East Coast BusinessObjects User Group – May 6, 2021

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the East Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, May 6th, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm ET.

Attendance is FREE, however, you will need to register below to get access to the virtual user group via Zoom.


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

1:05 – 1:35 pm | Integrating Crystal and Webi as Reporting Solutions in Custom Apps – Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Join this session to find out some of the interesting ways to integrate Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence in Custom applications. A case study on how Crystal Reports is utilized by a city government to automate parking violations and code enforcement letters will be presented. This session will also cover tips and tricks for designing pixel perfect Crystal and Web Intelligence reports.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | Flattening Your Data in Web Intelligence – Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting
It’s one of the most common problems in Web Intelligence reports. You’ve got rows and rows of data that you want to condense and flatten into a more horizontal format that is easier for your end-users to consume. This session will demonstrate multiple solutions to pivot, flatten, and simplify the output of your Web Intelligence reports.

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Upgrading from BI4.2 to BI4.3 – Minith Patel, InfoSol

Join us for “behind the Scenes” on upgrading BO from 4.2 to 4.3. our resident admin expert will share his experience regarding what to expect, what’s new and how to perform a successful upgrade. This will be a great session for those who are keen to upgrade their BO platform and reap all the benefits from the latest version.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | Updating Excel Files: Don’t break the report – Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

Using Excel as a Dataprovider? Having problems with updating Excel files?
This live demo will show you how to bring in Excel files and properly update the document without breaking the report.
Demo will also give tips and tricks with Excel Dataproviders.

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

Midwest BusinessObjects User Group – April 22, 2021

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the Midwest Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm CT.


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

1:05 – 1:35 pm | The BI 4.3 Roadmap in Action – Gregory Botticchio and Christian AH-SOON, SAP

BI 4.3 SP1 was released in December and SP2 will be coming later this year. SAP will provide an overview of the new features in SP1 and what’s coming in SP2 along with a live demo.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | WaaDD (Webi as a Dazzling Dashboard) – Alan Anolik, Ontada by McKesson/Maven BI Group

While Web Intelligence has been traditionally seen as a BI reporting tool, more and more organizations are using it to create amazing and effective dashboards.

This eye-opening recently updated session will take you on a step by step journey on how to take existing Web Intelligence reports and transform them into beautiful, intricate, interactive and now Dazzling dashboards using many of the new features and capabilities available in the latest BI 4.2 release. Including integration of the Need4Viz add-on components.

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Geomapping in Webi  – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol

Mapping options in Web Intelligence have really improved in recent years .  The geographical database embedded in Web Intelligence provides easy geomapping options which allows for some fantastic data insights.  In addition, 3rd party addons take mapping insights to a whole new level.  This session will show how Web Intelligence interactive maps can help analyze information visually, quickly and provides valuable insights into your data.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | The Function Library: Formulas and Variables  – Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

We all create formulas and variables in our report. But did you realize you can build very complicated calculations utilizing the many functions in the function library? Whether it’s a string based, date based or numeric based calculations, there is a function for you. This live demo will highlight some of more frequently used functions!

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

West Coast BusinessObjects User Group – March 25, 2021

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You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, March 25th, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm PT.


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

1:05 – 1:35 pm | Why BI 4.3? – Gregory Botticchio and Pascal Gaulin, SAP

The new BusinessObjects release for the next decade, BI 4.3, was released last year and it has a lot of new features, as well as a completely new look and feel. Most existing customers are running BI 4.2 and quite happy with it, so when and why should they move to BI 4.3? SAP will deliver a fast paced overview of exactly why BI 4.3 is a “step up” for BusinessObjects and show some of the cool new features in action.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | The New Integrated Dashboards and BI Apps solution for BusinessObjects – Squirrel365 – Donald MacCormick, InfoSol Ltd.

