2014 ASUG SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects User Conference

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The 2014 ASUG SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects User Conference is coming to the Omni Fort Worth hotel in Texas from September 22-24, 2014. Several EV Technologies consultants have been selected as speakers and panelists. Here is the complete schedule of EV Technologies events at the conference.

Follow EV Technologies and the Diversified Semantic Layer along with the conference hashtag (#SABOUC) on Twitter for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth!

Monday, September 22, 2014

How to get agile with SAP Lumira

a panel discussion with EV Technologies’ Dallas Marks, State of Indiana OMB Director Chris Atkins, SAP technology evangelist Timo Elliott, SAP VP Product Management Lumira and Ty Miller. Moderated by SAP marketing director Pierre Leroux.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Fort Worth Ballroom 6 (click here for latest details)
In an era in which businesses demand agility and speed and IT struggles to keep up with their demands, com and learn from 5 experts on how data discovery is changing the BI landscape. We will be discussing how best to implement data discovery successfully, with an emphasis on people-focused discussions rather than technical hints and tips. Hear the panelists talk about pulling data quickly from multiple sources, dealing with data governance, and development bottlenecks. Explore how SAP Lumira can complement your existing BI investment. Ask them questions via Twitter using the hashtag #saplumirapanel.

Secrets from the Business Intelligence Baristas

a panel discussion with Dallas Marks and special guests
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Fort Worth Ballroom 8 (click here for latest details)
Session 0802 – Trends and Strategy/Roadmaps and Product Direction

Much has been written about creating a Business Intelligence Competency Center or Center of Excellence. But many BI organizations struggle to move beyond IT’s traditional “utility company” method of delivering services and instead become a customer-focused organization. In this session, our panel will discuss BICC best practices of building a team that is both business savvy as well as tech savvy while looking to the neighborhood coffee shop for inspiration. You’ll be better prepared to build better BI solutions “from the grounds up” by putting the right business intelligence tools on the menu, providing both instant (self-service) and barista (IT supported) offerings, rewarding your best customers, and giving passionate customer support. No green apron required.

Tasty Bits from the BI4 Admin Pickle Jar

Eric Vallo and Greg Myers
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Texas Ballroom H (click here for latest details)

It takes a lot of know-how to keep your SAP BI4 servers running smoothly and your customers merrily churning out reports and analytics. There is lots of info in the BI4 Admin Guide, on SAP Community Network, and out on the inter webs, but which solutions really work? In this session, SAP Mentors Eric Vallo and Greg Myers will share some of their favorite BI4 Admin tricks learned from years in the trenches. We’ll cover some of our favorite “tricks” for maintaining BI4, such as using SAP Lumira to gain insight into BusinessObjects log files, using Microsoft Excel to forecast capacity thresholds, the role Wily Introscope can play in your landscape, and more! Come and join what is sure to be a lively conversation about maintaining the BI4 beast.

The Diversified Semantic Layer Tweetup

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Education Matters: An Overview of Training Development, Implementation, and Delivery

Benjamin Asbeck
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Fort Worth Ballroom 1 (click here for latest details)
Session 0406 – Education/Support/Quality

With updates and new releases come new features, modified features, and new products. The development of a solid training plan for your user community is paramount to the success of your SAP technology 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 this session to learn how a training plan, when combined with an existing implementation plan, can lead to the successful adoption of SAP within your organization.

  • Learn about common mistakes that organizations make when developing a training plan for BI deployments
  • Explore a variety of training approaches
  • Learn how to create an environment of knowledge retention and proliferation

Taking SAP BusinessObjects from Stock to Custom

Dallas Marks
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Texas Ballroom H (click here for latest details)
Session 0307 – BI Platform (Security, Administration) and Server Administration

SAP BusinessObjects administrators will learn the secrets of customizing the BI Launch Pad and in SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1. We’ll also look at new personalization capabilities in Web Intelligence 4.1. With detailed step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to deliver a tailored information portal that meet user needs without custom coding.

  • Build a brand for your Business Intelligence Competency Center
  • Customize the BI Launch Pad portal
  • Personalize the Web Intelligence experience

In What Ways does Wily Introscope Work for Me?

Greg Myers with Toby Johnston, SAP
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Texas Ballroom H (click here for latest details)
Session 0308 – BI Platform (Security, Administration) and Server Administration

If you’ve been working around the SAP BI Platform Administration space over the past couple of years, you’ve likely heard quite a bit about CA Wily Introscope. You might be thinking, what is Wily? Why do I need it? What does it do for me? If you’d like the answers to those questions and more, then this is the session for you. Come and learn about Wily Introscope. We’ll cover what it is, how to install it, and practical ways to use it to make your BI Administration life smoother.

  • What is Wily Introscope?
  • How do I install it?
  • How do I use it?

Epic Failure: Practical lessons in Capacity Testing SAP BI Solutions

Greg Myers
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Texas Ballroom H (click here for latest details)
Session 0309 – BI Platform (Security, Administration) and Server Administration

Delivery of business analytics to end-users is becoming more important every day. Critical business decisions are based on accurate and timely information. Can your business-intelligence (BI) platform deliver the analytics your users require? SAP Mentor Greg Myers will outline some surefire methods for properly sizing and scaling your BI platform, benchmarking your system, and understanding the limits of your capacity before your users do.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More than a Universe Development Tool! A Universal Look Inside your company Data with the Information Design Tool

Ahmed Sherif
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Fort Worth Ballroom 8 (click here for latest details)
Session 0811 – Semantic Layer

With the introduction of BI4, we were all introduced to the information design tool, an entirely new tool for designing universes. Many legacy BusinessObjects 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 share examples of customers who initially refused to upgrade their universes to a UNX but ultimately found the upgrade with the information design tool more stable. Additionally, these customers found many of the new features with the IDT invaluable to preserve collaboration between multiple designers, allowing more control of datasets with the universe designer that was usually limited to the database administrator with the universe design tool. Finally, this abstract will show how developers can gain insight into their corporate data directly from the IDT as well as develop customized reporting without having to deploy to the repository.

  • Learn to leverage data foundation views to breakout universe contexts to individual views
  • Learn to leverage the built in query panel to view results of data sets from SQL statements directly inside Information Design Tool
  • Learn to leverage the graphical data features to graph results and slice/dice data directly inside Information Design Tool

“Cost Saving” Project Cuts You Can’t Afford

A Diversified Semantic Layer panel discussion with Eric Vallo, Greg Myers, Jamie Oswald and Dallas Marks
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Fort Worth Ballroom 3 (click here for latest details)
Session 0112 – BI Platform (Security, Administration) and Server Administration

Time and time again, pieces of your technology projects drop on the cutting room floor. But do you really know what those items will cost you in the long-term? Come join this sure-to-be lively panel discussion with SAP Mentors and Industry Experts on the good, bad, and ugly of successful SAP Analytics projects. We’ll cover the things we commonly see get cut from projects, and why those things really shouldn’t be cut. We’ll cover topics like Project Management, Master Data Management, Data Quality, Capacity Testing, and whatever other project components you want to discuss. If you are responsible for delivering a successful SAP Analytics project, you don’t want to miss this panel discussion.

  • What makes a SAP BI project successful?
  • What mistakes have other customers made in their projects that I can avoid?
  • What is the value in keeping some of these commonly cut project components?