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

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

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

Major Topics Include: 

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

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

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

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

Major Topics include:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

What will I learn?

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

10:00am - 12:00pm
Tableau from A-Z: Introduction and connecting to data

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • 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

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Bins, Top and Bottom N
  • Moving Average
  • Dynamic Dates
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Field Swapping and Sheet Swapping.
Allan Williams
10:00am - 12:00pm
WebI Dashboards Boot Camp: Alerting Dashboard Using Heat Maps and Scorecards

This module will cover the first of three types of dashboards, Alerting dashboards. Our first session will cover charts that alert including heat maps and scorecards.

Intended Audience:  This module is a good intro to charting for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.   No prior Web Intelligence experience necessary.

Major Topics Include:

  • Bringing in Data
  • Displaying data in Heat Maps
  • Displaying data in Scorecards
  • Using Specialty Fonts
  • Highlighting with Conditional Formatting
  • Turning on Tracking
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.

We will take our Alerting dashboard further to make it work for our attention!  This module will include using a script for refreshing on a timer, creating eye-catching marquees and adding options in scheduling that can trigger alerts and emails.

Intended Audience:  This module will provide the scripting and walk through each step of scheduling for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.   A basic understanding of adding blocks and cells to Web Intelligence reports and in scheduling documents is helpful.

Major Topics Include:

  • Adding Scripts to Webi
  • Schedule to Alert
  • Schedule to Email
  • Marquee and HTML Options
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.

Once alerted to anomalies in our Alerting dashboard, we may need to drill in further to get details to determine the cause of the alert.  In this module we will cover ways to display our dashboard either in the HTML5 interface and in BI Workspaces.  We will also look at various linking options between documents and report as well as chart to table display and for adding external links.

Intended Audience:

We will provide step by step instructions for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.

Major Topics Include:

  • HTML5 Fiori Interface
  • Biworkspaces
  • OpenDocument Linking
  • Report to Report Linking
  • Cell Format as Hyperlink
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Webi 4.2 SP6 Boot Camp: What’s the latest with Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6?

Course Overview: This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

This hands-on session explores the latest changes in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6 and how these changes can make your life easier.  Topics include: (bullets of what will be covered are fine too)

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

Course Overview: This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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
Tyler Koitka - InfoSol Inc.

Course Overview: This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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.

Tyler Koitka - InfoSol Inc.
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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - 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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - 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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Going beyond data-driven to a culture of actionable insights

Many companies like Mobile Mini aim to create a data-driven culture, but true success is defined by the ability to transform data into “actionable insights” that enable the audience to quickly take action on the insights provided. In this session we talk about the Mobile Mini lessons learned on this journey and an action plan on how to move your organization forward. Key learning points include:

  • Creating an Insight Driven Culture
  • Learning how to tell a story with your data
  • Building a self-service community
Heather Sinkwitz - Mobile Mini

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) has moved away from a “Push” reporting model to building out a custom Enterprise Business Intelligence Portal where thousands of end-users can go to in order to see their reports and dashboards or build their own reports that they need to make their necessary decisions to run their business. All of which is completely license free! Utilizing the BusinessObjects Launchpad was the “out of the box” solution but required each user to consume a BO License to access their reports and dashboards. Instead, USPI built an enterprise reporting portal that did not require every user to log into BusinessObjects and consume a license. And because the portal needed to provide the capability of ad-hoc query building that could write-back data to a database – USPI discovered that it is, indeed, possible to accomplish a license-free, home-grown portal that still leverages the BusinessObjects toolset. This session will explore how USPI made this vision a reality.

David Behr - USPI

The SAP Analytics Cloud solution, SAP’s unified software-as-a-service cloud analytics experience, allows users within a browser or mobile device to discover, visualize, plan, and predict. This session will showcase how to interact with data from virtually any application in order to forecast outcomes, automate insights, simulate scenarios, and ultimately make better, fact-based decisions.

Gregory Botticchio - SAP

As report designers, we need to use the best tool for each job. With more than a thousand hands-on consumers of 32,000+ reports, Web Intelligence is our go-to reporting solution at the University System of New Hampshire. Then came Tableau with its bubble charts and heat maps and dashboards and data stories. Not to worry! Tableau experts were hired so that we, Webi developers, could stay happily ensconced in our reporting world. That is until this year when our supervisor tasked each Webi developer with creating a Tableau solution using Webi data. This case study will walk through our learning process, some pitfalls as well as best practices that we learned, and ultimately demonstrate the creation of a call center dashboard using Webi data and Tableau visualizations.

Barbara Hoover - USNH

Everyone needs data. Whether it’s for trending, comparing, analyzing, or decision-making, the need for data to stay informed is crucial. However, as an analyst and developer, how do you decided on what data to provide, how much data, and/or how to present it? Do you build a dashboard? Do you create a canned report? Or do you just simply provide a data dump? In this session we will help you answer these types of Business Intelligence questions and how to use our D.A.T.A. methodology.

At USPI, delivering analytical tools accordingly is what we strive to do every time. This session will discuss how our BI team has used the D.A.T.A. method to provide the right solutions for different departments throughout our company and out in the field.

