Southeastern Michigan BusinessObjects User Group – Tuesday April 2nd, 2019

You and your colleagues are personally invited to join us at the Southeastern Michigan BusinessObjects User Group meeting Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

Attendance is FREE, however, we do ask that you register for count purposes.

Location:

Oakland County
2100 Pontiac Lake Rd
Building 41W.
Waterford, MI 48328
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Meeting will be held in the East Conference Room in the Executive office Building.

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Agenda:

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

8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction

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 – 11:30am 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.

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 users.

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 Building Visualizations in Web Intelligence: New and Improved – Michael Ward, CTTS

See how you can create awesome visualizations, including a variety of charts and reports and utilized such features as Input Controls and Intra Document Linking. You will get a chance to see some of the new features rolled out in recent releases, making Webi even more powerful!

03:45- 4:00 pm Wrap-up

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

Let’s Speak BO: In’s and Out’s of adding HTML content into Webi Reports

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Tuesday, February 19th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Join us and BusinessObjects Administrative expert, Amy O’Neel, as she demonstrates the in’s and out’s of using HTML for Web Intelligence report creation and publishing. This webinar will take the audience through the features, perks and limitations, as well as differences when choosing HTML as the driver to Webi development and sharing.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Upgrading from XIR2: Plan, Strategy and Execution of a Successful Upgrade

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Tuesday, April 30th at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Join us in a very informative webinar of a recent upgrade done by a large company. BI Expert, Minith Patel, will share how this organization upgraded from XIR2 to BI 4.2 SP5. Learn about the process that was undertaken, how a plan was formulated, challenges encountered, and the steps taken to achieve a successful upgrade of BusinessObjects. This session is intended to equip our audience important lessons learned and solutions applied for any upgrades and migrations.

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North Carolina (Charlotte) BusinessObjects User Group

You and your colleagues are invited to join us at the next information packed North Carolina (Charlotte) BusinessObjects User Group meeting Friday, March 22nd, 2019. Hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

Location:

Atrium Health

4828 Airport Center Parkway
Building E, Charlotte, NC 28208

Meeting will be held in Conference Room 9.
Additional parking is available next door at Building F.

Registration is free, but we do ask that you register to help us keep count.

Agenda:

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

8:45 – 9:00 am | Introduction

9:00 – 10:00 am | BusinessObjects Co-Existence: The New Reality – Rajesh Ponnurangam
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

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10:00 – 10:15am | Break

10:15 – 11:30am | Excelling It In WebIntelligence v4.2 – Michael Ward
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 | BusinessObjects BI 4.2 – 45 features in 45 minutes – Rajesh Ponnurangam
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 45 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 60.

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1:15 – 2:00 pm | Advanced Formatting II – Michael Ward
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 | Fire up your FIORI LaunchPad – Rajesh Ponnurangam
Attend this session if you want to explore the sensational new features and navigation capabilities of the new FIORI BI Launchpad. This session will cover BI 4.2 SP05 FIORI features such as Web Intelligence interactive viewer, filters and report navigation, new charts and chart properties, custom elements and formulas. This will be a perfect session for end users and report designers who are excited to learn the new features and functions specific to FIORI.

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03:00 – 3:45 pm | Building Visualizations in WebIntelligence: New and Improved – Michael Ward
See how you can create awesome visualizations, including a variety of charts and reports and utilized such features as Input Controls and Intra Document Linking.
You will get a chance to see some of the new features rolled out in recent releases, making Webi even more powerful!

03:45- 4:00 pm | Wrap-up

Bay Area BusinessObjects Users – Friday March 15th, 2019

You are personally invited to join us at the information packed Bay Area BusinessObjects Users Group meeting Friday March 15th, 2019 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:

County of Santa Clara  

Social Services Agency
333 W Julian St, 1st Floor Conference Room
San Jose, CA 95110

Free Visitor Parking available: Map

Agenda: 

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

8:45 – 9:00 am | Introduction   

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 – 10:15 am | Break  

10:15 – 11:30 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.

