9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - WebI for Beginners 4.2 SP5

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.

 

RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc. and Joe Ishak
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - SAP BO Dashboards for Beginners

An introduction to SAP BO 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.

Taylor Packwood and John Zbyszinski - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - InfoBurst Certified Expert for Admins (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
Eric Grill and JEREMY CHAMPE - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - Creating WebI Dashboards

Web Intelligence is all grown up and able to create interactive, layered, show/hide, visually amazing dashboards!  For this course, our seasoned dashboard designers are teaming up to walk through the new, the clever, and the performant hints and options within Web Intelligence that make Webi truly a dashboard design contender.  This course goes beyond anything you have seen before.  We really worked hard on it!  Webi is already one of the best reporting tools with its powerful query, formula, calculation engine, ad-hoc capability, advantage of connecting to multiple data sources easily including Universe and mobile publishing capability, so ….Why not take advantage of our favorite reporting tool to create some amazing dashboards!

Intended Audience:

Web Intelligence report creators and dashboard designers looking to utilize Web Intelligence for Dashboarding.

Prerequisites:

Knowing Web Intelligence already will be very helpful but is not a prerequisite for this course.  If you are not yet familiar with Web Intelligence report development, the exercises are still very descriptive to allow you to complete the concepts.

Major Topics include:

  • Element Linking
  • Input Controls
  • Shared Elements
  • Passive Prompts
  • Drill Filters
  • Show/Hide Formulas
  • Custom Color Templates
  • Chart Options
  • Custom Coded Chart Controls Plugins
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - IDT in a Day

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
MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions
8:00a - 8:45a
Opening Keynote - A BusinessObjects Love Affair

While other BI Solutions seem to come and go, BusinessObjects remains as beautiful and desirable as ever. So why does this love affair continue to burn in our hearts as passionately as the first time we met this amazingly gorgeous Business Intelligence solution?

InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill, will share his thoughts on why we love BusinessObjects so much and why this love affair continues to thrive as well as show how organizations around the world are harnessing its power to create solutions that see beyond their everyday challenges.

Paul Grill - InfoSol Inc.

Business Intelligence Dashboards remain the dominant way we deliver Business Intelligence applications. While a picture speaks a thousand words, a dashboard delivers a thousand visual insights.

The InfoSol Dashboard Awards provide an opportunity for any organization to showcase their creative and compelling Business Intelligence dashboard application or solution that is being used for business benefit today.

The winners of the 2018 Awards for Best Business Dashboard, Limitless Business Intelligence Dashboard and Most Valuable Dashboard will be announced and interviewed live on stage to explain how their solution came about and the difference it has made to their organization.

6:30p - 9:00p
Evening Reception and Networking EVent
10:00am - 11:00am
ARI's Vehicle Fleet Health Card Solution - One Year On

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.

HARVEY SMITH - ARI and TONY CANDELORO - ARI

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) recently migrated from BO XI 3.1 to BI 4.2 and needed to test around 2,000 Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports as part of the exercise. Not only was this a daunting task but the users at PHS had no bandwidth to participate in the regression or functional testing

Learn how PHS set up a process using the 360Bind tool to dramatically speed up the regression testing through electronic comparison of reports. Additionally, PHS was able to reuse the scripts created for 360Bind to help in performing Stress Testing of their new BI4 infrastructure and how the stress testing provided insight into system behavior and validated the system’s ability to support 1,300+ users.

Accelerating the regression testing at PHS played a critical role in significantly reducing the amount of human capital and time required to manage a complex migration while reducing business exposure to unexpected reporting results and installing confidence in the user community and the management team.

BRUCE ALEXANDER - Presbyterian Healthcare Services

SRP’s initial SAP budget solution needed a makeover to meet 3 major challenges:

1. The business required process and cycle time improvements.

2. Reducing overall support effort.

3. An upgrade and HANA migration scheduled during the budget cycle.

Join the SRP team to learn about their budget makeover experience and outcomes. Components discussed include SAP BW, SAP IP, SAP BPC, & Business Objects Design Studio, Web Intelligence, and Analysis for Excel.

WENDY KRAUSE - Salt River Project

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.

LORI WAGNER - Dana Holding Corporation

In the construction world the saying goes measure twice, cut once. A saying that has proven to be learned through trial and error. A large Electrical Construction company 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 BI 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 and more; all of which had originally stemmed from an introduction in the form of a simple Proof of Concept (POC) to develop a mobile dashboard.

SHAUN BOYLAN - Integrus BI
10:00am - 11:00am
Upgrading to BI 4.2 SP04 at Mobile Mini – A Case Study

Every BusinessObjects environment is unique and Mobile Mini, the world’s leading provider of portable storage solutions, is no exception. Using BusinessObjects against both a SQL Server Data Warehouse and a HANA running SAP ECC, there was much to take into consideration when upgrading from 4.1 SP07 to BI 4.2 SP04 Patch 4. It was not a smooth update at the beginning but it all ended well. In this session we will share what problems we experienced and the process to finally accomplish the upgrade on time.

ALEJANDRO YAMAMOTO - Converge Business Intelligence Inc

In this session, you will learn about the process Practical Administration Solutions took to upgrade their BusinessObjects environment from BI 4.1 to BI 4.2. This session outlines the steps taken, tools used and decisions made along the way. Learn about the challenges we faced as well as some tips, tricks and best practices to use to make your upgrade go smoother.

The 4 P’s approach:

  • Plan the upgrade and all affected resources
  • Prepare for the upgrade prior to updating the software
  • Practice executing the upgrade in a test environment
  • Post Upgrade tasks
TAMMY DATRI - Grane Healthcare

WIP (Work In Progress) augments your SAP BI environments with DevOps agile lifecycle management of all your SAP BI Analytics assets. WIP integrates with your SAP BI Analytic CMS folders and files ensuring all your server assets are managed through a secure central source and quality control solution. WIP provides a change lifecycle management solution that supports all changes requested as implemented across your SAP BI CMS.

The WIP integration with your SAP BI CMS server enables you to browse your BusinessObjects environments and add files and content to your WIP repository. WIP manages all central file related metadata ensuring that files, universes, connection and so forth are changed as the files are published between environments. Checking out files deploys them into your defined shared folder or the BusinessObjects Platform.

IDT and UDT Universes will open in the desktop application, Webi documents can be edited in Rich Client or in the Web Portal. Lumira, Design Studio, Crystal Reports and Dashboards will open on your desktop. WIP provides admin users with a central interface to manage the total SAP BI lifecycle management solution from user requirements to quality controlled published files.

Jean-Phillipe Golay - EBI Experts

Join Amy O’Neel, BusinessObjects Administration expert, as she demonstrates and discusses security lessons from down in the trenches of BusinessObjects Administration. Amy will take the attendees through topics such as inheritance, explicit settings, setting on object only and not objects within, and more. This administrative presentation will also explore application rights versus folder rights, hiding functionality with customization, auditing security and the Information Design Tool security detail. Down in the trenches we explore a barrage of security issues that arise, highlighted with customer stories this presentation will review some of this years’ best!

AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc.

Whether designing for skilled IT developers or casual users, proper universe design is essential to adoption and successful deployment.

This presentation takes an anecdotal approach to describe best practices in Relational Universe design and provides a collection of tips and tricks and design guidelines Applies similarly to UNV and UNX formats.

JEAN-FRANCOIS CAYRON - Sagitta BI

Promotion Manager is all grown up. In this presentation we will look at the 12 best practices when using Promotion Manager to move content from one environment to another. This session will also explore Version Mangement, Overrides, and Command Line use as well as the new Promotion Manager GUI in BusinessObjects 4.2 SP5.

AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
LUC, I am your father!

Somewhere in the galaxy … SAC (SAP Analytics for Cloud) is becoming the flagship for SAP Analytics. In the battle for becoming the most popular tool for Cloud Analytics, SAC requested the help of the WebI Jedi. In the first releases SAC was able to connect to some universes, but it was not enough… the WebI Jedi transformed LUC (Live Universe Connector) into a more powerful HAD (Hybrid Data Access). If you want to hear more about this battle and the features involved, do not miss this session.

SAMUEL POLICHOUK - SAP

Everyone is looking for their Reporting releases to run smoothly whether you are releasing one report or hundreds of reports; whether you are developing on a SQL Server foundation with nightly batch processing or developing on a native HANA real-time foundation. The goal always remains the same…customer satisfaction and the completion in a timely manner. This session will explore examples in order to address the top 10 deadliest sins that you should avoid when it comes to BusinessObjects Report Releases

JOHN CLAPPER - Mobile Mini

As of today, SAP has released SAP Business Intelligence 4.2 SP05. Join us to discover all the great new capabilities available with the latest and greatest version of Web Intelligence. With the New “Fiori like” Consumption User Experience, discover how easy and powerful it is to consume your documents. We will drive you through the entire features delivered into the BI4.2 release. Whether you are using Web Intelligence for reporting, ad-hoc query and analysis or integrated into other applications, you will find features that fit you!

SAMUEL POLICHOUK - SAP

The City of Mesa recently had a special project that required data from multiple data sources. Pulling this data by hand would have taken an extraordinary amount of time. Rather than manually keying this information, the City used Excel as a data source in Web Intelligence to filter, summarize, merge with existing information, and ultimately complete a very manual process in a relatively short amount of time. Since then, the City has leveraged Excel as a data source in a few different ways for several special projects. We’ll show you the ”how-to’s”, examples of what we did, and lessons learned along the way.

JARED HANSEN - City of Mesa

Attend this session to understand the new road map and future directions of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, including:

  • What’s coming in the next releases, as well as the timeline and priorities
  • How the user experience will change to facilitate end-user adoption and self service capabilities
  • How HYBRID technology will enhance your existing deployment and enable new usage and scenario

The session includes a Q&A.

SAMUEL POLICHOUK - SAP

Charting in Web Intelligence has been enhanced dramatically with version 4.2. This presentation will introduce you to the fantastic use of Gauges, Tiles and Box Charts, and include extensive examples of the many options for leveraging such exciting new components. This session will also include a detailed look at Geo charts and Bubble charts highlighting their many functions and capabilities. Join Michael Ward for an interactive session that will hone in on design tips in building dashboard-like reports by the use of new charts in Web Intelligence, as well as input controls and element linking.

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions
10:00am - 11:00am
USPI Self-service Enterprise BI Portal

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.

DAVID BEHR - USPI

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.

TAYLOR PACKWOOD - InfoSol Inc.

Replenishment systems based on visual triggers is the foundation of our go forward strategy for our supply chain and operations material flows at Bosch Automotive. The issue we faced, was to have a formulaic approach to our Kanban strategy, but also a mechanism that allowed for adjustments based on intuitive realities that can only be known in a hands-on application. We needed a way to add and extract variables to the data and a mechanism to view the results visually.

The Kanban calculator developed using SAP BO Dashboards allowed for us to have the best of both worlds. The application allowed the data and a formula to drive us to a standard solution, but it also allowed the teams to see the impacts on availability and inventory visually based on real time data. The team can use the data as is or can make adjustments based on visual trends to maximize customer service level while balancing inventory.

Mohammed Siddiqui - Bosch

Vehicle dealerships work on tight margins, complex manufacturer incentives /rebates and fierce competition. Customer satisfaction and retention is essential for success and there are so many factors that affect this. Holman Enterprises are leveraging data visualization, geospatial and telematics technologies in new and creative ways to improve customer satisfaction for vehicle dealerships that could revolutionize the industry

HARVEY SMITH - ARI and TONY CANDELORO - ARI

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.

RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

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!

NOE GARCIA - United Surgical Partners International
10:00am - 11:00am
One-stop Shopping Using the New InfoBurst Portal

The new InfoBurst Portal gives InfoBurst users a brand new destination to host, share, and distribute Business Intelligent report content. This session will introduce this new feature for InfoBurst users and discuss topics like: The first time portal setup, configuring a portal delivery, tips and tricks in using the InfoBurst Portal, portal delivery scenarios and examples, as well as the upcoming InfoBurst Portal features that you can look forward to.

BRYAN BACA - InfoSol Inc.

ARI, the world’s largest privately held fleet management company, faced multiple challenges to deliver Business Objects content to users worldwide.  As their business continued to grow, ARI pursued new methods of delivering content that would take the development effort out of new requests and reduce the turnaround time for their clients.  This session will show how they successfully navigated these challenges to create a fully automated scheduling, bursting and publishing solution that gives the end user the power to schedule and update fully customized reports in real-time.

HEATHER RAPETTI - ARI

An open panel discussion on different use cases of organizations using both BusinessObjects and Tableau and how InfoBurst Tab has helped them to both integrate and gain benefit from the solution. The panel will be hosred by Paul Grill and include Kaiser Permanente WA

EVAN DAVIES - Safeway Inc.

Being able to have a consolidated view across the activity of your BI 4 and InfoBurst platforms can be challenging – however, having insight into both delivery platforms can provide major administration benefits. This session will discuss how Albertsons/Safeway took a business intelligence approach to create an effective management strategy based upon joining the data generated by the BI 4 and InfoBurst applications into single reporting and analysis platform. All aspects of the solution review from the analysis of audit data, universe design, business intelligence content etc. will be covered as well as a discussion on how this drives best practices for business intelligence platform management

PAUL GRILL - InfoSol Inc.

In a perfect world, every report in your BI landscape is delivered to your users, whether on-screen or by email, within seconds. But in the real world, long-running reports — and even longer running reports burst to multiple users —are a simple reality. This session outlines UCLA Health’s approach to optimizing delivery of large burst jobs involving long-running Crystal reports in a relatively simple but effective manner by leveraging InfoBurst’s parallel process architecture, not only reducing delivery time but also making your burst jobs less prone to failure, flexible and more maintainable.

