BusinessObjects Dashboards & Data Visualizations

USPI Self-service Enterprise BI Portal – David Behr

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) was looking to move away from a “Push” reporting model to building out a custom Enterprise Business Intelligence Portal where all end users can go to in order to see the reports and dashboards they need to make their necessary decisions and run their business. Utilizing Business Objects Launchpad was the “out of the box” solution, but would require each user to consume a BO License to access their reports and dashboards.

USPI decided to build an enterprise reporting portal that did not require every user to log into BusinessObjects, and use single sign on leveraging Active Directory. However this portal needed to provide the capability of ad-hoc query building and applications that could write-back data to a database, Come find out how USPI made this vision a reality.

Developing a Write-back Dashboard – Taylor Packwood

Being able to write back from a dashboard to a database can be an extremely powerful feature when used correctly. The challenge comes from people not knowing how to implement write back in their dashboards, or they don’t know the full potential of using the write back feature to its maximum capabilities. In this session, we’ll talk about how to set up a write back dashboard, address some of the challenges in setting it up, and enhance the understanding of write back with example dashboards that showcase creative use of write back in their applications.

Dashboard Development made easier: An Xcelsius add-on created by InfoSol – Runali Ghosh

Dashboard development made simpler and parallel with Advanced iFrame – an Xcelsius add-on component created by InfoSol – Runali Ghosh Despite numerous great features and advantages of Xcelsius (aka BusinessObjects Dashboards), developers often face challenges when building complex and large dashboards. The first major challenge is that the work cannot be divided amongst multiple developers due to its lack of capability to merge and share dashboard projects. The second challenge is faced when the number of components increases because the loading, previewing and navigation of the dashboard tends to slow down. Also, there is no efficient way to break up the project into logical modules that can call and/or pass data between each other in order to connect the outputs into a single, seamless dashboard. This session will demonstrate examples of Advanced iFrame; an add-on component that enables developing large dashboards with several tabs and pages, permitting multiple developers to work in parallel while breaking it up into logical modules. A bonus, changes can be made in small chunks without having to alter a large single file!

Tableau with BusinessObjects – Bring out the best of both worlds – Rajesh Ponnurangam

Learn why and how Tableau with Business Objects is the best combination for enterprise BI. The use cases for Tableau dashboards with BO content will be discussed. Tips and tricks designing BO content for Tableau will be discussed. Deployment and scheduling of BO content to Tableau desktop and Tableau server will be demonstrated along with bursting out Tableau workbooks.

Simple Self-Service Query & Analysis for the Masses with dScover v2 – Rich Harvey

Self-service Business Intelligence has been an enigma. BI tools are either designed for power users or BI developers and the masses have been simply the recipients of their outputs who never seem to get exactly want they want. Meanwhile many BI departments have become report factories trying to keep up with the increasing demands of a growing BI audience.

BI dashboard applications with guided analysis have helped but they also need to included intuitive and interactive drag and drop data analysis capabilities as well. dScover v1 was an Xcelsius dashboard component which delivered a combination of self-service reporting and data discovery directly within a dashboard. This interactive drag and drop tool takes InfoBurst XDC to a whole new level. dScover v2 is a re-imaging of this capability as an add-on to InfoBurst. This session will introduce you to dScover v2 and give you the opportunity to view the roadmap and influence how the product evolves.

D.E.C.I.D.E. Designing, Elegant, Comprehensive, & Informative Dashboards Everytime – Noe Garcia

Creating a dashboard from scratch can be a daunting task. There are many factors to consider: the data, the layout, the overall design, the delivery, and the audience. Many decisions must be made to come up with a successful dashboard solution. Lucky for you that this presentation will help you D.E.C.I.D.E on the right solution! In this session, you will learn about how to properly design a comprehensive dashboard in an elegant and informative way…every time! Of course, having a set of powerful tools like Xcelsius (SAP BO Dashboards), Web Intelligence, and InfoBurst will help you make the dashboard that users will keep coming back for. So don’t miss out on this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to learn all of this and more. But don’t take it from me. You D.E.C.I.D.E!

How Dana is Delivering Executive Dashboards using a Template Solution – Lori Wagner

From the CEO on down, the need for dashboards is being heard. Each area of the business wants to have its own look, feel, and flow but the delivery team needs to leverage reuse for supportability, speed of delivery, and consistent KPI’s.

