9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - IDT in a Day

Course Description: A detailed look at building universe with the new IDT.    Learn about creating connections, building the data foundation layer, adding a business layer, and applying security profiles.  This one day hands on course will also explore features in IDT like creating List of Values (LOV’s), combining LOV’s with Parameters, Defining Context, adding aggregate awareness, and sharing projects within your organization.    

Intended Audience:  This class is designed for technical analysts, or those first being introduced to Information Design Tool who are required to and looking to better understand what it takes to create the BusinessObjects Connections, Data Foundations and Business Layers as an interface to the data in a data warehouse, data mart, or database. 

Major Topics Include: 

  • IDT Overview 
  • Creating Connections 
  • Creating Projects 
  • Applying Security Profiles 
  • Adding Business Layers 
  • The Data Foundation Layer 
  • List of Values 
  • LOV’s with parameters 
  • Defining Context 
  • Adding Aggregate Awareness 
  • Sharing Projects 
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - InfoBurst Certified Expert Administrator (ICE-A)

This course is focused on advanced InfoBurst administration and will provide students with an InfoBurst Certified Expert Administrator (ICE-A) certificate upon completion. This one-day hand’s on course will provide students with an in-depth understanding on document management and security, platform installation and maintenance, user and group management and best practices, platform security, system configuration, as well as advanced features of report bursting and distribution.  

Intended Audience:  InfoBurst administrators who wish to become certified in advanced administrative aspects of the InfoBurst platform.  

Prerequisites:  You should have a basic understanding of SQL and relevant reporting platforms, InfoBurst user-level knowledge of report bursting and/or XDC, basic understanding of relevant reporting platforms (BO, MSRS), and basic knowledge of DBMS and Windows server concepts.  

Major Topics include:  

  • Product history and information  
  • Platform installation requirements and installation procedures  
  • Repository configuration  
  • User and Group Management  
  • Users & Groups Platform  
  • Configuration and Software Updates  
  • Document Management and Security  
  • Advanced Bursting  
  • Troubleshooting and Logging 
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - SAP BO Dashboards for Beginners

An introduction to SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius) for beginners/newbies to the tool. This 1 day course will provide a detailed understanding of key concepts, consolidated with hands-on experience. Learn how to navigate the interface, select and position components on the canvas and configure component properties, all while building your first fully interactive dashboard. Finally, benefit from a host of hints and tips that we wish someone had shown us when we were starting out. 

Intended Audience: This course is open to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Dashboard Development and Design. 

Prerequisites: None; although some knowledge/experience of MS Excel would be advantageous. 

9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview for Web Intelligence for Beginners

This course is for users and report designers who are new to Web Intelligence 4.2 and need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of this boot camp, participants will be able to create, format and maintain Web Intelligence documents. Participants will also be able to use complex functions such as creating documents using multiple sources, use character and date strings, redefine calculation contexts, use “If” logic, as well as link Web Intelligence documents.

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - IDT Hands-On Boot Camp

Everything you need to know about IDT! Comparing and Converting UNV to UNX Universes, Creating Data Connections and Data Foundations, Creating Busines Layers, Data and Universe Security, Project Synchronization, and Multiple Data Sources.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - Tableau Hands-On Boot Camp

Want to be a Tableau pro? Look no further! This modularized boot camp will cover Data Connections, Calculations, Parameters, Level of Detail Expressions, Mapping, Dashboard Actions and Formatting, Understanding How Tableau Server Works, Integrating Tableau With BusinessObjects and a Customer Case Study or two!

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview Designing Web Intelligence Dashboards

Our first ever hands-on boot camp dedicated to designing dashboards in Web Intelligence! It will be full of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your web intelligence dashboards.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - Web Intelligence 4.2 Boot Camp

This course will cover all things Web Intelligence! Learn what’s new in the latest release, explore formulas, formatting tips and tricks, make an impact with charts, drilling and linking, designing dashboards, mobile magic with webi, complex query features and advanced reporting techniques.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - IDT Hands-On Boot Camp

Everything you need to know about IDT! Comparing and Converting UNV to UNX Universes, Creating Data Connections and Data Foundations, Creating Busines Layers, Data and Universe Security, Project Synchronization, and Multiple Data Sources.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - Tableau Hands-On Boot Camp

Want to be a Tableau pro? Look no further! This modularized boot camp will cover Data Connections, Calculations, Parameters, Level of Detail Expressions, Mapping, Dashboard Actions and Formatting, Understanding How Tableau Server Works, Integrating Tableau With BusinessObjects and a Customer Case Study or two!