DON COLLINS - UCLA Health and Mohammed Fazil - UCLA Health

Join the InfoBurst Team as they host an open format discussion between InfoBurst users and the InfoBurst development and support team. Present your InfoBurst questions and challenges directly to the team. This one-hour session is dedicated to your use cases and requirements with InfoBurst. This session is also designed to allow users within the community to listen in on other case studies and challenges within the InfoBurst community.

The InfoBurst Team
10:00am - 12:00pm
IDT UNIVERSE DESIGN BOOT CAMP – COMPARE AND CONVERT UNV TO UNX UNIVERSES

What are the advantages of using IDT versus UDT?  What are the new features and benefits in creating an IDT UNX Universe? What do I do with my old UNV universes? This session will address all of the above questions. The steps to create an IDT universe, its differences from UDT and how to modify reports to use the new UNX will be covered.

Topics:

  • Basics of Semantic Layer and BO universes
  • Getting Started with Information Design Tool interface
  • Converting an UNV universe to UNX universe
  • Mapping Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports to the new UNX universe
RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc. and AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc.

Creating a connection and a data foundation is the first step in a relational universe build. This session covers the different types of data sources accessed within IDT, the connection parameters and options, creating and modifying a data foundation as well as guidelines and tips for good data foundation design.

Topics

  • Creating local and secured connections, publishing and retrieving the connections from CMS
  • Designing a data foundation, identifying tables and columns, joins, keys and cardinalities
  • Creating Derived tables, calculated columns, families, comments
  • Using data foundation views
  • Creating data foundation parameters
RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc. and AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc.

The business layer of the universe is the user interface between users and databases. This session covers the design of the different components of a business layer including how a business layer takes advantage of the data foundation modeling. Creating queries, filters, parameters and advanced features will also be covered.

Topics:

  • Designing a Business layer based on a relational data foundation
  • Creating Folders, dimensions, attributes, measures, filters and validating the objects
  • Queries, parameters, Business Layer views and Navigation paths
  • Using your UNX to create a Web Intelligence report
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc. and Rajesh Ponnurangam
10:00am - 12:00pm
WEB INTELLIGENCE BOOT CAMP – WHAT’S THE LATEST WITH WEB INTELLIGENCE 4.2?

This hands-on session explores the latest changes in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP3 and SP4 and how these changes can make your life easier.  Topics include:

  • Java/DHTML Clients Parity
  • Cascading Input Control
  • Merged Variables and Objects Display
  • References
  • Shared Elements
  • Comments
  • Geo Maps
  • Parallel Queries
ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc. and RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.

This session will be a deep dive into the most common used formulas in every day report writing, along with some more advanced formulas for expanding your tools as a report writer.  We will be covering:

  • Aggregate functions
  • Character functions
  • Date & Time functions
  • Logical functions
  • Numeric functions
ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc. and RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.

This session will cover how to use breaks and break formatting to achieve dynamic results.  We will also be covering conditional formatting and, when combined with document hyperlinks, we can show how to create interactive scorecard type formatting.

ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc. and RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
DASHBOARD AND DATA VISUALIZATION BOOT CAMP – 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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

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

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.
10:00am - 12:00pm
TABLEAU FOR BUSINESSOBJECTS USERS BOOT CAMP – INTRODUCTION AND CONNECTING TO DATA

In this hands-on session, attendees will receive an introduction to Tableau.  There will be an overview of the user interface. The session will cover the following topics:

  • Connecting to data and how to use the data interpreter
  • The data sources available in Tableau with examples of connecting to several different data sources.
  • Examples of data blending and joins with multiple data sources
  • How to use features such as splitting, union and pivoting
  • The different chart types available in Tableau.
ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance

Tableau provides the means to perform calculations that range from basic to advanced.  In this hands-on session we will cover:

  • String calculations
  • Data calculations
  • Booleans (True/False)
  • If-Then calculations and Case statements
  • Aggregation and Disaggregation
  • Advanced calculations.

During the class we will work through a number of practical examples for using calculations in Tableau.

ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance

In Tableau you can use Parameters to filter data and to pass data related workbooks/dashboards for filtering purposes.  In this hands-on session, we will cover:

  • Bins, Top and Bottom N
  • Moving Average
  • Dynamic Dates
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Field Swapping and Sheet Swapping.
ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance
8:00a - 9:00a
Morning Keynotes
Saving the World with help from Business IntelligenceHear two fascinating case studies from two remarkable organizations that are making a positive difference in people’s lives using Business Intelligence solutions.Saving Tigers from Extinction –  Dr. Ashley Brooks, World Wildlife FundThe decline of wild tigers across their home range over the past 100 years occurred so rapidly (97% loss of tiger numbers since 1900) and extensively (from 29 countries with tigers to only nine countries in 2017), that we almost missed the chance to save and carve out a future for them. Wild tigers were comprehensively decimated by two basic threats – poaching and habitat loss. However, since 2009 WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative has been working to reverse the decline through its ambitious “TX2” goal that seeks to double tiger numbers by 2022. And the results are in. Country wide tiger censuses completed in 2015 showed for the first time an upward trend in wild tiger numbers across their home range. And this is in large part due to improved protection and law enforcement, management, closing trade chains, and strengthening national policies. As we begin to see this success however, we are also aware that increased tiger numbers can also mean an increase in human tiger conflict (HTC) – where any contact between people, their livestock and tigers results in a negative outcome. Developing strategies to prevent an increase in HTC incidents is a key future-focused program that WWF is leading on. Without such a focus, any increase in HTC events due to tiger recovery will ultimately lead to a loss of community tolerance and the decline once again of the species.Dr. Ashley Brooks leads on the design and implementation of WWF’s tiger conflict minimization strategy called the “SAFE Approach and will talk about the TX2 program, its challenges and the plan to maintain tiger recovery without an increase in HTC incidents that would compromise all the success up till now.Saving Lives in a Humanitarian Crisis – Giuseppe Saba, CEO International Humanitarian City

The increase of natural or other sudden onset disasters has highlighted the need to improve the efficiency of the international community’s contributions to humanitarian operations. Sharing information continues to be a long-standing hurdle within the humanitarian community due to the nature of information sharing between organizations. So far, there has been no global solution in the humanitarian community particularly dedicated to the emergency preparedness and response

The Humanitarian Logistics Databank created by the International Humanitarian City, UAE, provides the humanitarian community with a common database platform on humanitarian aid stocks and flow, to enhance emergency preparedness and response. It gives to both affected countries and humanitarian actors in crisis-torn areas, access to updated information on the availability of relief items in respect of their quantity, location, ownership and movement, so they can plan their action and response accordingly.

In a humanitarian crisis every minute counts and saving minutes saves lives so the humanitarian aid community needs to be equipped with efficient tools to help address emergency responses consistently.

