Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Moving on from Xcelsius

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December 8th, 2020 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Learn how to unstuck yourself from Xcelsius and move onto other dashboarding solutions in a BO or non-BO environment. Witness our journey past Xcelsius by exploring conversion of our Xcelsius dashboards to other solutions like Tableau, Microstratergy and Squirrel. We will address each conversion and talk about what drove us to use a specific tool.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Embedding Content: BusinessObjects and Tableau

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November 10th, 2020 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Do you want to know how to embed BusinessObjects reports into Tableau? And how to embed Tableau worksheets 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 Tableau.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Creating Webi Dashboards that Blow Your Socks off!

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October 13th, 2020 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Taking inspiration from the 2020 Most Valuable Dashboard award winning dashboard, we will show some amazing techniques to creating dashboards in Web Intelligence.  This session will cover out the box Webi features as well as some third-party add-on components to make stunning visual dashboards.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Archiving and Retrieving Scheduled Instances

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October 27th, 2020 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Without limits on folders, copies of scheduled report results (instances) are saved to the repository forever. Even with limits, many BusinessObjects environments are experiencing instance overload that can reduce performance and index time. When migrating to a new version these instances can take a migration job from simple and quick to complex and slow. In this presentation we will walk through the steps to archive instances that will allow you to still retrieve an instance when needed. If you have a pesky instance problem, or want a way to avoid developing one, join us with your questions, input and shared experience.

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West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday, September 24th, 2020 @ 1:00pm PT

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, September 24th, 2020 running from 1:00pm to 4:30pm CT.

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

1:00 – 1:05 pm PT | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm PT | 30 New Features in BI 4.2 in 30 Minutes – Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc

Get to know the detail level product overview of what is new in BI 4.2 and the reasons to upgrade your current BI systems to 4.2. This session covers 30 latest features in bi 4.2 which will be helpful for your entire organization, including, but not limited to, BO Administrators, Universe Designers, Report Developers and Business Users. If we have time, we will aim for 45.

1:35 – 2:05 pm PT | Magic of Breaks: Part 2 – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to rank based on subtotals.  Learn how to display only the most current row of data based on a break.   Learn how to control formatting with manage breaks.  Learn about the difference between a break and master detail report.

2:05 – 2:15 pm PT | Break

2:15 – 2:45 pm PT | What You Need to Know to Transition Your Users to the New Webi 4.3 – Runali Ghosh, InfoSol Inc

It may not be an understatement to consider the recent SAP BI 4.3 release as a huge milestone. This comes entirely with the new FIORI-based interface and offers a modern and new experience for ad-hoc and operational reporting as well as designing visually rich dashboards with Web Intelligence. While this is a great foundational step towards future analytics it is also quite a transition from the classic launchpad.  This session will summarize the key usability and functionality changes that Webi consumers and developers would potentially come across while transitioning from WebI 4.2 to 4.3.

2:45 – 3:15 pm PT | Adding Conditional Formatting and Stop Lights to Your Webi Report – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to enhance your reports by adding conditional formatting to your report.  Learn how to add stop lights to make your report really stand out.

3:15 – 3:25 pm PT| Break

3:25 – 3:55 pm PT| Adding A Marquee/Background to your Webi Reports – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to add a marquee that will flash across the screen when added to your report tab.

Learn what must be setup through the CMC to enable this feature.  Learn how to create the formula/variable to contain the Marquee text. Learn how to format the cell to HTML to enable this feature.

3:55 – 4:25 pm PT| Designing and Building a COVID-19 PPE Dashboard Fast – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc

Learn how we quickly put together an operational dashboard for showing key metrics tracking PPE during the COVID19 Crisis.  Swift dashboard development to meet relevant needs is what is in demand.

4:25 – 4:30 pm PT| Raffle

Midwest Virtual BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday, September 17th, 2020 @ 1:00pm CT

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the Midwest Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, September 17th, 2020 running from 1:00pm to 4:30pm CT.

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

1:00 – 1:05 pm CT | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm CT | BusinessObjects for a New Decade – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc

We have just started a new decade and already the world is dramatically different to anything we have seen or experienced before.

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly shown the importance of data and business intelligence and, with an inevitable global financial recession and recovery, BI will be even more significant.

BusinessObjects remains the most widely used BI suite in the world today and will continue to play a large role in the foreseeable future of BI. A brand-new version, BI 4.3, is just being released and this will become the BusinessObjects standard of this new decade. There is a lot to be excited about with this new version but, then, there has always been a lot to celebrate with BusinessObjects.

Paul Grill, CEO of InfoSol, will present his optimistic, and always entertaining, view of where he sees BusinessObjects heading in this new decade.

1:35 – 2:05 pm CT | Moving on from Xcelsius with Squirrel365 – John Z and Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc

Learn how to convert existing Xcelsius dashboards using Squirrel365 from simple to complex. We will show conversion examples and the steps to make the Squirrel version ‘walk & talk’ like the original Xcelsius Dashboard. We will also discuss tips and tricks to show workarounds for possible encountered conversion issues.

2:05 – 2:15 pm CT | Break

2:15 – 2:45 pm CT | Magic of Breaks: Part 1 – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in depth look at the Break Function.  Learn how to apply a single break as well as multiple breaks to a report block.    Learn how to manage breaks to control display of headings and footings.  Learn how to apply a value-based break. Learn how to control page breaks through the break function.  See how calculations are applied when adding breaks to a report.  Learn how to control calculations when applied to a break.