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

Dashboards 10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview Designing Web Intelligence

Our first ever hands-on boot camp dedicated to designing dashboards in Web Intelligence! It will be full of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your web intelligence dashboards.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - Web Intelligence 4.2 Boot Camp

This course will cover all things Web Intelligence! Learn what’s new in the latest release, explore formulas, formatting tips and tricks, make an impact with charts, drilling and linking, designing dashboards, mobile magic with webi, complex query features and advanced reporting techniques.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - IDT Hands-On Boot Camp

Everything you need to know about IDT! Comparing and Converting UNV to UNX Universes, Creating Data Connections and Data Foundations, Creating Busines Layers, Data and Universe Security, Project Synchronization, and Multiple Data Sources.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - Tableau Hands-On Boot Camp

Want to be a Tableau pro? Look no further! This modularized boot camp will cover Data Connections, Calculations, Parameters, Level of Detail Expressions, Mapping, Dashboard Actions and Formatting, Understanding How Tableau Server Works, Integrating Tableau With BusinessObjects and a Customer Case Study or two!

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

Dashboards 10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview Designing Web Intelligence

Our first ever hands-on boot camp dedicated to designing dashboards in Web Intelligence! It will be full of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your web intelligence dashboards.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

10:00am - 5:45pm
Course Overview - Web Intelligence 4.2 Boot Camp

This course will cover all things Web Intelligence! Learn what’s new in the latest release, explore formulas, formatting tips and tricks, make an impact with charts, drilling and linking, designing dashboards, mobile magic with webi, complex query features and advanced reporting techniques.

This course will be broken up into three modules a day so be on the lookout for a breakdown of each module coming soon!

9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - InfoBurst Certified Expert (ICE)

Course Overview  

InfoBurst Certified Expert (ICE) ICE is a hands-on training course to both further your knowledge of the InfoBurst solution and to be recognized as a certified expert in using the solution. The course is hands-on immersion-style training designed to bring you to an advanced level of expertise quickly and effectively. At the end of this course, participants will be certified in advanced InfoBurst administration. Intended  

Audience 

InfoBurst users who wish to become certified in utilizing InfoBurst for report bursting, publishing, and delivery.  

Prerequisites:  

You should have a basic understanding of SQL and relevant reporting platforms.  

Major Topics include:  

  • Product history and Wiki information  
  • User interface overview  
  • Cataloging Documents  
  • Managing objects  
  • Object Management  
  • Data Sources  
  • Report Bursting  
  • Parameter Aliases  
  • Document Source  
  • Basic Report Publishing and Delivery  
  • Delivery  
  • Publishing Formats  
  • Destination  
  • Publishing  
  • Advanced Bursting, Publishing, and Delivery  
  • Delivery Templates and Mixed Inline Content  
  • Content Grouping 
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - BI 4.2 Core Administration Boot Camp

Course Description: 

This two-day hands on post seminar course will cover the core features and functionality of BusinessObjects BI 4.1 and BI 4.2 that are essential to keep your BO system running smoothly. This course covers how to set up and manage security with key functions in the CMC in addition to Life Cycle Management (LCM) tools (Promotion Management, Version Management), customizing the Launchpad (previously known as InfoView), Monitoring, Auditing, Multitenancy, splitting the Adaptive Process Service (APS), and more. This training will also include information on Monitoring, troubleshooting and Maintenance along with recommendations on best practices. 

Intended Audience: 

BusinessObjects Administrators 

Prerequisites: 

A minimum of one-year experience in working knowledge of Business Objects Administration XIR2 or 3.x releases including the use of the CMC with basic knowledge of servers, security and networking required for functioning of BO application and tools. 

Major Topics Include: 

  • What’s new in BI 4.1 and 4.2 
  • Upgrade Management Tool 
  • System Configuration wizard 
  • Splitting APS 
  • Life Cycle Management, System Management 
  • Promotion Management 
  • Version Management 
  • Visual Difference 
  • Auditing 
  • Monitoring & Probes 
  • Administrator Cockpit 
  • Recycle Bin 
  • Platform tools 
  • Client Tools 
  • Launch Pad 
  • BI Mobile 
  • OLAP Connection and Analysis 
  • Security and Access Control 
  • Cryptographic Keys 
  • User Attribute Mapping 
  • Multitenancy 
  • Walkthrough 
  • Troubleshooting 
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - SAP BO Dashboards Hands-On

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge and expertise with data visualization, as well as with expanding their capabilities with SAP BO Dashboards (Xcelsius). 

