Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users Group – Thursday, March 26, 2015

Registration is now open for the next Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users Group meeting.  The meeting will be held on Thursday March 26, 2015 at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh Campus.  This meeting will be co-located with the ASUG Pittsburgh Chapter and in coordination with the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business Supply Chain Management Organization.

Attendance:  Free – Advanced Registration Required. Email your name, company, phone number, email address, company address, and which BusinessObjects products you use or plan to use to: info@pghboug.org

Parking:  We recommend you park at the Soldiers and Sailors Parking Lot on Bigelow Boulevard

Registration:  If you plan to attend, please reply to this email and let me know the names of the people from your organization who will be attending.  It is important to register in advance so we can have an accurate count for the food and preparation.

ASUG Members:  If you plan to attend, please let me know if you have also registered on the ASUG webpage.  We need to know so that we don’t include you twice in the count for the caterer.

On-site Wireless:  If you need wireless access to the internet while at the meeting, you must let me know in advance so that your guest account can be setup before the meeting date.


08:00 – 08:30  Registration and Breakfast

08:30 – 08:45  Welcome & Announcements – Mark Hopkins, Tammy Datri

08:45 – 09:00  Pitt Center for Supply Chain Management Overview – Prakash Mirchandani, Pitt Center for Supply Chain Management

09:00 – 09:45  BusinessObjects Enhancer Series – Jared Ellwein, CATCH Intelligence

09:45 – 10:00  Break

10:00 – 11:00  Predictive Analytics (Acting on Big Data & Extending Insights, Use Cases & Demo) – Mark Floersch & Jared Ellwein, CATCH Intelligence

11:00 – 12:00  Using BusinessObjects BI Solutions to Improve Supply Chain Management  – Paul Grill, Infosol

12:00 – 01:00  Birds of a Feather Lunch

01:00 – 02:00  UNV or UNX?  What every Developer Needs to Know to Decide When to Convert Universes – Jared Ellwein, CATCH Intelligence

02:00 – 03:00  Turbocharged BI Mobile Dashboards Paul Grill, Infosol

03:00 – 03:15   Grane Healthcare BI 4.1 Upgrade Status – Tammy Datri, Grane Healthcare

03:15 – 03:30   General announcements (IBIS, SABOC, ASUG BusinessObjects SIG, openSAP, SAP Influence Opportunities)

03:30 – 04:00   Question & Answers, Best Practices, Comments (Open Discussion)

04:00 – 04:15   Wrap-up and Giveaways – PGHBOUG Steering Committee & ASUG Chapter


ASUG  Chapter Agenda

08:00 – 08:30  Registration and Breakfast

08:30 – 08:45  Welcome & Announcements – Mark Hopkins, Tammy Datri

08:45 – 09:00  Pitt Center for Supply Chain Management Overview – Prakash Mirchandani, Pitt Center for Supply Chain Management

09:00 – 09:45  the Impact of Culture on a Global Enterprise System Implementation – Jim Kimpel, Katz Graduate School of Business

09:45 – 10:00  Break

10:00 – 11:00  Westinghouse’s Cloud for Travel Implementation – Jon Miller and Lauren Brady, Westinghouse

11:00 – 12:00  How to get your Customer Voice Heard Through ASUG and SAP Influence Programs – Stefan Kneis, SAP

12:00 – 01:00  Birds of a Feather Lunch

01:00 – 02:00  SAP Business Suite 4 HANA in a Nutshell – Stefan Kneis, SAP

02:00 – 03:00  SAP Chemical Exchange and Tolls Processing – Ann Pavone, Axiall & Rebecca Slomski, Price Waterhouse Coopers

03:00 – 04:00   TBD

04:00 – 04:15   Wrap-up and Giveaways – PGHBOUG Steering Committee & ASUG Chapter


PGHBOUG Next Meeting – TBD (July 16/23/30, 2015) at FedEx Ground, Moon Township


BusinessObjects Enhancer Series – Jared Ellwein – CTO, CATCH Intelligence

Discover how our BusinessObjects Enhancer Series can dramatically increase productivity with ease of use, more control and additional functionality!

BI Portal, BI2GO, CMS Enhanced Auditing, Back-up Butler, Dash Spaces and Query Platter Presented by:

Predictive Analytics (part 1) – Mark Floersch, CEO, CATCH Intelligence

Anticipate business changes and transform the way your business thinks about your customers, services, and competitive advantage. We’ll open the door and show you how to act on big data, while extending insights across the business.

Predictive Analytics Demo (part  2) – Jared Ellwein, CTO, CATCH Intelligence

Experience the benefits of predictive analytics. See predictive in action with use cases and demos that focus on fraud, churn and much more.

Using BusinessObjects BI Solutions to Improve Supply Chain Management, Paul Grill, President, InfoSol

Business Intelligence is changing the way we look at every aspect of our business or operation. One area where it has enormous impact is Supply Chain Management.

This session will present and discuss three recent case studies of how using the BusinessObjects BI tools in supply chain management processes brought about remarkable positive change and results. This will include a global mining company that implemented a spend analytics solution resulting in tens of millions of dollars in annual savings.

Paul Grill, CEO and Founder of InfoSol, will share his passion and vision for BI applications and demonstrate examples of what is possible when big imaginations create limitless business intelligence applications that make a positive difference in people’s lives.

