Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group Meeting – Thursday, April 18th 2024

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You are personally invited to join us at the Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users Group on Thursday, April 18th, 2024 from 9:00am – 12:15pm. Hosted  and sponsored by SAP and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER BELOW for count purposes.

Location:

SAP Pittsburgh Office
271 N Shore Dr Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Parking: The closest lot is the Champions Garage ($9/day).  The lots and garages by Acrisure Stadium ($8/day).

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Breakfast 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Update 2024 – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

The SAP updated Statement of Direction for BI and BusinessObjects continues to be updated and the roadmap extended which is great news for all BusinessObjects customers. Bi 4.3 SP4 was released in December, and we are all excited to hear about and see what is coming in the next major release BI 2025.

This session will discuss this new roadmap and cover the key features that have been released with BI 4.3 SP04 and what to expect to see with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tools can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM How to Minimize Impacts of BusinessObjects Upgrades on Your Business – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

SAP has released a lot of Service Packs and Fix Packs for BusinessObjects over the last few years on top of major software releases. Most of these Service Packs have a lot of new functionality in addition to fixes which means a lot of new code which means more potential on your deployment. This session discusses what we have seen in terms of the impact of upgrading too soon and too often and how to potentially avoid application stability issues by taking a different approach to upgrades. Several real customer case studies will be included.

12:15 PM Raffle and Wrap Up

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Use of Icons and Images in Web Intelligence – and how it is much easier and more professional in 4.3

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Tuesday, May 7th at 10am PT/1pm ET

There have been a lot of improvements in the area of images and icons in Web Intelligence as part of its evolution towards dashboarding and data visualization in addition to its powerful reporting and ad-hoc query capabilities. In this session we will  build several reports showing creative ways to use ICONS in 4.3 and also ways of using images from a file or URL.

How to Register:

You can register on our new home for Let’s Speak BO, Plus.SpeakBO.com. You can sign up for a free account and then RSVP for the webinar here. After you RSVP you will automatically be registered for the webinar and will receive your unique join link from Zoom via email. Check your spam if you do not see it come through!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Why Converting Webi Reports to PowerBI is a Bad Idea

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Tuesday, April 2nd at 10am PT/1pm ET

There is really no way to migrate Web Intelligence reports to PowerBI and conversion is really more about re-creating the report in PowerBI than actually “converting” it.This session will showcase how a group of Web Intelligence Operational Reports were analyzed to determine that the only way they could be re-created in PowerBI was to create them as Paginated reports in Power BI Report builder.

The method of assessment to determine when to use Power Bi Desktop or Paginated Reports will be covered as well as a discussion on why operational reports are often times better left in Web Intelligence.

How to Register:

You can register on our new home for Let’s Speak BO, Plus.SpeakBO.com. You can sign up for a free account and then RSVP for the webinar here. After you RSVP you will automatically be registered for the webinar and will receive your unique join link from Zoom via email. Check your spam if you do not see it come through!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: How to implement multi-factor authentication in BusinessObjects

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Tuesday, March 5th at 10am PT/1pm ET

Enabling external access is on the rise and with it comes the need for greater security. Most users are familiar with multi-factor authentication for VPN and other applications.

Making a move to multi-factor authentication with BusinessObjects is becoming the more preferred method for signing on. Although possible in earlier versions, BusinessObjects has matured in this area, providing all the files needed for configuring by default in the new BI 4.3 installations.

How to Register:

You can register on our new home for Let’s Speak BO, Plus.SpeakBO.com. You can sign up for a free account and then RSVP for the webinar here. After you RSVP you will automatically be registered for the webinar and will receive your unique join link from Zoom via email. Check your spam if you do not see it come through!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: What’s New in Web Intelligence BI 4.3 SP04

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Tuesday, February 6th at 10am PT/1pm ET

Join us to see a live demo of the newest release of Web Intelligence 4.3 SP04. We will be showing off the latest features and additions, including enhancements to the Data mode options. Come see all the cool new stuff!

How to Register:

You can register on our new home for Let’s Speak BO, Plus.SpeakBO.com. You can sign up for a free account and then RSVP for the webinar here. After you RSVP you will automatically be registered for the webinar and will receive your unique join link from Zoom via email. Check your spam if you do not see it come through!

