Come to Las Vegas to learn the latest and greatest about SAP solutions for analytics and HANA.
Join me this February 26 – March 1, 2018 at SAP Insider BI & HANA 2018, hosted by The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. BI & HANA 2018 is co-located with Basis & SAP Administration 2018. Registration permits you to attend both events.
This year I will be presenting a single session about universe design.
The fate of the (SAP BusinessObjects) universe depends on you:
Moving your classic universes and reports to the Information Design Tool
Thursday, March 01, 2018 / 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM / Raphael 3
Starting with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 in 2011, SAP introduced a new universe format (UNX) and design tool (Information Design Tool). In the years since its introduction, the Information Design Tool has become more robust and newer BI tools such as SAP Lumira 2.0 and SAP Analytics Cloud prefer its format over the legacy format. Starting with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP4, SAP provides the Web Intelligence Change Source Utility to assist organizations in accelerating UNX adoption by converting their inventory of existing reports from the legacy UNV format. In this session, you’ll learn how to install and use this new utility to its maximum effectiveness. Specifically you’ll:
- Learn how to install and configure the new Automation Framework in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 SP5
- Create scenarios to convert batches of legacy reports to the new UNX universe format
- Tune and monitor the BI platform for maximum UNX support
The full conference agenda is available on the conference web site. Follow the conference activity on Twitter using the hashtag #BIHANA2018.
SAP Press will also be at the conference. Stop at their booth and ask for the special #BIHANA2018 discount on SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide, Fourth Edition!
UPDATE (03/16/2018): I’ve summarized some of the key points of my presentation on the SAP Community site. Read The Fate of the Universe Depends on You, Part 3.
Join me in Las Vegas for SAP Insider’s Reporting & Analytics 2017 conference!
Join me at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 29 – December 1, 2017 for Reporting & Analytics 2017 INTERACTIVE, just one of the four events SAP Insider has organized. The event is co-located with Managing your SAP Projects 2017, Cybersecurity for SAP Customers 2017, and SAP Cloud Platform Seminar. Your registration will allow you access sessions across all 4 events at no additional cost.
Secrets of a Business Intelligence Barista
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 / 4:20 PM – 5:20 PM / Sunset 2
Attend this session to learn how you can build a team that is both business-savvy and 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 BI tools on the menu, providing both instant (self-service) and barista (IT-supported) offerings, rewarding your best customers, and giving passionate customer support. By attending, you learn:
- How to create a “third place” between a business user’s cubicle and the IT department
- Methods to map business requirements to their appropriate “quadrant”
- Why the “self-service BI” quadrant isn’t necessarily the “magic” quadrant
- How to teach these principles in your organization
Take home a sample quadrant diagram to map existing users and applications.
Best Practices for Managing Universe Design Projects
Thursday, November 30, 2017 / 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM / Sunset 2
A well-designed universe is the foundation for a successful business intelligence project and satisfied users, but many universe design projects are doomed before a developer opens the Information Design Tool. A successful universe relies on effective project management as much as technical skill. This session is designed for non-technical BI managers and analysts as well as seasoned universe designers and will share best practices for each stage of the universe lifecycle. You will:
- Gain a detailed understanding of project objectives for each stage of the universe design lifecycle — Prepare, analyze, plan, implement, test, deploy, and maintain
- Learn key questions that project managers should be asking at each of the 7 lifecycle stages
- Apply lessons from agile methodology such as breaking a large universe project into multiple smaller sprints and paired programming
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.
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
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 Adhikari, Damean Chen, and Darren Hites; and our ASUG community coordinator Paige Riegen.
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.
Join me for deep dives into SAP Lumira and SAP IQ.
Join me this February 27 – March 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for SAP Insider BI 2017, the definitive conference for professionals who use and support SAP BusinessObjects BI, SAP BW, and SAP analytics solutions.
This year I will be presenting two sessions – the full conference agenda is available on the conference web site.
