2013 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference

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The 2013 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference (SBOUC) is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on September 9-11, 2013. EV Technologies will be returning as a sponsor and will demonstrate some exciting innovations in our booth on the showroom floor. Several of our team members have been selected as speakers and panelists. Here is the complete schedule of EV Technologies events at SBOUC.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this.  Last year, we also co-located some Diversified Semantic Layer happenings in our booth as well.  Live recordings with Timo Elliott and Cindi Howson, to name a few, will live on in infamy.  I’m personally hoping that 2013 lives up to that.  Look for the whole gang in the EV Technologies booth.

For now, here is a peek at our agenda.  If all goes according to plan, there’ll be more to come as well. Follow EV Technologies and the Diversified Semantic Layer along with the conference hashtag (#SBOUC) on Twitter for the latest updates.

Monday, September 9, 2013

5 tips for building a better mobile compatible dashboard

Ahmed Sherif
Monday, September 9, 2013: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Session Code 0104
Dashboarding and Visualization track

As more companies hand over mobile devices to their employees, more users are accessing their company data through mobile devices. As far as that customer is concerned, a dashboard can only be great if it can be accessed on a mobile device. Therefore, more dashboard design is being requested first for mobility rather than desktop, and with release of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 Support Pack 5 that has now become possible with Dashboards 4.0. 

However, as developers soon found out with Dashboards 4.0 SP5, dashboard design for mobility has different constraints than that for desktop. Certain key components are not yet HTML5 compatible for mobile apps. Additionally, there is only one data connectivity method as opposed to the numerous methods available for desktop. And finally, none of the common and popular dashboard add-ons are currently compatible for the mobile app either.

This session will help dashboard developers set up their environment to be dashboard mobile compatible, provide tips for them to utilize alternate components and provide the same functionality for components that are currently unavailable, and show how to develop and structure layouts to take advantage of the portrait and landscape views on mobile apps.

  • Identify dashboard components that translate well and poorly on the mobile application
  • Provide layout design and architecture best suited to take advantage of both portrait and landscape views on mobile apps
  • Use existing compatible Components to replace functions missing with components yet to be available in HTML

The Shift to the Network of Truth

A Diversified Semantic Layer Panel Discussion with Eric Vallo, Jamie Oswald, Greg Myers, and Dallas Marks

Monday, September 9, 2013: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Session Code 0705
Trends and Strategy/Roadmaps and Product Direction

Recent technologies in the SAP BI portfolio have created a shift away from the long held concept of the single version of the truth towards the network of truth. SAP BusinessObjects customers from the last 20 or so years have the perspective that the universe is the driver towards the single version of the truth. The Diversified Semantic Layer crew revisit this topic (listen to their June 2013 podcast, The Network of Truthi-ness) and hopefully spark some lively discussion around this perceived paradigm change.

  • What is the Network of Truth­iness anyway?
  • How does the Network of Truth change our way of thinking?
  • Can the Network of Truth and Single Version of the Truth co­exist?

The Diversified Semantic Layer Tweetup

Come hang out with the Diversified Semantic Layer. Our tweetup is returning this year for #SBOUC2013.  Mark your calendars for Monday night @ 8 PM.

Monday, September 9, 2013: 8:00 PM – ???
Location: House of Blues, 1530 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Follow @DSLayered on Twitter for the latest details

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5 Functions you can do with the Information Design Tool that you couldn’t with the Universe Design Tool
(and your universe is better off for it!)

Ahmed Sherif
Tuesday, September 10, 2013: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Session Code 0606
Semantic Layer track

With the introduction of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 (BI4), we were all introduced to the information design tool, an entirely new tool for designing universes. Many legacy Business Objects customers have migrated to BI4 but have kept their universes as a UNV instead of a UNX because of familiarity and fear of instability. This abstract will take examples from three customers who initially refused to upgrade their universes to a UNX but ultimately found the upgrade with the Information Design Tool (IDT) more stable. Additionally, the customers found many of the new features with the IDT invaluable to preserve collaboration between multiple designers and allowing more control of datasets by the universe designer that was usually limited to the database administrator with the Universe Design Tool.

  • Show how developers can save projects across the repository without having to publish the universe to be retrieved by someone else.
  • Show how developers can utilize filters and logic inside of tables without having to rely on DBA’s to perform certain functions
  • Show how developers can develop formatting techniques as well as views to help facilitate multiple simultaneous development

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Analytic Storytelling with Web Intelligence: Using the right visualization for your data

Dallas Marks
Wednesday, September 11, 2013: 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Session Code 1210
Web Intelligence track

There’s a story in your corporate data, but sometimes it needs an analytic storyteller to bring that story to life. SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0 introduced a new charting engine, several new chart types, and a redesigned workflow for creating charts. In this session, learn not only how to use Web Intelligence charts but when to use them by applying best practices for the display of quantitative information on desktops, tablets, and smartphones.  Attendees will:

  • Discover Web Intelligence 4.0/4.1 charting capabilities
  • Learn best practices for displaying quantitative information
  • Review special considerations for tablets and smartphones

Educating for Success

Benjamin Asbeck
Wednesday, September 11, 2013: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Session Code 0413
Education/Support & Maintenance track

As companies implement upgrades, users may become overwhelmed due to new and modified features. The development of a solid training plan for your user community is paramount to the success of your BI deployment. By engaging your users early and developing a plan for making them successful, they will more readily overlook negative past experiences and focus on the benefits of the new version. Join Benjamin to learn how a training plan, when combined with an existing implementation plan, can lead to the successful adoption of SAP BusinessObjects within your organization.

  • Learn about some common mistakes organizations make regarding training plans for BI4 deployments.
  • Explore a variety of forms and approaches that BI4 training may take.
  • Learn how to create an environment that promotes knowledge retention proliferation.

Tracking BI Utilization through Better BOBJ Auditing

Eric Vallo (EV Technologies) and Derek Wang (SAP)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Session Code 0514
BI Platform track

Auditing with the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise platform is a useful mechanism for tracking the utilization of your BI content; however, actually leveraging audit data can be both a blessing and a curse. In this session, join Derek Wang, Lead Product Manager, BI Platform at SAP and Eric Vallo, Chief Architect at EV Technologies as they explore the evolution of Auditing in the BI4 platform. They will demonstrate how to improve your use of Auditor data and will explain how you can leverage 3rd party tools like EV Technologies’ Sherlock® – moving you towards the end goal of better understanding the utilization, effectiveness, and overall ROI of your BI deployment.

5 tips for creating Web Intelligence Reports for Mobile Device

Ahmed Sherif
Wednesday, September 11, 2013: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Session Code 1215
Web Intelligence track

As more users are accessing their company data through mobile devices, more report design is being done first for mobility rather than desktop. One reporting tool that is being heavily used for mobile reporting is Web Intelligence. There are several advantages for customers to look towards Web Intelligence for their mobile reporting. There are very high chances that companies already have existing Web Intelligence reports that are mobile compatible as well as all report development can be done without the need of client tools.

However, to maximize the effectiveness of reporting for mobile devices, there are certain guidelines developers should use that may not seem intuitive at first if they are used to desktop development. This session will focus on 5 key tips in report development for mobility that you would not necessarily do for desktop reports. The 5 tips will focus on three areas: report and components layout, alerting and formatting, and filtering.

  • Design Web Intelligence reports to maximize layout format of mobility device
  • Learn which Web Intelligence components work well for mobility and which ones work poorly
  • Format report tables to mimic scorecard features as well as alerts

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!

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