Prerequisites: 

Experience with SAP BO Dashboards (Xcelsius); or have completed the SAP BO Dashboards for Beginners pre-con course. 

Information Design Workshop: From Concept to Visualization 

Successful dashboards all have one thing in common, they allow the end user to find or see the information they are looking for easily. The science/art of preparing information to be used by human beings with efficiency is known as information design. 

In this workshop we will employ methods and techniques used to evolve an idea and turn it into a data visualization, exploring each of the key attributes for effectively communicating information. 

Consistency is Key: Design guides and company design languages 

The tastes and trends of web applications are continually evolving, as are the processes companies such as Google, Apple, Twitter etc. use to ensure consistency across their products.  In this session we will look at the role of design guides and design languages in web development and how they can be applied to your BI projects. 

We will get hands on with Xcelsius and use native as well as 3rd party components to achieve a “modern design language” appearance to a dashboard. 

Bringing your dashboard to life: Taking your model live with connected data (Query Browser vs. BIWS vs. XDC vs. CSV connector) 

There are various ways to inject live or connected data into your dashboard, whether you want to use SAP Business Objects, InfoBurst XDC, database queries or even CSV files.  We will go through and have a look at each of these methods, discuss pros and cons for each approach and then get hands on with each connectivity type in a dashboard. 

Dynamic Visibility and the power of the Canvas : Building a navigation template for your dashboard 

The canvas container has received some negative press in the past.  Performance issues led to a generally accepted avoidance of this component in dashboards. However, since SAP Dashboards 4.0 these issues have been fixed, and there are many benefits to using it.  In this session we will review when to use grouped objects versus canvas containers, and showcase some of the power the canvas can bring to your project.  At the end of the session you will have built a fully functioning navigation template for a dashboarding project. 

Working with data: Best practice and options for moving data around your dashboard 

Whether you are using live data or static / offline data, chances are you need to move information around your excel model depending on selections the user has made.  There are many different native and 3rd party ways to handle data movement, in this session we will go through the various options, look at the pros and cons of each approach and put them into practice in a in a functioning dashboard. 

Are you a dashboard superhero? Put your powers to the test with this data visualization challenge 

This mid-week session is a chance to put your dashboard powers to the test.  We will provide a detailed scenario along with data sets and a partially complete dashboard.  All you have to do is finish the dashboard for a chance for you to show off what you can do.  We will review the various results and will be awarding prizes for the most inventive and ground breaking dashboards

Take it everywhere: Taking your dashboard mobile with and without SAP BI Mobile 

There are many things to consider when deploying your dashboard for mobile devices, we will review these key topics, and get hands on with various options for taking your dashboard mobile. 

Bring your own iPad to interact with the mobile optimised dashboard that you will develop during this session. 

More than meets the eye: Using tips and tricks to build unique visualizations and infographics 

Learn how to use native components to create unique visualizations, from infographics to animations.  We will take a look under the hood at the Xcelsius games (built by UK Labs and showcased at past IBIS events) and then create your own mini game.  This session is designed to challenge the way you think about components and their use.  Building games may not be useful in the workplace but the ‘out of the box’ thinking gained in this hands-on session is invaluable. 

User Testing: Xcelsius best practices and dashboard testing techniques 

User adoption is key, but how do you know if the intended audience will embrace your new dashboard? This session focuses on user testing techniques and best practices for dashboard development. 

You will experience dashboard testing from an end users point of view and learn how to conduct these sessions with your own users. We will also cover, and put into practice, some of the techniques for developing easily supportable dashboards. Ensuring that the dashboards you build in the future can be maintained by you or someone else with ease. 

Course Overview: Data Services Hands-On Boot Camp

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 1 

Course Description: 

In this two-day, hands-on training course, you will see how Data Services can play a key role in data integration and data transformation for your organization. At the end of this course, you will be hard pressed to find a challenge Data Services cannot meet! On Day 1 of this course, you will learn the fundamental concepts behind Data Services and the modelling essentials to cement your core knowledge of the tool. After Day 1, you will have the essential skills to tackle most requirements with Data Services. 

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

None but understanding of Data Extraction, Transformation and Loading concepts useful. 