Dana has addressed this need by developing a template solution with an extensible configuration based design along with the flexibility and power of Web Intelligence, Xcelsius, and InfoBurst together.

Xcelsius Components to Make Your Dashboards Rock – Matt Duligall

In this session we will be demonstrating a range of Xcelsius components developed by the InfoSol UK Labs team based on requests from dashboard developers and users. During the session you will not only see these in action but we will be inviting feedback on them as well as what you would like to see next for Xcelsius add-on components.

My Favorite Dashboard Love Affairs – Paul Grill

There is a lot more to a dashboard than just good looks. In fact, some of the best dashboards are not particularly visually outstanding. It’s often more about what they do rather than how they look that makes you attracted to them. But there are a few that you fall absolutely “head over heels” in love with.

In this entertaining and educational session, Dashboard Casanova Paul Grill will visually present some of his favorite dashboards and share the stories behind his passionate love affairs with them.

ARI Healthcard Case Study – Tony & Harvey

ARI is the largest privately owned Vehicle Fleet Management company in the world with operations in North America and Europe. Managing over a million vehicles on behalf of their clients, they collect and analyze an enormous amount of data that can provide invaluable business intelligence to their clients.

The Fleet management VP was looking for a Fleet Health Card that could show key analytics in terms of vehicle spend, fuel habits, preventative maintenance and vehicle utilization that could provide new insights for their customers. Using SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius) on HANA, ARI delivered a solution that exceeded all expectations.

How WWF is using Dashboards to save the planet!- Ashley Brooks

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What Makes a Visually Appealing Dashboard – Taylor Packwood

A well designed and good looking dashboard has a much better chance of being used and therefore being successful. This session will showcase and discuss design concepts, best practices, and theories behind what makes a visually appealing dashboard; from colors to components to infographics and images, this presentation will also demonstrate great examples of well-designed dashboards to emphasize design concepts.

Future of Dashboards Roundtable – Paul Grill, Taylor & Team

There has been a lot of speculation and misinformation regarding the future of BusinessObjects Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) which remains a very versatile and popular tool. It is estimated that about 40% of the BusinessObjects customer base in the U.S. is now using Tableau alongside BusinessObjects which also provides very powerful BI dashboard capabilities.

This round table discussion will focus on how BO Dashboards, Tableau and other dashboard tools compare and why and when people use one or the other or both.

Common Challenges when developing an HTML5 Dashboard – Taylor Packwood

Developing an SAP Dashboard is never easy as there are a lot of challenges that can arise when developing specifically for HTML5 mobile consumption. These challenges range from design obstacles to security concerns. Super Dashboard Developer, Taylor Packwood, will discuss and demonstrate some of the common challenges that arise when designing and converting an SAP Dashboard (Xcelsius) into a mobile-friendly HTML5 application.

Starting from Zero: Implementing Business Objects 4.2 form POC to Production at Rosendin Electric – Shaun Boylan Rosendin

In the construction world the saying goes measure twice, cut once. A saying that has proven to be learned through trial and error. Rosendin Electric wanted to discover an answer to similar business questions, like: When you cut once where does all the excess and remaining materials go? This session will follow their journey to build and deploy a production-ready solution given a limited budget and only one full time Business Intelligence employee. Learn how they were able to utilize the power of a new Data Warehouse, Reporting in BusinessObjects, Dashboards for both mobile and desktop consumption, the distribution of BI content utilizing InfoBurst, and more.

BusinessObjects Touch-Dashboards – Paul Grill

Mobile BI is finally gaining traction and as the demand for mobile BI dashboards grows, so does the need for different ways to deliver and consume them.

Viewing through a web browser may be quick and easy but is not as powerful as viewing through a mobile application which seamlessly integrates with other applications on the mobile device. Offline capabilities are also attractive but there are many considerations including size of data and security.

This session discusses and demonstrates the pros and cons of mobile BI dashboard capabilities using BusinessObjects dashboards as examples.

More than Meets the Eye – Using Infographics in Your BO Dashboards – Matt Duligall

Join us in a visually appealing and exciting presentation on how to develop Dashboards using infographics. This session will demonstrate and discuss ways to utilize infographics in order to create custom-looking, interactive, and visually astounding Dashboards.