In 2013, the team at EV Technologies gave you a webinar series to help you plot your course through the migration to SAP BusinessObjects BI4.  Today, we have made plans to help you take your BI to the next level now that you have it up and running.  We’re calling it in “BetterBOBJ – Data in Motion”.  Our goal is to help you exploit as much of the new capabilities in SAP BusinessObjects BI4 as we can.  We’ll explore first, at the highest level, the main tools in your new arsenal.  Join Eric Vallo, Chris Greer, Ahmed Sherif, Coy Yonce, Greg Myers, Dallas Marks, and Clint Vosloo for this awesome, 12 part webinar.  Please note that dates and times for each region are listed below with separate webinar registrations included.

UPDATE:  New for ANZ customers!  SAP will be co-presenting several sessions during this series.  Check out the updated agenda below for new dates and times for these special presentations.

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Analytic Story Telling with Dallas Marks – February 26, 2014 US/March 5, 2014 ANZ

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.

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Information Design Tool – A Universal look inside your company data with Ahmed Sherif – March 12, 2014 US/March 19, 2014 ANZ

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 presentation will share examples of three 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.

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SAP Analysis for OLAP and MS Office with Patrice Le Bihan – March 26, 2014 US/April 2, 2014 ANZ

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SAP Lumira for N00bs with Eric Vallo – April 16, 2014 US (Rescheduled)/April 16, 2014 ANZ

Proliferation of the idea, the Network of Truth, is spreading fast.  While a concept, not a technology, SAP is working hard to position SAP Lumira as the underpinnings of this philosophy, deviating from the Single Version of the Truth. In this session, we’ll revisit some key concepts and why it is relevant to all industries push for user adoption, and we’ll review some demonstrations of the capabilities in SAP Lumira.

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SAP Business Intelligence Customer Landscape and Licensing Options with Sanjiv Bansal – April 9, 2014 ANZ

sap Since the acquisition of BusinessObjects by SAP there are a few common landscapes of where a customer belongs. Also there are multiple options available for customer to upgrade from their existing landscape. Hence this session will look at the most customer scenarios and simplify options available for these customers to leverage new solutions by changing their landscape in the most efficient way.The common customer landscapes which will be explored will be:
  1. SAP ERP / SAP BW customers looking at adopting the BusinessObjects platform or upgrading to the latest BI Suite solutions.
  2. SAP BusinessObjects only customers who do not have any SAP ERP r SAP BW landscape and would just like to continue using the latest solutions from the BI Suite.
  3. Legacy customers are who are not current with on the BI license or platform
  4. Enterprise BI customers who have multiple BI tools and would like to consolidate.

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Crystal Reports vs. Crystal Reports Enterprise with Coy Yonce – April 23, 2014 US/April 30, 2014 ANZ

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise attempts to bring the Crystal Reports product into the SAP BI 4 landscape via the introduction of a common user interface, support for UNX based Universes, improved access to SAP BW data sources, and a host of other enhancements. During this session, you will learn the differences between the class Crystal Reports tool and the new Crystal Reports for Enterprise tool. In addition, the session will cover which tool should be used for specific purposes and what should be considered when determining whether you should upgrade your existing Crystal Reports content to the Crystal Reports for Enterprise format.


SAP Web Intelligence the cool updates no one is talking about with Chris Greer – May 7, 2014 US/May 14, 2014 ANZ

New tool like SAP HANA and SAP Lumira have been getting a lot of focus lately while Web Intelligence has not been getting a lot of love. That said Webi is still the core reporting tool in the SAP Business Intelligence suite and there have been many recent cool and significant updates. We will take a look at some of these and show you how you might use them to enhance and simplify your Web Intelligence reporting. Some of the features we will explore include: adding grouping; adding prompts in the formula editor; dynamic background images; ways to customize color assignments in charts; freeze table headers and columns in a report; and more.

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SAP Business Intelligence Options on the Cloud with Sanjiv Bansal – May 21, 2014 ANZ

sap This session will review, what are the options available on the “Cloud” for SAP Analytics customers. We will look at what is the currently available in the Cloud for analytics and what are the options in consideration for the future. It will be a very practical session where you will see and hear what you can do today in stage 1 of adopting a Cloud solution with SAP Analytics.