11:30– 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.

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 | 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 | Building Visualizations in WebIntelligence: New and Improved – Michael Ward, CTTS

See how you can create awesome visualizations, including a variety of charts and reports and utilized such features as Input Controls and Intra Document Linking. You will get a chance to see some of the new features rolled out in recent releases, making Webi even more powerful!

03:45- 4:00 pm | Wrap-up       

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

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Building Visualizations in Web Intelligence – New and Improved

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

Join us and Web Intelligence Expert, Michael Ward with Creative Technology Training & Solutions, as he hosts a dedicated session on building fantastic and interactive visualizations in Web Intelligence. This webinar will showcase the latest features and enhancements to data visualizations in Webi and how users can take their reporting deliverable’s to a new and approved level of eye-catching designs. From input-controls to intra-document linking, our Speak BO audience will learn how to utilize native Web Intelligence visualizations to explore new ideas with their report development.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: All the little things to know about Webi 4.2 SP6

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Tuesday, January 22nd at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Join us and the fantastic Michael Ward with Creative Technology Training and Solutions who will kick off the New Year with an interactive and detailed look at Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6. This session will demonstrate the latest features, changes and enhancements to the beloved BusinessObjects reporting tool in the latest release of SP6.

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Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Ask the Expert – Live Q & A on BusinessObjects

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

Join us in a webinar not to miss with Samuel Polichouk, Product Expert for SAP France, as our audience get’s to ask live questions on anything SAP BusinessObjects, hosted by Paul Grill and Bree-Anna Mustad. This open format webinar will allow the Speak BO Community to gain insight and get answers to questions relevant to their work within the core BusinessObjects toolset.

Let’s Speak BO: Discovering the Web Intelligence Administrative Management Tool – A Case Study

Tuesday, January 8th at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Take a look at the business problem that inspired the usage of an underrated and unsupported SAP Management Tool for Web Intelligence Administration. Join us and BusinessObjects Administrative Expert, Jean-Francios Cayron with Sagitta BI, as we explore the case study behind how and why this mysterious, yet effective, free administrative tool was discovered. This fantastic case study will not only explore “the why” behind this tool but also demonstrate it’s features and how it was implemented in order to resolve an immediate business need.

Tucson BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday, March 14th 2019

You and your colleagues are invited to join us at the next information packed Arizona Business Objects and Crystal User Group (AZBOCUG) meeting Thursday, March 14th.

Location: 

Tucson Police Department: Rillito Meeting Room at 1310 W. Miracle Mile, Tucson, AZ  85705.

Registration is free, but we do ask that you register to help us keep count.

Agenda:

12:30 – 1:00 pm | Registration

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

1:10- 1:55 pm Universe Design Date Customization – Cindy Spohn, Vixxo

This session will explore different ways to design, filter and build date customization’s in UNV and IDT environments.  Formatted as a collaborated presentation, topics discussed will include items such as:

  • Adding custom date filter
  • Setting up Pre-defined quires
  • Building prompts into an object
  • Formatting dates in the Universe
  • Dimension vs Detail
  • Formatting numbers
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2:00- 2:30 pm | What’s New with Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6? – Runali Ghosh, InfoSol

This session will explore the latest features and enhancements with Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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2:30- 2:45 pm | Break and Networking

2:45- 3:15 pm | Crystal Reports – A Hidden Gem for Operational Reporting – Brian MacConney, Raytheon

Crystal Reports is more than a “pixel perfect reporting tool.” In our session we will explore key use cases and development techniques for Crystal Reports 2016 with a focus on SAP BW integration, drill-down and data management

3:15- 4:00 pm | Bring your Web Intelligence Challenges – Paul Grill, InfoSol

This open format session will allow the audience to interactively share and explore solutions to our own Web Intelligence challenges.

4:00 – 4:15 pm | Raffle & Prizes