Cooper McCauslen - USPI

This year UCSC moved their BusinessObjects onto the AWS Cloud system. Over the testing phase of the implementation, UCSC worked mainly with InfoSol but also with AWS Consultants. AWS poses some interesting and real challenges in their cloud implementation and this presentation will touch on those as well as how we overcame or worked with them. With the help of InfoSol, we used 360Plus to move data and develop and implement a disaster recovery plan for failover between instances, set up the networking for internal and external communication and were able to interpret what worked internally into working on AWS.

Michael Puckett - UCSC
10:00am - 11:00am
BusinessObjects BI 4.2 – 45 features in 45 minutes

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

Rajesh Ponnurangam - InfoSol Inc.

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

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

John Manwaring - Goldman Myers

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

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

Jean-Francois Cayron - InfoSol Inc.

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

Samuel Polichouk - SAP

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

Evan Davies - Safeway/Albertsons

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

Tammy Datri - Grane Healthcare
10:00am - 11:00am
Analysis Tab – Your best Friend

In the Report Viewer Window the Analysis Tab is the most widely used tab. Why? It has all the major features that we use all the time to greatly enhance the look of our reports. It will include an in-depth look at each major feature and how to use it more effectively: Filtering, Grouping, Breaking, Sorting, Calculations and other features as well. There will be a comparison to show what they have changed over the last few yearsthere will also be best practices when using the reporting functions. The presentation will be delivered via a live demo.

Michael Ward - CTTS

Learn how the latest features introduced in Web Intelligence 4.2 allow you to create real and live reports that can behave like dashboards. This session will cover:

  • How to solve the layout issue?
  • How to position the different blocks for better rendering?
  • What kind of interactions can be imagined?
Samuel Polichouk - SAP

Reporting translates raw data into information, whereas analysis transforms data and information into insights. In this presentation I will show you how to create a great Webi report that will raise questions about the business from its end users. Reporting helps identify exceptions, such as when data falls outside of expected ranges, which leads to more questions and assists with identifying areas of concern.

Sharron Chop - Snohomish County Public Utility District

This session will showcase the project planning and implementation for converting Desktop Intelligence reports to Web Intelligence reports. It will include a comprehensive feature comparison between Desktop intelligence and Web Intelligence and the various challenges and workaround solutions in Web Intelligence to convert Deski reports will also be discussed.

Rajesh Ponnurangam - InfoSol Inc.

OpenDocument has been around for more than a decade now and Web Intelligence has greatly simplified the process to create hyperlinks to other documents or other locations. As time goes on, your platform can grow to an unimaginable amount of documents. If most of them contained hyperlinks, and you were tasked to make a global change that would affect all of the hyperlinked documents, what would you do?

You would pray for a miracle, that is what you would do!

There is an old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This wildly simple concept will revolutionize a way of modularizing document content and make some of your future global document changes a breeze to create and maintain!

Kirc Breden: Raytheon
10:00am - 11:00am
Dynamic Dashboarding using WEBI

Using existing Web Intelligence functions and input controls to create dynamic visualizations, chart changes on the fly and much more to generate a Dashboard document. The current software market is full of tools offering ways to create dashboards, but you can continue using your current SAP Business Intelligence environment, universes, and the power of WEB Intelligence to create nice looking and functional documents. We will demonstrate how to create a dashboard from scratch; at the end of the session you will have the tools and knowledge to recreate it with your own enterprise data.

Jose Ferrero - Freeport McMoRan Inc.

HTML5, PowerBI, Tableau, Web Intelligence…. What is happening with Adobe and Flash? What about Java? What are my alternatives? In this topic, we will take a look at all of the above. Frankly and sincerely, there has never been a better time for InfoBurst for Dashboards than now. Clients using InfoBurst are in THE BEST position to transition to practically any dashboarding front end display tool without needing to modify the data source.

Are you using QAAWS (Query as a Web Service) to power SAP Dashboards to flash or HTML5? Move to InfoBurst to offload the sessions and load. Are you wanting to transition to Tableau or Power BI? Go ahead – your XDCs can work there! Want to use SQL directly as a data source for some dashboards? Sure! Need to improve performance with cache queries instead of huge upfront queries? InfoBurst is the expert! Need to expose some data externally but not link directly to an internal data source? You guessed it – CAN do! And so much more. If you aren’t sure what dashboard front end you will be using over the next few years and/or if you want to give your users the option to use various front ends, then now is the absolute BEST time for InfoBurst for Dashboards.

Amy O’Neel - InfoSol Inc.

SAP BO Dashboards (Xcelsius) remains in a class of its own for its fast and simple way to create amazing BI dashboards. Sadly, SAP is not planning to support it from 2021 onwards. But all is not lost as a new development initiative is underway to produce a next generation follow-on solution that provides all the key functionality, along with a migration utility to convert your existing SAP BO Dashboards.

The project, led by InfoSol UK Labs, is code named “Secret Squirrel” and this session will explain why, how, what and when. We will provide the background into the project, discuss the roadmap (past, present) and demo the latest build of “Squirrel”. For the last part of the session we will be running a user influence session where people can propose enhancements, discuss ideas and the direction we’ve taken, and have a chance to pick our brains about the future of “Squirrel”.

Rich Harvey - InfoSol Ltd.

