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Besides letting you all know that I didn’t go out last night, but rather went to bed straight away after Demo Jam, there will be no other ado in today’s post.  And of course by “you all” I mean my boss, who hopefully hasn’t yet figured out that I have a twitter stream.  Anywho…

How to… do what exactly?

The first session I went to was not what I expected. It was called SAP BusinessObjects EIM Architecture Guidelines (EIM108), and I thought it would be a deep dive into implementing BI4, but it was really a discussion about how to use the documentation surrounding deciding exactly what an SAP client’s BI4 installation should look like. It was very well done, and it was apparently necessary, just not what I thought it would be.

Outshined

I took the SAP TechEd Live stage with Xcelsius Guru Mico Yuk and BusinessObjects Community manager Jason Cao for an interview on our new SAP Mentor-hood, our first TechEd, and the Reportapalooza virtual challenge. I think it went great, but then again, I’m a pretty big fan of everyone involved. Naturally, Mico was the star of the show, but at least I was in the middle so they couldn’t really zoom in on Jason (the interviewer) and her and cut me totally out.

ASUG Volunteer Lunch

It was really nice getting to spend a little time getting to know some of the ASUG Volunteers from the SAP Legacy side. Just haven’t had much opportunity historically. It’s also really nice to give feedback (positive, as always) to ASUG HQ folks face-to-face (who, if you will believe them, just adore my blogs on their site – membership required).

Mobile BI

I went to a couple of sessions on Mobile BI (BI207, BI204) today. Both were good, the best practices provided were outstanding, it’s just sort of tough to get excited right now about a technology that only currently works with Blackberry (which my company doesn’t use) and which isn’t the slightest bit flashy. I’ll be interested to see what the next version holds. It, at the very least, needs to have a simple way to display a webi report on an Apple device so it can at least be combined with Roambi (which brings the interactivity and sizzle) for a complete solution.

Live Office

Clark Duey from Idhasoft gave a great presentation on Live Office. This is one of those tools (like Explorer) that’s slow adoption really shocked me. I think part of that is the BI’s group disinterest in allowing users to continue to use Excel. I think that is the wrong paradigm. I don’t care if users want to use Excel or the portal or whatever; I care that the data they get is right, timely, usable, and easy to get at. If dumping it into Excel (where it always ends up anyway), why wouldn’t you do that? Anyway, I highly recommend looking up his slides (BI211) to see the use cases and the details surrounding this really powerful but painfully under-utilized application.

Dinner

Headed there now. May report more tomorrow.

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  1. Nathan Genez
    I don’t think you can be successful in Corporate America, or anywhere else for that matter, with a software solution that doesn’t include Excel.  Downloading to an .xls file in one click is sufficient but to me it should be an alternative frontend.  If you fight this you will be intentionally freezing out some of the largest and most data intensive user bases (the finance guys).
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