at IBIS.

Major Topics Include:
  • Capstone Exercise To Bring All Topics Together
  • Hands-on Full Dashboard Building Experience

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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.