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.

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


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 | How McKesson is Using Enhanced Webi Dashboards to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Distributions – 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. In this session we’ll show you how McKesson is using Web Intelligence with Need4Viz add-on components to track vaccine distribution in real time and analyze historical trends.

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

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.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Intuitive Report filtering with Element Linking

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February 2nd, 2021 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Setting up Element Linking in Webi Reports is easy and can greatly expand your on-report filtering options. From “dashboard” like menu selectors to chart “drilling”, this often overlooked functionality in Webi is a cool tool for the Webi report developer. This session will show creative ways of using Element Linking to drive decisions and expand insights in Web Intelligence.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: IDT Special Features: Context

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January 19th, 2021 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

You asked and we listened, Join us for our continued IDT educational series delivered by Minith Patel. This session will focus on the concept of “Context” via IDT tool, examples will be provided on how to setup different type of contexts, when to use it, why it can be a good option. This will touch core concept of performing efficient data modeling in the Semantic layer of BusinessObjects….a must attend session for those who are learning about universe design.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Building a Data Warehouse BI Solution in the Cloud in 9 Months from Scratch

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January 5th, 2021 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

This session will cover the challenges and lessons learned of delivering a new modern DW/BI system in just 9 months. We will cover all angles of the project such as methodology, architecture, design, technologies used and the actual deliverables. As well-doing all this during the current work environment of COVID-19.