Have you spent a lot of time and effort creating a dashboard that people aren’t using or aren’t getting what they need from it? Is your dashboard cluttered and difficult to use, and quite frankly a bit ugly? This session will take you through the steps you can take to improve your dashboards overall user experience.

With a focus on good design and meaningful data viz, we’ll share with you our top tips and techniques to simplify, de-clutter and re-design your dashboard. You’ll learn how to take your dashboard to the next level, adding polish and clarity that gives a professional finish, ensuring your dashboard is more memorable, and most importantly – useful to your users.

Mel Sheppard - 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 and 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 and if we have time we may look at bursting out Tableau workbooks as well.

Rajesh Ponnurangam - InfoSol Inc.

Infographics can be an incredibly powerful way to present data in a more readable, and understandable format. They can allow users to more easily and quickly decipher and consume data, making our dashboards that much more impactful. This session will talk about theories and strategies with using Infographics in a dashboard, as well as various ways you yourself can implement infographics in your own dashboards.

Taylor Packwood - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
What's New in InfoBurst

In this session you will learn about all the new and exciting features added to InfoBurst since IBIS 2018.

Bryan Baca - InfoSol Inc.

Organizations tasked with distributing reports via email are faced with a multitude of individual requests ranging from personalization for recipients, email formatting to email audits. SAP BusinessObjects comes with a robust scheduler for both report scheduling and bursting via Publications. There are however limitations to this tool, which led my team to InfoBurst.

Over the past year, I have created possibly hundreds of InfoBurst report distributions and upgraded many existing Publications to InfoBurst jobs. InfoBurst does an amazing job of creating customized email bursts to audiences of varying sizes. This session is focused on highlighting the features of the tool that I discovered while satisfying user requests. I will show how they made my daily job easier and how implemented these features. Look out for Events, Triggers, HTML formatting, Parameter passing to distribution lists, Burst testing and more.

Jevan Choo Quan - ARI

InfoBurst’s new, ergonomically-designed HTML UI is a modern version of the classic UI and is being incrementally introduced in InfoBurst builds starting with Build 236. Join this session to learn about the new workflows, the theory and design behind them, and best practices for integrating them into your day to day operations.

Rajesh Ponnurangam

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is the new trend in BI, and there is no reason why your InfoBurst installation cannot be a 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. We will discuss why this is only the beginning with AI and InfoBurst.

Don Collins - UCLA

HTML5, PowerBI, Tableau, Web Intelligence…. What is happening with Adobe and Flash? What about Java? What are my alternatives? In this topic, we will take a look at all of the above. Frankly and sincerely, there has never been a better time for InfoBurst for Dashboards than now. Clients using InfoBurst are in THE BEST position to transition to practically any dashboarding front end display tool without needing to modify the data source.

Are you using QAAWS (Query as a Web Service) to power SAP Dashboards to flash or HTML5? Move to InfoBurst to offload the sessions and load. Are you wanting to transition to Tableau or Power BI? Go ahead – your XDCs can work there! Want to use SQL directly as a data source for some dashboards? Sure! Need to improve performance with cache queries instead of huge upfront queries? InfoBurst is the expert! Need to expose some data externally but not link directly to an internal data source? You guessed it – CAN do! And so much more. If you aren’t sure what dashboard front end you will be using over the next few years and/or if you want to give your users the option to use various front ends, then now is the absolute BEST time for InfoBurst for Dashboards.

Amy O’Neel - InfoSol Inc.

A user once described InfoBurst as a “BI Swiss Army Knife”. Sure, you know about the big knife and the corkscrew. But are you familiar with some of the lesser known, yet equally powerful, tools InfoBurst has to offer? In this session you will learn about 10 of these features of InfoBurst.

Bryan Baca - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Tableau from A-Z: Level of Detail Expressions

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • 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

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • 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

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • 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
10:00am - 12:00pm
WebI Dashboards Boot Camp: Analytical Dashboard – What If?

With the second type of dashboards – Analytical dashboards, we will dive right in with What-If Analysis including modifying range inputs and adding multi-select filters and single select filtering.  We will also cover passing a value when refreshing data to influence the resulting format and switching dimension and measure selections on the fly.

Intended Audience:

We will provide step by step instructions for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.

Major Topics Include:

  • Range Input Controls
  • Measure Selection
  • Multi-select Input Controls
  • Prompts
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.

This module will cover bringing in add-ons known as Custom Elements.  There are a variety of add-ons available in the market place that can greatly increase your charting options with Webi.  We will cover a few of them and how to add them as well as walk through an example of creating your own from a Google Charting link.  With all these charts to choose from, we will also take this time to cover a little of when to use which chart type to convey what message.

Intended Audience:

We will provide step by step instructions for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.

Major Topics Include:

  • Adding Custom Elements
  • Using Node.js for Google Charting
  • When to Use Which Chart
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.

This module will cover statistical charting options including the reusability of complicated formulas with Shared Elements as well as some functions and formulas that we have available to us to calculate.

Intended Audience:

We will provide step by step instructions for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.

Major Topics Include:

  • Statistical Functions
  • Percentile
  • Context Operators
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Shared Elements
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Webi 4.2 SP6 Boot Camp: Making an impact with Web Intelligence 4.2 charts

This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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
  • Charting engine updates
  • Creating Alerts on charts
Tyler Koitka - InfoSol Inc.