SAP BusinessObjects Lumira integration with the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform: What BI administrators need to know.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm, room Asia 3
Learn how to add SAP BusinessObjects Lumira support to your existing SAP BusinessObjects BI landscape, and deploy to your user community with confidence. By attending, you will:
- Learn how to install, size, and configure the SAP BusinessObjects Lumira in-memory database engine on your existing SAP BusinessObjects BI landscape
- See step-by-step how to configure security and govern SAP BusinessObjects Lumira desktops from the BI platform
- Explore which SAP BusinessObjects Lumira capabilities are supported in mobile BI and which ones are not
- Best practices for monitoring the SAP BusinessObjects Lumira engine for peak performance
How SAP IQ can accelerate your existing data warehouse with minimal effort
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, room Northern E-4
SAP has amended the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 license to include 1 license of SAP PowerDesigner, 8 cores of SAP Data Integrator, and 8 cores of SAP IQ. Discover how this “data warehouse in a box” solution can accelerate your existing data warehouse with minimal effort, and how to lead a pilot project to determine the feasibility of migrating to the SAP IQ platform. Learn how to:
- Use SAP PowerDesigner to automatically recreate existing data warehouse schema DDL from the current platform to SAP IQ
- Use SAP Data Integrator to move a snapshot of the existing data warehouse to SAP IQ
- Modify an existing universe to use SAP IQ with minimal disruption to downstream SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence content
- Benchmark the old and new solution to determine ROI
Attendees will be able to take home a project plan to manage their own SAP IQ pilot.
Register by January 27 and SAVE $550! BI 2017 is co-located with Basis & SAP Administration 2017 and HANA 2017. Your registration will allow you access sessions across all 3 events at no additional cost.
Presentation downloads for all sessions are available to conference attendees from the SAP Insider web site.
I will be speaking about the latest SAP innovations in analytics at the next Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group (PGHBOUG) on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise 4.2
SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise 4.2 provides a wealth of new enhancements whether you are a user, developer or administrator. This session will focus on innovations as seen through the eyes of a business user who uses Web Intelligence or Lumira on a regular basis. We’ll also unpack the benefits of adopting the Information Design Tool for universe design and SAP IQ for accelerating your existing data warehouse architecture.
SAP Lumira: What BI Administrators Need to Know
Learn how to add SAP Lumira support to your existing SAP BI or Edge landscape. See several of Lumira’s unique features for trusted data discovery and deploy to your user community with confidence.
• Learn how to install, size, and configure the SAP Lumira in-memory database engine on your existing SAP BI landscape
• See step-by-step how to configure security and govern SAP Lumira desktops from the BI platform
• Learn which Lumira capabilities are supported in Mobile BI and which ones aren’t
• Adopt best practices for monitoring the SAP Lumira engine for peak performance
• Understand how SAP Lumira and Design Studio will converge with their 2.0 releases
It’s been over four years since I’ve been at a Pittsburgh meeting and am looking forward to sampling some pierogis and local craft brews. Visit the Pittsburgh BusinessObjects User Group web site for meeting location, directions and other details.
Unfortunately, I am not one of the top ten reasons to attend ASUG BIA this year.
ASUG released a YouTube video listing the Top Ten Reasons to Attend their BI + Analytics Conference on October 17-20, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sadly, for reasons beyond my control, I won’t be there. It will be the first annual BI conference that I miss since first attending BusinessObjects Insight in 2005. It looks like a spectacular event, especially with keynotes from industry thought leaders Wayne Eckerson and Claudia Imhoff. If you’re fortunate enough to attend this year’s event, send me a postcard!
Join me and my friends at SAP Insider’s Reporting & Analytics 2016 INTERACTIVE conference.
Join me at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida on November 2-4, 2016 at SAP Insider’s Reporting & Analytics 2016 INTERACTIVE conference. I’ll be there with my co-workers, Chris Bushmeyer and Eric Vallo (see the full EV Technologies speaking roster here). I’m giving two presentations about Web Intelligence and will be sharing the latest visualization enhancements included in the latest SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise 4.2 Support Pack 3 release.
Leverage the newest capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence to create powerful visualizations for your data
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM, room TBD
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, we’ll look at the features in the latest 4.2 release. 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.
- Discover Web Intelligence 4.2 charting capabilities, including new geolocation charts
- Learn best practices for displaying quantitative information
- Review special considerations for tablets and smartphones
Making mobile magic with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Friday, November 4, 2016 @ 10:30 – 11:45 AM, room TBD
Ready for mobile business intelligence? This comprehensive session teaches you how to create new SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence reports and tailor existing reports for tablet and smartphone devices. Learn how to configure the BI platform to be mobile-ready as you learn:
- Techniques to master new mobile-exclusive capabilities, like graphs and scorecards
- Important differences between card view and page view
- Using publications to distribute personalized content to users via their mobile devices
Download the presentation slides and sample downloads from the SAP Insider web site.
Image credit: Rosen Shingle Creek