Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Folding with Web Intelligence 4.3 SP2 – Webi Origami

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March 29th, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Being able to view report Totals and subtotals and then expand and dig into one of the subtotals while keeping the others still collapsed – this is a feature in Web Intelligence that has some very valuable enhancements in Webi 4.3 sp2. It is now easy and intuitive to analyze a report with folds and this session will cover how to set this up in multiple scenarios.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: BusinessObjects as Part of BI Strategy for the Next Decade

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March 15th, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

As the world continues to navigate a global pandemic that started well over a year ago, the importance and significance of Business Intelligence has never been more critical.

Yet, at the same time, most organizations find themselves in a situation where time, resources and budget have never been tighter. As a result, making better and more use of the BI applications in place makes a lot of sense. For many, that means leveraging BusinessObjects as it remains the most widely used BI suite in the world today.
In addition, between Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports, it offers the best BI reporting platform available.

While tools like Tableau and PowerBI are gaining larger market share in the BI space, they are used for data discovery and data visualization and not designed for BI reporting.
It is for this reason, that most organizations who have adopted these tools, retain BusinessObjects for BI reporting.

This session will both discuss and show real customer case studies of how existing BusinessObjects are adapting to the new co-existence norm and how companies, new to BI, are adopting BusinessObjects as part of their new BI strategy for the next decade.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Tips and Techniques Used to Convert SSRS Report to Web Intelligence

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March 1st, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

When faced with the challenge of creating a new Web Intelligence report based on an existing SSRS report, there are no magic utilities available but we came up with a method that worked well. This included using the SSRS report query to build new BO universe, using Custom Calculation Contexts in the Webi report and using hide and filter techniques to match output from the SSRS report. In addition, we Improved data accuracy in the Webi report compared to the original SSRS report. This case study presentation will show how we achieved this.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Tips for Transitioning to the New Webi 4.3

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February 15th, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

WebI 4.3 comes with a FIORI-based, modern, and simplified user interface for designing and developing ad-hoc reports, operational reports, highly analytical reports, visually rich dashboards, and more powerful BI content. While this is a great foundational step towards future analytics and end-user experience it is also quite a transition from the classic launchpad that many are used to. To assuage the fear and panic generated from this huge transformation, this session will share a few tips that we have found quite useful to adapt to the new features faster and make the transition from WebI 4.2 to 4.3 more enjoyable.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Formatting WebI 4.3 Like a Pro!

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January 18th, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

First impressions matter – even for reports!  This session will be covering how to use formatting shortcuts and templates to make a meaningful report stand out and shine, including new ways to format in 4.3

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Solving Business Problems

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January 4th, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Using Business Objects for finance reporting has been around for decades, but have you considered using it for data analytics to look for fraud?

This session we’ll cover common data analytics scripts and how BusinessObjects could be utilized to help mitigate fraud.  We will discuss ways to solve seemingly complex business issues with the tools we have while demonstrating technical solutions using Web Intelligence and IDT for being able to show data analytic to resolve specific business. So put on your Fraudster cap and hold on for the ride.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Tips for Transitioning to the New Webi 4.3

Let's Speak BO Webinar Tips for Transitioning to the New Webi 4.3 on February 15th 2022

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February 15th, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

WebI 4.3 comes with a FIORI-based, modern, and simplified user interface for designing and developing ad-hoc reports, operational reports, highly analytical reports, visually rich dashboards, and more powerful BI content. While this is a great foundational step towards future analytics and end-user experience it is also quite a transition from the classic launchpad that many are used to.

To assuage the fear and panic generated from this huge transformation, this session will share a few tips that we have found quite useful to adapt to the new features faster and make the transition from WebI 4.2 to 4.3 more enjoyable.

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West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday December 16th

This West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting ran on Thursday, December 16th, 2021. You can view the recordings from this user group below!

Agenda:

1:00 – 1:05 pm | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm | BI 4.3 Ask the Experts at SAP – Samuel Polichouk – SAP

With 2022 being the year that most BusinessObjects customers are expected to move to the new BI 4.3 release, here is a golden opportunity for you to ask the SAP Product Experts your questions.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | Magic of Breaks: v4.3 – Michael Ward – CTTS

This presentation will provide an in depth look at the Break Function. Learn how to apply a single break as well as multiple breaks to a report block. Learn how to manage breaks to control display of headings and footings. Learn how to apply a value based break. Learn how to control page breaks through the break function. See how calculations are applied when adding breaks to a report. Learn how to control calculations when applied to a break. Learn how to rank based on subtotals. Learn how to display only the most current row of data based on a break. Learn how to control formatting with manage breaks. Learn about the difference between a break and master detail report.

