2015 ASUG SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects User Conference

It’s that time of year again. Another year, another SAP BusinessObjects User Conference. This year, it’ll light up the twitterverse as #SABOUC. I’m elated that Dallas Marks, Greg Myers, and I will be joined by Bonnie Brown in her rookie season with EV Technologies.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Analytic Storytelling with Web Intelligence by Dallas Marks
Monday, August 31, 2015 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Session 2825 | Room 15
Reporting track/Web Intelligence sub-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. These capabilities were extended even further for Web Intelligence 4.1. 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.

Tasty Bits from the BI4 Admin Pickle Jar, Part 2 by Greg Myers and Eric Vallo
Monday, August 31, 2015 | 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | Session 2842 | Room 18B
System Sizing and Configuration sub-track

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 a sequel to last year’s popular session, SAP Mentors Eric Vallo and Greg Myers will share some of their favoriteBI4 Admin tricks learned from years in the trenches. We’ll cover some of our favorite “tricks” for maintainingBI4, such as performing End to End tracing using the SAP Client Plugin,GLF Viewer, and CA Application Performance Monitoring (aka Wily Introscope), creating nifty reports from Auditor to trend usage statistics, and how to open the perfect Incident ticket with SAP Support! Come and join what is sure to be a lively conversation about maintaining the BI4 beast.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cloudy with a Chance of Analytics by Greg Myers and Eric Vallo
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 – PM | Session 2807 | Room 18A
System Sizing and Configuration sub-tack

The Cloud is pervasive. It’s used by devices and apps we use every day. Mainstream analytics solutions are a slow starter to take on a persona in the Cloud, but recent innovations there, and new security certifications, make the Cloud an attractive environment to foster SAP Analytics solutions. Join SAP Mentors Greg Myers and Eric Vallo as they discuss the capabilities of the Cloud, the challenges in information security, and flexible architectures that can scale to any high demand SAP Analytics solution’s needs.

Taking SAP BusinessObjects from Stock to Custom by Dallas Marks
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Session 2842 | Room 18A
BI Platform track/System Sizing & Configuration sub-track

SAP BusinessObjects administrators will learn the secrets of customizing the appearance of the BI Launch Pad for BI 4.0 and BI 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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

If You Build It They will Come, Well Maybe by Bonnie Brown
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM | Session 2813 | Room 18C

You have all the data and all the tools but where are the users? How often have you found yourself with the all infrastructure in place but business demand is still data dumps? Have you ever found yourself at the end of a BI project feeling successful only to find out your end result meets the needs of an information gatherer instead of an information consumer? During this session join us for a presentation and discussion of best practices for increasing BI adoption through a combination of governance, internal marketing, BI training and agile BI development. Walk away with actionable ideas on how to increase BI Adoption and move yourself up the BI maturity cycle.

Using the Best Ingredients for the SAP BI Platform by Dallas Marks
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM | Session 2823 | Room 18A
BI Platform track/System Sizing & Configuration sub-track

Celebrity chefs on television frequently remind their viewers to use the freshest, highest quality ingredients when cooking. SAP analytics professionals who administer the BI platform need to make similar decisions when designing a high-performance BI landscape. In this session, learn how to choose the best ingredients for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1. We’ll examine the core components of the physical architecture and best practices for each one, including the BI platform, the web application tier, virtualization, the CMS and audit databases, and the input and output file repositories. Whether you manage BI teams at a high level or are a hands-on administrator, you’ll leave the session knowing how to make the best decisions for your deployment.

Universe Design: Evolution, Intelligent Design, or Just a Big Mess? by Dallas Marks
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Session 2826 | Room 16B
Universe Design track

Are you new or intermediate universe designer? Or maybe a project manager overseeing the full lifecycle of a BI project? Perhaps a seasoned Crystal Reports or BW developer investigating the benefits of the Business Objects semantic layer? A well-designed universe is the foundation to a successful business intelligence project and satisfied users. Building this foundation begins long before you click on the Information Design Tool application. A combination of evolution and intelligent design, this session presents best practices at each stage of the universe life cycle, including requirements gathering, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. Avoid the big mess and deploy successful implementations now.

We’re going to do our best not to ruin our trip on all you can eat BBQ rib buffets and hope we can connect while we are in town.

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