Let’s Speak BO Webinar: Xcelsius vs Lumira & Design Studio

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Tuesday, February 9th at 10AM PST/11AM AZ/1PM EST

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SAP BusinessObjects dashboards (aka Xcelsius) has been one of the most popular dashboarding tools for over a decade. More recently Lumira and Design Studio have been heavily promoted by SAP to BusinessObjects customers. Join us and BusinessObjects expert, Rajesh Ponnorangam, as he addresses insight into the following questions: Do Lumira and Design Studio compete with Xcelsius? Who are the target customers for these new tools? Which tool should I choose for dashboarding? What would happen to all my dashboards created using Xcelsius?

This session will feature live demonstrations of the capabilities of these tools and the pros and cons of using Xcelsius over Design Studio/Lumira.

Speaker: Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar Series: Mobilizing Your Dashboards with Xcelsius HTML5 and dCode

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10AM PT/1PM ET Let's Speak BO Webinar Series: Mobilizing Your Dashboards with Xcelsius HTML5 and dCode

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August 11th 10:00AM PT/1PM ET

Xcelsius Dashboards are everywhere and with the ability to now generate them in HTML5 they will be appearing in even more places and on your mobile devices. In addition to the Xcelsius HTML5 components, there are many third party HTML5 components and add-ons for Xcelsius that provide some really cool functionality like being able to support offline mobile dashboards or embed Xcelsius HTML5 dashboards inside publications. Don’t miss out on a fantastic exploration into the world of Dashboards, Mobility, HTML5 and dCode hosted by Paul Grill, CEO of InfoSol, and Richard Harvey.

Let’s Speak BO Webinar Series: How to Develop an End to End BI Application Using SAP Dashboards?

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Let's Speak BO Webinar Series:  How to Develop an End to End BI Application Using SAP Dashboards?

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May 5th, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (MST)

Join us and Dashboard Developer expert, Mel Sheppard, as we dive into SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards!

Based on the awesome feedback that we received from the Let’s Speak BO: Web Intelligence Chart Visualization webinar in March, we are excited to offer an in-depth and informative session dedicated to SAP Dashboards. This webinar will focus on how to develop end to end Business Intelligence applications within your organization while addressing when to transition your data delivery method from a Web Intelligence report to a Dashboard. This webinar will be jam packed with tips and tricks, discussions on project planning, and dashboard development insight to better visualize and deliver key information.

Mel Sheppard, InfoSol Ltd.

Mel Sheppard is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd, providing support and development services to clients across Europe. With over 12 years experience in Business Intelligence and data integration, Mel has implemented and supported large scale Business Objects deployments within the financial sector. Passionate about the visual communication of information, Mel has been working with SAP Business Objects since 2006. During this period she has gained expertise in administering enterprise deployments and using Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) to develop intuitive, informative and insightful dashboards.

Introduction to Dashboards – Using SAP Dashboards 4.1

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Presenters: Roxanne Pittman and Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

Intended Audience:

This hands-on workshop is intended for individuals who are new to Dashboards 4.1 and need to learn the fundamentals of using this software.  We will cover all the most used features of Dashboards 4.1 and at the end of this course, participants will be able to create a dynamic dashboard.

Prerequisites:

None, but a basic knowledge of Excel is helpful though not required.

Synopsis:

This course is designed to provide attendees with a step by step guided learning to building a basic dashboard.  Rather than covering isolated topics, we will cover all the basics in the process of building a single dynamic dashboard, where every concept builds on the previous, so that users understand the most common workflows in building a dashboard.

Module Synopses and Major Topics include:

  • Introduction to the Dashboard design tool
  • Adding charts – chart properties and setting up chart values
  • Adding Selectors – the magic of selectors moving data
  • Adding Dynamic Visibility – how to show and hide components
  • Drill Down functionality – how one chart can interact with another
  • Applying formatting and adding graphics
  • Adding tables and scorecards
  • Adding progress bars and alerts
  • Adding maps
  • Publishing options
  • Review & questions

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Xcelsius Dashboards Iron Chef – Using SAP Dashboards 4.1

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Presenters: Roxanne Pittman and Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

Intended Audience:

This hands-on workshop is intended for BI dashboard developers who need to deliver complex, highly dynamic, efficient and visually compelling dashboards. Day 1 is in seminar format and is also intended for dashboard project coordinators and Business Analysts/ liaison between technical team and business users who will drive strategic and operational BI dashboard implementations. Day 2 and Day 3 are hands on advanced concepts to take the dashboard developer to the next level.

Prerequisites:

Attendees should have advance knowledge and at least 1-2 years of development experience with Xcelsius 2008/Dashboard 4.0.

  • Experience with building interactive dashboards with Xcelsius
  • Experience with building dashboards with Selectors and insertion options
  • Familiar with concepts like binding data, color, alerts within Xcelsius
  • Strongly familiar with Dynamic Visibility concept

Or – completed the Xcelsius/Dashboards Pre-seminar course

Synopsis:

This course is designed to provide attendees with more guided and directed path for successful dashboard project implementation and empower them with the ability to take their dashboards to a whole new level where dashboards go beyond data delivery, encourage high user adoption and drive decision making. It includes but is not limited to learning features and tricks of the tool. Rather it covers an end-to-end approach for a full cycle of software implementation – starting from effective requirement gathering & efficient prototyping to visually compelling design and data optimization. It will also include some frequently requested attractive but not easily available solutions.

Module Synopses and Major Topics include:

  • Module 1: Course introduction and What’s new in Dashboards 4.1 sp2 (or latest)
  • Module 2: Requirements gathering with customer examples – seminar/open to all
  • Module 3: Prototyping – KPIs to visualization – seminar/open to all
  • Module 4: Prototyping – rapid approach to build Proof-of-Concept in a day – seminar/open to all
  • Module 5: Iterative design techniques – handling scope creep & effective reviews – seminar/open to all
  • Module 6: Data Optimization Part 1:  Mastering excel skills needed for the tool – hands on
  • Module 7: Data Optimization Part 2:  Performance tuning ideas and features to avoid – hands on
  • Module 8: Cool Visualization Ideas From the bag of tricks from the experts – hands on
  • Module 9: Mobility Options – discussion and hands on
  • Module 10: Outside the Box Charting – hands on
  • Module 11: Deployment and Connectivity options – discussion and hands on
  • Module 12: Ask the Experts – Your turn to ask us advice about your dashboard projects

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