This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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.

Tyler Koitka - InfoSol Inc.

This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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.

 

Tyler Koitka - InfoSol Inc.
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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - 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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - 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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Dynamic Dashboarding using Web Intelligence

This session will demonstrate how Freeport McMoRan utilized Web Intelligence functions and input controls to create dynamic visualizations, chart changes on the fly, and much more in order to generate a Dashboard document. The current software market is full of tools offering diverse ways to create dashboards.

This session will show users how you can continue using your current SAP Business Intelligence environment, universes, and the power of Web Intelligence to create nice looking and functional document by demonstrating how to create a dashboard from scratch. At the end of the session, you will have the tools and knowledge to recreate it with your own enterprise data.

Jose Ferrero - Freeport McMoRan Inc.

In order to gain more insight into the operating environment of the BusinessObjects, Albertsons/Safeway made a significant investment in developing a reporting platform to provide real-time as well historical auditing metrics to support effective support management as well as providing more long-term analysis tools for planning purposes.   This session will discuss how the solution was architected to the specific requirements at Albertsons/Safeway to be able to provide a consolidated view across the BusinessObjects and InfoBurst platforms. All aspects of the solution will be discussed and demonstrated; from data analysis to the delivery of Business Intelligence through an audit, self-service dashboard will be showcased.

Evan Davies - Albertsons/Safeway
10:00am - 11:00am
Managing Resource-Constricted Software Updates

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

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

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

Barbara Hoover - USNH

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

Tammy Datri - Grane Healthcare

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

Alejandro has delivered BI solutions to different customers, having more than 2 decades of BI experience, his expertise with SAP Business Objects goes from the back

Aljeandro Yamamoto - Converge BI

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

Gregory Botticchio - SAP

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

This Case Study will cover the project plan, road blocks, challenges, issues and how an upgrade that was pending for 12 years was successfully completed with the help of InfoSol.

Minith Patel - InfoSol Inc.

Multi-source universes have appeared with Business Objects 4.0. Customers and Prospects of the solution have been asking since 1994 if you could connect to different databases with one universe.

So why did it take 20 years to make it a reality?

We will explore what Business Objects offers in the IDT, how it could make your life easier and perhaps why you should look the other way.

Jean-Francois Cayron - Sagitta BI
10:00am - 11:00am
Multi-source Universes: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Learn how the latest features introduced in Web Intelligence 4.2 allow you to create real and live reports that can behave like dashboards. This session will cover:

  • How to solve the layout issue?
  • How to position the different blocks for better rendering?
  • What kind of interactions can be imagined?
Samuel Polichouk & Gregory Botticchio - SAP

Learn about the variety of ways Excel files can be used in reporting. You will learn how to use Excel as a data provider, using Excel for a bridge file when encountering incompatible format types, as a dynamic filer file, and other uses. There will be an in-depth look at how to properly import an Excel files, where to store the Excel file, and how to update an Excel file without breaking the Webi Document. You will also learn some nice tips and techniques when using Excel files. that will open your eyes to the real power of an Excel file.

Michael Ward - CTTS

This session is for everyone’s favorite reporting tool: Web Intelligence.

This session will give you a preview of the new reporting experience in SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and an overview of the planned innovations:

  • What’s coming in the next releases, as well as the timeline and priorities for BI 4.3
  • How the user experience will change to facilitate end-user adoption and self-service interaction
  • The enhancements to the report authoring to make designers more productive
Gregory Botticchio - SAP

In this live demo you will learn how to create multiple block reports within a document, then apply multiple drill blocks in a way to layer the blocks to show those blocks conditionally. In Part 1 of the presentation from last year we utilized the drill bar feature to drive the reporting. This year in Part 2 we will be utilizing input controls in a much more advanced way to make our reporting even more flexible. It has been enhanced to include the use of stop lights as part of the layering of the reports and will open your eyes to a whole new way of creating and layering reports in Webi, in ways never done before. It will give your reports more of a visualization like appearance.

Michael Ward - CTTS

3) With more than a thousand hands-on consumers of 32,000 reports, Web Intelligence (WebI) is the go-to reporting solution at the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). Throughout the university system, customers rely upon accurate and timely WebI reports to meet their business objectives.

In this workshop, the best practices that keep USNH customers in-the-know will be discussed and demonstrated. Among the many items covered will be: daily system checks, short-cuts to report design, tips for testing data accuracy, and value-added universe tables, filters, and objects. Report and universe examples will use an enhanced version of the eFashion universe, so participants will be able recreate the presented solutions when they return home.

Barbara Hoover - UNH

This presentation will provide an in depth look at how to add multiple data providers within a single document. It will cover:

  • Adding queries from universes, as well as Excel and Free Hand SQL
  • Merging queries and the options available when merging
  • Excel files as a data provider, and how to import and Excel file
  • Properly updating an Excel file already being utilized in a report
  • Merging on local variables
  • Great tips and tricks and best practices
  • A thorough look at what’s changed with v4.2
Michael Ward - CTTS
10:00am - 11:00am
USPI’s "License Free" Self-Service Analytics Portal

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) has moved away from a “Push” reporting model to building out a custom Enterprise Business Intelligence Portal where thousands of end-users can go to in order to see their reports and dashboards, or build there own reports that they need to make their necessary decisions to run their business – license free! Utilizing BusinessObjects 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 instead built an enterprise reporting portal that did NOT require every user to log into BusinessObjects and consume a license. This portal needs to provide the capability of ad-hoc query building and applications that could write-back data to a database – is this possible in a license-free home grown portal that still leverages Business Objects? Come find out how USPI made this vision a reality.

