Miami BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday October 4th, 2018

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You are personally invited to join us at the Miami BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 from 8:30am – 4:00pm hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.  Attendance is free; however, we do ask that you register for count purposes.


3000 NW 107th Avenue
ROOM: Private Cafeteria
Miami, FL 33172

Parking is located in the south parking lot – please follow the security guards directions. Perry Ellis will provide shuttle service from the south lot to the main Entrance


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

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction / IBIS update

9:00 – 10:00 am  A BusinessObjects Love Affair, Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

While other BI Solutions seem to come and go, BusinessObjects remains as beautiful and desirable as ever. So why does this love affair continue to burn in our hearts as passionately as the first time we met this amazingly gorgeous Business Intelligence solution?  InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, will share his thoughts on why we love BusinessObjects so much and why this love affair continues to thrive as well as show how organizations around the world are harnessing its power to create solutions that see beyond their everyday challenges.

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15-11:00 am

Excelling It in WebIntelligence v4.2, Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide the user with a variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. It will include using Excel as a data provider, using Excel for a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, as a dynamic filer file, and other uses.  It will include 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.  It will also include some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. It will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

11:00 – 11:45 am Are You Afraid to Try Updating Tired Old Universes? It’s a Snap – Really!   Mona Fox, Perry Ellis Int’l

Many organizations have universes that have not been updated in years or even decades! This session discusses what we found at our company, Perry Ellis, and what we learned in the process of updating them.   After doing an assessment and integrity check on a universe we found tables that have lost their names, tables that have new columns, outdated joins, objects that are broken etc.  We had to determine how much work needed to be done or whether it was better to rebuild as well as decide to convert it to UNX or leave it as a UNV.  We will share our experiences and lessons learned that may help you with your universes.

11:45– 12:45 pm Lunch:  On Your Own    

12:45 – 1:30 pm  The Future of BusinessObjects Dashboards, Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

Business Intelligence Dashboards remain the dominant way we deliver Business Intelligence applications. While a picture speaks a thousand words, a dashboard delivers a thousand visual insights. For the longest time, BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) dominated and is still prevalent with its HTML5 runtime. Web Intelligence is improving its dashboard capabilities with each new service pack and SAP is looking to develop new dashboard solutions in the cloud while many BusinessObjects customers have turned to Tableau, PowerBI and other BI data visualizations. BusinessObjects customers have a lot of choices and this session will discuss the pros and cons of each to help you both better understand and see the possibilities.

01:30 – 2:30 pm Using Shared Projects in IDT for Multiple Universe Designers, Luisa Vega, Perry Ellis Int’l

This presentation will focus to provide information on How to collaborate with other Universe Designers on Creating and Modifying Universes using “Shared Project” in IDT.

02:30 – 2:45 pm Break   

02:45 – 3:30 pm 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.  The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Blocks at different levels to give reports a more dashboard like look.  An example of inserting a Stop light as part of conditional formatting will be included.   The user will 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.  All topics covered will be through live demonstrations of the product, as well as interactive sessions with the user

03:30 pm Wrap-up

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