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The St. Louis BusinessObjects User Group hosted their second meeting of the year today. As the meeting grew near I became increasingly more excited (because of the 4 taps of icy microbrew provided by our location sponsors, SenseCorp) and nervous (because I was giving a first-time presentation). Let’s review the sessions.

Visual Intelligence and Predictive Analysis – Bob Farris, SAP

The promise of Visual Intelligence is really promising. I think the biggest problem is that this is a tool that will not appeal to the masses. Even in its end state (which seems pretty far out) this is really going to cater to a thin group of users. Getting the some integration with other tools, so that the data your ultra power users have cleansed and straightened out is available for the consumption of others, is going to be where this tool could offer something truly special.

What’s New in the SAP BOBJ 4.0 End User Experience: Web Intelligence and More! – Natasha Kishinevsky, Dunn Solutions Group

There is a lot more neat stuff in the new Webi than SAP has done a good job of communicating. Embedded input controls could be really powerful if put to the right use. The data preview in the query panel is going to turn some heads. Hopefully this sort of feature messaging will get a lot more play from the keynote stage at SBOUC in September.

How Arch Coal is Using SAP BusinessObjects Explorer to Solve Self-Service BI – Jamie Oswald, Arch Coal

That’s right, this is the one making me nervous. I’m presenting it at Mastering SAP BusinessObjects next month, and hopefully it goes well.

Wrap

That’s all I’m gonna give you. If you’ver read my past BOUG-blogs you know I always turn off the mic before the beer starts flowing (and, in this case, before the last presentation even starts). What happens in Maplewood stays in Maplewood.

Re-wrap

Because I’m an idiot I was unable to publish this yesterday so I’m gonna give you a little extra without embarrassing the other folks who closed the bar with me. My presentation went well, but I’m definitely glad I had the opportunity to beta test it.

I know we finally got some HANA customers talking at SAPPHIRE. Hopefully some BI4 customers will step up at SBOUC, because “who has gone live with BI4?” was the number one question I heard. Lots of people have it in Sandbox, but I didn’t hear from ANYONE who was comfortable with the stability of even the newest release.

My presentation won’t go live until after I give this in Melbourne, but please check out all past STL BOUG presentations here.

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