Sessions & Training Available at Virtual IBIS

Monday, June 14

Opening Keynote | Businessobjects 2021– Exploring Strange New Worlds

8:15am – 9:30am PT

Just like the Starship Enterprise in the original iconic Star Trek series, BusinessObjects has been on a mission “exploring strange new worlds” and “boldly going where no one has gone before”

Paul Grill, CEO of InfoSol, will share with you some of the adventures of BusinessObjects over the last year and  how it continues to overcome all obstacles placed in its path and thrive.

This entertaining keynote will kickoff IBIS 2021 and touch on many topics like BI 4.3, BusinessObjects in the Cloud, New Dashboarding Capabilities, Co-existence with Tableau and PowerBI that will be further explored throughout the conference.

Prepare to enter warp drive!

SAP BOE Roadmap Presentation

10:00am – 10:50am PT
In this Roadmap session driven by SAP, you will understand what’s coming down the road for SAP BusinessObjects, and what options SAP is taking to continue to innovate in your favorite Enterprise Reporting solution.

A Brief SQL Introduction for Report Developers

11:00am – 11:50am PT
Understanding and developing SQL queries is a vital skill for data analysts at all levels, as it is still the best way to communicate directly with your database. This session will explore the fundamentals of SQL querying with an emphasis on those topics that are most important for report and dashboard developers. Attendees will gain knowledge that will help them to develop better and more robust SQL queries no matter which tool they use: Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, Tableau, Power BI, and more.

Creating Column Charts with Custom Images in Columns and Input Controls

1:00pm – 1:50pm PT

Column charts are a great way to show data comparisons in a visual way. In this session you will learn how to make your Webi reports and dashboards even more exciting by using a custom image or graphic in place of the standard columns in the chart. We will also add input controls so the data can be filtered by various demographics.

SAP BI 4.3 – 30+ Features in 30 mins

2:00pm – 2:50pm PT
Get to know the detail level product overview of what’s latest with BI 4.3 and the reasons to upgrade your current BI systems to 4.3. This session covers 30 new features in BI 4.3 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 more.

Break Versus Master Detail

3:20pm – 4:10pm PT
When creating a new report block do you ever think about creating a master detail report instead of a vertical table? Did you ever wonder what advantages it may provide? This live demo will compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of both. Topics will include:
  • Creating a Vertical Table
  • Creating/converting to a Master Detail Block
  • Applying Breaks vs creating multiple master cells
  • Adding Subtotals vs Section Totals
  • Manage Breaks vs Format Section
  • Hiding Blocks
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Ranking
  • Sorting
  • Filtering
  • Tips and Tricks!!

Tuesday, June 15

Keynote: To Infinity And Beyond! Sustainability, Regeneration, And Limitless Imagination

8:15am – 9:30am PT
A deep conversation with Ryan Mores and Ashley Wiseman from GreenLight Solutions Foundation about creating the future we want by measuring what counts.  In the endeavor of figuring out how to quantify something, the seeds of transformation are planted.   What emerges comes from an attitude of curiosity and limitless imagination.

Building Charts In Webi v4.3

10:00am – 10:50am PT
This presentation/demo will provide an in depth look at building charts in the new v4.3 platform. Through a live demo users will look at simple charts like pie charts, as well as more complex charts like a 3D column chart. Formatting options will also be covered.

How to Enhance Your Webi Dashboards with Add-on Components

11:00am – 11:50am PT
Understanding and developing SQL queries is a vital skill for data analysts at all levels, as it is still the best way to communicate directly with your database. This session will explore the fundamentals of SQL querying with an emphasis on those topics that are most important for report and dashboard developers. Attendees will gain knowledge that will help them to develop better and more robust SQL queries no matter which tool they use: Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, Tableau, Power BI, and more.

Using Webi to Assist McKesson Track Drug Distributions

1:00pm – 1:50pm PT

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My Experience with The Patient Experience Dashboard

2:00pm – 2:50pm PT

Having worked at USPI for over six years (that’s a lot in BI years), I’ve had the pleasure of watching dashboards evolve over time. From concept to solution. From report to dashboard. From Excel to XML Data. From Xcelsius to Squirrel. There is no other dashboard that I’ve worked on that has gone through such evolution as the Patient Experience (PX) Dashboard. So, join me as I talk about this dashboaboard’s humble beginnings, it’s many data (and requirement) changes, it’s transformation from Xcelsius to Squirrel, and much, much more!

