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On the way to TechEd 2011

If you’re heading to Las Vegas for TechEd, you’re probably starting to get a bit excited.  I know that I am!  For some (including myself), TechEd is like a geek’s paradise!  There’s Twitter hashtags aplenty, 30 hour coding marathons and even live demo competitions.  It’s a chance to catch up with friends, influencers, executives, educators and Mentors.  I’ve started to get my schedule together and thought I would highlight some of the sessions that I thought looked pretty interesting.  Your mileage may vary, but as a non-ERP BusinessObjects person- here’s a handful of what I’m looking forward to:


BI150: ASUG Influence: Semantic Layer Influence Council

My first TechEd as a presenter. If you use the BusinessObjects semantic layer, AKA ‘the universe’ and would like to have your voice heard for product improvement and new features- then this is the session for you! I’ll be giving an update on the current ASUG Semantic Layer Influence Council, as well as presenting some information from SAP on the tools in BI4 and 4.1.  After the updates and information, it’s audience participation time! Bring all of your ideas and air them out- I’ll take them all back to the council and SAP to be considered in future releases.  


BI204: Upgrading to SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0

I’m hoping that this session will contain some good information to get my BI4 upgrade planning a kick in the pants.


EXP92: Diversified Semantic Layer Podcast- Live Q&A

Join me and ‘most’ of the cast of the Diversified Semantic Layer Podcast (Greg Myers, Jaime Oswald and Eric Vallo) as we talk about TechEd and take audience and Twitter questions about BusinessObjects.  These guys always have a fun time and I’m honored to be talking with these guys in Las Vegas!


EXP16: Cover Your Basis

I enjoyed SAP Mentor David Hull’s inaugural episode of his new podcast.  Including Courtney Bjorlin of ASUG News and fellow SAP Mentor and industry analyst extraordinaire Jon Reed, it was a pretty entertaining.  I’m looking forward to the TechEd episode!


Now that’s just a handful of some of the BusinessObjects content that’s available in Las Vegas.  I think the other really cool thing about TechEd is the hands-on sessions.  With your registration, you get the ability to register for 2 hands-on sessions.  I’ve managed to snag reservations to BI261: How to Access Multi-Source Data in Your SAP BusinessObjects BI Client Tools.  As this is something I do in my day to day job, it’s really appealing to have a session that will directly impact me. The second one on my agenda is BI260:  SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 and 4.1: Return on Experience From an Internal Customer.  As part of a BICC, I hope that I will be able to take some valuable information back to my employer about how others have leveraged the new features in BI4.


Last, but certainly not least: BI160: SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 and SAP Landscapes in a Single Session, led by SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort- if there’s room and you’re interested in some hands-on with the most popular BOBJ tools against SAP data, then I highly recommend this session.  Following the success of the session at ASUG Annual Conference/SAPPHIRE; SAP’s Eric Yew and SAP Mentors Tammy Powlas and I return to assist Ingo here at TechEd.  Joining the supporting cast this time around are Balaji Krisna from SAP, ASUG Volunteer Joyce Butler and SAP Mentor Greg Myers.  With this supporting cast, hopefully everyone will be able to get their questions answered!

Even if you can’t make it to Las Vegas, make sure to take advantage of Virtual TechEd or TechEd Live.  If you are in Las Vegas, I look forward to seeing you!  Look for Mentor Jersey number 212.  If you do find me- make sure to ask why 212.  Although if you’re on the US East Coast, you may have an idea!

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