St Louis BO User Group

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You are personally invited to join us at the St Louis BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Thursday, September 20th, 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.

LOCATION:

Nestle Purina Pet Care Company
801 Chouteau Avenue
St Louis, MO 63103
MAP

Room: Henri Nestle Auditorium
Building: 4th floor of Danforth Center
Parking: in lot V24

AGENDA:

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

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

9:00 – 10:00am 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 – 11:30am 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.

11:30– 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 – 2:15 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.

02:15 – 2:30 pm Break

02:30 – 3:00 pm BusinessObjects Co-Existence: The New Reality – 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 and so this co-existence of different BI tools has become a reality. 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 with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment.

3:00-3:30 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple drill blocks, and learn how to hide blocks dynamically based on drill bar selections. It includes using Advance Drilling Functionality in a way never envisioned.  Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar drop down list.  And all of this functionality using nothing more than WebIntelligence!

03:30 pm Wrap-up

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

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: What’s New in SAP BI 4.2 SP6?

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Tuesday, December 11th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us in a fantastic in-depth look at what new features, enhancements and changes have been released in SAP BI 4.2 SP6. Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting, will demonstrate and discuss the latest features in the new service pack when it comes to BusinessObjects Administration as well as report development within Web Intelligence. This is a session not to miss!

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: SAP BusinessObjects with Tableau

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Tuesday, October 16th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us and SAP BusinessObjects and Tableau consultant, Allan Williams, as we explore the relationship between an SAP BusinessObjects deployment alongside with Tableau in your organization. This session will explore some of the latest features within Tableau and the source connection options available to leverage SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Reports and Universes using InfoBurst with Tableau.

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Tucson BusinessObjects User Group – Tuesday, September 18

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You are personally invited to join us at the first ever Tucson BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 from 12:30pm – 4:15pm hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.  Attendance is free; however, we do ask that you register for count purposes.

Location:

TEKSystems
5151 E. Broadway Blvd. Ste. 550
Tucson AZ 85711

There is parking all around the outside of the building, park anywhere uncovered. When you walk inside, go to elevators and hit #5 for the 5th floor. TEKsystems is on the south side of the building.

Agenda:

12:30 – 1:00 pm | Registration

1:00 – 1:10 pm | Welcome & Announcements

1:10- 1:55 pm Web Intelligence Tips from the Trenches – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol

Web Intelligence has so many features and functions that it is hard to know them all and when best to use them. Senior BusinessObjects Consultant, Roxanne Pittman, will share some recent situations she encountered and demonstrate how she solved them.  They include merged dimensions and using dynamic visibility.

2:00- 2:30 pm | Data Warehouse Implementation, Report Automation using SAP WebI and Strategic Planning – Aleksandra Knezevic & Ozlem Kacira, Pima Community College

This presentation will take a brief look on how the data warehouse implementation helped with automated reports to support the college’s strategic planning and data informed mission. We will provide information on implementation process, showcase several SAP Web Intelligence reports and talk about the future work.

2:30- 2:45 pm | Break and Networking

2:45- 3:15 pm | Choosing the Right Interface – HTML vs Applet vs FIORI vs Rich Client – Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol

Understanding the differences among the client interfaces can help users choose the best one to suit their needs.  This session will focus on the advantages & potential disadvantages each of the interfaces brings to the user experience of Web Intelligence.

3:15- 4:00 pm | Open Discussion on The Future of BusinessObjects – Hosted by Paul Grill, InfoSol

This open format session will allow the community to freely discuss and ask questions that pertain to how they use BusinessObjects today; what concerns or questions they have for the future of their organizations usage of BO or the future of SAP BO all together.

4:00 – 4:15 pm | Raffle & Prizes

Thanks for Registering for the SAP Data Services – The Hidden Gem of Data Profiler Webinar

Let's Speak BO Webinar Series: Bringing Together BO Users and Specialists Discussing Everything BusinessObjects

We can’t wait for you to join us on our SAP Data Services – The Hidden Gem of Data Profiler webinar!

Here’s what you need to do to get the most out of this live webinar:

STEP 1: Check your email inbox for your webinar confirmation email and unique access link (The email will come from “Bree-Anna Mustad / GoToWebinar”) You can also search your inbox for customercare@gotowebinar.com if you cannot find it.

STEP 2: Add this event to to your calendar using the link in the email above – it will contain your unique join link. Please do not share this link with anyone else.

STEP 3: Show up to the webinar 5-10 minutes early (we will send you a few reminder emails) and bring any questions you may have on queries and data providers! There will be time for Q&A in all of our Let’s Speak BO webinars.

See you on Tuesday, September 4th at 10AM PT/1PM ET!

Indianapolis BusinessObjects Users Group – November 29th 2018

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You are personally invited to join us at the Indianapolis BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Thursday, November 29th, 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.

Location:

CNO Financial Group
CNO: Building J / Conference Center
11825 N. Pennsylvania St.
Carmel, IN 46033

Map and Directions

Parking on the south side of the Conference Center

Agenda:

08:30 – 9:00 am Registration (Free Breakfast Provided)  

08:45 – 9:00 am Introduction    

09:00 – 10:15am 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.