Major Topics Include: 

  • Data Services Designer familiarization 
  • Understanding the Data Services objects and how they fit together (e.g. Projects, Jobs, Work Flows and Data Flows) 
  • Source and target types for dataflows including Datastores and Flat files 
  • Understanding and putting to use all key transformations Data Services offers 
  • Understanding how to validate and debug your Data Services jobs 
  • Understanding the use of Functions, Scripts and Variables 
  • Job failures and error handlingPage Break 

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 2 

Course Description: 

In this two-day, hands-on training course, you will see how Data Services can play a key role in data integration and data transformation for your organization. At the end of this course, you will be hard pressed to find a challenge Data Services cannot meet! On Day 2 of this course, you will apply the learnings from Day 1 to real-world situations and challenges. After Day 2, you will now have the confidence to tackle any data challenge your organization faces with Data Services. 

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

None but understanding of Data Extraction, Transformation and Loading concepts useful. 

Major Topics Include: 

  • Lifecycle Management 
  • Data Profiling 
  • Data Warehousing best practices 
  • Job Scheduling, job dependencies and monitoring.  
  • Optimization best practices 

 

9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - InfoBurst Certified Expert (ICE)

Course Overview  

InfoBurst Certified Expert (ICE) ICE is a hands-on training course to both further your knowledge of the InfoBurst solution and to be recognized as a certified expert in using the solution. The course is hands-on immersion-style training designed to bring you to an advanced level of expertise quickly and effectively. At the end of this course, participants will be certified in advanced InfoBurst administration. Intended  

Audience 

InfoBurst users who wish to become certified in utilizing InfoBurst for report bursting, publishing, and delivery.  

Prerequisites:  

You should have a basic understanding of SQL and relevant reporting platforms.  

Major Topics include:  

  • Product history and Wiki information  
  • User interface overview  
  • Cataloging Documents  
  • Managing objects  
  • Object Management  
  • Data Sources  
  • Report Bursting  
  • Parameter Aliases  
  • Document Source  
  • Basic Report Publishing and Delivery  
  • Delivery  
  • Publishing Formats  
  • Destination  
  • Publishing  
  • Advanced Bursting, Publishing, and Delivery  
  • Delivery Templates and Mixed Inline Content  
  • Content Grouping 
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - BI 4.2 Core Administration Boot Camp

Course Description: 

This two-day hands on post seminar course will cover the core features and functionality of BusinessObjects BI 4.1 and BI 4.2 that are essential to keep your BO system running smoothly. This course covers how to set up and manage security with key functions in the CMC in addition to Life Cycle Management (LCM) tools (Promotion Management, Version Management), customizing the Launchpad (previously known as InfoView), Monitoring, Auditing, Multitenancy, splitting the Adaptive Process Service (APS), and more. This training will also include information on Monitoring, troubleshooting and Maintenance along with recommendations on best practices. 

Intended Audience: 

BusinessObjects Administrators 

Prerequisites: 

A minimum of one-year experience in working knowledge of Business Objects Administration XIR2 or 3.x releases including the use of the CMC with basic knowledge of servers, security and networking required for functioning of BO application and tools. 

Major Topics Include: 

  • What’s new in BI 4.1 and 4.2 
  • Upgrade Management Tool 
  • System Configuration wizard 
  • Splitting APS 
  • Life Cycle Management, System Management 
  • Promotion Management 
  • Version Management 
  • Visual Difference 
  • Auditing 
  • Monitoring & Probes 
  • Administrator Cockpit 
  • Recycle Bin 
  • Platform tools 
  • Client Tools 
  • Launch Pad 
  • BI Mobile 
  • OLAP Connection and Analysis 
  • Security and Access Control 
  • Cryptographic Keys 
  • User Attribute Mapping 
  • Multitenancy 
  • Walkthrough 
  • Troubleshooting 
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - SAP BO Dashboards Hands-On

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge and expertise with data visualization, as well as with expanding their capabilities with SAP BO Dashboards (Xcelsius). 

Prerequisites: 

Experience with SAP BO Dashboards (Xcelsius); or have completed the SAP BO Dashboards for Beginners pre-con course. 

Information Design Workshop: From Concept to Visualization 

Successful dashboards all have one thing in common, they allow the end user to find or see the information they are looking for easily. The science/art of preparing information to be used by human beings with efficiency is known as information design. 

In this workshop we will employ methods and techniques used to evolve an idea and turn it into a data visualization, exploring each of the key attributes for effectively communicating information. 

Consistency is Key: Design guides and company design languages 

The tastes and trends of web applications are continually evolving, as are the processes companies such as Google, Apple, Twitter etc. use to ensure consistency across their products.  In this session we will look at the role of design guides and design languages in web development and how they can be applied to your BI projects. 

