Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group Meeting – Thursday, April 18th 2024

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You are personally invited to join us at the Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users Group on Thursday, April 18th, 2024 from 9:00am – 12:15pm. Hosted  and sponsored by SAP and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER BELOW for count purposes.

Location:

SAP Pittsburgh Office
271 N Shore Dr Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Parking: The closest lot is the Champions Garage ($9/day).  The lots and garages by Acrisure Stadium ($8/day).

Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Breakfast 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Update 2024 – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

The SAP updated Statement of Direction for BI and BusinessObjects continues to be updated and the roadmap extended which is great news for all BusinessObjects customers. Bi 4.3 SP4 was released in December, and we are all excited to hear about and see what is coming in the next major release BI 2025.

This session will discuss this new roadmap and cover the key features that have been released with BI 4.3 SP04 and what to expect to see with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tools can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM How to Minimize Impacts of BusinessObjects Upgrades on Your Business – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

SAP has released a lot of Service Packs and Fix Packs for BusinessObjects over the last few years on top of major software releases. Most of these Service Packs have a lot of new functionality in addition to fixes which means a lot of new code which means more potential on your deployment. This session discusses what we have seen in terms of the impact of upgrading too soon and too often and how to potentially avoid application stability issues by taking a different approach to upgrades. Several real customer case studies will be included.

12:15 PM Raffle and Wrap Up

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Ann Arbor BusinessObjects User Group – Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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You are personally invited to join us at the Ann Arbor BusinessObjects Users Group on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 from 9:00am – 1:05pm. Hosted by the University of Michigan and sponsored by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER for count purposes.

LOCATION:

4251 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-3640
Building 3

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Parking Map

Note: While the address is Plymouth Road, you will have to turn onto Earhart road to get to the parking lots.

AGENDA:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Bagels 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Solid for the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2025, that will run both on-premise and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.

This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 and SP04 along with what to expect with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:15 – 1:00 PM Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 3/4 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 3/4, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 3/4, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions. The functions will include:

  • Break
  • Sort/Custom Sort
  • Filter
  • Group
  • Rank
  • Advanced Calculations
  • Conditional Formatting

We will also include a look at new formatting options.

1:00 – 1:05pm Raffle and Wrap Up

Lansing Michigan BusinessObjects User Group – Tuesday, March 26 2024

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You are personally invited to join us at the Lansing Michigan BusinessObjects Users Group on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024 from 9:0am – 1:05pm. Hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

Registration is free, but we ask that you please REGISTER for count purposes.

LOCATION:

111 South Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI
Romney Building
Michigan Room – 1st Floor
State Employee ID or Driver’s License required to enter building.
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Parking Map
Note: Parking spots are on the map as V.

AGENDA:

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration + Coffee and Bagels 

9:30 – 10:15 AM BusinessObjects Solid for the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2025, that will run both on-premise and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.

This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 and SP04 along with what to expect with BI 2025.

10:15 – 11:00 AM Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:00 – 11:30 AM Networking Break

11:30 – 12:15 PM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:15 – 1:00 PM Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 3/4 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 3/4, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 3/4, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions. The functions will include:

  • Break
  • Sort/Custom Sort
  • Filter
  • Group
  • Rank
  • Advanced Calculations
  • Conditional Formatting

We will also include a look at new formatting options.

1:00 – 1:05pm Raffle and Wrap Up

Los Angeles BusinessObjects User Group – Thursday, October 12th

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You are personally invited to join us at the information packed Los Angeles BusinessObjects Users Group meeting Thursday, October 12th from 9:30am – 2:00pm. Hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.

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

Location:

Honda
1919 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501 USA
4th Floor Classroom
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Building Map

Check in with front desk. Free visitor parking in front.

9:30 – 10:00 AM Registration + Coffee and Bagels 

10:00 – 10:45 AM BusinessObjects Solid for the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2024, that will run both on-premises and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports. This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 along with what is currently planned for SP04 and beyond.