SAP BusinessObjects Explorer with Dallas Marks – May 21, 2014 US/May 28, 2014 ANZ

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to increase user adoption and deliver business intelligence to casual users, whether on desktop or mobile devices. Learn to use Explorer with familiar data sources from your existing universes and new data sources such as SAP HANA. See how to displaying data in informative Exploration Views or explore by geography using Explorer’s location analytics features.

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SAP Dashboards with Chris Greer – June 4, 2014 US/June 11, 2014 ANZ

As more companies hand over mobile devices to employees, more users are accessing their company data through those mobile devices. Therefore, more dashboard design is being requested first for mobility rather than desktop, and with release of BI 4.0 SP5, 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 presentation 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.


Build your SAP Design Studio Dashboard without having to use code with Ahmed Sherif – June 18, 2014 US/June 25, 2014 ANZ

While the end result of Design Studio is to produce an interactive Dashboard, a few minutes with the tool will show that the design features differ significantly from SAP Dashboards.  Much of the coding with SAP Dashboards can be leveraged with Excel, while SAP Design Studio leverages both Javascript and CSS for designing the layout and component interactivity.  This shift in Design Studio may initially restrain users from migrating existing SAP Dashboards.  The purpose of this presentation is to debunk the fallacy that you must be a coder to build dashboards with Design Studio and  highlight many of the key design features available inside of Design Studio that may guide you in building the code needed for building a BI Application or Dashboard with SAP Design Studio.

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BI Strategy Assessments for Enterprise BI Customers with Sanjiv Bansal – July 2, 2014 ANZ

sap This session will review the BI Strategy Workshops delivered by SAP Analytics team members from the Centre of Excellence for Business Analytics. What are some of the tools and techniques which are used by experienced professionals in assisting customers plan out a BI Strategy for their organisations for the next 2 to 3 years. It will also review some of the recommendations of setting up BI Competency centres. A few customer case studies will be used to deliver a very practical approach to BI Strategy.


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Visualizing Data on SAP BI Mobile with Chris Greer and Ahmed Sherif – July 2, 2014 US/July 9, 2014 ANZ

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 presentation will focus on five key tips in report development for mobility that you would not necessarily do for desktop reports. The five tips will focus on three areas: Report and components layout; alerting and formatting; and filtering.

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Big Data in the Story with Clint Vosloo – July 16, 2014/July 23, 2014 ANZ

This session provides an independent expert’s recommendations for leveraging database and technology functionality from SAP to ensure that clean, timely data is feeding your reports and analyses. This demo-intensive session offers:

  • A deep dive into the capabilities of SAP HANA, SAP Sybase IQ, and SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise, and examine strengths and tradeoffs based on results of multiple POC projects
  • Instructions and a live demo on how to use NLS (near-line storage) in your SAP BW environment by archiving rarely accessed read only data into SAP Sybase IQ and keeping the hot data in SAP HANA
  • A live demo showing how new data federation capabilities between SAP HANA, SAP Sybase IQ and Hadoop available with SAP HANA SP6 enable dynamic data queries across heterogeneous relational and non-relational database systems

Come away with expert recommendations for optimizing SAP’s database and technology platform correctly for the SAP BusinessObjects BI tool set.

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SAP Predictive Analytics Solution Review with Sanjiv Bansal – July 30, 2014 ANZ

sap This session will review the journey SAP Predictive Analytics has gone in becoming a significant player in the advanced analytics arena. Some of  early adopter use cases will be reviewed for industries like Public Sector, Utilities, Retail and Mining/Asset Intensive industries. Also how this solution is complimentary to solutions like Fraud Management and how they interact and support the complete customer use case. Finally we will review the embedding of predictive analytics solutions in some of the core analytics and enterprise application solutions.


SAP Predictive Analysis with Greg Myers – July 30, 2014 US/August 6, 2014 ANZ

Take a deep look at what really makes SAP Predictive Analysis different from Lumira; the predictive algorithms using R. Find out what the difference is between Linear Regression, Exponential Smoothing, Outliers (and more) and when to use which type of algorithm. Put on your propeller beanie and fasten your seatbelt for an unabashedly nerdy look at SAP Predictive Analysis!

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