Grand Rapids BusinessObjects User Group – Friday, October 25th, 2019

You are personally invited to join us at the Grand Rapids BusinessObjects Users Group on Friday, October 25th, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

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


Herman Miller
Main Auditorium
855 East Main Street
Zeeland, MI 49464

Free parking available right outside the building.


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

8:30 – 8:45 am Introduction / IBIS update

8:45 – 9:45 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.

9:45-10:30am 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.

10:30 – 10:45am Break

10:45 – 11:45am Discover SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 – Pascal Gaulin, SAP France

Learn about the content of the next SAP BusinessObjects release. Whether you are an existing Web Intelligence user or just curious about the many possibilities of the most popular Enterprise reporting platform on the market, take this opportunity to see a live demo of the new features and improvements planned in BI 4.3.

11:45– 12:45pm Lunch: On Your Own

12:45 – 1:30 pm BusinessObjects Co-Existence with Tableau, PowerBI and More – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc

More than 50% of existing BusinessObjects customers use at least one other BI tool in addition to the tools in BusinessObjects. Using thebest tool for the job makes a lot of sense in today’s competitive and fast-changing business landscape .
The most popular BI tool used with BusinessObjects is Tableau followed by Microsoft’s PowerBI. This session will talk about different use cases for using these tools and others with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment.

1:30 – 2:15pm Advanced Formatting II – 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. 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.

2:15 – 2:30pm Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm What would you like to see in Web Intelligence ? An influence Session – Pascal Gaulin, SAP France

Whether you want more dashboarding functionalities or run your existing Webi reports in the cloud, take the opportunity of this Customer Influence session to voice your most wanted features in the future releases of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence.

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

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