6:30p - 9:00p
Evening Reception and Networking Event
10:00am - 11:00am
USPI Self-service Enterprise BI Portal

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.

DAVID BEHR - USPI

The City of Mesa recently had a special project that required data from multiple data sources. Pulling this data by hand would have taken an extraordinary amount of time. Rather than manually keying this information, the City used Excel as a data source in Web Intelligence to filter, summarize, merge with existing information, and ultimately complete a very manual process in a relatively short amount of time. Since then, the City has leveraged Excel as a data source in a few different ways for several special projects. We’ll show you the ”how-to’s”, examples of what we did, and lessons learned along the way.

JARED HANSEN - City of Mesa

With so many technology and business trends weaving through the BI landscape it is difficult to understand what is going to “stick” and what will fade into the sunset. This session will be a moderated “wisdom of the crowd” discussion on these trends and flows. This will be a continuation of the discussion from last year’s IBIS and will focus on changes and observations from the past year.

Questions and topics will include:

  • What are the prospects for advanced analytics in various industries and subject areas and what is holding them back?
  • How do millennials and the next generation of information workers look at data and how can they be engaged?
  • To cloud or not to cloud…what are you doing?
  • What works for you with off-shore resources?
ETHAN DURDA - Vixxo

Replenishment systems based on visual triggers is the foundation of our go forward strategy for our supply chain and operations material flows at Bosch Automotive. The issue we faced, was to have a formulaic approach to our Kanban strategy, but also a mechanism that allowed for adjustments based on intuitive realities that can only be known in a hands-on application. We needed a way to add and extract variables to the data and a mechanism to view the results visually.

The Kanban calculator developed using SAP BO Dashboards allowed for us to have the best of both worlds. The application allowed the data and a formula to drive us to a standard solution, but it also allowed the teams to see the impacts on availability and inventory visually based on real time data. The team can use the data as is or can make adjustments based on visual trends to maximize customer service level while balancing inventory.

Mohammed Siddiqui - Bosch

ARI, the world’s largest privately held fleet management company, faced multiple challenges to deliver Business Objects content to users worldwide.  As their business continued to grow, ARI pursued new methods of delivering content that would take the development effort out of new requests and reduce the turnaround time for their clients.  This session will show how they successfully navigated these challenges to create a fully automated scheduling, bursting and publishing solution that gives the end user the power to schedule and update fully customized reports in real-time.

HEATHER RAPETTI - ARI

Being able to have a consolidated view across the activity of your BI 4 and InfoBurst platforms can be challenging – however, having insight into both delivery platforms can provide major administration benefits. This session will discuss how Albertsons/Safeway took a business intelligence approach to create an effective management strategy based upon joining the data generated by the BI 4 and InfoBurst applications into single reporting and analysis platform. All aspects of the solution review from the analysis of audit data, universe design, business intelligence content etc. will be covered as well as a discussion on how this drives best practices for business intelligence platform management

EVAN DAVIES - Safeway Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Why should I move to an IDT Universe?

The Information Design Tools or IDT is a new semantic layer modeling tool from SAP. But the Universe Design Tool or UDT is still being supported and delivered as part of BI Client tools. What are the advantages of using IDT versus UDT? What are the new features and benefits in creating an IDT UNX Universe? What do I do with my old UNV universes? This session will address all of the above questions. The steps to create an IDT universe and its differences from UDT will be demonstrated.

RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

Many organizations have universes that have not been updated in years or even decades! This session discusses what we found at our company, Perry Ellis, and what we learned in the process of updating them.

After doing an assessment and integrity check on a universe we found tables that have lost their names, tables that have new columns, outdated joins, objects that are broken etc.

We had to determine how much work needed to be done or whether it was better to rebuild as well as decide to convert it to UNX or leave it as a UNV. We will share our experiences and lessons learned that may help you with your universes.

MONA FOX - Perry Ellis International

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) recently migrated from BO XI 3.1 to BI 4.2 and needed to test around 2,000 Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports as part of the exercise. Not only was this a daunting task but the users at PHS had no bandwidth to participate in the regression or functional testing

Learn how PHS set up a process using the 360Bind tool to dramatically speed up the regression testing through electronic comparison of reports. Additionally, PHS was able to reuse the scripts created for 360Bind to help in performing Stress Testing of their new BI4 infrastructure and how the stress testing provided insight into system behavior and validated the system’s ability to support 1,300+ users.

Accelerating the regression testing at PHS played a critical role in significantly reducing the amount of human capital and time required to manage a complex migration while reducing business exposure to unexpected reporting results and installing confidence in the user community and the management team.

BRUCE ALEXANDER - Presbyterian Healthcare Services

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 version 4.2. This session covers 45 latest features in BI 4.2 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.

Move & Maintain Business Objects on the Cloud Increasingly, organizations are choosing to migrate applications and data to the cloud. Done well, moving to the cloud can yield numerous benefits, including lower costs, greater flexibility, and enhanced disaster recovery. Done poorly, moving to the cloud can reduce performance and put information at risk. More and more SAP customers are considering moving Business Objects to the cloud, in full or in part (hybrid). 360Suite recommends a 10-step process to successfully migrate Business Objects to the cloud, and a 7-step process to maintain it. The same set of 360Suite solutions enhance Business Objects before, during and after a cloud migration. Over the past several years, 360Suite has helped hundreds of organizations ease Business Objects upgrades and migrations, on-premise and on the cloud. In addition to easing the process, 360Suite solutions have a byproduct that is less quantifiable but no less important. By empowering IT to independently and transparently move Business Objects to the cloud, 360Suite reconnects IT and business in support of their shared goal-organizational success.

GB&Smith

Having the right play for the right situation is the name of the game. Especially when you have a superstar tool like Data Services at your disposal. With the vast amount of information around today, how-to’s, blogs, video tutorials, one can easily get lost. Having a concise playbook at your fingertips is what this session is all about. We’ll help guide you through some of the do’s and don’ts when using this tool.

TYLER KOITKA - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Adding Dashboard Components to Web Intelligence

Web Intelligence 4.2 introduced a new capability for Custom Elements that permits new third party graphical and interactive add-ons to be incorporated into the Web Intelligence report designer. This session will present and demonstrate some of these custom elements developed by InfoSol UK Labs that are available, taking your Webi reports to whole new level!

RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.

Join us for this immersive session with Rajesh Ponnurangam, who will explore the sensational new features and navigation capabilities of the BI FIORI Launchpad. This presentation will also cover BI 4.2 SP05 FIORI features such as Web Intelligence interactive viewer, new charts and chart properties, custom elements and formulas. This will be a perfect session for end users and report designers who are excited to learn the new features and functions in BI 4.2 SP05.

RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to convert reports into other report types, with an emphasis on creating Master Detail Reports. It will include many of the new features within BI 4.2, including how to hide columns, blocks and sections. The user will learn how to apply conditional formatting to a Master Detail Block at different levels in order to give reports a more dashboard-like look and feel.