David Behr - USPI

Learn how the latest features introduced in Web Intelligence 4.2 allow you to create real and live reports that can behave like dashboards. This session will include:

  • How to solve the layout issue?
  • How to position the different blocks for better rendering?
  • What kind of interactions can be imagined?
Samuel Polichouk - SAP

Dashboards come in all shapes and complexities. There are dashboards that are simple and easy to understand and some that have so many moving parts it can be difficult keeping track of everything. And when something breaks down or goes wrong with a complex dashboard, it can be hard to pin point the exact issue. This session will go through some best practices and strategies when attempting to troubleshoot issue and demonstrate some examples of common problems faced as well as obscure, hard to evaluate issues. 

Taylor Packwood - InfoSol Inc.

What makes a dashboard not just stand out but so cool that you love using it and want to show it to everyone you know?

This session will show you how you can make your dashboards both dazzle while being easy and fun to use ensuring maximum user adoption.  Using a combination of color, design, dynamic visualization,  animations you can create a “wow” factor that will make your dashboard pop and get your users excited.

Mel Sheppard - InfoSol Ltd.

While there are a lot of great BI dashboard tools on the market, they rarely meet all the needs and demands of what many organizations want to build. This is particularly true when there is a need for mobile, collaboration, write-back and high performance and scalability. So, rather than struggling to fit your requirements to the BI dashboard tool, why not build a custom BI dashboard that fits all of your requirements?

This session will show some really cool examples of custom BI dashboards and applications built from scratch to meet a diverse spectrum of user needs and show how they can be both business effective and cost effective.

Joseph Ishak and Eliseo Camilon - InfoSol Inc.

Xcelsius (SAP BO Dashboards) is an incredibly powerful and useful tool that can produce visually dynamic applications that change the way we consume data. But, all tools have their limits, and there are occasions where a dashboard gets built up so large and complex, with so many components, connectors and data, it can start causing application issues and become unstable. Join Taylor as he discusses issues faced like this in real-world scenarios, and solutions to fix dashboards like these. 

Taylor Packwood - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Tableau with BusinessObjects - Bring out the best of both the worlds

Learn why and how Tableau with BusinessObjects is the best combination for enterprise BI. The use cases for Tableau dashboards with BO content and 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 and if we have time we may look at bursting out Tableau workbooks as well.

Rajesh Ponnurangam - InfoSol Inc.

The new InfoBurst Portal gives users a brand new destination for BI report content generated by InfoBurst.

In this session you will learn about:

  • First time InfoBurst Portal setup
  • Configuring a portal delivery
  • Using the portal
  • Portal delivery scenarios
  • Upcoming portal features
Bryan Baca - InfoSol Inc.

This is an open discussion session between InfoBurst users and the InfoBurst development and support team where you can present your InfoBurst questions and challenges. Tell us about your use cases and hear stories and solutions from other users.

Bryan Baca, John Wilcox & Rajesh Ponnurangam - InfoSol Inc.

InfoBurst is a mission-critical application in many organizations and its robust feature set makes 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
  • Platform and database migrations
  • Reporting
  • Disaster Recovery
Bryan Baca - InfoSol Inc.

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.

Data sources like database tables and Excel power your report bursting. Lean how you can enhance your deliveries using data source Extra Columns.

In this session you will learn to use Extra Columns for:

  • Custom file naming
  • Custom email subjects
  • Personalized passwords for file encryption and protection
  • Dynamic email deliveries
Bryan Baca - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Tableau from A-Z: Understanding how Tableau Server works

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Licensing
  • Installation
  • Creating users
  • Sites, groups, projects
  • Types of roles, permissions
  • Publishing reports and extracts, and Scheduling.
Allan Williams

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • 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

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course covers an introduction to Tableau along with a number of advanced topics to give the attendee the tools to be productive with Tableau. Each 2-hour module will be “hands-on” and will include exercises for the class.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Those wishing to boost their Tableau skills.

MAJOR TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Extracts Vs Live Connections
  • How best to work with live connections as well as interpreting universes into metadata
  • Creating Custom SQL with Query Prompts
  • IBTab UNX Web Data Connector
  • Removing clutter.
Dashboards 10:00am - 12:00pm
Webi Dashboards Boot Camp: Strategic Dashboard – Using Space Wisely

The third dashboard type is Strategic dashboards.  These dashboards are typically tracking KPIs and are often for management use.  We want to convey a lot of information quickly using images and color instead of text where it makes sense.   We will begin with covering smart use of space issues including designing for mobile consumption.  We will overlay transparent images and cover using color coding to communicate.

Intended Audience:

We will provide step by step instructions for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.

Major Topics Include:

  • Designing for Mobile Display
  • Transparency in Image Overlays
  • Color Coding
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.

This module will cover Strategic Dashboards using interactive charts and blocks including geographic charts, element linking and special input controls as well as using show/hide options on blocks to display based upon formula.