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Using Webi with Squirrel to Run the Healthcare System: A Case Study – David Behr, USPI

One thing the pandemic has taught organizations is to leverage existing Business Intelligence tools, like BusinessObjects, while at the same time deploy new solutions quickly and with minimal resources. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in healthcare organizations who have experienced unprecedented changes in their day to day operations. This fascinating case study from the VP of BI at United Surgical Partners and Tenet Health, David Behr, shows how they were able to accomplish this remarkable feat using a combination of their installed BusinessObjects deployment cleverly combined with the Squirrel365 no-code, rapid application development tool to produce an incredible number of critical applications to help their organization through the pandemic.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | Top 10 Tips to Mastering the new Webi 4.3 UI – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol

Web Intelligence 4.3 is all HTML5 and with this big change came many changes to the layout of the user interface that we have become familiar with. There is a new look, new layout, new icons and new workflows for developing reports, but there is no need to worry. This session will cover 10 tips to help you master the new UI in no time.

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

Midwest Virtual BusinessObjects User Group Thursday, November 18th

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the Midwest Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, November 18th, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm CT.

You can stream the sessions from this user group below.

Agenda:

1:00 – 1:05 pm | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm | What’s New in BI 4.3 SP02 Part 2 – Samuel POLICHOUK – SAP

The eagerly awaited next version of BI 4.3, namely SP02, is due to be released in December and brings new functionality to Web Intelligence in addition to full parity for the current BI 4.2 version. This is likely to be the version the most BO customers will upgrade to in the next 12 months.

This is the second part of a 2-part session, presented by the Webi Product Group from SAP France, will showcase some of the new Webi features included in SP02 and demonstrate their usage in the all new Webi user interface.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | Developing Complex Master Detail Reports 4.2 Part 1 – Michael Ward – CTTS

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types, with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.2, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections. The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look. The user will also learn how to apply the many reporting functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports. Topics will include how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report, and link those blocks together. Navigating a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab will also be covered. . The use of input controls in a master detail report, as well as adding graphics such as stop lights will be covered.

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Developing Complex Master Detail Reports 4.2 Part 2 – Michael Ward – CTTS

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types, with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features of v4.2, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections. The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look. The user will also learn how to apply the many reporting functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports. Topics will include how to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report, and link those blocks together. Navigating a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab will also be covered. The use of input controls in a master detail report, as well as adding graphics such as stop lights will be covered.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | “A WEBI Dashboard – Pushing WEBI to its Limits” “A.K.A. – BusinessObjects Can Do That?!”
– A Case Study – Runali Ghosh, InfoSol and Luis Gonzalez – Director, Business Intelligence at Meritage

When the marketing team of a well-known home-builder organization approached their BI team to create a visually rich and highly interactive report to highlight key marketing metrics, the BI team chose to leverage their existing SAP BOE platform and Web Intelligence (WebI) to build a report that behaved like a dashboard. The “alpha” version of the Marketing Dashboard was received with a great amount of positive response by the business, and upon realizing its value, they submitted requests for additional elements and a plan to see it grow with subsequent phases.

The goal of the Marketing Dashboard was to provide guided navigation, starting with a high-level summary of four major KPIs at different org levels, and then drill down multiple levels to more granular detail. With “dashboards in WebI” becoming a noticeable trend, we will share with you some key aspects of developing the Marketing Dashboard, including:

  • The business data gaps being addressed
  • The compelling reason to choose WebI over other visualization tools
  • Design layout and approach
  • The key functionality of the dashboard (Demo)
  • Feedback from the business
  • Some of the techniques used to create unique interactive features
  • Challenges faced

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: How do you use the new Webi 4.3 UI

Let's Speak BO Webinar How do you use the new Webi 4.3 UI December 21 2021

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December 21st, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

It may not be an understatement to consider the recent SAP BI 4.3 release as a huge milestone. This comes entirely with the new FIORI-based interface for Web Intelligence and offers a modern and new experience for ad-hoc, operational reporting, and visually rich dashboards. While this is a great foundational step towards future analytics it is also quite a transition from the classic launchpad.  This session will summarize the main highlights of the new features and functionalities in order to use the new UI and develop WebI Reports.

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