Dallas BusinessObjects User Group – Friday October 4th, 2019

You are personally invited to join us at the Dallas BusinessObjects Users Group on Friday October 4th, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

Registration is free, but we ask that you please register below for count purposes:


The Colonnade – Conference Center – Lobby
15305 Dallas Pkwy
Addison, TX 75001

Parking Garage Available


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration (Free Breakfast Provided)    

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction      

9:00 – 10:00 am What Does Flying Look Like? – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

As Business Intelligence harnesses new technologies and capabilities and evolves towards more wonderful and limitless possibilities, many organizations are still struggling to figure out how to make that initial transformation from a very hungry caterpillar into a beautiful airborne butterfly and achieve the full potential that BI offers.   Paul Grill, InfoSol CEO and Business Intelligence guru, will share some of the amazing BI transformations he has seen in the last 12 months and what flying looks like for these organizations.   He will also provide a current update on the world of BusinessObjects and how this community continues to evolve and thrive beyond all expectations.

10:00 – 10:15am Break    

10:15 – 11:30am What’s New in v4.2 SP 7  – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will be a live demo highlighting the many new features of  v4.2 through SP 9.  Topics to include: Using HTML, Excel and Free Hand SQL as a data provider, Large numbers, grouping, Input Control enhancements, Prompt Variants, Grouped Input Controls, Shared Elements, Reference Cells, Calculation enhancements, Concurrent processing of queries, and merging on local variables  Changes within the service packs will also be addressed.

11:30– 12:30 pm Lunch: On Your Own     

12:30 – 1:15 pm How Patient Care is Intertwined with Analytics – Narmadhaa Surenthran, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Baylor Scott& White Medical Center at Frisco is a center of excellence for Spine Surgeries, Hip and Knee replacements and patient care is of utmost importance. To be able to do that we depend on Analytics to provide near real time data that can be acted upon. This in turn helps improve patient service, patient satisfaction and quality of care. Join us in our journey of how patient care is intertwined with Analytics at various stages of scheduling, registering, tracking patients during hospital stay and monitoring the quality of care they received. Our Dashboards also assist the leadership team to monitor volume and revenue generating areas in the hospital. Our Analytics is powered by SAP, Meditech BCA, Tableau* and InfoBurst.   This presentation will discuss our various projects relating to the Analytics used here at Baylor.

1:15 – 2:00 pm   Advanced Formatting II

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.  Learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look.  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 presentation will cover exporting a Master Detail Report to PDF and Excel.  Michael Ward, CTTS

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break    

02:15 – 3:00 pm The BI Dashboarding Dilemma for BusinessObjects

BI Dashboards continue to dominate as the solution of choice for self-service BI applications. SAP BO Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) along with Lumira will be phased out by SAP over the next few years as SAP focuses on its new Cloud based SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) platform which recently released its own dashboard capability. At the same time Web Intelligence has made major strides in offering dashboard functionality. SAP’s BI dashboarding strategy has been confusing for several years and many BusinessObjects customers have chosen to develop their BI dashboard in Tableau, Power BI or another tool or even create custom dashboards.  So what is the best choice for the BusinessObjects user?  This session will look at the pros and cons of the different options to help you make a more informed choice. Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

03:00 – 3:45 pm Excelling It In Web Intelligence

Learn about the variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. You will learn how to use Excel as a data provider, using Excel for a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, as a dynamic filer file, and other uses. There will be an in-depth look at how to properly import an Excel files, where to store the Excel file, and how to update an Excel file without breaking the Webi Document. You will also learn some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. that will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.       Michael Ward, CTTS.

03:45- 4:00 pm  Wrap-up

Please REGISTER for count purposes. Note: This event is not sponsored by SAP or ASUG. Presentations subject to change


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