Intended Audience:

We will provide step by step instructions for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.

Major Topics Include:

  • Geographic Charts
  • Element Linking
  • Hide Cell or Block Based on Formula
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.

In this section we will display trends and highlight current status to track key performance indicators.  We will take this opportunity to discuss Key Performance Indicators both in display and concept.  We will include adding infographics, using comments on dashboards and using reference cells as input for tiles to make important results stand out above the noise.

Intended Audience:

We will provide step by step instructions for users of all abilities in Web Intelligence.

Major Topics Include:

  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Comments
  • Infographics
  • Alignment Dependency
  • Comments
  • Reference Cells
  • Tiles
Amy O'Neel and Roxanne Pittman - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 12:00pm
Webi 4.2 SP6 Boot Camp: Mobile magic with Web Intelligence

Course Overview: This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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.

Tyler Koitka - InfoSol Inc.

Course Overview: This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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
Tyler Koitka - InfoSol Inc.

Course Overview: This course is for both users and report designers with beginner to intermediate familiarity of Web Intelligence reporting whom need to learn to access, analyze and share data using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6.

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the web Intelligence report building designer.

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence developers

Module Overview:

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
Tyler Koitka - 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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - 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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - 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
Runali Ghosh - InfoSol Inc. and Minith Patel - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Going beyond data-driven to a culture of actionable insights

Many companies like Mobile Mini aim to create a data-driven culture, but true success is defined by the ability to transform data into “actionable insights” that enable the audience to quickly take action on the insights provided. In this session we talk about the Mobile Mini lessons learned on this journey and an action plan on how to move your organization forward. Key learning points include:

  • Creating an Insight Driven Culture
  • Learning how to tell a story with your data
  • Building a self-service community
Heather Sinkwitz - Mobile Mini

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) has moved away from a “Push” reporting model to building out a custom Enterprise Business Intelligence Portal where thousands of end-users can go to in order to see their reports and dashboards or build their own reports that they need to make their necessary decisions to run their business. All of which is completely license free! Utilizing the BusinessObjects Launchpad was the “out of the box” solution but required each user to consume a BO License to access their reports and dashboards. Instead, USPI built an enterprise reporting portal that did not require every user to log into BusinessObjects and consume a license. And because the portal needed to provide the capability of ad-hoc query building that could write-back data to a database – USPI discovered that it is, indeed, possible to accomplish a license-free, home-grown portal that still leverages the BusinessObjects toolset. This session will explore how USPI made this vision a reality.

David Behr - USPI

As report designers, we need to use the best tool for each job. With more than a thousand hands-on consumers of 32,000+ reports, Web Intelligence is our go-to reporting solution at the University System of New Hampshire. Then came Tableau with its bubble charts and heat maps and dashboards and data stories. Not to worry! Tableau experts were hired so that we, Webi developers, could stay happily ensconced in our reporting world. That is until this year when our supervisor tasked each Webi developer with creating a Tableau solution using Webi data. This case study will walk through our learning process, some pitfalls as well as best practices that we learned, and ultimately demonstrate the creation of a call center dashboard using Webi data and Tableau visualizations.

Barbara Hoover - USNH

This year UCSC moved their BusinessObjects onto the AWS Cloud system. Over the testing phase of the implementation, UCSC worked mainly with InfoSol but also with AWS Consultants. AWS poses some interesting and real challenges in their cloud implementation and this presentation will touch on those as well as how we overcame or worked with them. With the help of InfoSol, we used 360Plus to move data and develop and implement a disaster recovery plan for failover between instances, set up the networking for internal and external communication and were able to interpret what worked internally into working on AWS.

Michael Puckett - UCSC

Everyone needs data. Whether it’s for trending, comparing, analyzing, or decision-making, the need for data to stay informed is crucial. However, as an analyst and developer, how do you decided on what data to provide, how much data, and/or how to present it? Do you build a dashboard? Do you create a canned report? Or do you just simply provide a data dump? In this session we will help you answer these types of Business Intelligence questions and how to use our D.A.T.A. methodology.

At USPI, delivering analytical tools accordingly is what we strive to do every time. This session will discuss how our BI team has used the D.A.T.A. method to provide the right solutions for different departments throughout our company and out in the field.

Cooper McCauslen - USPI
10:00am - 11:00am
Roadmap: Future looks bright with the future SAP BOBJ BI 4.3

Attend this session to explore the road map and future directions of SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3. This session will include:

  • What’s coming in the next releases, as well as the timeline and priorities for BI4.3
  • How this release will enable bridges with SAP Analytics Cloud
  • The enhancements to the BI platform to facilitate its execution and maintenance
  • How the user experience will change to facilitate end-user adoption and self-service interaction
Gregory Botticchio - SAP

This year, UCSC moved their BusinessObjects onto the AWS Cloud system. Over the testing phase of the implementation UCSC worked mainly with InfoSol but also with AWS Consultants. AWS poses some interesting and real challenges in their cloud implementation and this presentation will touch on those as well as how we overcame or worked with them. With the help of InfoSol, we used 360Plus from GB and Smith to move data and develop and implement a disaster recovery plan for failover between instances, set up the networking for internal and external communication and were able to interpret what worked internally into working on AWS.

