Web Intelligence Training & Expert Sessions

Pre-Conference Hands-On Training

IBIS Pre-Conference offers dedicated, hand’s on training of your selection that is inclusive of one night resort accommodations, breakfast and lunch as well as an evening networking event. The IBIS Pre-Conference Training begins Sunday, June 16th 10:00am-5:45pm

Experience the New SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence


Gregory Botticchio & Samuel Polichouk, SAP

Course Description:

A detailed look at building reports with SAP BOBJ Web Intelligence. Discover how to transform your flat list table into a professionally designed, quality report using SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence software. Learn what is the chart engine used in Web Intelligence, the latest chart developments and improvements, deep dive into unknown chart customizations, charts you did not know you could do in Web Intelligence and key points to take home. Take advantage of the top five tips and tricks to build both a one-page interactive Dashboard and a collaborative report using gauges, tiles, geo-maps, and other tools with a pixel-perfect rendering.

Intended Audience:

This class is designed for technical analysts, IT, Consultants, Developers, Business users and End Users who have already been introduced to Web Intelligence and are looking for improving their skills and/or new ways to use this product.

Major Topics Include:

  • Web Intelligence overview
  • Create charts and tables
  • Applying advanced formatting technics
  • Applying advanced interactive capabilities
  • Designing a layout for your needs
  • Using latest Web Intelligence innovations

Main Conference Hand’s on Training

The IBIS Main Conference Hand’s on Training begins Monday June 17th at 10:00am and concludes Wednesday June 19th at 5:45pm. Broken out into 2 hour modularized topics, the IBIS Main Conference Hand’s On Training is unique because it allows attendees to freely float between 2 hour modules and the IBIS Seminar Tracks. Main Conference includes three nights of resort accommodations, meals, evening networking events, and full access to any of the on-going Seminar Tracks and Hand’s on Training Courses. InfoSol offers the opportunity to become a BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Certified Expert at IBIS 2019. Highlighted by an “*” below are the courses and sessions that count towards this certification.

Designing Web Intelligence Dashboards*

Instructed by Roxanne Pittman & Amy O’Neel, InfoSol

Monday, June 17 2019 | Day 1

Module 1 | 10:00am-12:00pm – Designing an Alerting Dashboard: 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.

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

Module 2 | 1:15pm – 3:15pm – Designing an Alerting Dashboard: Making it Interactive

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

Module 3 | 3:45pm – 5:45pm – Designing an Alerting Dashboard: Linking it to Detail

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.

Major Topics Include:

  • HTML5 Fiori Interface
  • Biworkspaces
  • OpenDocument Linking
  • Report to Report Linking
  • Cell Format as Hyperlink

Tuesday, June 18 2019 | Day 2

Module 4 | 10:00am-12:00pm – 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.

Major Topics Include:

  • Range Input Controls
  • Measure Selection
  • Multi-select Input Controls
  • Prompts

Module 5 | 1:15pm – 3:15pm – Adding Custom Charts

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.

Major Topics Include:

  • Adding Custom Elements
  • Using Node.js for Google Charting
  • When to Use Which Chart

Module 6 | 3:45pm – 5:45pm – Analytical Dashboard: Functions for Statistical Charting

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.

Major Topics Include:

  • Statistical Functions
  • Percentile
  • Context Operators
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Shared Elements

Wednesday, June 19 2019 | Day 3

Module 7 | 10:00am-12:00pm – 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.

Major Topics Include:

  • Designing for Mobile Display
  • Transparency in Image Overlays
  • Color Coding

Module 8 | 1:15pm – 3:15pm – Interactive Charts & Blocks

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.

Major Topics Include:

  • Geographic Charts
  • Element Linking
  • Hide Cell or Block Based on Formula

Module 9 | 3:45pm – 5:45pm – Key Performance Indicators

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.

Major Topics Include:

  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Comments
  • Infographics
  • Alignment Dependency
  • Comments
  • Reference Cells
  • Tiles

Using Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6 Like a Pro

This boot camp is designed for users and report designers that want to learn how to use Web Intelligence 4.2 in a whole new way and need to learn to access, analyze, and share data using Web Intelligence. We will present real-life challenges and show you how you can use Web Intelligence to solve them.

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.

Instructor: Tyler Koita and Payton Sinkwitz, InfoSol Inc.

Prerequisites: None

Intended Audience: Web Intelligence Report Developers

MODULE 1 – Acquiring Data in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6

Need to structure your report with the right data? Have multiple data sources? This session will cover the basic components on how to structure a report by pulling the right data from various data sources. It will also provide a summary of how to properly build a query and when to utilize query filters.

Major Topics Include:

  • Review Mockup
  • Queries & Filters
  • Time Dimension

MODULE 2 – Best Practice: Summarize your Data for Webi Reporting

One of the best practices in Webi is being able to summarize your data for reporting. This session will explore the use of tables in Web Intelligence based upon the circumstances in which summary to detail data can be displayed and utilized properly.

Major Topics Include:

  • Vertical Tables
  • Horizontal Tables
  • Cross-tab Tables

MODULE 3 – Basic Visualizations and Formulas in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6

Get to know the basic visualizations in Webi along with the best formulas to help you organize your data. This session will demonstrate and discuss basic methods to organizing data in a much more presentable way with charts. It will provide a more approachable way to understanding what data is being displayed with the use of Waterfall Graphs, Sales Funnel and more.