10:45 – 11:30 AM Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:30 – 12:00 PM Networking Lunch

12:15 – 12:45 PM BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects. This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:45 – 1:30 PM Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 2/3, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions. The functions will include: • Break • Sort/Custom Sort • Filter • Group • Rank • Advanced Calculations • Conditional Formatting Presentation will include best practices and tips and tricks.

1:30– 1:55 PM BusinessObjects Q&A

1:55 – 2:00pm Raffle and Wrap Up

Optional tour of Honda Museum 

Seattle BusinessObjects User Group (BOUG) on Monday, October 9th 2023

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You are personally invited to join us at the Seattle BusinessObjects Users Meeting on Monday, October 9th from 9:30am – 2:00pm hosted by Creative Technology & Training Solutions and InfoSol Inc.  Attendance is free; however, we do ask that you register below for count purposes.

Location:

2320 California Street
Everett WA 98201, USA

Directions:

  • Commission Room is located on the 1st floor of the SNOPUD building.
  • Sign in at the desk in lobby
  • Free Parking available in Parking Garage

Agenda:

9:30am – 10:00am – Registration + Coffee and Bagels

10:00am – 10:45am – BusinessObjects Solid For the Next Decade and Beyond – Paul Grill, InfoSol

When SAP updated their Statement of Direction for BusinessObjects in June 2022, they also announced a revised roadmap for the product that projected out more than 10 years. This included a new release of BusinessObjects after BI 4.3, code named BI 2024, that will run both on-premises and in the cloud and continued evolution and enhancement of both Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports.

This session will show and discuss this new roadmap and the key features that have just been released with BI 4.3 SP03 along with what is currently planned for SP04 and beyond.

10:45am – 11:30am – Navigating The New World of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

In this live demo we will take an in-depth look at the new BI Launch Pad v4.3. We will visit the BI Launch Pad, Query Panel, and Report Viewer Windows. We will take a more in depth look at the Main Side Panel and Main Build Panels. It will include reading, design, structure and data options in Main Side Panel. Presentation will include a compare and contrast v4.3 vs v4.2. Presentation will include tips and tricks when navigating.

11:30am – 12:00pm – Networking Lunch

12:00pm – 12:45pm – BusinessObjects Co-Existence with PowerBI and Tableau – Paul Grill, InfoSol

About 80% of BusinessObjects customers use either PowerBI, Tableau or both. Most use BusinessObjects for BI reporting while using PowerBI/Tableau for data discovery and visualization. This state of co-existence is very much the new normal for organizations using BusinessObjects.

This session will explain how the different BI tool can complement each other and how you can integrate them by
accessing both Web Intelligence reports and universes from PowerBI and Tableau.

12:45pm – 1:30pm  – Applying Advanced Reporting Functions in v4.3 SP 2/3 – Michael Ward, CTTS

With the introduction of Web Intelligence v4.3 SP 2/3, we no longer have the Analysis Tab. This live demo will highlight the major reporting functions under v4.3 SP 2/3, where they are now located and how to properly use the functions.

The functions will include:

  • Break
  • Sort/Custom Sort
  • Filter
  • Group
  • Rank
  • Advanced Calculations
  • Conditional Formatting

Presentation will include best practices and tips and tricks.

1:30pm – 1:55pm BusinessObjects Q&A

1:55pm – 2:00pm Raffle and Wrap Up

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: BusinessObjects as Part of BI Strategy for the Next Decade

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March 1st, 2022 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

As the world continues to navigate a global pandemic that started well over a year ago, the importance and significance of Business Intelligence has never been more critical.

Yet, at the same time, most organizations find themselves in a situation where time, resources and budget have never been tighter. As a result, making better and more use of the BI applications in place makes a lot of sense. For many, that means leveraging BusinessObjects as it remains the most widely used BI suite in the world today.
In addition, between Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports, it offers the best BI reporting platform available.

While tools like Tableau and PowerBI are gaining larger market share in the BI space, they are used for data discovery and data visualization and not designed for BI reporting.
It is for this reason, that most organizations who have adopted these tools, retain BusinessObjects for BI reporting.