Michael Puckett - UCSC

Many companies struggle with managing rights and access in their BusinessObjects 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.

Jean-Francois Cayron - Sagitta

In order to gain more insight into the operating environment of the BusinessObjects, Albertsons/Safeway made a significant investment in developing a reporting platform to provide real-time as well historical auditing metrics to support effective support management as well as providing more long-term analysis tools for planning purposes.   This session will discuss how the solution was architected to the specific requirements at Albertsons/Safeway to be able to provide a consolidated view across the BusinessObjects and InfoBurst platforms. All aspects of the solution review will be discussed and demonstrated from the data analysis through to the delivery of business Intelligence through an audit dashboard, self-service as well as management reporting.

Evan Davies - Albertsons/ Safeway

Description coming soon!

Ethan Durda - Vixxo

This presentation provides an entertaining look at best practices for universe design, including both the UDT and IDT tools. It will include many best practices for building universes and view such features as Index Awareness and Aggregate Awareness. You will gain some real insight into the new IDT and the great number of new features it brings to universe design. We will also compare the UDT and IDT tools and address multi-sourcing for universes and what to watch out for. Universe conversion will be discussed along with showing many new features that were introduced into the IDT in BI 4.2. This presentation is really a best practice guide for designing universes with either tool!

Michael Ward - CTTS
10:00am - 11:00am
Refreshable Webi parts on your desktop

Did you know you can create a refreshable user-specific Webi result on a users’ desktop?  It could be used to create a daily task list for project tracking, or add a daily revenue amount up in the corner to track on-target revenues during Holiday sales (client case study) or any information that is relevant to your job on an immediate basis.  You can read it from a pre-scheduled instance or the direct Webi part and you can add OpenDocument links to displayed data to enable drill-in analysis. You can refresh the results specific to you as the user and set it to auto-refresh on a timer.  Come take a look at BI Widgets, the best kept secret around for providing instant BI!

Amy O’Neel - InfoSol Inc.

Learn how to make your reports really stand out using conditional reporting, and conditionally hiding blocks/sections. You will learn about cell format, text format and variable format rules in Webi reporting as well as how to introduce gadgets, like stop lights into your reports to make your reports really stand out. You will also learn how to using conditional reporting in master detail reports. The presentation will be delivered via live demo.

Michael Ward - CTTS

Customers have been using SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence for many years as their tool of choice for operational reporting. As a result, these users have generated thousands of enhancement requests. Here’s your chance to weigh in!

Attend this session to: discuss your company’s usage, where you see possible gaps and how SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence can meet them. This session is specifically designed to gather your satisfaction and concerns for both the current offering and future direction that SAP has charted for this solution. If you’d like to influence the direction of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, you’ll not have a better chance

Samuel Polichouk and Gregory Botticchio - SAP

This live demo presentation will provide an in depth look at how to use context operators including a variety of examples to help better understand how they work. You will learn about Reference Cells and how they can be utilized as an alternative to Context Operator.

Michael Ward - CTTS

The ability to keep a screen up and running on automatic refresh, with either the new feature in Fiori Interactive Mode or in Webi itself, allows your BusinessObjects investment in Web Intelligence to become an integral part of your immediate Business Intelligence awareness. You can even alert via email and have an analytical dashboard link ready to go based on the alert! We’ll have a demo of this feature and walk through the basics with examples of how we’ve seen alerting used. Knowledge is more immediate these days and you can be the one in the know.

Amy ONeel - InfoSol Inc.

Attend this session if you want to explore the sensational new features and navigation capabilities of the new FIORI BI Launchpad. This session will cover BI 4.2 FIORI features through to the latest service pack such as Web Intelligence interactive viewer, filters and report navigation, 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 specific to FIORI and would like to start using it now.

Rajesh Ponnurangam - InfoSol Inc.
10:00am - 11:00am
Using Tableau with WebI: From Novice to Knowledge

As report designers, we need to use the best tool for each job. With more than a thousand hands-on consumers of 32,000+ reports, Web Intelligence is our go-to reporting solution at the University System of New Hampshire. Then came Tableau, with its bubble charts and heat maps and dashboards and data stories.

Not to worry! Tableau experts were hired, so we WebI developers could stay happily ensconced in our reporting world. That is until this year, when our supervisor tasked each WebI developer with creating a Tableau solution using WebI data. This case study will walk through our learning process, some pitfalls and best practices and demonstrate the creation of a call center dashboard using WebI data and Tableau visualizations.

Barbara Hoover - USNH

Dashboards come in all shapes and complexities. There are dashboards that are simple and easy to understand and some that have so many moving parts it can be difficult keeping track of everything. And when something breaks down or goes wrong with a complex dashboard, it can be hard to pin point the exact issue. This session will go through some best practices and strategies when attempting to troubleshoot issue and demonstrate some examples of common problems faced as well as obscure, hard to evaluate issues. 

Taylor Packwood - InfoSol Inc.

SAP BO Dashboards (Xcelsius) remains in a class of its own for its fast and simple way to create amazing BI dashboards. Sadly, SAP is not planning to support it from 2021 onwards. But all is not lost as a new development initiative is underway to produce a next generation follow-on solution that provides all the key functionality, along with a migration utility to convert your existing SAP BO Dashboards.