10:15 – 10:30am Break   

10:30 – 11:30am 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.

11:30-12:30 pm Lunch: On Your Own

12:30 – 1:15 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.

01:15 – 2:00 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.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break    

02:15 – 3:00 pm BusinessObjects Co-Existence: The New Reality – 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 and so this co-existence of different BI tools has become a reality. 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 with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment

03:00-3:45 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple drill blocks, and learn how to hide blocks dynamically based on drill bar selections. It includes using Advance Drilling Functionality in a way never envisioned.  Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar drop down list.  And all of this functionality using nothing more than WebIntelligence!

03:45-04:00 pm Wrap-up

Please REGISTER for count purposes.

Note: This event is not sponsored by SAP or ASUG. Presentations subject to change

Speak BO Webinar: BI 4.2 – 45 Features in 45 Minutes

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 version 4.2. Join us and BusinessObjects Senior Consultant, Rajesh Ponnurangam, as he covers 45 of the latest features in BI 4.2 which will be helpful for your entire organization. These features will highlight, but not limited to, features that may assist BusinessObjects Administrators, Universe Designers, Report Developers and Business users. And if we have time, we will aim for 60!

Running on Tuesday, August 21st at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Denver BusinessObjects User Group – December 14th, 2018

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**Please Note, this meeting is now running on Friday, December 14th**

You are personally invited to join us at the Denver BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Friday, December 14th, 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.

Location:

Denver Federal Center
6th Avenue and Kippling Street
Building 25
Denver, CO 80225
MAP AND DIRECTIONS

Parking lot directly across the street from the building

Agenda:

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

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction

9:00 – 10:00 am Operational? Analytical? Integration?  — Tyler Koitka, InfoSol Inc.

The torrent of marketing hype and jargon today can make it very tempting to forget fundamentals. The new tools are shiny and the vendor sounds like they have the answer to all our prayers. Yet often customers end up facing the same challenges that have always been there, even with the old software. Yes, software has evolved and data has grown but the how we apply methodology has not. This session aims to get back to the fundamentals when solving reporting requirements in the Business Intelligence world.

10:00 – 10:15am Break

10:15 – 11:30am 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.

11:30– 12:30 pm Lunch: On Your Own

12:30 – 1:15 pm High Value Opportunity Burst Brings Instant Gratification to Marketing Executives – Tyler Koitka, InfoSol Inc.

How a simple yet effective BI solution solved a C-suite level problem and won over its toughest critics. This burst solution used Salesforce and SAP data to increase visibility into large potential sales deals for senior management, increasing the chance to close the deal. This presentation will take a detailed look at the business problem and the technical solution, showcasing the true potential of SAP Business Objects and InfoBurst.

1:15 – 2:00 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.

02:00 – 2:15 pm Break    

02:15 – 3:00 pm The Data Services Playbook  – Tyler Koitka, InfoSol Inc.

Having the right play for the right situation is the name of the game. Especially when you have a superstar tool like Data Services at your disposal. With the vast amount of information around today, how-to’s, blogs, video tutorials, one can easily get lost. Having a concise playbook at your fingertips is what this session is all about. We’ll help guide you through some of the do’s and don’ts when using this tool.

03:00 – 3:45 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple drill blocks, and learn how to hide blocks dynamically based on drill bar selections. It includes using Advance Drilling Functionality in a way never envisioned.  Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar drop down list.  And all of this functionality using nothing more than WebIntelligence!

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

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: BusinessObjects in the Cloud

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Tuesday, October 2nd at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Cloud is the future we are all being told and there is a trend to adopt new cloud-based applications as well as move more on-premise applications into the cloud. So how do we move BusinessObjects into the cloud?

Join BusinessObjects expert, Minith Patel, as he presents how an organization like InfoSol runs BusinessObjects in the cloud and how you can potentially do the same. He will explain the benefits and what it takes to get you there. This case study approach will detail how an organization can move from in-house, physical servers to a complete cloud environment, how consultants can use and leverage cloud capability for day to day business and how an environment like this can be managed.

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St Louis BusinessObjects User Group (BOUG) September 20, 2018

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You are personally invited to join us at the St Louis BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Thursday, September 20th, 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.

LOCATION:

Nestle Purina Pet Care Company
801 Chouteau Avenue
St Louis, MO 63103
MAP

Room: Henri Nestle Auditorium
Building: 4th floor of Danforth Center
Parking: in lot V24

AGENDA:

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

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

9:00 – 10:00am 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 – 11:30am 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.

11:30– 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 – 2:15 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.

02:15 – 2:30 pm Break

02:30 – 3:00 pm BusinessObjects Co-Existence: The New Reality – 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 and so this co-existence of different BI tools has become a reality. 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 with BusinessObjects as well as options for integrating them in order to leverage your BusinessObjects investment.

3:00-3:30 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t! – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple drill blocks, and learn how to hide blocks dynamically based on drill bar selections. It includes using Advance Drilling Functionality in a way never envisioned.  Watch as report blocks appear and disappear as you select various values from the drill bar drop down list.  And all of this functionality using nothing more than WebIntelligence!

03:30 pm Wrap-up

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