We will get hands on with Xcelsius and use native as well as 3rd party components to achieve a “modern design language” appearance to a dashboard. 

Bringing your dashboard to life: Taking your model live with connected data (Query Browser vs. BIWS vs. XDC vs. CSV connector) 

There are various ways to inject live or connected data into your dashboard, whether you want to use SAP Business Objects, InfoBurst XDC, database queries or even CSV files.  We will go through and have a look at each of these methods, discuss pros and cons for each approach and then get hands on with each connectivity type in a dashboard. 

Dynamic Visibility and the power of the Canvas : Building a navigation template for your dashboard 

The canvas container has received some negative press in the past.  Performance issues led to a generally accepted avoidance of this component in dashboards. However, since SAP Dashboards 4.0 these issues have been fixed, and there are many benefits to using it.  In this session we will review when to use grouped objects versus canvas containers, and showcase some of the power the canvas can bring to your project.  At the end of the session you will have built a fully functioning navigation template for a dashboarding project. 

Working with data: Best practice and options for moving data around your dashboard 

Whether you are using live data or static / offline data, chances are you need to move information around your excel model depending on selections the user has made.  There are many different native and 3rd party ways to handle data movement, in this session we will go through the various options, look at the pros and cons of each approach and put them into practice in a in a functioning dashboard. 

Are you a dashboard superhero? Put your powers to the test with this data visualization challenge 

This mid-week session is a chance to put your dashboard powers to the test.  We will provide a detailed scenario along with data sets and a partially complete dashboard.  All you have to do is finish the dashboard for a chance for you to show off what you can do.  We will review the various results and will be awarding prizes for the most inventive and ground breaking dashboards

Take it everywhere: Taking your dashboard mobile with and without SAP BI Mobile 

There are many things to consider when deploying your dashboard for mobile devices, we will review these key topics, and get hands on with various options for taking your dashboard mobile. 

Bring your own iPad to interact with the mobile optimised dashboard that you will develop during this session. 

More than meets the eye: Using tips and tricks to build unique visualizations and infographics 

Learn how to use native components to create unique visualizations, from infographics to animations.  We will take a look under the hood at the Xcelsius games (built by UK Labs and showcased at past IBIS events) and then create your own mini game.  This session is designed to challenge the way you think about components and their use.  Building games may not be useful in the workplace but the ‘out of the box’ thinking gained in this hands-on session is invaluable. 

User Testing: Xcelsius best practices and dashboard testing techniques 

User adoption is key, but how do you know if the intended audience will embrace your new dashboard? This session focuses on user testing techniques and best practices for dashboard development. 

You will experience dashboard testing from an end users point of view and learn how to conduct these sessions with your own users. We will also cover, and put into practice, some of the techniques for developing easily supportable dashboards. Ensuring that the dashboards you build in the future can be maintained by you or someone else with ease. 

Course Overview - Data Services Hands-On Boot Camp

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 1 

Course Description: 

In this two-day, hands-on training course, you will see how Data Services can play a key role in data integration and data transformation for your organization. At the end of this course, you will be hard pressed to find a challenge Data Services cannot meet! On Day 1 of this course, you will learn the fundamental concepts behind Data Services and the modelling essentials to cement your core knowledge of the tool. After Day 1, you will have the essential skills to tackle most requirements with Data Services. 

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

None but understanding of Data Extraction, Transformation and Loading concepts useful. 

Major Topics Include: 

  • Data Services Designer familiarization 
  • Understanding the Data Services objects and how they fit together (e.g. Projects, Jobs, Work Flows and Data Flows) 
  • Source and target types for dataflows including Datastores and Flat files 
  • Understanding and putting to use all key transformations Data Services offers 
  • Understanding how to validate and debug your Data Services jobs 
  • Understanding the use of Functions, Scripts and Variables 
  • Job failures and error handlingPage Break 

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 2 

Course Description: 

In this two-day, hands-on training course, you will see how Data Services can play a key role in data integration and data transformation for your organization. At the end of this course, you will be hard pressed to find a challenge Data Services cannot meet! On Day 2 of this course, you will apply the learnings from Day 1 to real-world situations and challenges. After Day 2, you will now have the confidence to tackle any data challenge your organization faces with Data Services. 

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

None but understanding of Data Extraction, Transformation and Loading concepts useful. 

Major Topics Include: 

  • Lifecycle Management 
  • Data Profiling 
  • Data Warehousing best practices 
  • Job Scheduling, job dependencies and monitoring.  
  • Optimization best practices