ASUG Volunteer Spotlight

Look mom, I’m in the ASUG Annual Report!

Sometimes the best things that happen to your career are serendipitous accidents, or at least they seem that way at the time. We find ourselves in an opportunity to push ourselves outside of our normal comfort zone. Due to a career change, a long-serving volunteer normally in charge of the annual ASUG Developer Tools Day was no longer able to be part of ASUG. Nature abhors a vacuum, so last year I was able to step into the role of event organizer with the help of my peers in the Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio leadership teams. In December 2016, we hosted what we learned would be the 10th annual ASUG Developer Tools Day. We’re all looking forward to continuing the tradition in 2017.

Ina Felsheim introduces SAP Lumira 2.0 at ASUG Developer Tools Day 2016

Dallas Marks is a member of the Kentucky Chapter. Dallas has found his niche in the chapter by managing the social media accounts for the Kentucky Chapter, with a special emphasis on Twitter. Building on this, Dallas writes blogs in his spare time to help promote the meetings. In addition to his duties in the chapter, Dallas manages Developer Tools Day. His positive disposition allows him to be innovative, charismatic, and a pleasure to work with.

From the 2016 ASUG Annual Report

Tom Jung shares HANA programming knowledge at ASUG Developer Tools Day 2016

I’ve been a part of the ASUG Kentucky Chapter since 2011 and have served in several volunteer roles since 2014. Being a member of a local ASUG chapter has provided me with a core group of trusted professionals. Some share my immediate interest area of analytics. But I benefit just as much from knowing people in other parts of the SAP ecosystem, broadening my understanding of what it takes to power an organization with SAP software. I’m proud to serve with the current chapter leadership of Eric Stephan-Neill, Vince Barber, Ashley Lowe, Theresa Westlund; previous chapter leadership Suresh AdhikariDamean Chen, and Darren Hites; and our ASUG community coordinator Paige Riegen.

Storm Archer introduces SAP BW/4HANA at ASUG Developer Tools Day 2016

I won’t be able to join you this year at the 2017 ASUG Annual Meeting, but I’m extremely grateful for the recognition from the ASUG volunteer community as well as the continued opportunity to stretch my limits.

Volunteer Spotlight in 2016 ASUG Annual Report

Much thanks,
Dallas Marks

ASUG Kentucky Chapter Meeting on August 8, 2014

SAP makes better bourbon. Come to the next ASUG Kentucky meeting to learn how.

The next ASUG Kentucky chapter meeting will be Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. Woodford Reserve is a brand of Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the world’s top 10 spirits companies. Brown-Forman uses SAP to make better bourbons like Woodford Reserve along with other well-known adult beverages like Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort.

Woodford Reserve
In addition to hosting the meeting as part of the ASUG volunteer team, I will be speaking about Agile Business Intelligence with SAP BusinesObjects Explorer 4.1.

Agile Business Inteligence with SAP BusinesObjects Explorer 4.1

Like a Hubble telescope for your Business Intelligence (BI) environment, SAP BusinesObjects Explorer software brings together the simplicity and sped of search with the trust and analytical power of BI to provide immediate answers to casual business users. Learn how Explorer can become a key component of your Agile BI strategy, from Excel-based prototypes to traditional relational databases, to extreme performance with in-memory SAP HANA, and as a companion with SAP Lumira. And take SAP Lumira data sets, exploration views, and location analytics on the go using SAP BusinesObjects Mobile.

There’s a fantastic and full agenda (see agenda and registration on ASUG web site) with both business and technical tracks. The meeting will close with a distillery tour.

Woodford Reserve Distillery
7855 McCraken Pike
Versailles, KY 40383

ASUG Kentucky Chapter Meeting

Join me at the March 22 ASUG Kentucky chapter meeting at NKU.

Going Mobile with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0On Friday, March 22, 2013, I’ll be speaking at the ASUG Kentucky chapter meeting at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).

Going Mobile with SAP BusinessObjects BI4

SAP BusinessObjects BI4 Support Pack 5 and Mobile BI 4.4 arrived late last year, adding mobile support for SAP Dashboards and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio. It also extended capabilities for mobile Crystal Reports, Explorer, and Web Intelligence. In this session, we’ll take a look at the current state of SAP Mobile BI, what’s coming in the future with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1, and how best to deploy mobile business intelligence in your organization.

SAP Explorer iPad

This presentation is an updated version of the mobility presentation given earlier this month at the St. Louis BusinessObjects User Group meeting.

Register for this event on the ASUG web site.

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer – What IT Needs to Know

Just like a political talk show on cable, the truth about SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is somewhere in the middle.

I’ve been busy talking about SAP BusinessObjects Explorer and helping customers deploy it.  I’m really excited about next month’s release of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.0 as part of the BI 4.0 suite, but there’s lots of reasons to start using the current release, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer XI 3.2.  Explorer is a unique business intelligence application aimed at the casual business user.  People generally have two reactions to it.  The first is that it’s a silver bullet that will magically solve all of their organization’s information delivery challenges.  The second reaction generally comes shortly after the second.  “Oh, it’s just a toy” or  “Our users would never use that”.

Both of these reactions are the extremes.  Just like a political talk show on cable, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Explorer brings business intelligence to an audience that desperately needs it but isn’t willing to sacrifice the time to access it.  I frequently hear from IT that “Explorer needs to add XYZ feature,” but remember- its beauty is in its simplicity.  SAP BusinessObjects Explorer requires almost no training.  Adding new features cannot come at the expense of complexity, and I appreciate that Explorer’s product managers carefully guard which features go into the product.

Explorer is great because it addresses the “I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for” business requirement.  Giving key users access to corporate data via Explorer helps them discover new insights.  These insights will lead to more specific business requirements to address specific business problems.  That’s where the more traditional tools for dashboards, ad-hoc query, and enterprise reporting come into play.  Explorer augments these tools.  It doesn’t replace them.

Explorer allows you to start small with your existing universes, then grow into in-memory analytics with either SAP BW Accelerator or HANA.  You don’t have to begin with a large investment.  Many customers are already licensed for Explorer, they just haven’t deployed it because it’s a separate install.

I challenge you to give Explorer a try.  Remember, it helps users find what they didn’t realize they were looking for.  Therefore, they’re not going to come asking you to deploy a tool that they don’t realize they need.  Take the first step and put Explorer in front of them, either on their desktops or their mobile devices.  Then step back and see what happens.

My 2011 SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Tour (so far)

April 29, 2011
ASUG Ohio Chapter Meeting
Cleveland, Ohio

June 24, 2011
ASUG Kentucky Chapter Meeting
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY

July 14, 2011
St. Louis BusinessObjects User Group
St. Louis, MO

Your hometown???

Have you deployed Explorer in your organization?  Share your thoughts below.