2016 is almost over. I began the new year moving my blog to a new web hosting service. A side benefit was finally moving my blog to the DallasMarks.com domain from the previous DallasMarks.org domain. You’ll definitely want to update any bookmarks that you have.
It’s taken ten years, but this year Eric Vallo asked me to transition from services into presales. I also visited the SAP Vancouver office for the first time to receive SAP BusinessObjects Cloud presales training for partners. Sometimes your dreams don’t come true how and when you expect them to. In 2006, I got my first passport on the hopes that I’d be accepting a presales job with BusinessObjects and traveling frequently to Vancouver, BC for training. That opportunity did not come to fruition, nor did two additional attempts after SAP’s acquisition.
This year was the first that I did not attend or speak at the annual ASUG BI conference (see related article, Watching #ASUGBIA from the sidelines). I’ve spoken at the national event each year starting with BusinessObjects Insight 2006 conference in San Francisco, California and was an attendee at Insight 2005 the year before at the Gaylord resort in Orlando, Florida. Missing the annual event and its networking opportunities was a big bummer and yet another reminder that not every career opportunity is under one’s own control. What I have learned this year is that many more people have seen my writing than seen me give a presentation. So I am endeavouring to write more frequently in 2017.
One of the things I’ll be writing in 2017 is the fourth edition of Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide from SAP Press with co-authors Jim Brogden and Christian Ah-Soon (see related article, Is There Room On Your Bookshelf for Web Intelligence, Fourth Edition?)
Even though I missed both the 2016 ASUG volunteer meeting and ASUG Business Intelligence and Analytics conference, I remained an active ASUG volunteer as program chair for the Kentucky chapter. Due to some career transitions, I inherited planning the annual ASUG Developer Tools Day, co-sponsored by the Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky ASUG chapters. I’m looking forward to the 2017 ASUG volunteer meeting next month in Chicago, Illinois.
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It’s a challenge to beat last year’s trip to SAP’s Paris office, but my first visit to SAP’s Vancouver office was splendid. I ran into Blair Wheadon at Starbucks and Ty Miller at the SkyTrain station. It was good to see familiar faces like Jayne Landry kick off the partner event and Radim Bacinschi gave me a personalized tour of Vancouver.
- SAP Insider BI 2016 and HANA 2016 (February 14-20, 2016), Las Vegas, NV
- ASUG Kentucky winter meeting (February 26, 2016), Lexington, Kentucky
- Mike Weinberg sales coaching (April 2016), St. Louis, Missouri
- SAP quarterly business review (April 7, 2016), Boston, Massachusetts
- St. Louis Analytics User Group (April 28, 2016)
- Information Design Tool mentoring for real estate industry (May 8-13, 2016), Miami, Florida
- ASUG Annual Conference and SAP SAPPHIRE, Orlando, FL (May 15-22, 2016)
- ASUG Kentucky summer meeting (June 10, 2016), Louisville, KY
- SAP BusinessObjects Cloud presales training for SAP partners (June 13-17, 2016), SAP Vancouver, BC
- Web Intelligence training for healthcare industry (August 29 – September 1, 2016), Wilmington, North Carolina
- ASUG Kentucky fall meeting (September 15, 2016) at Northern Kentucky University
- SAP Insider Reporting & Analytics 2016 (October 31, 2016 – November 4, 2016)
- Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group (PGHBOUG)
- ASUG Developer Tools Day (December 9, 2016), Highland Heights, KY
- #askSAP Analytics Innovations Community Call (June 28, 2016) moderator for webcast with Blair Wheadon, Olivier Duvelleroy, and SAP Mentor Tammy Powlas
- What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP3? SAP sponsored webcast (October 26, 2016)
Books Read and Reviewed
I’ve noticed that I’m not reading as many books, due in part to three active children as well as eyes that now need reading glasses. I still read lots of shorter articles from my laptop or tablet, but book reading is an area of my life where I need to set higher goals in 2017.
SAP Lumira Essentials by Dmitry Anoshin
In addition to the articles I’ve written here on my personal blog in 2016 (click here for complete list), you’ll want to check out the articles I wrote for the SAP Community (see my profile on SAP Community for a complete list).
- ASUG Developer Tools Day 2016, October 25, 2016
- The Fate of the Universe Depends on You, Part 2 of 2, September 27, 2016
- The Fate of the Universe Depends on You, Part 1 of 2, September 26, 2016
- Recap of the ASUG Kentucky Chatper Meeting (September 15, 2016) at NKU, posted September 20, 2016
- Thoughts on the SAP Digital Boardroom, July 6, 2016
- Celebrate the Small Stuff Along the Road to BI Maturity, July 5, 2016
- What I saw at the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud Pre-Sales Workshop, June 20, 2016
- State of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 Upgrade – May 2016 (SAPPHIRE Edition), May 25, 2016
- A Brand New Day for SAP Analytics in St. Louis, USA, May 25, 2016
- State of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4 Upgrade – January 2016, January 12, 2016
Or the articles I wrote for EV Technologies (see my profile on EV Technologies for a complete list).
- Love Lumira? It’s time to love the Information Design Tool, December 7, 2016
- The Fate of the Universe Depends on You, October 4, 2016
- Better Mobile BI by Using the Configuration Server, August 3, 2016
- SAP BI 4.2 is finally here! Time to #askSAP all your questions, May 31, 2016
- The BI Administrator’s Cockpit, April 18, 2016
- State of the SAP BusinessObjects BI4 Upgrade, January 2016, January 12, 2016
The Year Ahead
Thanks for your encouragement and support this year. 2017 should prove to be another interesting year. I’m already scheduled to present two sessions at SAP Insider BI 2017 about SAP BusinessObjects Lumira and SAP IQ (read related article here). I’ll also be attending the January 2017 ASUG volunteer meeting with my fellow Kentucky volunteers Eric-Stephan Neill, Vince Barber, Ashley Lowe, and Theresa Westlund. And no doubt SAP will provide a few interesting announcements to keep us on our toes.