Ann Arbor BusinessObjects User Group – Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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You are personally invited to join us at the Ann Arbor BusinessObjects Users Group on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 from 9:00am – 1:05pm. Hosted by the University of Michigan and sponsored by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER for count purposes.

LOCATION:

4251 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-3640
Building 3

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Parking Map

Note: While the address is Plymouth Road, you will have to turn onto Earhart road to get to the parking lots.

AGENDA:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Bagels 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Solid for the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2025, that will run both on-premise and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.

This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 and SP04 along with what to expect with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:15 – 1:00 PM Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 3/4 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 3/4, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 3/4, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions. The functions will include:

  • Break
  • Sort/Custom Sort
  • Filter
  • Group
  • Rank
  • Advanced Calculations
  • Conditional Formatting

We will also include a look at new formatting options.

1:00 – 1:05pm Raffle and Wrap Up

Lansing Michigan BusinessObjects User Group – Tuesday, March 26 2024

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You are personally invited to join us at the Lansing Michigan BusinessObjects Users Group on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024 from 9:0am – 1:05pm. Hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER for count purposes.

LOCATION:

111 South Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI
Romney Building
Michigan Room – 1st Floor
State Employee ID or Driver’s License required to enter building.
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Parking Map
Note: Parking spots are on the map as V.

AGENDA:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Bagels 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Solid for the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2025, that will run both on-premise and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.

This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 and SP04 along with what to expect with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:15 – 1:00 PM Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 3/4 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 3/4, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 3/4, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions. The functions will include:

  • Break
  • Sort/Custom Sort
  • Filter
  • Group
  • Rank
  • Advanced Calculations
  • Conditional Formatting

We will also include a look at new formatting options.

1:00 – 1:05pm Raffle and Wrap Up

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Real World Examples of How Webi 4.3 SP03 New Filtering Capabilities Can Be Used

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Tuesday, January 9th at 10am PT/1pm ET

A look at some of the new filtering capabilities available with Web Intelligence 4.3 SP03 and how they can be used to make your life easier. This includes looking at the new filtering capability of Intra-document linking and also the InputControlFilter and ElementLinkingFilter functions recently added.

How to Register:

You can register on our new home for Let’s Speak BO, Plus.SpeakBO.com. You can sign up for a free account and then RSVP for the webinar here. After you RSVP you will automatically be registered for the webinar and will receive your unique join link from Zoom via email. Check your spam if you do not see it come through!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: The Importance of BI Metadata in BusinessObjects BI4

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Tuesday, November 7th at 10am PT/1pm ET

What’s BI metadata you ask? It’s the structures behind our reports such as formulas, queries, data providers and more that describe what information users see when exploring information and serve as the “DNA” of our analytics. Accelerating report development, migrating from on-premise to cloud based databases and even creating generative AI models are 3 exciting use cases we can drastically improve through better understanding and management of this BI metadata that we’ll discover more about during this presentation.

Presented by Atul Chowdhury, Infolytik

You can register on our new home for Let’s Speak BO, Plus.SpeakBO.com. You can sign up for a free account and then RSVP for the webinar here. After you RSVP you will automatically be registered for the webinar and will receive your unique join link from Zoom.

Los Angeles BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday, October 12th

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You are personally invited to join us at the information packed Los Angeles BusinessObjects Users Group meeting Thursday, October 12th from 9:30am – 2:00pm. Hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

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

Location:

Honda
1919 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501 USA
4th Floor Classroom
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Check in with front desk. Free visitor parking in front.

9:30 – 10:00 AM Registration + Coffee and Bagels 

10:00 – 10:45 AM BusinessObjects Solid for the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2024, that will run both on-premises and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports. This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 along with what is currently planned for SP04 and beyond.

10:45 – 11:30 AM Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:30 – 12:00 PM Networking Lunch

12:15 – 12:45 PM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:45 – 1:30 PM Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 2/3, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions. The functions will include: • Break • Sort/Custom Sort • Filter • Group • Rank • Advanced Calculations • Conditional Formatting Presentation will include best practices and tips and tricks.

1:30– 1:55 PM BusinessObjects Q&A

1:55 – 2:00pm Raffle and Wrap Up

Optional tour of Honda Museum