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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BusinessObjects BI 4.2 – 45 features in 45 minutes

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Monday, June 17th 11:00am – 12:00pm

Get to know the detail level product overview of what is new in BI 4.2 and the reasons to upgrade your current BI systems to 4.2. This session covers 45 latest features in BI 4.2 including the latest SP6 and SP7 service packs which will be helpful for your entire organization, including, but not limited to, BO administrators, Universe designers, Report developers and Business users. If we have time, we will aim for 60.

Rajesh Ponnurangam  – InfoSol Inc

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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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Journey from XIR2 to BO 4.2 SP5: A BCBS Story

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Monday, June 17th 4:45pm – 5:45pm

This topic will present the Journey that was taken by BCBS, which was planned by InfoSol. This Case Study will cover the project plan, road blocks, Challenges, issues and how a upgrade that was pending for 12 years was successfully completed.

Journey from XIR2 to BO 4.2 SP5: A BCBS Story – Surya Poudel, BCBS and Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc

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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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Consulting from the Trenches Part 2

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Tuesday, June 18th 11:00am – 12:00pm

This presentation is our annual hodge-podge bundle of consulting opportunities we’ve either learned from or seem to see an abundance of questions on over the year. Last year’s presentation was so well received we decided to do it again! We will cover moving BO to AWS Cloud servers, migrating schedules, client tools issues, moving to Snowflake data warehouse, AD/SSO troubleshooting, dealing with milliseconds in date time types and more! This presentation will generate discussion and learning between experts.

Amy O’Neel, Infosol Inc

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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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