2:45 – 3:15 pm CT | Building Calculations in Webi – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide a look at how to create a variety of calculations from simple arithmetic to complex If Then Else expressions utilizing the Inlist function.  It will include creating formulas, variables and how to convert a formula to a variable. It will include a variety of examples of how to utilize the function library of pre-built in functions.  Presentation includes examples of creating universe-based objects instead of a report based calculations, and the many advantages it provides.  It will also include best practices when building calculations.

3:15 – 3:25 pm CT| Break

3:25 – 3:55 pm CT| Creating Webi Dashboards that Blow Your Socks off! – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc

Taking inspiration from the 2020 Most Valuable Dashboard award winning dashboard, we will show some amazing techniques to creating dashboards in Web Intelligence.  This session will cover out the box Webi features as well as some third-party add-on components to make stunning visual dashboards.

3:55 – 4:25 pm CT| Power Of Excel Files In Webi – 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 include some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. It will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

4:25 – 4:30 pm CT| Raffle

East Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group – September 10th, 2020 @ 1PM ET

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the East Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, September 10th, 2020 running from 1:00pm to 4:30pm ET.

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

1:00 – 1:05 pm ET | Welcome & Announcements

1:05 – 1:35 pm ET | Automating BusinessObjects Regression Testing – Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc

Learn during a live demo on how BusinessObjects reports can be run and tested in bulk via an automated process. Once this process is setup it can be used for Regression testing of BO Applications and also in various other scenarios. Real case study and more info on process setup will be shared in this session.

1:35 – 2:05 pm ET | The Analysis Tab: Your Best Friend – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation provides an in depth look at the analysis tab and the many features it offers.

It will include all the options on the analysis toolbar. Learn how to manage your local filters, and the difference between local filters, query filters, and input controls.  Learn how to manage your breaks for effectively, including removing redundant headers, and breaking on values.

It will include adding sorts, and managing custom sorts.  The incredible Group feature will also be presented. Learn how to rank your report several ways!  How to manage calculations in the block will be covered, including the new automatic creation of subtotals when applying breaks

It will include tips and tricks when utilizing the Analysis toolbar.

2:05 – 2:15 pm ET | Break

2:15 – 2:45 pm ET | A Gazillion Examples of Web Intelligence enhancements with HTML – Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc

Animate your logo or add cool buttons or bring in google maps or use scalable images or auto–refresh your screen or……!  There are so many cool things you can do with HTML and CSS and easy java–scripts that we thought we’d throw a bunch of examples in a bucket and let you have at it.  Whether it is dashboarding or just a fresh coat of paint you are looking for, we have the gems to get you excited about taking the power of Webi with your data and making it POP!

2:45 – 3:15 pm ET | Managing Your Merging – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will provide an in depth look at how to add multiple data providers within a single document, including universes, Excel, Text and Free Hand SQL. It will include how to properly merge dimensions and the many merge options available.  There will be a section on utilizing Excel files as a data provider, and how to import and Excel file, as well as properly update an Excel file already being utilized in a document. It will also include merging on local variables.   Presentation will include tips and tricks and best practices.

3:15 – 3:25 pm ET| Break

3:25 – 3:55 pm ET| Leveraging BuisnessObjects and Tableau for Maximum Benefit – Heather Rapetti, InfoSol Inc

With almost half of BusinessObjects customers in the U.S. also using Tableau, it makes sense to leverage the best of both tools to maximize your BI investment. There are many ways to do this from intelligently mapping Web Intelligence content into Tableau, to accessing BusinessObjects from Tableau to merging and publishing combined content from both BusinessObjects and Tableau. This session will show all these integration capabilities and discuss how many organizations are effectively using them

3:55 – 4:25 pm ET| Layering Your Reports and Charts With Input Controls – Michael Ward, CTTS

Learn how to build a customized drop-down selection window in Web Intelligence using input controls and local variables.  Learn how to build  two report blocks and two chart blocks all on the same report tab.  Learn how to display only the single block requested in the drop-down menu, hiding all the other block type.  Demo will include an ALL option that will display all 4 blocks at the same time.  Learn how to add a marquee feature that flashes a message across the top of the report tab based on the menu selection.  Learn how to utilize other formatting options including a background image.

4:25 – 4:30 pm ET| Raffle

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: WAAD (Webi as a Dashboard)

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September 29th, 2020 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

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.

This eye-opening session will take you on a step by step journey on how to take existing Web Intelligence reports and transform them into beautiful, intricate, and interactive dashboards using many of the new features and capabilities available in the latest BI 4.2 release. Including integration of data viz.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: IDT Special Features Part Three

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September 15th, 2020 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

In this session we will continue to explore IDT features in depth with more time to cover the mountain of questions that we received in our previous sessions. Key feature focus will be Creating Filters, Parameters, Prompts, Navigation Paths and if time permits a bit more about HTML or hyperlink objects. This session will be delivered by our expert Minith Patel. Be sure to bring your questions as we will be dedicating more time for these features in this segment.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Building Custom BI Dashboards

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September 1st, 2020 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

For small to large companies, the BI market offers a great number of tools that are available both as embedded versions and cloud-based (Software-as-a-Service) technologies. Although It’s possible to find solutions that cover nearly any kind of industry-specific data analysis with flexible possibilities, there are great advantages to developing a custom web based dashboard. Based on the requirements, your industry type, the size, and needs of your business, you will be able to understand whether you are ready to or should invest in a custom BI tool.