Discovering Actionable Data in Your CMS and Audit Databases

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Monday, June 17th 10:00am – 11:00am

SAP BusinessObjects is a very large and complex system, and it is often difficult to get meaningful insight on the inner workings, structure, content, and usage of the platform. Seemingly simple questions can often be difficult to answer: For example, which reports are pointed to the Sales Universe? Which users have accessed the Quarterly Finance Report within the last 30 days? Which reports have a Free-Hand SQL data provider? What users have been granted access and what type of permissions do they have? This session will explain how to leverage the CMS and Audit databases to solve these types of questions. Attendees will learn how to extract actionable data about their SAP BusinessObjects platform and how those insights can benefit administrators and end-users alike.

ADAM LANGE – A. LANGE CONSULTING LLC

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How to Plan and Perform a Migration to BusinessObjects 4.2 Case Study

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Monday, June 17th 11:00am – 12:00pm

There are many hurdles to jump through when migrating to BusinessObjects 4.2. This presentation will help project managers plan a migration as well as help architects navigate the deployment of a BusinessObjects 4.2 environment. In this session you will see a real-life example of all stages in the migration project including the planning and actual deployment. We will show all the steps needed to successfully migrate or upgrade your environment.

This session will also showcase how we created the following documents: Sizing Plan, Architecture diagram, Project Plan, Configuration document, and a testing plan and training/rollout plan. At the end of this presentation you will know all the steps involved in a migration as well as how to plan one successfully.

JOHN MANWARING – GOLDMAN MYERS

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The Deep Dark BO

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Monday, June 17th 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Business Objects comes with many tools for different purposes. Third party vendors also provide their valuable additions to the ecosystem. However, sometimes there is that one function that is not covered in a process that must be automated – and nothing on the market will do it. It is time to dive into the entrails of the beast.

This session will explore the different SDK’s available for BusinessObjects as well as examples of their unique applications.

JEAN-FRANCOIS CAYRON – Sagitta BI

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How to Access your On-premise data from the SAP Analytics Cloud

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Monday, June 17th 2:15pm – 3:15pm

This session is tailored to those whose data is unable to go to the Cloud but are intrigued by the new SAP Analytics Cloud tool. We will drive you in to the Hybrid world, where the new SAP Flagship tool can now access your On-Prem data and leverage part of your on-prem investment- your Web Intelligence Documents.

SAMUEL POLICHOUK – SAP

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Managing a Platform Migration in a Changing Environment

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Monday, June 17th 3:45pm – 4:45pm

This session will focus on the management of the migration from a Crystal Reports Server platform to BI 4.2 BusinessObjects Enterprise platform. The audience will not only learn about the moving process to a very restrictive, secured environment but also how Albertsons/Safeway changed their landscape of complimentary applications beyond the bounds of a standard migration. This session will explore the challenges faced and how they were resolved. Evan will also demonstrate and discuss the use of 360View and 360Eyes which replaced a custom, manual report catalog procedure that not only provided the means to validate the entire migration but also supported greater management and insight of the platform operations.

EVAN DAVIES – SAFEWAY/ALBERTSONS

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Data Services Basics 101

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Monday, June 17th 4:45pm – 5:45pm

Ever wonder what Data Services is and how it works? This presentation is intended to be a high-level overview for anyone interested in learning more about Data Services and how to build a simple job utilizing the native features of the BusinessObjects tool. This session will also showcase the necessary steps that are required to build a Data Services job, how to debug a problem, how to configure various environments for testing, utilizing the Central Repository and other useful tips when it comes to beginner usage of Data Services.

TAMMY DATRI – GRANE HEALTHCARE

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Managing Resource-Constricted Software Updates

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Tuesday, June 18th 10:00am – 11:00am

When its Web Intelligence upgrade time, software analysts are often thrust into the role of project manager, responsible for corralling technical staff and managing customer expectations. To pair with the unexpected role, adding budget constraints and upgrading wind up becoming a thankless job that can result in failure rather than success.

This session will demonstrate how simple spreadsheets and documents can be leveraged in order to keep upgrades on time and remain within the planned budget. This session will also focus on tools that were considered essential for a successful upgrade, including: (1) “Key Links” table of contents, (2) project plan with resource estimates, (3) customer communication document, (4) test plan templates, and (5) issues and new features logs.

Participants will see how these tools furthered team communication and resulted in multiple, successful and completed upgrade projects. While Microsoft tools are the focus of this session, the concepts, however, behind the tools can be ported to other software products.

BARBARA HOOVER – USNH

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Upgrading from 4.2 SP3 to 4.2 SP6 – Trivial… or Not?

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Tuesday, June 18th 11:00am – 12:00pm

Learn about Practical Administration through Grane Healthcare’s journey in an upgrade from BusinessObjects EDGE 4.2 SP3 to 4.2 SP6. This presentation will discuss not only explore their upgrade to a new service pack but also how they migrated to new server architecture altogether. Was it a trivial upgrade or were there issues? Hear how Grane Healthcare planned for the upgrade, the decisions they faced as well as issues that arose, and how they overcame them.

TAMMY DATRI – GRANE HEALTHCARE

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Upgrading BusinessObjects – How Difficult can that be right?

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Tuesday, June 18th 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Sometimes we think that upgrading from 4.1 to 4.2 is a simple task or is simpler than upgrading from 3.1. Any migration has its challenges and we can find a lot of surprises and errors throughout the process. In this presentation we will go from the preparation to the post installation recommendations and best practices based on several upgrades done in the recent years.

ALEJANDRO YAMAMOTO – CONVERGE BI

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How to Leverage your Investment in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise with SAP Analytics Cloud

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Tuesday, June 18th 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Find out how the SAP Analytics Cloud solution, our new cloud analytics offering, can help you leverage your existing investments in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise solutions. In SAP Analytics Cloud, we have introduced and extended the live universe connector, an online hybrid technology. It allows you to connect to your universes stored in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise to create stories in SAP Analytics Cloud. If you want to hear more about the features involved, do not miss this session.

GREGORY BOTTICCHIO – SAP

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