This session will both discuss and show real customer case studies of how existing BusinessObjects are adapting to the new co-existence norm and how companies, new to BI, are adopting BusinessObjects as part of their new BI strategy for the next decade.

SpeakBO has a NEW HOME

We are excited to announce SpeakBO Plus Plus.SpeakBO.com as the new home for all things SpeakBO!

If you would like to register for any of our upcoming webinars, you will need to setup a free account on Plus.SpeakBO.com.

With your free account you will have access to all upcoming webinars and events, you can stream the most recent webinar for 30 days after it runs, and you will get access to our BusinessObjects Updates section where we will be keeping you up to date on all things BO!

We also have an Extra and PLUS premium plan that will give you access to even more perks such as full access to our webinar library, Virtual BI 4.3 training, tips and tricks and best practices, a forum, and more!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: BusinessObjects as a Tableau Data source – The missing puzzle piece

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August 3rd, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Tableau, one of the most popular tools for visualizations, connects to various databases and data sources. But how does it connect with BusinessObjects? Can it connect natively to BusinessObjects Universes or reports? Can I combine BusinessObjects data sources with other data sources to build a tableau dashboard?

Join this webinar to learn how InfoSol is helping their BusinessObjects customers solve these problems. Our Product manager, Rajesh Ponnurangam will also be discussing customer case studies on leveraging BusinessObjects data sources in Tableau

SpeakBO has a NEW HOME

We are excited to announce SpeakBO Plus Plus.SpeakBO.com as the new home for all things SpeakBO!

If you would like to register for any of our upcoming webinars, you will need to setup a free account on Plus.SpeakBO.com.

With your free account you will have access to all upcoming webinars and events, you can stream the most recent webinar for 30 days after it runs, and you will get access to our BusinessObjects Updates section where we will be keeping you up to date on all things BO!

We also have an Extra and PLUS premium plan that will give you access to even more perks such as full access to our webinar library, Virtual BI 4.3 training, tips and tricks and best practices, a forum, and more!

West Coast BusinessObjects User Group – March 25, 2021

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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

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Compare and Contrast Charts – WebI Vs Tableau

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March 16th, 2021 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

A chart transforms your data into Actionable insights. Do you want to know how Web Intelligence charts compare against Tableau? Join this webinar where Rajesh Ponnurangam from Infosol will compare the charting engines in Web Intelligence and Tableau.

SpeakBO has a NEW HOME

We are excited to announce SpeakBO Plus Plus.SpeakBO.com as the new home for all things SpeakBO!

If you would like to register for any of our upcoming webinars, you will need to setup a free account on Plus.SpeakBO.com.

With your free account you will have access to all upcoming webinars and events, you can stream the most recent webinar for 30 days after it runs, and you will get access to our BusinessObjects Updates section where we will be keeping you up to date on all things BO!

We also have an Extra and PLUS premium plan that will give you access to even more perks such as full access to our webinar library, Virtual BI 4.3 training, tips and tricks and best practices, a forum, and more!

Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Coexistence with BusinessObjects – Who does it best? Tableau or PowerBI?

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February 16th, 2021 at 10AM PT/11AM AZ/1PM ET

Interested in Visualizing BusinessObjects data in Tableau or PowerBI? Find out why more than 50% of BusinessObjects customers in the US are also using Tableau or PowerBI. This session will cover creating a visualization in Tableau and PowerBI along with how they can be integrated with BusinessObjects to create optimal BI solutions.

SpeakBO has a NEW HOME

We are excited to announce SpeakBO Plus Plus.SpeakBO.com as the new home for all things SpeakBO!

If you would like to register for any of our upcoming webinars, you will need to setup a free account on Plus.SpeakBO.com.

With your free account you will have access to all upcoming webinars and events, you can stream the most recent webinar for 30 days after it runs, and you will get access to our BusinessObjects Updates section where we will be keeping you up to date on all things BO!

We also have an Extra and PLUS premium plan that will give you access to even more perks such as full access to our webinar library, Virtual BI 4.3 training, tips and tricks and best practices, a forum, and more!