East Coast BusinessObjects User Group – May 6, 2021

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the East Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, May 6th, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm ET.

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

Agenda:

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

1:05 – 1:35 pm | Integrating Crystal and Webi as Reporting Solutions in Custom Apps – Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Join this session to find out some of the interesting ways to integrate Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence in Custom applications. A case study on how Crystal Reports is utilized by a city government to automate parking violations and code enforcement letters will be presented. This session will also cover tips and tricks for designing pixel perfect Crystal and Web Intelligence reports.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | Flattening Your Data in Web Intelligence – Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting
It’s one of the most common problems in Web Intelligence reports. You’ve got rows and rows of data that you want to condense and flatten into a more horizontal format that is easier for your end-users to consume. This session will demonstrate multiple solutions to pivot, flatten, and simplify the output of your Web Intelligence reports.

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Upgrading from BI4.2 to BI4.3 – Minith Patel, InfoSol

Join us for “behind the Scenes” on upgrading BO from 4.2 to 4.3. our resident admin expert will share his experience regarding what to expect, what’s new and how to perform a successful upgrade. This will be a great session for those who are keen to upgrade their BO platform and reap all the benefits from the latest version.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | Updating Excel Files: Don’t break the report – Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

Using Excel as a Dataprovider? Having problems with updating Excel files?
This live demo will show you how to bring in Excel files and properly update the document without breaking the report.
Demo will also give tips and tricks with Excel Dataproviders.

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

Midwest BusinessObjects User Group – April 22, 2021

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the Midwest Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm CT.

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

Agenda:

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

1:05 – 1:35 pm | The BI 4.3 Roadmap in Action – Gregory Botticchio and Christian AH-SOON, SAP

BI 4.3 SP1 was released in December and SP2 will be coming later this year. SAP will provide an overview of the new features in SP1 and what’s coming in SP2 along with a live demo.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | How McKesson is Using Enhanced Webi Dashboards to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Distributions – Alan Anolik, Ontada by McKesson/Maven BI Group

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. In this session we’ll show you how McKesson is using Web Intelligence with Need4Viz add-on components to track vaccine distribution in real time and analyze historical trends.

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Geomapping in Webi  – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol

Mapping options in Web Intelligence have really improved in recent years .  The geographical database embedded in Web Intelligence provides easy geomapping options which allows for some fantastic data insights.  In addition, 3rd party addons take mapping insights to a whole new level.  This session will show how Web Intelligence interactive maps can help analyze information visually, quickly and provides valuable insights into your data.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | The Function Library: Formulas and Variables  – Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

We all create formulas and variables in our report. But did you realize you can build very complicated calculations utilizing the many functions in the function library? Whether it’s a string based, date based or numeric based calculations, there is a function for you. This live demo will highlight some of more frequently used functions!

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

West Coast BusinessObjects User Group – March 25, 2021

Back to BOUG Overview

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the West Coast Virtual BusinessObjects User Group meeting Thursday, March 25th, 2021 running from 1:00pm to 3:30pm PT.

Agenda:

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

1:05 – 1:35 pm | Why BI 4.3? – Gregory Botticchio and Pascal Gaulin, SAP

The new BusinessObjects release for the next decade, BI 4.3, was released last year and it has a lot of new features, as well as a completely new look and feel. Most existing customers are running BI 4.2 and quite happy with it, so when and why should they move to BI 4.3? SAP will deliver a fast paced overview of exactly why BI 4.3 is a “step up” for BusinessObjects and show some of the cool new features in action.

1:35 – 2:05 pm | The New Integrated Dashboards and BI Apps solution for BusinessObjects – Squirrel365 – Donald MacCormick, InfoSol Ltd.

For customers of SAP BusinessObjects, Squirrel365 is the perfect companion to deliver dashboards and BI applications integrated in your BusinessObjects system.  With the disappearance of SAP Dashboards / Xcelsius, Squirrel365 offers the only tightly integrated dashboarding solution for BusinessObjects. In this session you will see examples of interactive dashboards and BI applications from SalesForce and USPI and learn how you can:

• Connect quickly and easily directly to data in BusinessObjects
• Produce more Dashboards, more quickly, with more interactivity and for less cost
• Drive end-user adoption with actionable dashboards and BI apps
• Dramatically reduce dashboard development time and total cost of ownership

2:05 – 2:20 pm | Break

2:20 – 2:50 pm | Tableau with BusinessObjects – Bring out the Best of Both the Worlds – Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol

Learn why and how, Tableau with Business Objects is the best combination for enterprise BI. In this session, two customer case studies on leveraging BusinessObjects universes in Tableau will be discussed.

