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On the way to…ASUG Annual Conference/Sapphire 2012

In this conference’s episode of ‘On the way to’, your regular programming (PHL) has been blacked out due to local market regulations (EWR).  This year, ASUG Annual Conference/Sapphire 2012 has the unfortunate timing of being Mother’s Day weekend.  While bummed out that I was unable to assist Ingo Higefort, Tammy Powlas and Joyce Butler with this year’s sold-out BI4 FP3 Hands-on Pre-Conference session, Mother’s Day breakfast with my mother and wife was the easy choice!  To try and do it all, I’m departing from Newark, rather than Philly to come down to Orlando. 

Since I really have no funny airport anecdotes today, I think it’s time to get right down to business!  As folks are double checking their agendas, I’d like to add some suggestions if you’re a BusinessObjects oriented attendee:

This first group are ones that I’m speaking or facilitating-

Monday 5/14:

1030am-1200pm, S312

Session #3901: SAP BusinessObjects Semantic Layer (Universe) Influence Council

Notes: Join Pierpaolo Vezzosi and I as we give an update on the Semantic Layer Influence Council.  Pierpaolo will also be using most of the session to talk about what’s new in the Semantic Layer for BI4 FP3, as well as update to the Semantic Layer roadmap.  If you’re interested in cloud, one of SAP’s ‘Cloud Evangelists’, Matthias Steiner may be in the audience to answer questions not-related to the universe, but related to SAP NetWeaver Neo.

12:30-1:30pm, S311

Session #3802: Influence Update Plus What’s New for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0 in Feature Pack 3

Notes: This looks to be a great session surrounding dashboards!  First up, we’ll have an in-person kickoff of the re-launched ASUG Dashboarding and Visualization Influence Council.  Customer Chair Sandy Brotje of the Cleveland Clinic and myself will be here to answer your questions on how to put your name in the ring for the council.  And Francois Imberton from SAP will spend most of the session covering what’s new in SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards in FP3!

Francois Imberton, Matt Lloyd, Sandy Brotje

Tuesday 5/15:

4:15p-5:15p, S312

Session #3908: BusinessObjects BI Platform Influence Council Members Only

Radim Bacinschi will be holding an on-site meeting of the SAP BusinessObject BI Platform Influence Council.  This will be a rare opportunity for council members who have only heard each other on the phone to sit in a room and participate.

This second group are sessions that I’m attending/looking forward to/seem cool/or can’t attend and want to mark a place to get the materials:

0401- Dow Corning’s Story of Improving Your Company’s Business Intelligence with SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Accelerated Version

Mon., 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Jeff Duly

7456- Hear How Customers Realize Value from Business Intelligence

30-Minute Panel Discussion

Mon., 02:00 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.

Analytics Theater

Tammy Powlas

0304- The Future of Business Intelligence at SAP BusinessObjects

Mon., 03:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.


Ty Miller

CL25- Ask An SAP Mentor, Ingo Hilgefort, Your SAP BI/BusinessObjects/BW SAP Integration Questions

Tue., 04:00 p.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Show Floor

Ingo Hilgefort

1409- The Politics of Upgrades

Tue., 04:15 p.m. – 05:15 p.m.


Greg Myers

0411- Dashboard Design at Coca-Cola Enterprises

Wed., 12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.


Jon Brasher, Susan Keegan

0511- Dell Story: Migration Considerations Going to Crystal for Enterprise or the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Platform

Wed., 12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.


Brian Durning

0311- Lockheed Martin’s Tips for Implementation and Growth of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Environment

Wed., 12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.


Eric Barfield

As you can see- there’s a LOT of good BI content scheduled at ASUG Annual Conference/Sapphire.  If you like your BI served with a side of community goodness, check out the BI Community ASUG Annual Conference Brochure here.  It has the listing of ALL the ASUG BI sessions, as well as upcoming webcasts and pictures of the ASUG Volunteers (minus one, Sarang Deshpande! Sorry!!) who worked on the program.  Take a look and feel free to come and talk with any of us about the selections or content you’d like to see at future conferences.  We’re always listening!

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