Learn how to apply the multiple report functions from the Analysis toolbar to Master Detail reports. Topics in this presentation will include: How to place both a report and a chart in a Master Detail Report while linking those blocks together, navigating a Master Detail Report utilizing the map tab, and exporting a Master Detail Report to PDF and Excel. All topics covered will be through live demonstrations of the product, as well as interactive discussions with the audience.

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions

The torrent of marketing hype and jargon today can make it very tempting to forget fundamentals. The new tools are shiny and the vendor sounds like they have the answer to all our prayers. Yet often customers end up facing the same challenges that have always been there, even with the old software. Yes, software has evolved and data has grown but the how we apply methodology has not. This session aims to get back to the fundamentals when solving reporting requirements in the Business Intelligence world.

TYLER KOITKA - InfoSol Inc.

An Apparel Retailer recently migrated from Crystal Report Server 10 to Crystal Reports Server 4.2 (2016). This session will cover the four major steps involved in a Crystal Server/BI 4.X upgrade process, namely…

  1. Preparing for the upgrade
  2. Installing the BI Platform on Amazon Cloud (AWS)
  3. Using the Upgrade Management Tool (UMT)
  4. Configuring and testing the new BI Platform

This session will be of great value for customers who are looking into BusinessObjects hosted in the cloud. Step by step instructions involved in migrating Crystal Reports content from Crystal Server 10 to Crystal Server 2016 hosted on AWS will be covered.

RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

This presentation will provide an in depth look at how to add multiple data providers within a single document. Michael Ward will demonstrate and discuss adding queries from universes, Excel, and Free Hand SQL. This session will also cover merging queries, the options available when merging, Excel files as a data provider, how to import an excel file, as well as properly update an Excel file already being utilized in a report. This presentation will include some great tips and tricks when it comes to multiple data provides as well as options available when merging local variables.

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions
10:00am - 11:00am
How Dana is Delivering Executive Dashboards using a Template Solution

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.

LORI WAGNER - Dana Holding Corporation

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.

MATT DULIGALL - InfoSol Ltd.

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.

RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

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.

HARVEY SMITH - ARI and TONY CANDELORO - ARI

Human Tiger Conflict (HTC) refers to all cases in which interactions between people and tigers lead to negative impacts on both sides through fear, injury, death, and loss of livelihoods. Conflict is highest where wildlife and people co-exist and share limited resources. In some places, continued and unmanaged HTC leads to the loss of tigers altogether. This is due to retaliatory or pre-emptive killing, removal of problem animals, or the gradual loss of tolerance to co-existence in that area. The most commonly cited conflicts between humans and tigers are: livestock depredation; attacks on people; and retaliatory killings of tigers. WWF’s goal to double the number of tigers by 2022 is a double-edged sword: on the one hand our success will contribute to stopping the decline of tigers and increasing tiger numbers in many areas, but on the other hand could be someone else’s tragedy. As such, we have a very strong commitment to develop strategies that can help to minimize the potential for HTC incidents, in conjunction with any increasing tiger population along with increasing human populations.

A critical part of developing any strategy is to be able to monitor and track conflict over time, and to better predict where hotspots are / will be as tiger numbers increase. A key deficiency across all tiger landscapes is data collection, collation, and feedback loops for data to inform decision makers.

If an HTC incident is recorded (some 66% of incidents go unreported), the information can be stored in multiple desperate places, (e.g. human deaths recorded by police, livestock death data kept by agriculture departments, tiger poisoning recorded by wildlife or forestry authorities), and some data is not publicly available. Where data is available it is often of poor quality (collected using pen and paper, or numeric data collected in Word files), and can be sporadic and patchy (with entire years missing, or periods of time where has been lost or no events recorded due to a staff member being away).

WWF is working with tiger landscape teams and Infosol to improve this whole knowledge management process, starting from enhanced data collection and collation, all the way through to user friendly data analysis and strategy development via use of a Human Tiger Conflict dashboard.

Ashley Brooks leads on the design and implementation of WWF’s tiger conflict minimization strategy called the “SAFE Approach”. This session will give an overview of current challenges to HTC data collection, and the limitations this poses to reducing the chances of HTC events occurring. Ashley will also will also give an overview of the HTC dashboard and the benefits of standardizing data synthesis for the purposes of designing better strategies to minimize conflict.

ASHLEY BROOKS - World Wildlife Fund

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.

TAYLOR PACKWOOD - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
High Value Opportunity Burst Brings Instant Gratification to Marketing Executives

How a simple yet effective BI solution solved a C-suite level problem and won over its toughest critics. This burst solution used Salesforce and SAP data to increase visibility into large potential sales deals for senior management, increasing the chance to close the deal. This presentation will take a detailed look at the business problem and the technical solution, showcasing the true potential of SAP Business Objects and InfoBurst. This presentation will hopefully inspire the audience members to push for more from their current BI investments.

TYLER KOITKA - InfoSol Inc.

At CTG, our client’s goal was to replace all current SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards with Microsoft Power BI by the end of 2018. We discovered there was no native connection between Power BI and the Business Objects tools. To make matters worse, there was no easy way to copy or reuse our queries and parameters because due to programming language functions being so different between databases it made the cost of recreating the dashboards cost prohibitive.

In February 2018, InfoBurst announced their 234 build features which included metadata functions now available through OData. In my research I learned OData is a native connection source for Power BI. This gave me the idea, “what if we could expose the current XDC cache queries to OData as well?”

The InfoBurst team came up with a solution for me to use. I leveraged this solution to re-use the current XDC cache with the new OData connector to replicate our Trouble Ticket Dashboards in PowerBI.

This session will show how we are now leveraging InfoBurst XDC to convert our dashboards and  to integrate BusinessObjects and Microsoft PowerBI.

Kieth Stanley - CTG

BI report consumers are often inundated with files and attachments representing their various BI reports. Reduce that clutter with InfoBurst Content Grouping. Deliver a single file that contains a variety of reports, regardless of report type or source.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Grouping report content to PDF and Excel
  • Combining report content from various types of BI reports
  • Grouping content by various criteria like email recipient and bursting variable
  • Advanced grouping scenarios
BRYAN BACA - InfoSol Inc.

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.

RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is the new trend in BI, and there is no reason why your InfoBurst installation cannot be part of it. This session will explore how to keep your InfoBurst environment well-organized and in tip-top shape by injecting a bit of AI into the works, thanks to InfoBurst’s robust and highly versatile web service API. With it, we will show you how to automatically identify and archive objects (documents, burst, etc.) no longer in use, automatically identify and correct objects that do not conform to your corporate standards, and even automatically repair burst jobs that have failed. And with AI and InfoBurst, we will discuss why this is only the beginning.

DON COLLINS - UCLA Health and Mohammed Fazil - UCLA Health

Join the InfoBurst Team for an interactive and informative session on the future of InfoBurst. This session will be hosted by the InfoBurst Product Manager and Lead Developers as they discuss the development roadmap for planned new features and invite feedback and ideas from current InfoBurst users to help shape the future of this widely used platform.

RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc. & IB Team
10:00am - 12:00pm
IDT UNIVERSE DESIGN BOOT CAMP – LIST OF VALUES, UNIVERSE PROMPTS, CASCADING & OTHERWISE

The list of values and universe prompts are entities that can be authored, shared and reused across data foundation and business layer resources. The different types of list of values and its association with universe objects such as filters and Prompts will be covered in this session. Steps to create cascading prompts and navigation paths will also be covered.

Topics:

  • Parameters created in the Data Foundation vs Business Layer
  • Static List of Values and List of Values based on Custom SQL
  • Parameter definition, association with list of values and parameter usage in a WebI report
  • Optimizing Prompts with cascading prompts and custom prompt properties
  • Creating a Pre-defined Filter using @Prompt syntax
  • Utilizing the new dynamic default value option
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc. and RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

This session covers the steps to resolve some common traps in a data foundation design and avoid incorrect query results. The IDT features to detect and solve loops will also be covered.

Topics:

  • Identifying Fan traps and Chasm Traps
  • Resolving traps with Aliases and contexts
  • General use of @aggregateaware and resolving traps with @aggregateaware
  • Using outer joins
  • Setting up optional outer joins
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc. and RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

This session will be a recap of all the IDT features and functionalities.  We will start with two report requirements and create a universe from start to finish using the techniques we have learned.

Topics

  • Designing universes to meet report requirements.
  • Best practices for Universe development
  • Usage of built in @functions
  • Using Index awareness
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc. and RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
WEB INTELLIGENCE BOOT CAMP – MAKING AN IMPACT WITH WEB INTELLIGENCE 4.2 CHARTS

Each service pack upgrade with Web Intelligence continues to bring improvements with charting features.  This session gives a deeper dive into the latest updates as well as some ‘out of the box’ examples for adding alert features to your charts:

  • Geomaps
  • Chart comments
  • 2 SP3 charting engine updates
  • Creating Alerts on charts
RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc. and ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc.

Two great methods of analyzing data in Web Intelligence are Drilling and Element linking.  Drilling allows users to examine hierarchical subsets of data to explore trends.  Element linking provides an easy, intuitive method of examining related sets of data and, when combined with Input Filters, can bring further clarity to selections of business data for analysis.  This hands-on session will show step by step how to utilize these great Webi features.

RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc. and ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc.

By combining the powerful new visualization features of Web Intelligence with interactive functionality—like input controls, linking, and drill-down—companies can now create attractive, robust, and meaningful dashboards in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence. In this hands-on session, attendees will learn how to create visual and interactive reports plus aggregate and trend analysis, filtering with input controls, document linking, charts, and more. Come and hear how you, too, can create engaging dashboards using only SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence as your BI tool.

RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc. and ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
DASHBOARD AND DATA VISUALIZATION BOOT CAMP – 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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

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.  Al l 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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.
10:00am - 12:00pm
TABLEAU FOR BUSINESSOBJECTS USERS BOOT CAMP – LEVEL OF DETAIL EXPRESSIONS

For those familiar with SAP BusinessObjects, Level of Detail (LOD) expressions in Tableau are the equivalent of Calculation Contexts.  In this hands-on session, the following topics will be covered:

  • LOD syntax prefixes and when to use each one
  • When to use an LOD
  • What kind of LOD should be used
  • Understanding how LOD expressions work “under the hood”
  • Examples of use cases for using LOD Expressions.
ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Tableau excels at mapping. In this hands-on session we will cover the following topics:  Articulate Tableau’s geocoding
  • How to use custom Geocoding in Tableau
  • Filled maps vs. symbol maps
  • Creating custom territories
  • Adding map layers
  • Creating custom background maps
  • Building dashboards with maps
  • Visual best practices for using the mapping functionality in Tableau.
ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance

In this session, we will be putting everything together to create a dashboard from scratch.  We will cover the following:

  • Dashboard formatting basics
  • Workbook level formatting (i.e. font styling, titles, lines)
  • Focusing on the narrative
  • Using color with purpose
  • Using fonts that optimize online readability
  • The importance of using tooltips for your audience
  • Removing clutter.

Dashboard actions will be covered as well – this is the functionality in Tableau that allows users to connect workbook elements for interactivity between workbooks in a dashboard.

ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance
The Future of BusinessObjects Panel Discussion
Paul Grill, CEO of InfoSol, will interview a panel of seasoned BusinessObjects professionals and experts on their thoughts about the current position of BusinessObjects in the Business Intelligence landscape and what they see as its future direction over the coming years. Attendees may submit questions in advance by emailing  ibis@infosol.com or live during the session.
10:00am - 11:00am
Discover what's new in Web Intelligence up to BI 4.2 SP05 & What is to come beyond

As of today, SAP has released SAP Business Intelligence 4.2 SP05. Join us to discover all the great new capabilities available with the latest and greatest version of Web Intelligence. With the New “Fiori like” Consumption User Experience, discover how easy and powerful it is to consume your documents. We will drive you through the entire features delivered into the BI4.2 release. Whether you are using Web Intelligence for reporting, ad-hoc query and analysis or integrated into other applications, you will find features that fit you!

Samuel Polichouk | SAP

Join us and Allan Williams as he presents a fascinating case study on the integration BusinessObjects customers are exploring with Tableau as their data visualization platform. This session will share how BusinessObjects customers can now leverage existing Universes and Reports into both Tableau Desktop and Tableau server while discovering the possibility of taking Web Intelligence report data and funneling it into Tableau Data Extracts (data source) and Tableau Workbooks (data visualization). This end to end toolset provides BusinessObjects users with both a reporting and data discovery processes that paves a new road ahead for Business Intelligence users.

ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance

This session will focus on the architecture and design of BI teams and their members. Differences in personalities, competency, and career level significantly affect a teams performance beyond the expected task assignment challenges.

Key take-aways will include: identification of team member strengths and weaknesses, interviewing and key questions and answers to identify them in potential new members.

ETHAN DURDA - Vixxo

At CTG, our client’s goal was to replace all current SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards with Microsoft Power BI by the end of 2018. We discovered there was no native connection between Power BI and the Business Objects tools. To make matters worse, there was no easy way to copy or reuse our queries and parameters because due to programming language functions being so different between databases it made the cost of recreating the dashboards cost prohibitive.

In February 2018, InfoBurst announced their 234 build features which included metadata functions now available through OData. In my research I learned OData is a native connection source for Power BI. This gave me the idea, “what if we could expose the current XDC cache queries to OData as well?”

The InfoBurst team came up with a solution for me to use. I leveraged this solution to re-use the current XDC cache with the new OData connector to replicate our Trouble Ticket Dashboards in PowerBI.