Major Topics Include:

  • Basic Formulas
  • Sales Funnel
  • Waterfall Chart

MODULE 4 – Best Practice: Organizing your Data for Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6

Web Intelligence continues to update the ways in which you can provide a more organized set of data to end users.  This session will give an overview of these intermediate features and when to best utilize them so that you can create content rich reports.

Major Topics Include:

  • Conditional Formatting
  • Sorting/Ranking
  • Breaks

MODULE 5 – Advanced Visualizations and Formulas in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6

Learn how to get the most out of your reports by exploring advanced visualizations and formulas in Webi. This session will take the audience through a variety of advanced visualizations, how and when the best time to use them, and different methods on interacting with the data associated with each chart type.

Major Topics Include:

  • Geo-Maps
  • Creating Alerts
  • Chart Comments
  • Heat Maps

MODULE 6 – Wake up your Webi Report with Interactive Features

Wanting to access specific data without compromising useful information? This session will provide an in-depth understanding of how to access specific data within a large data set without ridding a report of useful information.

Major Topics Include:

  • Input Controls
  • Element Linking
  • Drilling

MODULE 7 – Dive into your Data: Advanced Queries in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6

This session will utilize more advanced features in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6 by taking a deep dive into Advanced Queries and merging data.

Major Topics Include:

  • Integrate Excel data
  • Filtering a query with another query
  • Merged Dimensions


MODULE 8 – Merging Webi Reports from Different Data Sources

Learn the powerful new tool of intra-document linking, which will be reviewed in this session.  Organizing this data presentably can also be tricky so a review of relative positioning will also be included.

Major Topics Include:

  • Intra-Document Linking
  • Relative Positioning

MODULE 9 – Mobile Magic in Web Intelligence 4.2 SP6

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

Major Topics Include:

  • PDF publication for Mobile
  • Fiori WebI interactive viewer on Mobile

Main Conference: Web Intelligence Seminar Track

IBIS Main Conference hosts a dedicated Web Intelligence and BusinessObjects Reporting Seminar Track. These consist of one hour presentations by BusinessObjects experts and BusinessObjects customers. Our IBIS Main Conference Seminar Track begins on Monday, June 17 at 10:00am and concludes Wednesday June 19th at 5:45pm. InfoSol offers the opportunity to become a BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Certified Expert at IBIS 2019. Highlighted by an “*” below are the courses and sessions that count towards this certification.

Monday, June 17th | Presentation Topics

Exclusive Hands-On Sneak Preview: The Future of SAP BI 4.3*

This exclusive session will provide students the opportunity to test and play with an alpha version of the future SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 while specifically focusing on Web Intelligence.
Through an hands-on exercises, this session will take the audience through the new Web Intelligence interface and allow participants to:

  • Get familiar with the new BI 4.3 UI and workflows within Web Intelligence
  • Explore future enhancements and features
  • Share your feedback and identified defects with SAP

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 years there will also be best practices when using the reporting functions. The presentation will be delivered via a live demo.

How to design Web Intelligence reports that will behave like real Dashboards?*

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 and what kind of interactions can be imagined?

Reporting vs. Analysis*

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.

Migration of Desktop Intelligence to Web Intelligence*

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.

How BI is transforming Portfolio Analysis at Store Capital*

Store Capital is in the business of providing real estate leasing solutions and understanding their customers is key to their success. Established in 2011, they have grown rapidly and have a very large portfolio of customers that they collect key financial and operational data for analysis and tracking purposes. In 2018, they implemented a pilot BI solution using a small data mart with a combination of BusinessObjects dashboards, Web Intelligence and Tableau that transformed their time-intensive manual analysis into a veritable visual gold mine of insights in just a few weeks. This session will discuss their remarkable story and show examples of the Bi solution they created.

Modular Hyperlinking 101*

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!

Tuesday, June 18th | Presentation Topics

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.

Using Excel Files in Web Intelligence*

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.

Roadmap: The New Web Intelligence BI 4.3 and its new concepts*

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

Exclusive Hands-On Sneak Preview: The Future of SAP BI 4.3*

This exclusive session will provide students the opportunity to test and play with an alpha version of the future SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 while specifically focusing on Web Intelligence.
Through an hands-on exercises, this session will take the audience through the new Web Intelligence interface and allow participants to:

  • Get familiar with the new BI 4.3 UI and workflows within Web Intelligence
  • Explore future enhancements and features
  • Share your feedback and identified defects with SAP

Now you see me, now you don’t! Part Two – Input Controls*

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.

Twenty Tips for Customer-Ready Web Intelligence Reporting*

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.

Multiple Data Providers: What's New in 4.2*

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 and a thorough look at what’s changed in BI 4.2.

Wednesday, June 19th | Presentation Topics

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!

Dazzle your reports with conditional formatting*

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.

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 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

Unravel the Mystery*

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.

Webi Administration Management Tool*

Take a look at the business problem that inspired the usage of an underrated and unsupported SAP Management Tool for Web Intelligence administration. The session will take a look at the case study as well as showcase the tool in a technical overview through demonstration.

IBIS offers over 200 sessions!

Four module, hands-on training offerings and five seminar tracks will cover everything BusinessObjects! You get to choose which sessions/tracks you would like to attend and can bounce around between hands-on training and seminar sessions.

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