UNV or UNX?  What every Developer needs to know to decide when to convert universes – Jared Ellwein, CTO, CATCH Intelligence

So your company is upgrading to BI 4.1 – do you have to upgrade the UNV Universes to UNX? With the release of Information Design Tool (IDT) developers are left with the challenge of determining the value and need of converting to UNX or moving to SAP connectors for WebI as well as determining why and how.  In this session, learn the what, when, and how to upgrade your environment in order to be successful in the future and to allow growth in your changing organization.  Learn what to expect and what obstacles you will face during your migration and conversion process to UNX Universes.

Turbocharged Mobile  BI Dashboards for the Masses – Paul Grill, President, InfoSol

It has taken a while for the adoption of BI applications on mobile devices for a variety of reasons but now it is possible to create custom mobile BI dashboards applications without coding that can handle large amounts of data with excellent response times.

Xcelsius Dashboards (aka SAP BO Dashboards) have been hugely successful as both the visual interface of many BI solutions as well as delivering complete BI applications. In the latest release of BI 4.1 and Dashboards 4, it is now possible to generate the dashboards in HTML5 and deploy them to both mobile and Web. When this is combined with intelligent data caching, the result is amazing and fast mobile BI applications.

In this enlightening session, we will look at this new capability and show example case studies of some of the turbocharged mobile applications in action.

3 Key Learning Points

  1. Learn the capabilities of Xcelsius HTML5 generated dashboards
  2. Understand how data caching can improve the performance of Xcelsius Dashboards
  3. See how organizations are using mobile Xcelsius dashboards

How to get your Customer Voice Heard Through ASUG and SAP Influence Programs – Stefan Kneis, Vice President, Products and Information Services, SAP

ASUG and SAP have developed a high-impact collaboration regarding how to provide SAP customer feedback and input to the SAP product teams.  Direct input and feedback from user groups is essential for SAP to validate market trends and product spaces, specify and test new versions of SAP solutions, and improve the solutions in productive use.   You will learn in this session about the different avenues of ASUG Influence and how your company is able to participate.

SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA in a Nutshell – Stefan Kneis, Vice President, Products and Information Services, SAP

SAP S/4HANA is SAP’s next generation business suite designed to help you run simple in a digital and networked world.  This new suite is built on SAP’s advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized user experience with SAP Fiori.  Deployable in the cloud or on-premise, SAP S/4HANA is built to drive instant value across lines of business and industries with the ultimate in sophistication: simplicity.  Learn in this session about the current product roadmap, key features and the various deployment options.

SAP Chemical Exchange and Tolls Processing – Ann Pavone, Axiall and Rebecca Slomski, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Chemical companies use exchange and toll agreements to

  • Expand into markets where no infrastructure exists
  • Reduce transportation costs where infrastructure is limited

The order and fulfillment processing in SAP and the accounting reconciliation requires significant process control and tight integration between sales, logistics and accounting.

Speaker Biographies

Presenter:  Paul Grill

Company:  InfoSol,  We’re passionate about inspired business intelligence

Short Bio:  Paul Grill started his career in Information Technology in the U.K. in 1978, as an Executive Data Processing Trainee for Honeywell. More than thirty years later, he still has a voracious appetite for learning as Information Technology continues to advance at an ever accelerating pace. He was first introduced to the world of Business Intelligence in 1991, in France, when he saw a demonstration of an early version of BusinessObjects on Windows 2.1. He returned to the U.S. to rave about this phenomenal product, but it was many years before BusinessObjects made it into the mainstream. Paul founded InfoSol in 1997, and made Business Intelligence one of the key solutions offered by the company. Today, InfoSol is a leading SAP BusinessObjects solutions partner, known for its expert consulting, education and innovative add-on solutions. Paul is well known within the SAP BusinessObjects community for his extensive knowledge of Business Intelligence, and he has lectured and written many articles on the subject. Paul enjoys writing, running and coaching kids soccer, and is passionate about Ancient Egyptology.


Presenter:  Mark Floersch

Company:  Catch Intelligence,  a Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Warehouse consulting firm

Short Bio:  Mark Floersch is the CEO and Founder of Catch Intelligence (formerly People Services or PSC).  Catch Intelligence is a leading edge Business Intelligence software and consulting firm based in Omaha Nebraska.  Catch Intelligence has implemented over 400 Enterprise Business Intelligence systems and has over one hundred thousand users using the BI systems they have implemented.  Our challenge and opportunity is to help customers “Lead by Knowing”…..leading their organization with the right knowledge to make the right decisions to improve performance.   We help our customers perform at world class levels.  Catch Intelligence makes a difference in the community through various “Caring Hands” programs including the Sudanese Outreach Project and Mater Filius, A house in South Omaha for unwed mothers.  Mark graduated from UNO’s MIS program in 1990.  Mark and his wife, Stacey, have been blessed with seven children.


Presenter:  Jared Ellwein

Company:  Catch Intelligence,  a Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Warehouse consulting firm

Short Bio: Jared Ellwein is the CTO of CATCH Intelligence (formerly People Services Center or PSC).  Jared joined Mark and Stacey at the onset of the company 15 years ago.  His focus from the start has been Business Intelligence.  He has been certified on the Crystal product line since version 8.5 and the Business Objects products since version 6.5, along with Microsoft certifications.  Jared has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration and has been applying technology to solve business problems for almost 20 years.  After working on dozens of projects as a consultant for clients across various industries, Jared took on the leadership role at Catch Intelligence and is now leading the teams that develop and support the software products that are sold, as well as supporting the consulting teams.


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