For customers of SAP BusinessObjects, Squirrel365 is the perfect companion to deliver dashboards and BI applications integrated in your BusinessObjects system.  With the disappearance of SAP Dashboards / Xcelsius, Squirrel365 offers the only tightly integrated dashboarding solution for BusinessObjects. In this session you will see examples of interactive dashboards and BI applications from SalesForce and USPI and learn how you can:

• Connect quickly and easily directly to data in BusinessObjects
• Produce more Dashboards, more quickly, with more interactivity and for less cost
• Drive end-user adoption with actionable dashboards and BI apps
• Dramatically reduce dashboard development time and total cost of ownership

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Tableau with BusinessObjects – Bring out the Best of Both the Worlds – Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Learn why and how, Tableau with Business Objects is the best combination for enterprise BI. In this session, two customer case studies on leveraging BusinessObjects universes in Tableau will be discussed.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | The Power of Prompts  – Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This presentation/live demo will teach you how to create prompts in your document. It will include a detailed look at Prompt Properties and the many options, creating prompt variants in your document and some tips and tricks will be included as well.

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: The Magic of Breaks

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May 11th, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

This presentation provides an in-depth look at applying breaks to report blocks. Topics include:

  • Adding Single/Multiple Breaks
  • Adding Group Breaks
  • Managing Your Breaks
  • Removing redundant headers and footers
  • Value based breaks
  • Automatic subtotals when applying breaks
  • Other Break format options
  • Tips and tricks to get the most out of the Analysis Toolbar

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Recreating SQL “Partition By” with Web Intelligence to Display Detail Row and Aggregates Together

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April 13th, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Calculating aggregation at different levels to slice and dice data is a frequent requirement in the world of BI. Web Intelligence provides a very efficient method to perform aggregate calculations against not only different levels of granularity but also display them together. A very simple example will be to show the Revenue by City and by Country in the same table side by side in the same row. In this session, we will explore the different scopes and ways this capability can be utilized. This will also offer an alternate way to obtain the same result as “PARTITION BY” – a clause frequently used in SQL to achieve complex calculations related to aggregation. This clause divides a query’s result set into partitions. Although an option, Custom SQL is often not accessible to many WebI users and brings other challenges. Knowing the WebI technique will be a great addition to eliminate those limitations and extend your options for complex analytical calculations.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Creating Webi Dashboards that Blow Your Socks Off! Part 2

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March 30th, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

You ask for it, you got it! In response to requests for more Dashboarding tips, we’ve put together some detail on some of the other methods we often use in creating “Socks-off!” dashboards in Webi. We’ll cover a plethora of details on images and symbols as well as usage and limitations of the new Time Dimension feature. We’ll finish up the presentation with some lesser known chart formatting options in Webi to get to the final look and maximum meaning we want in our dashboards.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Solve Your Multiple Query Woes in BO by Using Dummy Universe Objects to Create Complex Unions

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March 2nd, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Miss the days of free hand SQL where you can just type union and go without having to merge dimensions between queries? With a little involvement from your Universe Design team and basic knowledge of object types you can create seamless unions in your WebI queries. In this presentation I’ll show you which “Dummy” objects to create and how to use them to streamline your query process.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Embedding Content – BusinessObjects and PowerBI

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April 27th, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Do you want to know how to embed BusinessObjects reports into PowerBI? And how to embed PowerBI Dashboards into BusinessObjects reports? Join this webinar where Rajesh Ponnurangam from Infosol will walk you through the step-by-step process for Content embedding with SAP BusinessObjects and Power BI.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Compare and Contrast Charts – WebI Vs Tableau

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March 16th, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

A chart transforms your data into Actionable insights. Do you want to know how Web Intelligence charts compare against Tableau? Join this webinar where Rajesh Ponnurangam from Infosol will compare the charting engines in Web Intelligence and Tableau.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Coexistence with BusinessObjects – Who does it best? Tableau or PowerBI?

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February 16th, 2021 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Interested in Visualizing BusinessObjects data in Tableau or PowerBI? Find out why more than 50% of BusinessObjects customers in the US are also using Tableau or PowerBI. This session will cover creating a visualization in Tableau and PowerBI along with how they can be integrated with BusinessObjects to create optimal BI solutions.