First, I would like to welcome you to my first blog. Bear with me, as I am a newbie when it comes to blogging (though I have been known to step on a soap box or two – well maybe more than two.)
Before I get started maybe you should know something about me first, I have worked in the Business Intelligence realm for the past twelve years with a focus on implementing and managing SAP BusinessObjects solutions in both SAP and non-SAP ecosystems. I currently work for Consultancy by Kingfisher, an SAP Gold Partner and have been fortunate to serve as a Steering Committee member on the former GBN (Global BusinessObjects Network) organization. When GBN was merged into ASUG I was invited by ASUG to carry on my role with other committee members as an SAP BusinessObjects Ambasador and then was invited to become an SAP Mentor – quite an honor to be in such company.
So, enough about me, but it is because of my current journey that I have the privlige to share with you another important development announced by ASUG’s CEO. Some of you who attendted the annual SAPphire Now / ASUG Annual conference in May will remember that ASUG extended the free membership offering for SAP BusinessObjects-Only customers till the end of 2011. This is how important the SAP BusinessObjects community is to ASUG and demonstrates ASUG’s willingness to listen and act on suggestions made to them.
Well, just a little over a week ago Bridgette Chambers, the CEO of ASUG, announced that there will be an ASUG Influencer Summit held the day before the annual ASUG BusinessObjects User conference in Orlando this October. So, what is this “Influencer Summit” you ask? Well, it is an opportunity for those of us who are committed to the SAP BusinessObjects community of customers to gather and have a lively discussion on the direction our community is taking within the ASUG organization, what we feel should be the priorities that SAP should be responding to.
Okay, so now you’re asking “So, who’s invited, can anyone come? Well if you are already attending the annual conference the answer is simple – be there a day early and come to the Influencer Summit; however, even if you are not planning on attending the conference you can still attend the summit. If you would like to refer someone specific that you know would be an exceptional influencer in the SAP BusinessObjects community you can follow this nomination process that ASUG has implemented to collect referrals (http://www.asug.com/Influencer). Nominations are being accepted until September 15, 2010. Here are the details on the venue for the Summit:
- October 4, 2010, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL. 1:00 to 6:00 pm with a networking reception to follow
This is your opportunity to have an open and constructive dialog with Bridgette and the ASUG Board Members on what your concerns, wishes, and hopes are for the SAP BusinessObjects community. There is no charge to attend, and there are no sponsors, this is a great opportunity to be heard, I encourage you to attend and add your voice.
Shifting gears, I would also like to mention two other SAP events that are geared towards the SAP BusinessObjects community: TechEd 2010 in Las Vegas and Reportapalooza!
TechEd is the quinetessential technical conference for those of us who thrive in the SAP Ecosystem. For us BusinessObjects users there was generally little available at these TechEd’s for us – well that has changed. If you don’t believe me then I encourage you to read Tammy Powlas’ blog “More than 20 reasons for the BusinessObjects-only customer to attend TechEd” (/people/tammy.powlas3/blog/2010/08/24/more-than-20-reasons-for-the-businessobjects-only-customer-to-attend-teched). I think that you will find that there are plenty of reasons to attend.
Now, what is this Reportapalooza you ask?!? Well, Reportapalooza is a three month online “festival” promoting SAP Crystal Reports solutions. The challenge involves an active competition between five experts using Crystal Reports and Crystal Reports Dashboard Design (you remember, it used to be called Xcelsius.) The winners of each challenge are determined by the voting public (that would be you). So check it out and have fun with it, vote for the winning submissions, find out what kind of reporting artist you are, and if you have a reporting hero moment submit it for notoriety and even a prize. Go to http://www.reportapalooza.com/ and see what it is about.
Well, I promise that I will have more content and observations to report on in the coming months – I will be at the ASUG BusinessObjects Annual Conference in October, and then at SAP TechEd 2010 in Las Vegas shortly after. Hopefully, I will get to engage with some of you along the way.