This session will show how we are now leveraging InfoBurst XDC to convert our dashboards and  to integrate BusinessObjects and Microsoft PowerBI.

Kieth Stanley - CTG

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!

NOE GARCIA - United Surgical Partners International

The torrent of marketing hype and jargon today can make it very tempting to forget fundamentals. The new tools are shiny and the vendor sounds like they have the answer to all our prayers. Yet often customers end up facing the same challenges that have always been there, even with the old software. Yes, software has evolved and data has grown but the how we apply methodology has not. This session aims to get back to the fundamentals when solving reporting requirements in the Business Intelligence world.

TYLER KOITKA - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
BusinessObjects in the Cloud

Cloud is the future we are all being told and there is a trend to adopt new cloud-based applications as well as move more on-premise applications into the cloud. So how do we move BusinessObjects into the cloud?

Join Business Objects expert Minith Patel as he presents how InfoSol runs its Business Objects in the cloud and how you can do the same. He will explain the benefits and what it takes to get you there. This session covers in detail how InfoSol moved from in-house physical servers to a complete cloud environment, how consultants use and leverage cloud capability for day to day business and how this environment is managed, which tools are used and how it is maintained.

MINITH PATEL - InfoSol Inc.

Many companies struggle with managing rights and access in their Business Objects deployments, especially when changes occur in the business structure.

This presentation will offer a structured approach to building a system that will withstand organizational changes and personnel turnover and show you how to build a sustainable structure for your BusinessObjects ecosystem.

JEAN-FRANCOIS CAYRON - Sagitta BI

This presentation provides an entertaining look at best practices for universe design development and maintenance, addressing both UDT and IDT tools. Join Michael Ward as he will discuss many of the best practices for building universes. This session will also demonstrate features like Index Awareness, and Aggregate Awareness while providing real insight into the new IDT tool, and the great number of new features it brings to universe designers.

This session will also compare the pros and cons of the UDT and IDT tools as well discuss universe conversions, multi sourcing for universes, and most importantly… what to watch out for in design creationism.

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions

The future direction of BI is Self Service. To this end, SAP has introduced key features of task management that can be distributed to different areas of the business to help manage and maintain BusinessObjects. Join us for a great session of customer use cases to learn how BusinessObjects Application’s Administration tasks can be distributed to different areas of business moving in the direction of becoming more self-service.

Learn how user account creation can be automated along with group assignment, how promotion of reports can be assigned to a helpdesk or business team without causing issues and more.

MINITH PATEL - InfoSol Inc.

Each new Service Pack of BI 4.2 has brought a slew of new features and functionalities and SP05 is no exception. This session will cover many of those new features and functions as they pertain to the BusinessObjects platform and core tools. We will also share experiences in terms of updating to this latest Service Pack and things to watch out for as well as to try out.

MINITH PATEL - InfoSol Inc.

Join us for an open discussion and knowledge exchange on BusinessObjects administration tips and tricks. This will be an opportunity to both to ask questions and share your own experiences and challenges about performing various BO administration tasks. The session will be championed by BO Admin Guru Minith Patel who will share some of his own special tips and tricks and lead the discussion

MINITH PATEL - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Web Intelligence: Optimizing response time and productivity

This session is a study of techniques available to improve performance and productivity in Web Intelligence. How you approach the design of the overall visualization solution will deeply impact performance as perceived by the consumer. An adequate selection of techniques from the query design to report distribution will allow your organization to optimize the user experience. Learn about how to achieve success by combining Query Stripping, Scheduling, Document Linking and more.

JEAN-FRANCOIS CAYRON - Sagitta BI

This presentation will take you through a “how to” on creating multiple report blocks in order to layer the blocks for conditional block viewing and drilling. Through demonstration, the audience will get to see first-hand how report blocks appear and disappear as the drill bar values are changed. This session has been enhanced due to the changes of the latest versions released to include the use of stop light components to enhance the layered report look and interactivity. Come sit in on this new, creative workflow of creating and layering reports in Web Intelligence that has never done before.

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions

Join Sr BO Consultant Minith Patel for a great session on new features and tricks in Web Intelligence. From adding clickable Icons to leveraging shared elements to quickly formatting a report, this presentation will show some of the new features of Webi that can be used in a very desirable way.

MINITH PATEL - InfoSol Inc.

This presentation consists of a variety of calculation examples from simple to complex. Michael Ward will present both arithmetic and character based type calculations, showcasing the variety and use of built in functions through in-depth demonstration and discussion. This session will also demonstrate the many advantages of creating a universe based upon objects instead of a report based upon calculations, emphasizing the value of this specific workflow.

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions

Did you know that by using Web Intelligence only, that you can create fairly complex visualization-type reports? In this presentation you will learn how to create a variety of charts and reports within the single report by utilizing input controls and element linking to create an interactive dashboard-like report. This session will open your eyes to the wide range of advanced reports that you can create by only leveraging the Web Intelligence features to create a true, interactive, dashboard like look!

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions

As of today, SAP has released SAP Business Intelligence 4.2 SP05. Join us to discover all the great new capabilities available with the latest and greatest version of Web Intelligence. With the New “Fiori like” Consumption User Experience, discover how easy and powerful it is to consume your documents. We will drive you through the entire features delivered into the BI4.2 release. Whether you are using Web Intelligence for reporting, ad-hoc query and analysis or integrated into other applications, you will find features that fit you!

MICHAEL WARD - Creative Technology & Training Solutions
10:00am - 11:00am
Future of Dashboards Roundtable

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.

PAUL GRILL - InfoSol Inc., Taylor & Team

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.

TAYLOR PACKWOOD - InfoSol Inc.

Nationwide Transportation had requirements to be able to quickly model and visualize their data, providing rapid insight into performance of several KPIs– trend, actual and targets. Users would need to be able to view the dashboard both from an iPad and on a desktop. After they looked into several software options, BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 (aka Xcelsius) was identified as the ideal tool and InfoSol was engaged to develop the product for them. InfoBurst Enterprise was not only heavily used for caching data, but also played a key role in the success of the project. It was used in an efficient and unique way to support drill down through multiple hierarchies, comparison of actual vs target and trend analysis at each hierarchy. The dashboard provided trend summaries in the landing page/home screen with pagination through 20+ KPIs and contained 3×3 grids for each KPI. Each of the grids again was clickable and drillable down to lower level of the business hierarchy. One of the key design aspects was to create a scalable product that does not need intervention upon addition of KPI’s, which is a frequent phenomenon in their environment.

In this session, I will show how Xcelsius and InfoBurst created this powerful application and show some of the unique features used to achieve the functionality rarely considered possible by a dashboard design software.

RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.

This session will explore the recently added functionality for SAP Dashboards 4.2 SP5 and explore the new HTML export option. The presentation will also demonstrate some of the new capabilities alongside existing export options (SWF and mobile with dCode) and compare the outputs to provide insight on the benefits and limitations of each Dashboard output.