2:50 – 3:20 pm | The Power of Prompts  – Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

This presentation/live demo will teach you how to create prompts in your document. It will include a detailed look at Prompt Properties and the many options, creating prompt variants in your document and some tips and tricks will be included as well.

3:20 – 3:30 pm | Raffle

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

Better BI, SAP 4.3 Preview and Simpler Migration with Red Olive and InfoSol – Virtual Event – April 23rd

With SAP 4.3 on the horizon, join us for a virtual event and find out what the latest developments will be with Red Olive, SAP and InfoSol. Learn about smarter reporting tools, better Business Intelligence and enhanced migration and integration, which will help you increase productivity.

Whether you are an existing user or just curious about the new features in SAP 4.3, take this opportunity to see a live demo of the latest improvements planned in BI 4.3 in our virtual event. 

April 23rd at 3pm BST/7am PT/10 am ET

Register here

Agenda:

3:00 – 3:20 pm | Smarter and Faster Migration – David Searro, Red Olive

With SAP 4.3 on the horizon, many businesses are already considering how and when they will move to the next version, but this is not without its issues. Migrating can take a huge amount of time and there can be many difficulties along the way that can be challenging to an organisation. Red Olive has developed a rapid migration approach, to speed up the migration and make it relatively pain-free.

3:20 – 3:50 pm | Maximising Your BusinessObjects Investment – Customer Case Study – Paul Grill, Infosol and Hazel Rasion, Lead SAP engineer, Hermes

While BusinessObjects remains the most widely used Business Intelligence suite in the world, organisations using it are not always maximising its potential in terms of getting its valuable content into the hands of the right people. This fascinating session will show how Hermes is pushing its BusinessObjects content to the masses and getting a great return on value in the process.

3:50 – 4:20 pm | Discover SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 – Grégory Botticchio, SAP

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 BusinessObjects 4.3.

4:20 – 4:30 pm | Q & A

Cancelled – Miami BusinessObjects Users Group – Friday, May 15th, 2020

Cancelled!

You are personally invited to join us at the Miami BusinessObjects Users Group on Friday, May 15th from 8:30am – 4:00pm.

LOCATION

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

Parking: 

Parking is in the south parking lot. Follow 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 – 9:45am BusinessObjects For a New Decade – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

A major new release of BusinessObjects will be available in 2020 that will become the BusinessObjects release of this new decade. Knowing that BusinessObjects will be around and supported for at least the next 10 years, this presentation will focus on how organizations are planning to use it and evolve with it over the next decade as they also look to move to new cloud based environments , adopt new AI technologies and deal with more data requests than they have ever done before.

9:45 – 10:00am Break

10:00 – 10:45am Web Intelligence v4.3: A Whole New World – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation will be a live demo of the new WebIntelligence V4.3 release due to be released first quarter of 2020. You will have an opportunity to see the new look of the Webi User Interface and how to navigate within the new UI. It will include comparisons of Webi features In v4.2 vs v4.3 and included will be a look at using a Webi report as a data provider.

10:45 -11:30am 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 the best 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.

11:30– 1:15 pm Lunch: On Your Own

01:15 – 2:00 pm 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.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break

02:15 – 3:00 pm The BI Dashboarding Dilemma for BusinessObjects – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

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.

03:00 – 3:45 pm Building Simple Visualizations In Web Intelligence – Michael Ward, CTTS

This presentation provides an in depth look at creating simple visualizations using nothing more than the many features of WebIntelligence. In this presentation you will learn how to create a variety of charts and reports within the single report, then utilize input controls, element linking and intra document linking to create interactive dashboard like reports. It will include a look at some of the expanded functionality of input controls.

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

Los Angeles BusinessObjects Users Group – Wednesday April 15th, 2020 – POSTPONED

This user group has been postponed until further notice. We will update you once a new date has been set. Thank you for your patience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Area BusinessObjects Users Group – Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 POSTPONED

The May New York Area BusinessObjects User Group has been postponed until further notice. We will send out an update when we are able to reschedule in the future.