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Upcoming ASUG BusinessObjects User Conference -Great Pre-conference, Hands-on Sessions, and Usability Testing Sessions



ASUG Pre-Conference Seminars on Sunday, October 9th

ASUG pre-conference seminars provide targeted, in-depth education on the hottest topics in the BusinessObjects space. Choose from one of below available seminars  (additional registration fee applies):

SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward – Discover and Operationalize Enterprise Data Quality (Hands-On Seminar – Seating is Limited)
Join SAP’s Michael Briles and explore the capabilities of SAP’s newest addition to its EIM portfolio, SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward. Information Steward brings IT and business users together with a common purpose to maintain and improve data quality though data governance. Within a single application, SAP has incorporated the ability to manage metadata, profile data at its source, apply validation rules to assess its quality, and continuously monitor its quality over time. Thus giving both IT and business users instant visibility into the origins and the quality of the data, and the ability to determine what applications or reports are affected by it. This seminar will explore the foundations of the solution, use cases, and deployment options.

Get Up and Running with Mobile BI and Mobile Analytics Solutions from SAP (includes Sybase)
Learn what SAP offers today to help you develop, manage, and use business intelligence (BI) on your mobile device(s). During the first half of the session, explore in detail the technical capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Mobile and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer on the iPad and iPhone. Get best practices for setting up these solutions to maximize usage and user productivity. Plus gain an understanding of how to best design reports for an optimized user experience on different mobile devices. Learn about Sybase® Unwired Platform integration in the latest release of SAP’s mobile analytics solutions. Next, spend the second half of the day learning about the technical underpinnings of a successful mobile deployment. It begins with learning the nuts and bolts of the Sybase Unwired Platform designed to meet the needs of different mobile users. Then gain an in-depth understanding of Sybase Afaria, the industry’s most powerful and flexible mobile device management and security solution for your business. Learn what it takes to create and manage multiple mobile applications that securely connect to a variety of back-end sources across all major device types. Walk away with an in-depth understanding of how SAP delivers a comprehensive solution for your mobile needs.  The speakers include both SAP Mobile BI product/solution management (Karsten Ruf and Vismanathan Ramakrishnan) and Sybase speakers James Naftel and Stanley Stadelman.


Build Real-Time Dashboards to Display Operational KPIs, Sentiment Data, and Geo-Location Information
Dashboards are traditionally used to meet the needs of many users monitoring business performance. But did you know you can use dashboards to monitor what customers are saying about your products and services? Or, if your mandate is to provide information in real time, a dashboard can be the most effective tool to satisfy the business requirement. And then there is the ever-present requirement to mash KPIs with location intelligence. All of these requirements can be visualized through a dashboard. In this seminar, you will learn how to go beyond the traditional development of executive and management dashboards. See how you can use the SAP solutions to create real-time dashboards using SAP BusinessObjects Event Insight, and dashboards showing customer sentiment by leveraging the text analysis capabilities within SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, and how you can embed location intelligence capabilities within your dashboards. Be one step ahead of your business partners, and learn new ways of building innovative dashboards to drive your business needs today.  The speakers are SAP’s Matt Lloyd and Karl Kwong.

Deep Dive with SAP BusinessObjects Data Services/Data Quality Management to Enrich Information Assets
Explore the capabilities of the basis of SAP’s EIM portfolio: SAP BusinessObjects Data Services. Data Services includes the capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Data Quality Management. Together, they help you move enterprise information throughout a heterogeneous landscape. This process can be actively managed whether loading millions of records, or whether checking individual records at the point of entry. Data Quality Management focuses on the correction, enrichment, and de-duplication capabilities, which can be accessed from a wide variety of applications. Data Quality Management can also be used with SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward and the new functionality called Cleansing Package Builder. This seminar will explore the foundations of the solution, use cases, and deployment options.

Business Intelligence and Analytics Applications Deep Dive (HANA)
In this session, we’ll share a deep dive into new tools and solutions provided by SAP BusinessObjects to deliver quick value for BI & Analytics based on SAP BusinessObjects as well as what is also offered to help you leverage SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 and the latest advancements in SAP BusinessObjects’ HANA technology.  In this session, we’ll review landscape alternatives available that use the suite of SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 solutions to help you define a roadmap appropriate for your analytic application use cases.  We will demonstrate several SAP BusinessObjects Business Analytic Applications and review what tools and accelerators are provided.  We will include learning and enablement activities to use these tools, including a step-by-step guide for deploying and implementing these solutions in different business scenarios.  Key takeaways will include best practices and techniques when working with these Analytic Applications and the key benefits they can provide.  Learn how the SAP BI solutions help both the SAP and the non-SAP ERP customer quickly implement BI for game-changing performance management.

If you are already registered for this conference, log in here to add a pre-conference seminar to your existing registration.  If you are not registered, consider registering today

Why attend an ASUG pre-conference session?  I have been attending them for years for both ASUG Annual Conference and SAP TechED.  It is a one day opportunity to spend on a topic and you have time to spend with SAP and other customers who share your interests.  They are very worthwhile.  Listen to ASUG Volunteer Joyce Butler talk about the value of last week’s ASUG pre-con at SAP TechED (courtesy


Below is a picture from last week’s great ASUG SAP TechED Pre-Conference session:

Source: SAP

Register for a Hands-On Session

Hands-on sessions allows attendees to learn the new tools from SAP Education. The cost of these sessions is included in your conference registration. Pre-registration is recommended and closes on Sunday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m PDT.

Available hands-on sessions include:
·    SAP BusinessObjects Analysis 1.1, Edition for Microsoft Office
·    SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
·    SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool
·    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.0 Server Administration
·    SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Web Intelligence

Log in here to add a hands-on session to your existing registration. Enter your confirmation number and the password you created at the time of registration.

If you are not registered, consider registering today

Usability Testing

This is a “conference exclusive” offered by the SAP User Experience group.   In these one-on-one sessions you provide on-the-spot feedback directly to SAP product design teams and give you the opportunity to see what may be coming.   Click here to register and find more information here

Usability Topics:

SAP BusinessObjects Analysis Clients
Data Review in Information Steward
SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise
SAP EPM – Planning on HANA
ExAct Pattern – A new approach to searching and finding
SAP BusinessObjects Explorer on Android
SAP BusinessObjects Hilo Desktop Client
SAP BusinessObjects Hilo Mobile
SAP Services Marketing – New Interaction Site
SAP Social Financing – SaperFin

I have done usability testing and conferences and it is a great experience.  I highly recommend considering one of these sessions.  Here’s an interview I did last year with a member of the SAP Usability team:




So I hope you will consider one of the many available options at the ASUG BusinessObjects User Conference, the conference for platform-agnostic BusinessObjects customers.

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