The project, led by InfoSol UK Labs, is code named “Secret Squirrel” and this session will explain why, how, what and when. We will provide the background into the project, discuss the roadmap (past, present) and demo the latest build of “Squirrel”. For the last part of the session we will be running a user influence session where people can propose enhancements, discuss ideas and the direction we’ve taken, and have a chance to pick our brains about the future of “Squirrel”.

Rich Harvey - InfoSol Inc.

Have you spent a lot of time and effort creating a dashboard that people aren’t using or aren’t getting what they need from it? Is your dashboard cluttered and difficult to use, and quite frankly a bit ugly? This session will take you through the steps you can take to improve your dashboards overall user experience.

With a focus on good design and meaningful data viz, we’ll share with you our top tips and techniques to simplify, de-clutter and re-design your dashboard. You’ll learn how to take your dashboard to the next level, adding polish and clarity that gives a professional finish, ensuring your dashboard is more memorable, and most importantly – useful to your users.

Mel Sheppard - InfoSol Ltd.

What makes a dashboard not just stand out but so cool that you love using it and want to show it to everyone you know?

This session will show you how you can make your dashboards both dazzle while being easy and fun to use ensuring maximum user adoption.  Using a combination of color, design, dynamic visualization,  animations you can create a “wow” factor that will make your dashboard pop and get your users excited.

Mel Sheppard - InfoSol Ltd.
10:00am - 11:00am
InfoBurst Roadmap - 2019 & Beyond

InfoBurst has a lot in store for 2019 and the future, so come and see where the product is today and what is planned for the rest of 2019 and beyond. This session will provide an overview of recent product updates as well as see some ideas for InfoBurst that are in the works, planned or that are currently just ideas.

Rajesh Ponnurangam - InfoSol Inc.

In order to gain more insight into the operating environment of the BusinessObjects, Albertsons/Safeway made a significant investment in developing a reporting platform to provide real-time as well historical auditing metrics to support effective support management as well as providing more long-term analysis tools for planning purposes.   This session will discuss how the solution was architected to the specific requirements at Albertsons/Safeway to be able to provide a consolidated view across the BusinessObjects and InfoBurst platforms. All aspects of the solution will be discussed and demonstrated; from data analysis to the delivery of Business Intelligence through an audit, self-service dashboard will be showcased.

Evan Davies - Albertsons/ Safeway

The Burst offers a myriad of options for controlling how a BI report is burst, published and delivered. Techniques presented in this session will empower the InfoBurst user to optimize burst performance, tailor report output based on user preferences, and achieve maximum visibility into bursts and report status.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Various options for bursting BI reports (multi-pass vs. single-pass)
  • Controlling burst throughput with processing mode
  • InfoBurst-specific report formatting options
  • Bursts status notifications
  • If-empty recipient notifications
Bryan Baca - InfoSol Inc.

Description coming soon!

John Wilcox - InfoSol Inc.

Description: Organizations tasked with distributing reports via email are faced with a multitude of individual requests ranging from personalization for recipients, email formatting to email audits. SAP BusinessObjects comes with a robust scheduler for both report scheduling and bursting via Publications. There are however limitations to this tool, which led my team to InfoBurst.

Over the past year, I have created possibly hundreds of InfoBurst report distributions and upgraded many existing Publications to InfoBurst jobs. InfoBurst does an amazing job of creating customized email bursts to audiences of varying sizes. This session is focused on highlighting the features of the tool that I discovered while satisfying user requests. I will show how they made my daily job easier and how implemented these features. Look out for Events, Triggers, HTML formatting, Parameter passing to distribution lists, Burst testing and more.

Jevan Choo Quan - ARI

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is the new trend in BI, and there is no reason why your InfoBurst installation cannot be a 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. We will discuss why this is only the beginning with AI and InfoBurst.

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

Course Overview  

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

Audience 

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

Prerequisites:  

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

Major Topics include:  

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

Course Description: 

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

Intended Audience: 

BusinessObjects Administrators 

Prerequisites: 

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

Major Topics Include: 

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

Intended Audience: 

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

Prerequisites: 

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

Information Design Workshop: From Concept to Visualization 

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

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

Consistency is Key: Design guides and company design languages 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

User Testing: Xcelsius best practices and dashboard testing techniques 

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

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

Course Overview: Data Services Hands-On Boot Camp

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 1 

Course Description: 

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

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

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

Major Topics Include: 

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

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 2 

Course Description: 

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

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

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

Major Topics Include: 

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

 

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

Course Overview  

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

Audience 

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

Prerequisites:  

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

Major Topics include:  

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

Course Description: 

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

Intended Audience: 

BusinessObjects Administrators 

Prerequisites: 

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

Major Topics Include: 

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

Intended Audience: 

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

Prerequisites: 

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

Information Design Workshop: From Concept to Visualization 

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

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

Consistency is Key: Design guides and company design languages 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

User Testing: Xcelsius best practices and dashboard testing techniques 

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

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

Course Overview - Data Services Hands-On Boot Camp

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 1 

Course Description: 

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

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

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

Major Topics Include: 

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

Data Services Boot Camp – Day 2 

Course Description: 

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

Intended Audience: 

This course is open to anyone. 

Prerequisites: 

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

Major Topics Include: 

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