MATT DULIGALL - InfoSol Ltd.

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!

RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.

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.

MATT DULIGALL - InfoSol Ltd.
10:00am - 11:00am
Become an IB Rockstar: InfoBurst Administration Best Practices

InfoBurst is a mission-critical application in many organizations. Its robust features make it an integral component of many enterprise BI solutions. InfoBurst administrators must be prepared to optimize the InfoBurst system while responding quickly to user requests and environmental challenges. In this session you will learn about deploying an InfoBurst server, backup and recovery techniques, OData Reporting, Platform and database migrations as well as tips on Disaster Recovery.

BRYAN BACA - InfoSol Inc.

This exciting session will cover the latest and greatest in InfoBurst focusing on the genealogy of the HTML5 User Interface (UI). In this session Chris Martin will share the “why’s” behind starting the project, the road to get there, new workflows that were thought out in the planning in order to make it easier to use of InfoBurst Platform, along with a demonstration of the new InfoBurst User Interface. And to conclude this presentation, InfoBurst users will get to listen in, first-hand, on the plans for the future interface of InfoBurst. Join this “new look” and “sneak peek” presentation dedicated to our InfoBurst community.

CHRIS MARTIN - InfoSol Inc. and RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

Join us and Allan Williams as he presents a fascinating case study on the integration BusinessObjects customers are exploring with Tableau as their data visualization platform. This session will share how BusinessObjects customers can now leverage existing Universes and Reports into both Tableau Desktop and Tableau server while discovering the possibility of taking Web Intelligence report data and funneling it into Tableau Data Extracts (data source) and Tableau Workbooks (data visualization). This end to end toolset provides BusinessObjects users with both a reporting and data discovery processes that paves a new road ahead for Business Intelligence users.

ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance

InfoBurst offers a robust scheduler for scheduling BI report content delivery and dashboard data cache refreshes.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Time-based scheduling options
  • Event-driven scheduling
  • Scheduling using InfoBurst date macros – Event configuration and manage
JEREMY CHAMPE - InfoSol Inc.

Report scheduling and delivery often involves more than just bursting BI report. Actions provide the InfoBurst user flexibility to execute various tasks based on the status of a job. Actions can include running database queries, executing external applications or sending email alert. Employ actions to extend the reach of your BI reporting bursting solution.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Action types
  • How to use Actions in bursts and schedules
  • Cascading burst or schedule execution using Actions
JEREMY CHAMPE - InfoSol Inc.

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.

RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
IDT UNIVERSE DESIGN BOOT CAMP – DATA AND UNIVERSE SECURITY

Because universes can be used to centralize access to data sources that are sensitive, IDT also offers security capabilities to control access to these data sources. This session covers the different Security profiles and rights enforced by the BI platform and the objects access levels.

Topics:

  • Deploying and securing a published universe
  • Creating business and data security profiles
  • Assigning Security profiles to users
  • Using User Defined Attributes in Filters
  • Using @BOUSER in Filters
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc. and RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

In some organizations, an entire team of designers may work together to create universes. To enable collaborative work and resource exchange, a shared project can be created in the CMS repository. This session covers the steps to create local projects and shared projects and how they can be used to share authored resources

Topics:

  • Creating shared projects and working with multiple IDT developers
  • Opening a shared project, locking and unlocking resources
  • Project synchronization for shared project management and resource synchronization
  • Renaming universes and files and the implications
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc. and RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.

Because of the evolution of BusinessObjects releases over time, different types of connections exist in BI 4.x based on different components. This session covers the steps to create an IDT connection with OLAP data sources, SAP HANA, BW and other relational data sources and also  the use of Linked Universes

  • Identifying the different data sources specific to SAP and non-SAP
  • Creating an OLAP universe on top of SQL Server Analysis server cube
  • Designing a multisource data foundation
  • Using Data Federator for optimizing multisource performance
  • Using Linked Universes
AMY O’NEEL - InfoSol Inc. and RAJESH PONNURANGAM - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
WEB INTELLIGENCE BOOT CAMP – MOBILE MAGIC WITH WEB INTELLIGENCE

This session equips the Web Intelligence report writer to develop reports that are designed for viewing on mobile applications, covering the best practices for page layout and learning the chart syntax for creating mobile specific charts and displays.

ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc. and RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.

This module will discuss how to use more complex query features of Web Intelligence, giving real world examples and hands on experience.  The complex query features discussed in this module include:

  • Combined Queries
  • Nested filters
  • Query on Query
  • Using Subqueries
ROXANNE PITTMAN - InfoSol Inc. and RUNALI GHOSH - InfoSol Inc.

This module will cover some advanced techniques to improve user experience with Web Intelligence reporting, including the following topics:

  • Multiple data providers and using ForceMerge
  • Using Rank to flip the sort on a Horizontal chart
  • Using Dynamic logos in Webi reports
10:00am - 12:00pm
DASHBOARD AND DATA VISUALIZATION BOOT CAMP – 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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.

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.

SARAH CLARK - InfoSol LTD and RICH HARVEY - InfoSol Ltd.
10:00am - 12:00pm
TABLEAU FOR BUSINESSOBJECTS USERS BOOT CAMP – UNDERSTANDING HOW TABLEAU SERVER WORKS

“Happiness is Only Real when Shared”. In this session, we will discuss the different ways to share data sources and workbooks using Tableau server. It is equally important to know about the platform which supports Tableau visualizations. The audience will get a deeper understanding of Tableau server components and features. We will cover:

  • Licensing
  • Installation
  • Creating users
  • Sites, groups, projects
  • Types of roles, permissions
  • Publishing reports and extracts, and Scheduling.
ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance

This session will help you to bring out the best of both the worlds. This hands-on training will cover a solution for leveraging your existing BusinessObjects content.

  • Delivering a BusinessObjects report as a Tableau Data extract (TDE)
  • Scheduling BusinessObjects reports to deliver TDE’s to Tableau server
  • Bursting Tableau workbooks outside of Tableau server
ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance

In this session we will cover some of the major differences between BusinessObjects and Tableau as well as where they are similar.  The ideas and examples in this session come from an actual case study with a client where we translated some Webi reports into Tableau and how that meant a different paradigm in reporting and data management.

We will cover:

  • Extracts Vs Live Connections
  • How best to work with live connections as well as interpreting universes into metadata
  • Creating Custom SQL with Query Prompts
ALLAN WILLIAMS - Manitoba Public Insurance
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - Data Services Boot Camp

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 handling
TYLER KOITKA - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - BI 4.2 Core Administration Boot Camp

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
MINITH PATEL - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
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
  • And more…
Eric Grill and JEREMY CHAMPE - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - Data Services Boot Camp

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
TYLER KOITKA - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
Course Overview - BI 4.2 Core Administration Boot Camp

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
MINITH PATEL - InfoSol Inc.
9:00am - 5:00pm
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
  • And more…
Eric Grill and JEREMY CHAMPE - InfoSol Inc.