Let's RUN with Sprints for BusinessObjects Project Management

3:20pm – 4:10pm PT

Agile development and setting up sprints have taken over the IT arena. What special considerations might be involved in using this method with BusinessObjects management? Multiple recent projects involving this management style have led to some interesting conversations and discoveries specific to a reporting environment with multiple pieces working together towards maximum usage and adoption. We’ll walk through lessons learned and discuss and demo options through real experience.

Wednesday, June 16

Keynote: The Future Of Dashboards And Data Visualization – A Discussion With Dataviz Visionary Santi Becerra + Q&A

8:15am – 9:30am PT

To trace the journey of Dashboards and Data Visualization in BI over the last 20 years would almost track exactly with the astonishing career of Santi Becerra.

Santi was the original architect and developer of Xcelsius which revolutionized the BI dashboarding world. He was also behind the equally remarkable Roambi product that was the first Bi dashboarding tool designed for mobile that just blew everybody away with its incredible visualizations. He then worked leading a team in the Mobile BI space at SAP and he now works at Salesforce/Tableau looking at integrating AI/ML into Tableau which is regarded as the leading BI dashboarding/data visualization tool on the market.

So what’s next in the future of Dashboards and Data Visualization?

Santi will share his vision in what promises to be a fascinating look into the possible and the probable through a live in-person interactive discussion and Q&A session with InfoSol CEO, Paul Grill.

How Salesforce use Value Calculators to enable customers to better understand their ROI and drive cloud adoption

10:00am – 10:50am PT

Making the decision to move your business systems to the cloud can be a daunting prospect for a company. That’s why Salesforce empower their customers and account teams to use value calculators to help discover the real return on investment that customers will benefit from.

By collaborating using these calculators they create more successful business cases plus give greater visibility and understanding of the benefits Salesforce’s FSM cloud delivers.

Join us, as Ziv Barzilay (Director of Product Marketing at Salesforce) chats to Donald MacCormick (Chief Strategy Officer at Squirrel365) on how they achieved this, the value it is delivering, and the role Squirrel played in the project.

The New Integrated Dashboards and BI Apps solution for BusinessObjects

11:00am – 11:50am PT

or customers of SAP BusinessObjects, Squirrel365 is the perfect companion to deliver dashboards and BI applications integrated in your BusinessObjects system. With the disappearance of SAP Dashboards / Xcelsius, Squirrel365 offers the only tightly integrated dashboarding solution for BusinessObjects. In this session you will see examples of interactive dashboards and BI applications from SalesForce and USPI and learn how you can:

• Connect quickly and easily directly to data in BusinessObjects
• Produce more Dashboards, more quickly, with more interactivity and for less cost
• Drive end-user adoption with actionable dashboards and BI apps
• Dramatically reduce dashboard development time and total cost of ownership

What’s new in BI 4.3 CMC

1:00pm – 1:50pm PT

Pickup a note book and a pencil, you will want to make sure to note the information shared in this session, as we will take a look at what is new in BO 4.3 for administrators, what are somethings that have changed and what should we expect to do when we move to BO 4.3.

More Lessons from the Trenches - Security, Security, and more Security!

2:00pm – 2:50pm PT

Every year there are some interesting and generally applicable things we learn that we think are important enough to share but aren’t big enough for their own presentation. This year’s hodge-podge includes a lot about security such as delegated promotion security, upgrading tomcat versions, special considerations for CMS universe querying, security access combinations, and more (there’s always more…).Looking forward to seeing you there and exchanging your unusual finds as well.

What you need to know when moving BusinessObjects to the Cloud

3:20pm – 4:10pm PT

Considering moving to Cloud ? you will want to join this session to learn about what are things to know when moving to Cloud platform, what is allowed and what is supported by SAP. This will be a great session to even learn about options to modernize your existing BO setup so that you can get ROI out of it.

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